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.
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.
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.
Farewell, you crazy flash memory format. XQD could be on its last legs, thanks to a lack of industry support and manufacturers throwing their weight behind other competing cards.
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.