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.
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.
Lexar is the second memory card manufacturer to release XQD cards for high-end digital cameras, meaning the format is here to stay.
The high-end but nascent memory card format gets a big boost from one of the major manufacturers of flash cards. Also: a fix is in for Lexar's USB 3.0 reader on new Macs.
The top two flash-memory card makers are letting Sony handle the market for the new high-end XQD format--at least for now.
The 16GB and 32GB cards read and write at 125MBps and can handle 100-photo bursts from Nikon's new D4 SLR.
Using the PCI Express interface, the new memory cards will be able to reach sustained write speeds starting at 125 megabytes per second.
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.
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.
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.