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New format boasts high speed
By Adorama News Writer
December 22, 2011
Just when you thought things had settled down in the world of memory cards, with the choice between Compact Flash (mostly in pro-oriented cameras) and one of the various flavors of SD (for pretty much everything else; read "What kind of memory card do I need for my point-and-shoot camera?") formats, along comes the Compact Flash Association, which has just unveiled a new format memory card, the XQD. Designed from the ground up as a high-performance card that will accomodate the increasing demands for faster transfer speed and storage capacity, the XQD is somewhere between CF and SD cards in size (38.5x29.8x3.8mm).The XQD card is said to have a 125MB/sec and higher transfer speed. Although the QXD specs were finalized by the Compact Flash Association, the XQD will not be backward compatible with CF cards (which are somewhat larger) or SD cards (which are much smaller).Industry insiders report that SanDisk, Canon, Nikon and Sony are among companies planning to introduce cameras with XQD card slots and will be promoting the new format for serious photography and video.
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Reader Rating and Comments
Need more information to determine the value. Currently have CF cards @ 90 & 100 M, 16GB & 32GB with two per camera. Both are faster than the camera and down load to the computer is bad will have to buy the D4 to evaluate.
January 13, 2012
While I hate new formats, I have to say if it's coming from the CFA then it's probably going to be another stable format that stays around forever like CF. On top of that, we all really need to admit that even CFs are a bottleneck. The option of doing RAW to QXD and JPG to a fast CF is actually kind of a nice idea (Nikon D4).
January 9, 2012
It's not like we weren't going to upgrade our cameras anyway. But now we'll get squeezed for a couple hundred more next time around.
January 4, 2012
Another incompatible format for storage. Arrrgh.
January 3, 2012
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