Need room for 4,000 photos? Try SanDisk's 128GB SD card

It's not the company's fastest, but 64GB and 128GB SD cards will help customers who have a big appetite for data.

It's flash card season at CES (especially given the shutterbug boost by the conjoined Photo Marketing Association show), and SanDisk has a contribution with high-capacity mid-range SDXC cards.

The two SanDisk Extreme models, 64GB and 128GB, can transfer data at 45MBps. That's less than half the speed of the company's top-end Extreme Pro line of SD cards at 95MBps, but it should be good enough for many photographers and videographers.

The high capacity comes with a price premium--prices for the cards are $200 and $400--but could be useful for those shooting lots of video or traveling away from a computer. And if you're shooting raw photos--my camera's weigh in at 30MB apiece, typically--this card will hold more than 4,000 still images.

The cards are available now, SanDisk said (flying in the face of the CES vaporware trend).

The cards, with the UHS-I interface, are up to the chore of capturing 3D video in high-definition 1080p video, Sandisk said.

Also at CES, SanDisk rival Lexar announced faster but more expensive UHS-I cards , including a 64GB model that reaches 90MB/sec and a 128GB model that reaches 60MB/sec.

And on a more ethereal plane, Sony announced the first examples of a new flash card format called XQD . It offered 16GB and 32GB models of the cards, which so far work only in Nikon's new flagship D4 SLR .

The CompactFlash Association developed the new format as a sequel to CF. XQD offers faster data transfer speeds--125MBps in Sony's case--with faster speeds to come.

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