The flash card maker now supports both of the new high-end flash card formats. Its CFast 2.0 cards reach 256GB capacity, and it's got a card reader, too.
Sony and Nikon brought XQD to market last year for higher-end cameras. This week, Canon and Phase One backed a rival memory card format, CFast 2.0. SD Card will mop up the mess.
CFast, an overhaul of the higher-end memory card format, is arriving--but only in industrial equipment, not cameras, so far.
commentary The flash memory technology is inexpensive and ubiquitous, but it's also physically feeble. As it spreads up-market, pros and enthusiasts are stuck with its shortcomings.
Photographers using the newer high-end flash memory format now have another supplier besides Sony for the cards. Also: a big, fast SDXC card for a big, fat price.
A higher-performance revamp of CompactFlash could start arriving in cameras in 2009. But it's not compatible with today's standard, so prepare to toss your old cards.
Ninety-five percent of cameras today use Secure Digital memory cards. So why do CompactFlash allies think their format still stands a chance?
The new top-shelf cards can read data at 150MB per second--but brace yourself for top-shelf prices. A 32GB model costs $300.
The flash card maker is adopting a new generation of CompactFlash that doubles today's capacity and data transfer speed. New models are set to ship later this year.
Pretec is making new CompactFlash cards that offer up to 666x (100MBps) speeds.