SanDisk 16 GB Extreme III Compact Flash Memory Card

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About SanDisk

SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash is designed for serious professional photographers who demand one of the fastest, most rugged and most durable memory cards on the market. Professional photographers who work under less than ideal conditions expect more from a flash memory card. More speed. More performance. More reliability. SanDisk's Extreme III card delivers everything you want plus a whole lot more.

That's because only SanDisk Extreme III memory cards feature innovative ESP technology for the fastest speeds and highest performance. ESP stands for "Enhanced Super-Parallel Processing". Simply put, it means you are getting the fastest read / write speeds available, speed you'll definitely appreciate whenever you find yourself shooting and storing pictures in harsh environments, extreme temperatures or at high altitudes.

Every SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash card comes with RescuePRO so you can recover images, documents, mail, video, music - just about any digital file, with ease. Built with leading-edge media recovery algorithms, RescuePro lets you preview recoverable data before you try to retrieve it. With RescuePRO's unique recovery algorithm for MPEG audio and MPEG video recovery (MPEG-1/2/3) what you see and what you hear, is what you can recover.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Reliable (45),Easy to use (25),Large capacity (23),Writes/reads fast (23),Great value (22),Fast (14),Excellent interface (9),Lightweight (8),Strong construction (3)
Best Uses:
Digital photography (21),Portable images/multimedia (18),Digital capture (12),Storing images/multimedia (12),Image storage (9),Image transportation (8)
Reviewer Profile:
Professional (11),Enthusiast (8),Semi pro (8),Photo enthusiast (7),Pro photographer (5),Semi-professional (3),Semi-pro photographer (3)

SanDisk Features

  • Designed to meet the critical speed and performance needs of serious professional photographers - lets you quickly capture, view, upload and transfer large image files
  • Ideal for demanding photo shoots under severe weather conditions - heat, cold, wind, rain, snow, etc.
  • Durable, reliable and thoroughly tested - temperature tested (heat and cold); shock and vibration tested (industrial-grade RTV included for CompactFlash)
  • Data recovery software- ensures your photos will always be there (even if you delete them accidentally)
  • Dedicated, priority technical support hotline for direct customers of SanDisk Extreme products
  • Included travel case keeps your memory cards organized

SanDisk Specifications

Form Factor
CompactFlash Card
Product Type
Flash memory card
Read Rate
30 MB/s
Storage Capacity
16 GB
Write Rate
30 MB/s
Features (BD)
ESP Technology
Packaged Quantity
Product Line
SanDisk Extreme
Software Type
SanDisk RescuePRO
Max Operating Temperature
185 °F
Min Operating Temperature
-13 °F
SanDisk Warranty

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®


(based on 51 reviews)


of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review


Excellent Card - Terrible Rebate

I agree with the comments about the rebate, but Sandisk sent me a postcard in the male about 8 weeks later tell me that the rebate was invalid. After spending 1 hour on the phone with them, the finally gave me another promo, but with smaller rebate check. Sandisk has horrible rebate customer service. I purchased 3 sandisk products. 3/3 were had problems with the rebate. My wife says if I want to purchase it, assume that no rebate will come - it's icing on the cake if it does.


Most Liked Negative Review


Good card - Annoying rebate

The card is great, never had a problem with it. The rebate check takes MONTHS to get to you, and then you have to MAIL IT IN to redeem it!!! Forget placing an order online, you have to write a letter describing what you want to order, put the check in the mail, and pray that it does not get lost. Seriously. If you are going to give a rebate, give a rebate already!

Reviewed by 51 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Sandisk is consistently reliable


from Los Angeles, CA  -  Professional

I use only SanDisk and count on their reliability and the RescuePro software that came with this card is extremely useful.


16 Gig Ext III about right for me ...


from Fort Collins, CO  -  Semi Pro

This works fine ... everyday use, including movies, it's fast enough.


A Workhorse Compact Flash Card


from Chicago, IL  -  Professional

I am buying 16GB Sandisk Extreme cards now to accommodate the larger file sizes of my CanonD Mark II's. My 4GB & 8GB Sandisk Extreme cards have been (and still are) incredibly reliable, so my hope is the 16GB will continue the tradition.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Just what I needed!


from New Smyrna Beach, FL  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I needed a larger (and faster) CF card for my Canon 7D. . .filled a 2 GB in minutes (I shoot hi-res jpeg).After reading a couple of reviews, visiting blogs, etc. I chose the SanDisk 16 GB Extreme III CF card.Adorama had the best price (also a $20 rebate).[...] trouble-free CF Card.I've shopped here before and I'll shop here again.




from dallas, texas  -  Professional

used for video on a canon5D mrk II seemed to read and right fast


Fast and Ready to go...


from San Clemente, CA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Cards were already formatted and ready to go! Started shooting pictures immediately. No problems with multiple frame sequence shots but have not tested the functionality with faster cards. Bought 3 of these cards and all functioned perfectly out of the box.


Great Compact Flash


from Lisbon, Portugal  -  Semi Pro

Excellent Compact Flash with a large capacity and very fast! Nearly 1000 pictures in better quality. Portability is guaranteed!


Great product and great value


from Boston, MA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Terrific capacity for my Canon 7D. Gives you lots of flexibility in storing a whole vacations worth of pictures. Works well in shooting fast action sports at the 8 frames/sec that the 7D is capable of.


Great Card


from Indiana  -  Semi Pro

I use this card for my 7d, and it works GREAT! The only problem that I run into is that the capacity is small. I use this for both video and photography. If you use your camera for mainly photos, then you are fine. However if you plan on shooting 1080p footage, you may consider paying a little extra for the 32gb card. I am buying a 32gb card here very shortly.


Good go-to gift


from chicago, il

Bought this for my photography-hobbyist dad. He says it's easy to use, reliable and has a lot of storage space.

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