Sony Updates XQD Cards for 4K Video Capture Speeds

Sony XQD S-Series at 180MBs

Sony has updated its S-Series of XQD cards and introduces a new N-Series of XQD cards in response to the latest 4K camcorders introduced this week.

The Sony XQD card S-Series was previously spec’d at a max 168MB/s read/write speed. The updated S-Series now features a max transfer speed of 180MB/s, which will support stable workflows with XAVC 4K Intra 4:2:2 at 4096 x 2160/60p 600Mbps. Specifically, these new S-Series cards will accommodate the new Sony PXW-Z100 XDCAM camcorder.

Likewise, the Sony XQD card N-Series are intended to accommodate the lower data rates captured in 4K video from the new Sony FDR-AX1 camcorder.

Both series will be available in 32GB and 64GB capacities. The N-Series will be available in October, while the S-Series will be available in November. Pricing is as follows:

Sony XQD N Series

  • 32GB at $109
  • 64GB at $219

Sony XQD S Series

  • 32GB at $229
  • 64GB at $369


  1. Oberoth says

    I don’t understand what the difference is between a card like this and an SSD that had a read and write speed of over 500MB/s (probably faster as that’s limited by the SATA connection) and you can pick up a 250GB version for well under $200?

    Can’t surely just be size?