updated 11:45 am EDT, Tue September 23, 2008
SanDisk faster CF cards
SanDisk on Tuesday announced the launch of a new, faster and more capacious 16GB Extreme IV CF card, as well as the fact that it and the rest of the Extreme IV range is now 12.5 percent faster, with read and write speeds now set at 45MBps, or 300X. Meant for use by professional photographers, all of the Extreme IV cards are also UDMA enabled, allowing the transfer of files to occur faster than before. At the same time, the portable memory maker introduced two ImageMate card readers, the All-in-one and Multi-Card USB 2.0 readers, each capable of transferring 1GB of data in 35 seconds.
SanDisk tested the new CF cards with the most popular digital SLR cameras on the market, finding the added speed allows more photos to be taken, as they reduce the write delay between shots. All also speed up post-production process, as the transfer from card to computer is quicker as well. According to SanDisk, an independent test concluded the 16GB Extreme IV CF card is the fastest card at such a lofty capacity.
The biggest advantages of high-speed cards come when lots of information needs to be written to a card quickly, such as when RAW and JPG format photos are being created with every frame shot and in fast action where burst or continuous shooting is performed. To reach the 45MBps transfer speed from card to computer, SanDisk offers a FireWire reader as an optional accessory. The 16GB Extreme IV CF card is available now, priced at just about $400.
The two ImageMate readers are unique in that they offer a transfer button that acts like a shortcut key that can be programmed to launch a website or application in addition to allowing the traditional drag and drop transfer method. The All-In-One memory card reader is capable of transferring files at 34MBps when using a SanDisk Extreme IV 45MBps CF card, while the Multi-Card reader can support 30MBps read speeds and 27MBps write speeds with a SanDisk Extreme III 30MBps Edition SDHC card. The All-in-one ImageMate reader can support miniSDHC, microSDHC, Memory Stick Pro Duo, and CompactFlash memory cards in addition to the SD, SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick and xD cards supported by the Multi-Card reader.
The ImageMate card readers will launch in the fourth quarter of 2008, priced at nearly $30 for the All-in-one reader and about $20 for the Multi-card reader.
SanDisk 16GB Extreme IV CF Card
SanDisk ImageMate card readers