September 16th, 2014

Photokina 2014: Flash Memory Gets Faster

lexar_2000x_sdxc-300x400Between 4K video recording and increasing camera resolutions, the demands on flash memory cards continue to grow. At Photokina, a pair of key flash memory vendors rolled out their highest performance products to date.

Lexar’s new 2000x UHS-II SDXC cards will be capable of 300MBps read transfer speeds and write speeds up to 260MBps. Lexar claims they’ll be the fastest such cards on the market to date.

The cards will be bundled with an SD UHS-II card reader (the SR2) to support fast transfers to PCs via USB 3.0. You’ll have a choice of 32 or 64GB capacities for  $106 and $185, respectively.

If you’re willing to trade off some speed for price, the 1000x series of UHS-II SD cards offer read speeds of 150MBs and write speeds up to 95MBps. Capacities will range from 16GB to 256GB with prices between $32 and $547. No card reader will be bundled with these cards but Lexar will sell the SR2 as a standalone product for $30.

All of Lexar’s new products will be available in the fourth quarter.

SanDisk notched its own speed record at Photokina with the launch of its 64GB Extreme Pro microSDXC UHS-I card. It boasts transfer speeds up to 95MB/s and is aimed at devices like Sony’s Xperia Z3 or Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 that are adding 4K video recording to their list of features.

The 64GB card is available now for $300.

 

 

September 12th, 2013

SanDisk Intros High Performance CFast 2.0 and VPG-65 CompactFlash Cards

Advances in still and video technology, particularly 4K video, demand higher performance cards and storage, and this morning SanDisk announced two new CompactFlash cards and a speed increase across its Extreme Pro CF cards.

CFast_Front_120GB_HRSanDisk’s Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 card is the first to utilize the CFast 2.0 standard, which is designed to meet the intensive needs of high-end and next-generation motion and still photography cameras. Available in 60GB and 120GB capacities, the card’s capabilities range from blazingly fast read speeds of up to 450MB/s (3000X) and write speeds of up to 350MB/s (2333X). The CFast 2.0 card was designed in collaboration with the CompactFlash Association, Canon and ARRI. Initially, the card–with a CODEX Capture Drive to CFast 2.0 adapter for ARRI cameras–will be sold directly to ARRI and will be available at ARRI specialty retailers and other photo specialty stores.

In the past, splits in card formats were generally relegated to consumer-level cameras (xD vs. SD, among others). Now, professionals may have to assess the specifications and availability of cards formats–CFast 2.0 vs. XQD–when selecting a camera. The XQD card, which was introduced along with the Nikon D4–to date, the only DSLR to use the XQD format. Sony was the first to produce XQD cards (the new Sony 4K Handycam, the FDR-AX1 is also XQD-compatible, for example) and Lexar started shipping its XQD cards earlier this year. So far, though, SanDisk’s CFast 2.0 card’s read and write speeds exceeds those of the XQD.

 

 

SanDiskExtremePro_CF_160MBs_UDMA7_VPG65_Front_256GB_LRAlso a world’s first, SanDisk also introduced the massive, 256GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash card with the VPG-65 (Video Performance Guarantee) specification. The 256GB CF card offers transfers up to 160MB/s and  write speeds of up to 140MB/s. At the same time, SanDisk has pumped up the speed across its Extreme Pro line, with CompactFlash receiving a boost by about 50 percent to read and write speeds of up to 160MB/s and 150MB/s, respectively. SD card users will be happy to hear that SanDisk’s Extreme line of SD cards will also receive a speed increase of up to 80MB/s (read) and up to 60MB/s (write).

www.SanDisk.com

Price:

CFast 2.0: 60GB; 120GB: TBD

Extreme Pro CompactFlash cards:

16GB-256GB priced from $220-$1,810