Angelbird AV PRO CFexpress Cards Released – Up To 2TB Capacity and Sustained Write Speed of 1GB/s

September 1st, 2020
Angelbird AV PRO CFexpress Cards Released – Up To 2TB Capacity and Sustained Write Speed of 1GB/s

Angelbird just announced the release of two new CFexpress 2.0 Type B media cards. The AV PRO CFexpress cards offer sustained write speeds of 1GB/s and are available in sizes up to 2TB (4TB coming soon). AV PRO CFexpress XT offer even faster sustained speeds and a capacity of up to 660GB. The cards are available now separately or in Match Packs.

First announced in 2016, the CFexpress technology promised to offer impressive transfer speeds, but as with every new technology, its adoption in the industry took some time. Since the CFexpress 2.0 standard was announced in 2019 with three types of cards – Type A, Type B, and Type C – more and more camera manufacturers started adopting this standard. It seems that CFexpress is the future of ultra-fast memory cards.

Type B memory cards (identical in size as XQD) have been the most used type so far. There are currently numerous camera models that utilize these cards – Canon EOS 1DX III, Canon EOS R5, Canon EOS C300 Mark III, Canon EOS C500 Mark II, Nikon Z6, and more.

The Austrian company Angelbird is now announcing two new CFexpress 2.0 Type B media cards with impressive speeds. Let’s take a short look at the features and specs.

Angelbird AV PRO CFexpress 2.0 Type B Memory Cards

Image credit: Angelbird

As Angelbird claims, they adapted and tested a Y1 controller processor to work with the CFexpress technology. It enables the new cards to offer higher sustained speeds while generating less heat and consuming less power. According to Angelbird, the card goes into a deep idle mode when not in use – it consumes less than 0,1W of power.

Adaptive Thermal Management is a technology that protects the cards from potential damage due to camera/processor heat that can occur during prolonged recording. Heat sensors within the card monitor operating temperature of the processor and NAND flash components and protect the card and its contents by automatically signaling a safe shutdown or adapting its performance.

With these new cards Angelbird focused on sustained speeds. This number is actually much more relevant than a maximum speed, which is written on memory cards. Sustained speed (also referred to as a “minimum speed”) is what really matters when using any memory card in a camera. It means the card’s speed will never drop below this point which is vital for the card to sustain a data stream of a certain bitrate from the camera and avoid any dropped frames.

Angelbird launches two card types – Angelbird AV PRO CFexpress and Angelbird AV PRO CFexpress XT. The cards offer different sustained speeds and capacities.

AV PRO CFexpress 2.0 Cards Launched. Source: Angelbird

Angelbird AV PRO CFexpress cards offer a minimum sustained write speed of 1000 MB/s and a sustained read speed of 1000 MB/s. Maximum speeds are 1700 MB/s for read and 1500 MB/s for write. They come in capacities of 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB. Angelbird claims that soon they will even launch a 4 TB version of this card.

AV PRO CFexpress XT 2.0 Cards Launched. Source: Angelbird

Angelbird AV PRO CFexpress XT cards offer even higher performance with a minimum sustained write speed of 1480 MB/s (minimum read speed is 1500MB/s). Maximum speeds are 1700 MB/s for read and 1500 MB/s for write. Currently, these cards come in capacities of 330 GB and 660 GB. Soon, a 1.3 TB version of this card should come.

Like all other Angelbird AV PRO media solutions, the new CFexpress cards are also shock, dust, x-ray, and splash-water proof. The cards are tested for safe operating temperatures between -10°C to +70°C (storage temperatures between -20°C to +85°C).

Angelbird also offers a free data recovery service that covers media that has encountered physical damage and/or software issues such as data or file corruption. Their staff will evaluate the issue and safely attempt a secure data-recovery in their lab along with complementary express shipping.

Angelbird CFexpress Card Reader

Angelbird also launches a new CFexpress card reader. With its USB 3.2 Gen 2, 10 Gb/s connectivity, it includes USB-C to USB-C cable (50 cm / 19.7″) and an active USB-A to USB-C adapter. The reader is fully compatible with Thunderbolt 3.

AV PRO CFexpress 2.0 Cards Launched. Source: Angelbird

Angelbird implemented a “Write Protect” function into their card readers. By enabling this switch, the user can not delete or erase anything by mistake. This feature is supported for Mac, Windows, Linux, and Android. The new CFexpress card reader also stacks modularly with the company’s other card readers (CFast 2.0 and Dual SD reader).

Price and Availability

According to Angelbird, the cards should be available now. We will add prices as soon as we know them.

For now, you can get those new cards by buying them directly from Angelbird:

  • If you are a Canon 1D X Mark III or Canon EOS R5 user, click here
  • If you are a Nikon Z 6/ Z 7 user, click here
  • For AV Pro CFexpress cards (Single cards) click here
  • For AV Pro Cfxpress XT cards (Ultimate Performance) click here

As always, the company offers single cards or “Match Packs” – two (or four) matched cards in a bundle. As Angelbird claims, CFexpress Match Packs are engineered in small quantities and fully tested and qualified in-camera to assure full compatibility and functionality at all available codecs.

What do you think of the new Angelbird CFexpress media cards? Are you using CFexpress already? Do you have a good experience with Angelbird media? Let us know in the comments section underneath the article.

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Glen Goldblatt
Glen Goldblatt
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September 1st, 2020

I’ve used Angelbird CFast cards for a couple of years now on my Blackmagic cameras. Never had an issue with them. Solid cards from a company dedicated to quality.

 Mason Hest
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September 1st, 2020

I own a few of there C Fast cards that I use in my C200 and 1dxmkii and they are phenomenal and I rely on them heavily and they have never failed me. This company is a fantastic company to deal with on any and all levels and if you have questions they are great with turn around and answering them. I have held off buying cfexpress from other companies because I really do trust my data and work with Angelbird

Christopher Dobey
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September 1st, 2020

After offloading 511GB of 8K RAW R5 footage in under 10 minutes, I’m a CFexpress fan. It’s a sturdy form factor that’s both smaller than a 2.5mm SSD and less flimsy than SD Card. Side note – the CFexpress card was nearly too hot to pick up after the half terabyte transfer was complete (SanDisk Extreme Pro, not Angelbird though).

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