Sony enters CompactFlash market with cards up to 4GB

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Sony has entered the CompactFlash market – and announced its initial product line-up – a range of three 66x transfer speed cards with capacities of 1GB, 2GB and 4GB plus two higher-end 133x transfer speed cards with 2GB and 4GB capacity.

The 66x transfer speed CompactFlash cards offer a data transfer rate of 10MB/s (read) and 9MB/s (write), while the 133x CompactFlash cards offer a data transfer rate of 20MB/s (read and write). A 4GB CompactFlash card can hold up to 1,508 JPEG photos taken with 10 megapixel resolution in ‘Standard’ image setting, or up to 968 photos in ‘Fine’ mode. Even if both RAW and JPEG image data are recorded, the 4GB card offers enough space for more than 200 digital photos.

Sony claims its CompactFlash cards are robust and capable of operating in extreme working conditions and in both hot and low temperatures. They come with a five-year warranty and in addition, the 133x transfer speed models are supported by Sony’s image recovery service.

The Sony CompactFlash cards will be available from May 2007. prices to be confirmed.

Sony website

Dave Walker