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Sunday, September 15, 2013

SanDisk Announces World's Fastest CFast 2.0 Card

SanDisk announced last year the company will not be pursuing the XQD memory card format, but instead would focus its energies on CFast 2.0, the highest speed of any CompactFlash card. Now the company has announced the world’s first CFast 2.0 card and the fastest memory card of any kind.

The card’s official name is the SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 card. Currently, the fastest card on the market is the Toshiba’s Exceria Pro SDHC card but the new SanDisk card's read speeds can reach 450MB per second and write speeds of up to 350MB per second.

For now, the only thing holding back the new CFast 2.0 card's introduction is compatibility. Only the Arri Amira currently supports the pinless cards. SanDisk is working with Canon to make their card support top-of-the-line cameras like the EOS-1 bodies.

No price has been mentioned but the card is already in the U.S., Europe and Asian photo specialty stores and at ARRI authorized retailers in both 60GB and 120GB versions. To get an idea of the price of this lighting fast CF card, just look to the recent announcement of the SanDisk 256GB CF card.

According to SanDisk, "the world’s first high-capacity, high-performance 256GB CompactFlash card with the latest Video Performance Guarantee (VPG-65) specification” sells for $1,810. That will cost you more than a Canon EOS-6D full frame DSLR camera. Like they say, "speed kills." In this case, it can kill your equipment budget very quickly.  

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