Sony unveils new high-speed XQD memory cards

Sony XQD memory cards

Sony has launched a new range of XQD memory cards for the recently adopted XQD specification, which the new Nikon D4 supports.

Using the new cards, XQD compatible high-end DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) users can capture up to approximately 100 frames in RAW format in continuous shooting mode. In addition to high-speed data transfer capability, Sony promises that the cards are highly reliable to protect users’ data and images.

“Advanced photographers want to capture the moment in the highest quality possible, and that often means dealing with massive files like RAW images,” said Andreas Georghiades, Product Manager, Sony UK. “These XQD cards give a whole new meaning to speed and performance for digital imaging enthusiasts.”

Sony claims that when used with Nikon’s new DSLR “D4”, XQD memory cards can record approximately up to 100 frames in RAW format in continuous shooting mode.

The XQD memory cards achieve stable, continuous shooting of RAW images and fast data transfer rates (up to 1Gbps; 125MB/s, write and read) through the PCIe interface, a computer expansion card standard for serial interfaces. A unique controller and optimised flash memory enables high-speed data processing, resulting in speed and performance that can’t be achieved by conventional compact flash cards, says Sony.

Sony is also introducing a USB 2.0/3.0 compatible XQD card reader (model MRW-E80).

The new family of XQD Memory Cards by Sony is available from end of January.

Estimated retail prices

  • QD-H16 card, 16 GB, $129.99
  • QD-H32 card, 32 GB, $229.99
  • Card Reader, MRW-E80, $44.99
  • ExpressCard Adapter, QDA-EX1, $44.99

For more information on the XQD Sony memory card click here.

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