Sony Launches Range of 500mb/s CFast 2.0 Memory Cards
Back in 2012 Nikon and Sony brought the XQD card to the market, which was pitched as the replacement to CF cards. XQD adoption has been pretty slow though, and it’s merely an option on the Nikon D5. Meanwhile, the competitor in the high data rate card stakes has been CFast 2.0. In the stills industry it has seen a similarly slow adoption rate, primarily because current cameras simply don’t need the speeds that are offered by the card. In the cinema industry though, CFast is being rapidly adopted, and it seems as though Sony has had to eat some humble pie with today’s announcement.
Today they announced the launch of 3 new CFast 2.0 cards. They even reference a Canon camera in the press release, which seem particularly odd.
Ultra-fast G Series CFast memory cards with up to 510MB/s write speed for photographers and videographers
(ASIA PACIFIC, 28 November 2017) – Sony today announced the launch of a range of high performance CFast memory cards designed to meet the needs of professional photographers and videographers. The new G Series CFast responds to the ever increasing capabilities of high-end DSLR and 4K cinema-grade broadcast cameras, offering lightning-fast write speeds of up to 510MB/s and read speeds of up to 530MB/s1 . Joining an established range that includes Professional internal SSDs, XQD and SxS cards, as well as the world’s fastest SD card2 , the new CFast models strengthen Sony’s position as a leader in professional memory solutions.
Step up to industry-leading write speeds
Professional photographers demand faster speed for continuous burst shooting of higher resolution images like RAW. With up to 510MB/s write speed, far outperforming the capabilities 1 Based on Sony internal testing. Transfer speeds may vary dependent on testing conditions. 2 As of September 2017 of existing CFast cards, G Series supports high-speed burst shooting of high resolution RAW, maximizing the capability of high-end DSLR cameras like the Canon 1DX Mark 2.
Reliable 4K video recording with VPG130 support
As well as ultra-fast write speed, the new CFast cards support VPG1303 for reliable recording of Cinema-grade or high-bitrate 4K video. A minimum sustained write speed of 130MB/s is guaranteed, making the new media ideal for stable recording of professional grade 4K video such as Cinema RAW light mode with Canon C200 video cameras.
Super-fast read speed for ultra-effective workflow
Efficient workflow is essential for professional photographers and videographers working in challenging environments to tight deadlines. With a blazing fast read speed of 530MB/s, G Series CFast dramatically reduces the time it takes to transfer RAW files, long 4K video footage and high-resolution images to a PC. Designed for strength and reliability The new CFast cards have passed a variety of stringent drop, vibration, shock and rigidity tests, making them perfect for shooting in many different locations. They work reliably across a wide range of temperatures and are highly resistant to static. With a hard case and Sony File Rescue software4 included for recovering accidentally deleted photos such as RAW images and videos, professionals can shoot with confidence in the toughest conditions.
The new G Series CFast 2.0 memory cards will be available in 32GB (CAT-G32), 64GB (CATG64) and 128GB (CAT-G128) capacities in selected Asia Pacific countries in the 1 st quarter of 2018. Please check with the authorized dealers for pricing and availability.