CompactFlash Assoc. Unveils XQD Memory Cards

XQD Memory Card

The CompactFlash Association announced a new XQD standard for CF cards.  The new standard is based on the PCIe standard and should offer 125MB/s data transfer speeds out of the gate – with much faster possibilities later down the line.

Speed isn’t the only thing that has changed though.  The XQD cards (I’m guessing that’s what we’ll call them… but couldn’t we have stuck to only 2 letters?) are a completely different physical format, which means they won’t work in any current camera. [Read more...]

Transcend 32GB SDHC Card for $39

Transcend 32GB SDHC

Both Amazon and B&H have a Class 10 Transcend SDHC card for $39 right now.  This is a pretty solid price on memory, particularly for those who shoot a lot of HD video.

The Class 10 rating means it has a minimum write speed of 10MB/s, which covers practically all of the current crop of HD video cameras that use SD cards (this includes DSLRs like the Canon 60D and Nikon D7000).  (Learn more about SD card speeds and ratings.)

Transcend 16GB SDHC Card for $21.99 – Deal Alert

Transcend 16GB SDHC Card

Amazon has a deal today on Transcend Class 10 SHDC cards.  The Transcend 16GB cards are on sale for $21.99 each.  You can also find 32GB cards for $44.99 each.

Note, these cards are Class 10 cards, so they should handle HD video capture for pretty much every HDSLR and HD camcorder out today.  (Learn more about SD card speeds and ratings.)

Kingston 16GB SD Card for $20 – Deal of the Day

Kingston Class 10 SDHC Memory Card

Amazon has dropped the price of the 16GB Kingston UltimateX 100x SDHC card to $19.99 in its Goldbox Deal of the Day.  This card is also a Class 10 card, so it should handle HD video capture for pretty much every HDSLR and HD camcorder out today.  (Learn more about SD card speeds and ratings.)

These are also eligible for free shipping if you spend over $25, which is a good enough reason to pick up a couple if you’re in need of more storage.

Kingston USB 3.0 Memory Card Reader

Kingston Media Reader USB 3.0

Kingston has joined the ranks of USRobotics and Lexar with its launch of a new USB 3.0 memory card reader that transfers data among CF, SD, microSD, and Memory Stick formats.  The new card reader should be available soon at an initial retail price of $45.00. Check availability on Amazon.com.

For those unfamiliar with USB 3.0, it’s much faster than USB 2.0 and even FireWire. [Read more...]

SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-I SD Card in the Nikon D7000

The Nikon D7000 is the first DSLR to take advantage of the new UHS-I SD card specification.  Unfortunately though, it doesn’t appear to take full advantage of that speed potential.  The Nikon D7000′s buffer seems to cap at 10 frames during continuous high speed shooting no matter which SD card is inserted.

I got my hands on the latest SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-I SDHC cards, which are due out in March, to see just how well they worked in this first-generation UHS-I camera.

While the difference between the SanDisk Extreme and Extreme Pro SD cards is marginal in the D7000, there is still an obvious difference.  After capturing the full complement of 10 frames at the D7000′s max frame rate of 6fps, the D7000 delivered the following results with each of the cards. [Read more...]

Demystifying SD Cards

SanDisk 64GB SDXC

This article was sparked by a recent conversation I had with some folks at SanDisk.  We were talking about the numerous types and ratings of SD cards and how there are lots of questions from users about the acronyms, labels and speed ratings associated with SD cards.

In this article, we’re going to look at the different types of SD cards, along their speed class designation, and why these are important for you and your camera.  By the end of this article, you should have a better understanding of what works in your camera and why.  Moreover, you should be able to choose the right SD card for your camera and the way you want to use it.

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SanDisk SD WORM Card

SanDisk has introduced a Write Once, Read Many (WORM) SD card in 1GB capacity.  The WORM card is geared toward users who are seeking archival and tamper-proof storage.  Specifically, SanDisk is highlighting the SD WORM card’s utility to police departments, which require an unalterable chain of evidence.

Full details in the press release below. [Read more...]