SanDisk, one of the leading flash storage solutions manufacturer, announced today the availability of the SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast 2.0. designed for professional broadcast, cinematography and next-generation professional photography. The first of its kind, SanDisk says it reads at the speeds of up to 450MB/s and writes at speeds of up to 350MB/s making it the world’s fastest memory card. It also claims to be more durable, and even unique serial numbers that owners can register for customer support.
For now however, it’s use is going to be quite limited, as the only camera ready for it is the just-announced Arri Amira, although the XT and Classic cameras can also use it with an adapter. For those still using traditional CompactFlash storage for their 4K shooting the company is stretching the limits there too, with a new 256GB card that it says has the highest capacity ever. That extra storage will cost you however, with a price of $1,809 for the new 256GB version. There’s no word on a price for the CFast 2.0 cards or their USB 3.0-equipped reader, but pro videographers in the US and Europe should be able to find them soon at specialty shops and Arri-authorized locations.
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