SanDisk officially launched their line of Extreme PRO CFexpress type B cards. They come in four different sizes – 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB, reaching speeds up to 1700 MB/s (read) and 1200 MB/s (write). The cards are now available for preorder with an expected ship date sometime later this year. Alongside these new cards SanDisk launched fast CFexpress Card Reader.
It looks like CFexpress will be the standard of future memory cards for internal high resolution RAW video recording, because the theoretical maximum speeds are ridiculously high. Back in April 2018, ProGrade showcased what is possible with CFexpress technology – they demonstrated their 1TB 1400MB/s CFexpress type B card.
In February 2019, CompactFlash association released specifications for the CFexpress 2.0 standard (full press release available here). Memory cards with this new standard will come in three sizes – type A (20 x 28 x 2.8mm), type B (38.5 x 29.8 x 3.8mm), and type C (54 x 74 x 4.8mm). The maximum theoretical performance for CFepxress cards is 4000MB/s for the largest type C, 2000MB/s for the middle type B, and 1000MB/s for the smallest type A cards.
The new SanDisk memory cards are CFexpress 2.0 type B, which have identical form factor as XQD cards. Sometimes these cards are being referred to as “the next version of XQD”. It seems that CFexpress cards can be supported through firmware update with XQD compatible cameras. Nikon, for example, announced that future support for CFexpress is coming via a firmware update to their Z 6 and Z 7 mirrorless cameras. Other popular cameras with XQD slot are Panasonic S1, S1R, and Sony FS7. We don’t have any information yet whether Panasonic and Sony are also planning to bring CFexpress support for these cameras.
SanDisk Extreme PRO CFexpress Cards
The new SanDisk Extreme PRO CFexpress type B memory cards come in four different capacities – 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. When it comes to speeds, SanDisk has rated the 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB models at 1700 MB/s read and 1200 MB/s write, while the 64GB model hits 1500 MB/s read and 800 MB/s write.
These speeds should be enough for RAW 4K video recording. I am very curious if we will see internal RAW video recording in the Nikon Z6 and Z7, for example.
SanDisk CFexpress Card Reader
The SanDisk CFexpress type B card reader uses USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C interface and it comes with the USB Type-C cable. Maximum transfer speed will be 1250 MB/s, which will depend on the speed of the card itself and the speed of the computer drive.
SanDisk Extreme PRO CFexpress cards as well as the CFexpress card reader are now available for preorder with an expected shipping date sometime later this year. The prices begin at $150 for the 64GB version and go up to $600 for the largest capacity of 512GB. The card reader is being sold for $50.
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