Spare a moment for the humble memory card. While they certainly don’t get top billing at CES–how can they when socks now warm themselves–they remain an invaluable photographic tool. CES saw several new memory cards announcements.
And here they are:
Lexar launched 1000x microSDHC and microSDXC UHS-II cards for use in action cams, smartphones and other devices needing the tiny card format. The 1000x U3 cards boast read speeds of up to 150MB/s and will be sold in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities for $60, $110 and $190, respectively.
Toshiba has updated its FlashAir wireless SD card. Now on its third generation, the Class 10-rated FlashAir III creates its own wireless LAN access point, allowing up to seven devices to access the card’s contents remotely. New photo sharing and image management features let you access the card’s contents from a web browser and, thanks to its Internet pass-thru capability, lets you access both the card and the Internet on your home or office router.
Images can be transferred from the card to other devices directly using the card’s Wi-Fi access point. Smartphone and tablet users can connect to the card to view or transfer images using the free FlashAir app for Android and iOS devices.
The FlashAir III ships in March in 16GB and 32GB capacities for $80 and $100, respectively.
Panasonic will update its line of 4K-capable UHS-I type SDXC/SDHC memory cards with a maximum read speed of 95MB/s and a maximum write speed of 90MB/s. The cards will now be available in capacities from 32GB to 128GB. Pricing and availability were not announced.
Eye-Fi will extend its cloud offering beyond memory cards thanks to a new partnership with Olympus. The two will bring the Eyefi Cloud online photo sharing and management service to Wi-Fi-enabled Olympus cameras.
Olympus cameras that support the service will automatically upload images to the Eyefi Cloud where they can be viewed by others using the Eyefi Cloud app. Supported cameras were not announced.
Eyefi Cloud is a subscription-based service and Olympus camera owners will get an extended free trial plus discounted subscriptions when Eyefi Cloud integration goes live sometime later this year.