Following suit with SanDisk and PhotoFast, Lexar has introduced their Professional 600x CF card line. They come in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB flavors. The 8GB version and 16GB version should start shipping this week. The 32GB version will ship in November.
It looks like they smoke too – just check out Rob Galbraith’s tests of the new cards. They hit it where it matters most, in camera.
The Lexar cards are faster in the Canon 7D than the SanDisk Extreme Pro and just a smidgen faster than the PhotoFast 533x Plus. The SanDisk Extreme Pro is a little faster than the new Lexar 600x in the Nikon D300s; however, the Lexar cards manage to get 8 more images out of a burst of RAW + JPEG files than the SandDisk Extreme Pro (58 images vs. 50 images), which makes the Lexar on par with PhotoFast 533x Plus cards for burst capacity.
More details about the new Lexar 600x CF card series in the press release below.
Lexar Professional 600x CF Cards News Release
FREMONT, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, today announced it will offer the Lexar® Professional 600x CompactFlash® (CF) card, a new memory card that provides enhanced speed and performance for professional photographers and advanced photo enthusiasts capturing high-definition images and videos on digital SLRs. The Lexar Professional 600x CF memory card will offer increased speed and performance, with a guaranteed minimum sustained write speed capability of 600x (90MB/s) when paired with a UDMA 6 enabled device. In addition, the Lexar Professional 600x CF memory card increases workflow with minimum sustained read speeds of 533x (80MB/s), or faster when paired with a UDMA 6-enabled reader such as the new Lexar Professional ExpressCard™ CompactFlash Reader. Available in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities, the Lexar Professional 600x CF card will significantly improve in-camera performance by rapidly clearing a camera’s buffer and making fast cameras even faster so photographers can keep shooting. In addition, increased image transfer speeds from card-to-computer will help reduce post-production time and enable shooters to focus on the business of photography. For additional information about the Lexar Professional 600x CF card or Lexar Professional ExpressCard CompactFlash reader, visit www.lexar.com.
“Photographers are constantly demanding more from their equipment, and an increase in image capture speeds paired with a decrease in image transfer times can mean the world to a professional shooter,” said Jeff Cable, director of marketing, Lexar Media. “The combined solution of our new Professional 600x CF card and Professional ExpressCard CompactFlash reader is the next step in CF memory technology and will provide photographers with the speeds and performance they need to capture the best shots and improve their imaging workflow. When shooting with newer cameras like the Canon EOS 7D, Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Nikon D3x or Nikon D300S, professionals can capture more images per second and hundreds of JPEG files without pausing to clear their cameras’ buffers.”
When paired with the new Lexar Professional ExpressCard CompactFlash reader, the Lexar Professional 600x CF card significantly improves the digital imaging workflow by accelerating the download of captured images to a destination computer. Designed for photographers on the go, the Lexar Professional ExpressCard CompactFlash reader is a portable, high-performance reader that requires no cables and connects directly to a PC or Mac® laptop computer’s ExpressCard slot. The durable reader is compatible with all UDMA and non-UDMA CompactFlash cards and supports read/write speeds up to 133MB/s (886x). The Lexar Professional ExpressCard CompactFlash reader comes with free, dedicated customer support, backed by a two-year limited warranty and will be available later this month. For additional information about the Lexar Professional ExpressCard CompactFlash reader, visit www.lexar.com.
“With the introduction of the Professional 600x line, Lexar is – for the first time in several years – producing a CompactFlash series for working photographers that provides class-leading read and write speeds,” says Rob Galbraith in a story published today on the Rob Galbraith Digital Photography Insights website. “In our test of the 600x 16GB card, it came out on top in several of the most popular digital SLRs – including the Canon EOS 7D – plus turned in the fastest card-to-computer transfer rates in FireWire 800 reader testing on the Mac and ExpressCard adapter testing in Windows.”
In addition to high speeds and high capacity options of the Lexar Professional 600x CF card, consumers also receive the reliability they have come to expect from Lexar. All Lexar memory cards are tested in the Lexar Reliability Lab, a facility with more than 800 digital cameras, to ensure quality, performance, and compatibility. Lexar performs this extensive testing in an effort to provide customers with a higher level of confidence, whether they are capturing once-in-a-lifetime memories, important events, or everyday occasions.
Customers can access Lexar’s Digital Photography website, a dedicated, online resource and tips destination (http://www.lexar.com/dp/), and can also leverage phone and live-chat tech support. Lexar provides these services and resources to customers to minimize the time required for troubleshooting card issues and to provide tools for photographers to optimize their shooting and focus on capturing great images.
“When taking photographs is your livelihood, having the most advanced, reliable equipment is essential. For years, I’ve trusted Lexar memory cards to protect my most valuable work,” said Lexar Elite Photographer, Rick Sammon. “The new Lexar Professional 600x CF card and Professional ExpressCard CompactFlash Reader are the latest innovations in Lexar’s long history of industry-leading solutions for professionals and I look forward to integrating them into my workflow.”
The Lexar Professional 600x CF cards will begin shipping on October 22 in 8GB and 16GB capacities. The cards will be available on Lexar.com and in specialty photo retailers and consumer electronics outlets including B&H Photo, Adorama, J&R Electronics, and many other authorized Lexar resellers. The Lexar Professional 600x 32GB CF card will be available in November. All capacities will include a limited lifetime warranty and free downloadable copy of Image Rescue™ 4, the latest version of Lexar’s award-winning image recovery software. In addition, the cards will offer exclusive, money-saving promotions from Adobe on popular photo and video editing products, including the latest versions of Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom®, Adobe Photoshop Elements, and Adobe Premiere® Elements software.