Make Way for the SanDisk Extreme Pro CFexpress Cards

SanDisk just announced their latest line of Extreme Pro CFexpress type B cards. These cards have the same form as XQD cards and can be supported by XQD compatible cameras through a firmware update. So far, Nikon has announced CFexpress cards will be supported in the Z6 and Z7 cameras via a firmware update.  

CFexpress card sizes and speeds

The CFexpress cards will be the new normal for internal high-resolution video recording and will be able to capture RAW 4K video with ease. The cards come in four sizes—64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB. Each has the following speeds:

  • 512GB: Up to 1700MB/s read and 1400MB/s write speeds
  • 256GB: Up to 1700MB/s read and 1200MB/s write speeds
  • 128GB: Up to 1700MB/s read and 1200MB/s write speeds
  • 64GB: Up to 1500MB/s read and 800MB/s write speeds

When compared to Sony's XQD cards, SanDisk's CFexpress cards more than triple the speed. The XQD cards come in sizes 32GB, 64GB, 120GB and 240GB. Read speeds only go up to 440MB/s and write speeds up to 400MB/s. With faster speeds and at a lower cost than XQD, it's a no brainer to go with the CFexpress cards. 

CFexpress card reader

Along with the new cards, SanDisk has come out with a CFexpress Card Reader, enabling you to transfer the data on the card to your computer. It is capable of USB 3.1 Gen2 speeds and has USB-C connectivity. Each card also comes with a Rescue PRO Deluxe data recovery software download that makes it easy to recover files that have been accidentally deleted. 

 

SanDisk Extreme PRO CFexpress cards, as well as the CFexpress card reader, are expected to ship later this year. Prices range from $150 for the 64GB version and go up to $600 for the 512GB. The card reader will be sold for $50.

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