Lexar Unveils World's Fastest CF Cards—But Cameras Aren't Ready Yet

Lexar today displayed the world's fastest memory card, the Lexar Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 card, boasting read transfer speeds up to 500 MB/s in capacities up to 256GB, as well as a compatible CFast 2.8 USB 3.0 reader. That's the good news. The bad news? No current digital camera supports the new super-speedy card but that is certain to change.

Lexar also announced several new cards that are compatible with current cameras:

The new Lexar Professional 1066x 256GB CF card offers a read transfer speed up to 160MB per second and write speeds up to 155MB per second. While the Professional 800x CF card is now available with a capacity of 256GB, as well as the industry’s first 512GB memory card, both with read transfer speeds up to 120MB per second and write speeds up to 75MB per second. The cards dramatically accelerate workflow and provide high-speed, reliable performance to capture and transfer high-quality photos and 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video.

The 1066x cards are available in capacites from 16-256GB; the 800x CF cards offer capacities from 8-512GB. The 512 GB card will be available in early 2014 for approximately $1,500. The 256GB 1066x card will cost $969.99. The entire lineup of Lexar cards and readers will be available at Adorama.

In addition, Lexar has also  announced increased capacities to the company's Flash Drive line. The Lexar JumpDrive P10, JumpDrive S33, and JumpDrive S23 are now available in 128GB capacities. While the JumpDrive S73 now available in 256GB capacity, making them viable mass storage alternatives.

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