Sony announced yesterday a new S series XQD memory card that are officially faster than Compact Flash cards with transfer speeds of 168/MBs. The latest and fastest offering from Sony only support a few cameras, mainly the Nikon D4 that is capable of the new XQD standard. Previously D4 owners could only purchase 16GB and 32GB H series XQD cards with the maximum read /write speeds of 125MB/s. The new S Series will be available with 32GB and 64 GB sizes with the noticeably higher 168MB/s transfer speeds.
From the official press release:
"Offering sustained read/write transfer speeds of 168MB/s (actual speed), XQD™ S Series outpaces the maximum interface speed limit of Compact Flash cards (167 MB/s).
Partnered with Nikon’s D4 professional DSLR, XQD™ S Series effortlessly captures a non-stop burst of 108 RAW frames3 (at 12-bit compressed RAW, approximately 10.5MB file size). At a shooting speed of 10fps, this lets photographers document the men’s 100m sprint final from start to finish in a single, sustained burst of RAW images."
A free driver software download is al available which will allow the XQD memory cards to be used with the latest Thunderbolt and MRW-E80 XQD card reader.
Sony also announce d a new free version of File Rescue, Ver 3.2, software, which as it 's name suggest, allow recovery of accidentally-deleted photos and videos.
- “It’s the world’s first file recovery utility that now supports latest AVCHD and 3D5 formats as well as RAW and MOV files. File Rescue software is also available for XQD H Series users."
For more details check out XQD™ S Series from Sony outpaces limits of CF.