Lexar’s latest CFast card packs a whopping 512GB of storage

Why it issues to you

The brand new excessive capability units a document for the CFast format, bringing workflow enhancements to skilled picture makers.

Lexar unveiled its latest CFast 2.0 reminiscence card Tuesday with an enormous 512-gigabyte capability. The Lexar Skilled 3500x collection card simply breaks via CFast 2.zero’s earlier 256GB barrier, whereas delivering learn speeds as much as 525 megabytes per second and write speeds of 445MB per second. The cardboard is designed for top-bandwidth skilled imaging workflows, together with RAW 4K video manufacturing, excessive-velocity steady nonetheless images, time-lapse imaging, and extra. It additionally carries a price ticket that may reserve it squarely for such customers: $1,seven hundred. Though, like most reminiscence merchandise, it may be discovered for much less (B&H currently lists it at $1,300.)

The excessive worth actually comes as no shock, nevertheless: Canon’s $6,000 EOS 1D X Mark II is the closest factor to a shopper digital camera that accepts CFast playing cards (which permit it to churn out bursts of as much as 170 RAW files at 14 frames per second). And in creating the cardboard, Lexar labored with Arri, the cinema digital camera producer, to optimize it to be used in cameras just like the Amira, which begin at round $forty,000.

In these skilled environments, nevertheless, the transfer to 512GB is critical. “When capturing 200fps on a excessive-finish, manufacturing-degree digital camera, it’s straightforward to refill a whole 256GB card with content material in simply 17 minutes,” stated Lexar’s product advertising director, Jennifer Lee, in a press release. Bigger playing cards subsequently enhance workflow effectivity, probably chopping the variety of card swaps in half.

Extra: Lexar explains why not all memory cards are created equal

All Lexar Skilled CFast 2.zero playing cards include a lifetime copy of Picture Rescue software program. Picture Rescue permits customers to recuperate “most photograph and choose video” information from the cardboard in the event that they’ve been by accident erased and even when the cardboard has been corrupted.

Whereas it’s Lexar’s 3500x collection to first attain 512GB, the corporate stated its quicker 3600x CFast 2.zero playing cards can be out there in the identical capability later this yr. The 3500x collection is now out there 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities, whereas the 3600x collection is available in simply 128GB and 256GB for now.

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