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CompactFlash Association unveils XQD Ver.2.0 spec

CompactFlash Association unveils XQD Ver.2.0 spec

The first version of the CompactFlash Association XQD specification rolled out way back in December of 2011. That specification brought with it more performance for the CF cards used in many high-end cameras. The CompactFlash Association is back with a revised specification called XQD Ver.2.0.

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Lexar touts first 1000x CompactFlash memory card

Lexar touts first 1000x CompactFlash memory card

Lexar today announced the industry's first 1000x CompactFlash memory cards. Professional photographers and videographers will appreciate these blazing-fast cards, which offers a minimum guaranteed sustained read speed of 150MB per second of faster and a write speed of 145MB per second.

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CompactFlash Association announces XQD as next generation for high-end camera memory cards

CompactFlash Association announces XQD as next generation for high-end camera memory cards

Just when you think you've got all your memory card problems figured out, BAM, along comes the CompactFlash Association with an announcement that it has adopted a brand new specification and format called XQD to replace what some (of course) call the too-venerable CompactFlash memory card we've been using for a while now in our high-end cameras. This new XQD format is a PCI Express-based memory card that's both smaller and faster than the current CompactFlash format cards. XQD is also said to offer significant benefits over the competition - that competition of course being Secure Digital (aka SD)'s SDHC and SDXC cards.

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iPad 2 Compact Flash card reader ideal for mobile videographers [Video]

iPad 2 Compact Flash card reader ideal for mobile videographers [Video]

As we discovered in our review of the iPad 2, the new iMovie for iPad app turns the iOS slate into quite the portable video editing studio (you can see a demo of quite how easy it is after the cut). Apple's official Camera Connector Kit will get you going with SD memory cards, but until now if you recorded to CompactFlash you were out of luck. That's all changed, however, with the new M.I.C. CF connector kit.

Video demo after the cut

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SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB UDMA 7 is $1,500 CompactFlash

SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB UDMA 7 is $1,500 CompactFlash

SanDisk has revealed its fastest CompactFlash card yet, the Extreme Pro 128GB UDMA 7, and it's $1.5k of super high speed storage. Intended for seriously pro photographers, the 128GB memory card is capable of up to 100 MB/s write speeds and up to 97 MB/s read speeds.

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High-Speed 500MB/sec CompactFlash next-gen standard proposed by Sony, Nikon & SanDisk

High-Speed 500MB/sec CompactFlash next-gen standard proposed by Sony, Nikon & SanDisk

Sony, Nikon and SanDisk are pushing for a new high-speed memory card format, which would replace CompactFlash in future digital cameras and camcorders. The unnamed new format would mark a switch from PATA to PC Express, and theoretical transfer speeds of up to 500MB/sec from the current 167MB/sec maximum. Meanwhile it would also allow for cards greater than 2TB in capacity.

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Kingston CompactFlash 600x cards aim at high-end DSLRs

Kingston CompactFlash 600x cards aim at high-end DSLRs

Kingston has announced that it is launching a new CompactFlash card that is aimed at high-end DSLR users. The new CF card supports very fast 600x speeds with UDMA mode 6. The read and write speed for the card is up to 90MB/s.

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SDHC Flash Memory Performance on Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

SDHC Flash Memory Performance on Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

Digital SLR cameras generally save their images to one of two different types of memory card: the majority support CompactFlash (CF), while others such as Nikon's D3000 and the Canon Rebel XS write data onto Secure Digital (SD) memory cards. The latter are inexpensive and favorable for their smaller form factor and better physical contact surface instead of fragile pins. Some DSLRs, however, have dual card slots, such as the Canon Digital EOS 1D Mark II N or the Nikon D300s. Last time around, we reviewed number of UDMA-6 high performance CompactFlash cards on the world's fastest DSLR, the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, and we promised to put some Class-10 SDHCs through the same tests. That day has come, so read on to find out how Class 10 SDHCs stack against UDMA-rated CF on the Mark IV.

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High Performance CompactFlash Benchmarks on Canon 1D Mark IV

High Performance CompactFlash Benchmarks on Canon 1D Mark IV

Being successful in digital photography isn’t just about which DSLR you spend your money on: it’s the memory card you put inside it, too. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been testing the latest high-capacity UDMA 6 capable CompactFlash cards in up to 64GB sizes from SanDisk, PhotoFast and Lexar, intended for the most demanding of professional photographers. We didn’t stop at spec-sheet theory, either; to get the most out of these high-speed cards, we put them through their paces with the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and top-spec computers to gather the real world performance figures, including an unprecedented in-camera write speed pushing the limit to 58MB/s with the Mark IV. Read on to find out which card tops the chart, and how the newcomer PhotoFast G-Monster holds up against the market leaders.

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CompactFlash Association announces CF5.0 specifications now available

CompactFlash Association announces CF5.0 specifications now available

Many DSLR cameras and some camcorders on the market today store images and video to CompactFlash or CF cards. The higher-end cameras tend to use CF cards as do many pro-level camcorders. The big benefit of CF cards over SD cards for the most part has been storage capacity. The CompactFlash Association has announced that the new CF5.0 specs are now available.

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Silicon Power unveils world’s first 128GB 400X CF card

Silicon Power unveils world’s first 128GB 400X CF card

Lots of high-end DSLR cameras on the market today save pictures to Compact Flash cards. The CF card offers more speed than the average SD or SDHC card is capable of, but at a higher price. Silicon Power has unveiled a world's first in the CF card market today.

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Super Talent unveils quick CFast CompactFlash card

Super Talent unveils quick CFast CompactFlash card

The average digital camera tends to save images to SD or SDHC cards. Some of the high-end DSLR cameras save to a faster storage medium called CompactFlash. These cards are much faster than SD cards, but tend to cost a lot more too. Super Talent has announced a new CompactFlash card called the CFast that promises much higher performance than the average CF card.

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