Faster cameras, meet Sony’s faster cards





Sony is expanding its lineup of memory card options for professionals to include newer and faster XQD and SD media, as well as card readers for the XQD and SD formats, and an XQD USB adapter, all designed to support the latest high-performance DSLR cameras such as the Nikon D5 or D500.

Sony’s XQD-M series provides data transfer speeds of up to 440MB/s (read) and 150MB/s (write) for stable burst shooting, and the ability to backup 64GB of data in approximately 3 minutes, when using Sony’s new card reader technology.

In addition, Sony’s new SF-M series SD cards are UHS-II supported, with speeds up to 260MB/s (read) and 100MB/s (write). Sony’s new UHS-II supporting card reader maximizes SF-M series’ performance.

Both new media are said to be extremely dependable and durable, dust-proof, X-ray proof, anti-static and magnet proof to protect the most sensitive photo and video content.  Downloadable File Rescue Software aids in the recovery of photos and videos that may have been deleted, including RAW images, MOV files and 4K XAVC-S video files.



Sony also has introduced what it says is the world’s first XQD/SD card reader, the MRW-E90, which supports data transfer to a PC from all XQD series and UHS-II SD cards. The new card reader also supports SuperSpeed USB (USB3.1 Gen. 1).

QDA-SB1 is a USB XQD adapter compatible with the M and G Series XQD cards. The adapter is streamlined to occupy only one USB port, and comes with an extension USB cable.

No word yet on pricing and availability of the cards and readers.


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