With the recent influx of high-resolution DSLRs now capable of recording HD video, SanDisk released a new series of CompactFlash memory cards that can read and write up to 90MB per second. The SanDisk Extreme Pro series will be available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB cards that will range in cost from $300-800.
SanDisk is calling the new Extreme Pro series the “world’s fastest high-capacity memory card.” It reaches those 90 MB/s read-write speeds with the help of the SanDisk Power Core Controller. Indeed, the new series outshines Lexar’s Professional CF series, which reaches top transfer speeds of 35MB/s. Kingston’s Elite Pro series tops off at 40MB/s.
The fast read-write speed on the SanDisk Extreme Pro cards allows photographers to download images and videos faster. This is advantageous for DSLRs like the new Nikon D300s with its 12.3-megapixel images, 7 fps burst mode, and 720p HD videos. The 18-megapixel Canon EOS 7D could also benefit with its 8 fps burst mode and 1080p HD video.
“The new SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash line is the direct result of SanDisk’s passion, commitment, and break-through engineering innovation to provide best-in-class flash memory cards for professional photography,” said Eric Bone, SanDisk’s vice president of retail product marketing, in the company’s Sept. 14 press release. “The SanDisk Power Core Controller delivers unmatched write speed and reliability, providing photographers with a spectacular combination of performance, capacity and peace of mind that images are safely stored.”
Images are “safely stored” in the durable cards, which have a silicone coating on them to protect against moisture and can withstand temperatures from 13-185 degrees Fahrenheit (-25 to +85 Celcius). The SanDisk Extreme Pro cards are rated to survive falls from up to nine feet. In addition to these perks, the cards come with a limited lifetime warranty.
SanDisk also upgraded its Extreme CompactFlash series with its 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities. The second tier of memory cards has read-write speeds of 60MB/s and will retail for $130-375. All of today’s freshly announced memory cards are compatible with current devices that support CompactFlash cards, although SanDisk will release a faster card reader in late October for $50 that is designed to take advantage of the Extreme Pro series’ speed.