Size counts in SanDisk's Photokina 2006 announcements. The company has unveiled Extreme III CompactFlash cards in both 12GB and 16GB capacities, as well as an Ultra II 4GB Secure Digital (SD) card that is SDHC compliant.
|The Big Three: SanDisk's Extreme III 12GB and 16GB CompactFlash, Ultra II 4GB SD. (Photos courtesy Sandisk)|
The Biggie-size CompactFlash additions to the Extreme III line have a 20MB/second minimum read/write speed rating in SanDisk's testing, are rated for use in temperatures from -13F (-25C) to +185F (+85C) and include RescuePRO photo recovery software. Most or all of Nikon's recent digital SLR models with CompactFlash slots are ready for the jump to double-digit GB cards, as is the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400D. Some or all other Canon digital SLRs, including newer 1-series models, will require a firmware update from Canon, says Tanya Chuang, senior retail product manager at SanDisk. Canon has not announced when such an update will be released, or for which camera models.
The Extreme III 12GB and 16GB cards are scheduled to ship in December 2006 at manufacturer's suggested list prices (MSRP) of US$779.99 and US$1049.99, respectively, in the U.S.
The SanDisk Ultra II 4GB is rated for 9MB/second write and 10MB/second read speeds in SanDisk's testing. It's an SDHC card designed to conform to the SD 2.0 specification. This means it will only function in cameras, readers and other devices that accept SDHC cards. SanDisk's Extreme USB 2.0 reader is compatible, as is the SanDisk MicroMate USB 2.0 reader that's bundled with the card. In addition, many of the digital cameras announced or available since roughly August 2006, including the Nikon D80 and all new Canon compact models, will accept SDHC cards. But the Nikon D50, Canon EOS-1D Mark II, EOS-1D Mark II N and EOS-1Ds Mark II will all require a firmware update, if in fact one is possible (we've received conflicting information about this from several sources). All SD card readers more than a few months old are almost certainly not compatible. SanDisk has published a page of information on SDHC.
The SanDisk Ultra II 4GB, in a bundle with the MicroMate USB 2.0 reader, is scheduled for delivery in October 2006 at a MSRP of US$219.99 in the U.S.
• Added more information about camera compatibility (September 29, 2006)