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SanDisk’s ‘world’s fastest’ SD cards boast SSD-like speeds

SanDisk this week introduced its new SecureDigital memory cards compliant with the latest UHS-II standard that can offer performance of low-cost solid-state drives, which is needed to shoot videos in ultra-high-definition resolutions. The new SanDisk Extreme PRO SDHC/SDXC UHS-II memory cards are designed for experienced users and require cameras and card-readers that also comply with the UHS-II spec.

Professional cameras used for 4K video recording use proprietary solid-state drives to enable maximum performance and reliability. Such drives are very expensive for consumers, whereas high-speed writes and reads are crucial for ultra-high-definition video recording and subsequent processing. The SSD-class performance of SanDisk Extreme PRO SD UHS-II cards allows owners of new advanced cameras to enter the world of 4K content creation with all the possible comfort.

The new SanDisk Extreme PRO SD UHS-II cards offer up to 250MB/s write speeds for continuous burst mode shooting and transfer speeds of up to 280MB/s for maximum workflow efficiency. The SanDisk Extreme PRO SD UHS-II cards are UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) enabled. The UHS E3 is a new specification developed specifically to allow high-quality 4K video recording using consumer and prosumer cameras. Professional photographers will also take advantage of the new memory cards’ performance.

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SanDisk has also announced the external SanDisk Extreme PRO SD UHS-II card reader/writer, the world’s first SDHC/SDXC UHS-II memory card reader/writer that is compatible with the latest SecureDigital specifications and which utilizes USB 3.0 interface with up to 500MB/s transfer speed.

SanDisk Extreme PRO SDHC/SDXC UHS-II cards are available for preorder on www.sandisk.com now, with worldwide availability in April in 16GB to 64GB capacities carrying MSRPs of $119.99 to $299.99 (£71.6 – £179.1). The SanDisk Extreme PRO SDHC/SDXC UHS-II card reader/writer is also available for preorder online now, with worldwide availability in April at an MSRP of $49.99 (£30).

KitGuru Says: While the SanDisk Extreme PRO SDHC/SDXC UHS-II cards do offer performance levels in line with that of inexpensive solid-state drives, they ironically cost more than high-performance SSDs for desktops and laptops.

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