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.
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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.
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.