Kingston Releases 64GB SDXC Card, Costs More Than Camera

Kingston has just launched a 64GB Class 10 SDXC card that touts a 60MB/s read speed and a 35MB/s write speed.  The new card carries a rather steep retail price tag of $499.

I don’t know about you, but I’ll stick with using two 32GB cards until the price comes down a bit.

You can read up on all the specs of the new SDXC card in the press release below. [Read more...]

SDXC Cards – What the New Format Means to Photographers

The SDXC card specification has been announced for more than a year now.  However, it’s only now that we are starting to see products supporting this new specification.  There are a few important things to note about SDXC cards and how they fit into photographers’ gear bags.

The SDXC specification comes from the SD Association, which is an industry standards organization founded by Panasonic, SanDisk and Toshiba in 2000.   If a manufacturer is going to use SD technology in product, they have to license the right to use that technology from the SD Association. Most, if not all, of the major camera manufacturers are members of the SD Association and license the patents and other intellectual property necessary for developing SD-compatible cameras and memory cards.

There are a number of different specifications that the SD Association has developed over the past decade, including SD, miniSD, microSD, SDHC, miniSDHC, microSDHC and SDXC, among others.  Each specification has its own limitations or capabilities.  For instance, the original SD specification offered storage only up to 2GB.  When SDHC came along, it took the capacity up to 32GB.  The latest specification, SDXC, offers storage capacities up to 2TB. [Read more...]

PhotoFast CF and SD Cards Review

I have been using a few memory cards from PhotoFast over the past few weeks alongside my usual mix of Lexar, Kingston and SanDisk cards. Specifically, the PhotoFast GMonster 533x 32GB and 533x Plus 16GB CF cards have spent a lot of time in my Canon 5D Mark II and a Nikon D300s that I’ve had on hand.  Additionally, I’ve tried out the PhotoFast 16GB Class 10 SD/SDHC card. [Read more...]

7 Awesome Memory Card Deals

SanDisk Extreme III SD Cards

1. Kingston 2GB SD Card

$6.95 @ B&H Photo

2. Kingston 4GB SD Card (Class 6)

$14.50 @ B&H Photo

I’ve got a bag full of the 2GB version of this card and they have performed great in a variety of Canon, Nikon and Sony DSLRs.

3. Kingston 8GB 133x CF Card

$22.95 @ B&H Photo

4. 5 PACK – SanDisk 2GB Extreme III SD Cards

$49.95 @ Adorama

5. Lexar 16GB 60x SD Card

$29.00 @ Adorama (after $30 mail-in rebate)

6. Kingston 2GB 50x CF Card

$9.95 @ Adorama

7. Kingston 8GB CF Card (standard version)

$19.74 @ (still in stock for now)

Killer Deals: SanDisk CF and SD Cards

Adorama just emailed me these deals on SanDisk CF and SD cards.  If you don’t mind dealing with mail-in rebates these are some incredible deals.  And, the more you buy the more you save.

All prices are after mail-in rebates.  Rebates are valid till Oct. 11. Buy while supplies last.

SanDisk Extreme III 16GB CF – $24.95 for (1) – $22.43ea for (2) – $14.95ea for (3)

SanDisk Extreme III 8GB CF – $19.95 for (1) – $9.95ea for (2) – $6.62ea for (3)

SanDisk Extreme III 4GB CF – $17.95 for (1) – $12.95ea for (2) – $11.28ea for (3)

SanDisk Extreme III 2GB CF – $14.95 for (1) - $9.95ea for (2) – $8.28ea for (3)

SanDisk 8 GB Extreme Ducati Edition CF – $44.95 for (1) – $39.95ea for (2) – $36.62ea for (3)

SanDisk 4 GB Extreme Ducati Edition CF – $24.95 for (1) – $19.95ea for (2) – $16.62ea for (3)

SanDisk 8 GB Extreme III SD Card (SDHC) – $24.95 for (1) – $19.95ea for (2) – $16.62ea for (3)

SanDisk 4 GB Extreme III SD Card (SDHC) – $17.95 for (1) – $15.45ea for (2) – $12.95ea for (3)

SanDisk 3-bit-per-cell (x3) Nand Flash

Company Introduces World’s First Commercial 16-gigabit, 3-Bit-Per-Cell NAND Flash ChipSAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, February 6, 2008 – Reaching a new threshold in the development of flash memory, SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today announced that it expects to start mass production of the world’s first commercial three-bit-per-cell (x3) NAND flash memory in March/April 2008. The 16-gigabit (Gb) x3 NAND flash employs SanDisk’s standard 56 nanometer (nm) flash technology and provides over 20 percent more die per wafer compared to standard NAND Multi-Level Cell (MLC) memory (2-bits-per-cell) on the same technology node. x3 enables higher manufacturing efficiency and lower die cost for the same capital investment. The new x3 flash architecture has been in development for the past two years and employs SanDisk’s most advanced patented design innovations to achieve the same performance and high reliability found in SanDisk’s 2-bits-per-cell chips. [Read more...]