CFexpress cards are here! Canon is first to use SanDisk’s superfast memory cards

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Is a brand new period in reminiscence card pace about to start? SanDisk has change into the primary producer to put CFexpress playing cards on sale – a brand new class of reminiscence playing cards that may promise blisteringly quick knowledge switch speeds of as much as two gigabytes per second. After which following rapidly after, Canon has launched a digicam that may use these superfast reminiscence playing cards.

The primary SanDisk Excessive Professional CFexpress playing cards at the moment are obtainable for order on Amazon in Europe over the weekend in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB – costing between £174.99 and £691.99 – though supply is estimated as being from one to 2 months. The playing cards at the moment are available to pre-order within the US for between $149.99 to $599.99

CFexpress cards are here! Canon is first to use SanDisk's superfast memory cards

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This primary technology of SanDisk’s Kind B CFExpress playing cards provide learn speeds of as much as 1700MB/s and 1400MB/s write speeds.

SanDisk can be releasing a bespoke CFexpress card reader, which is able to promote for $49.99. The reader is designed to help USB 3.1 Gen 2 speeds, and has a USB-C connector.

CFexpress cards are here! Canon is first to use SanDisk's superfast memory cards

Canon Cinema EOS 500 Mark II is the primary ever digicam to used the CFexpress reminiscence playing cards

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Adoption of this new format has already start. The brand new Canon EOS C500 Mark II cinema digicam makes use of twin CFexpress card slots and we count on it to start showing in different cameras too, particularly high-end fashions which demand ultra-fast recording speeds

There are rumors that the Nikon D6, which has been introduced as being in improvement, will use two CFexpress card slots. 

The switch pace won’t only for supporting the high-frame fee {of professional} stills cameras – will probably be notably welcome in future filmmaking cameras that may provide 6K and 8K video decision.

CFexpress cards are here! Canon is first to use SanDisk's superfast memory cards

Sandisk Excessive Professional CFexpress card reader

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XQD compatibility

However different, current cameras, may very well be transformed to make use of the brand new CFexpress playing cards nearly instantly, by way of a firmware replace. The Kind B CFexpress playing cards have the identical kind issue because the XQD reminiscence playing cards which are utilized in various current Nikon, Sony, Panasonic and Part One cameras or camcorders – and are subsequently backward appropriate

Nikon has already introduced that it has developed firmware updates for its Nikon Z 6 and Z 7 full-frame mirrorless cameras (and its D850, D500 and D5 DSLRs too)  which is able to enable these cameras for use with CFexpress reminiscence, as a substitute of XQD playing cards. Now that the playing cards are lastly on sale, the free firmware updates might now be launched. 

Sony, Lexar and others

CFexpress cards are here! Canon is first to use SanDisk's superfast memory cards

ProGrade is one in all three different producers that has CFExpress playing cards in improvement

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Sandisk is just not the one firm that shall be releasing CFexpress. As now we have beforehand reported,  Sony, Lexar, Delkin and Prograde Digital have all exhibited their variations of the brand new playing cards at commerce reveals during the last yr, though the on sale date for these has not but been introduced. The one different firm to have introduced the precise launch of its CFexpress playing cards is Angelbird.

Though this primary technology of CFexpress seems to be much more costly than XQD playing cards, the hope is that the format shall be cheaper in the long term – not least as this normal doesn’t require paying a producing license to Sony (as is the case with XQD playing cards).

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