Nikon say the XQD memory format is the future, photographers sob

Nikon insists that XQD memory format is the future as photographers sob

To the sound of a loud collective sigh from millions of photographers, Nikon continues to extol the virtues of yet another memory card format, the  newly developed XQD standard.

Nikon insists that XQD memory format is the future as photographers sobThe new format was announced in December 2011 by the CompactFlash Association, and is physically slightly larger than a SD card.

The speed of the memory card is claimed to be 1.4 times nippier than a Compact Flash A card, offering transfer rates up to “1 Gbps (125MB/s) write and read” via PCIe interface.

Only Nikon

The only camera with XQD support announced so far is Nikon’s flagship DSLR, the Nikon D4 (which also has Compact Flash support), and thus far, only Sony is manufacturing the things, with big name manufacturers including Kingston, Lexar and Sandisk notably absent from the XQD party.

Although Nikon seem keen to promote XQD card, it won’t be included in their new semi-pro D800 camera.

Another card, another wallet

No other camera manufacturers have said that they intend to adopt the XQD memory card format yet, and we doubt if many photographers are relishing the prospect of having to invest in yet  another expensive new memory card format.

Nikon insists that XQD memory format is the future as photographers sob

 

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3 Comments on “Nikon say the XQD memory format is the future, photographers sob”

  1. A couple of pins in my SLR’s Compact Flash slot got bent, rendering it unusable. Luckily it has an XD slot as well, although XD cards only come in 2GB size.

    Does this XQD use nightmare pins, or safer contact strips?

  2. Ouch! That video wasn’t good for my hangover.
    There’s nothing in there to show off the connectors, although it does remind me that no one’s laptops will be able to read this new format without lugging about an oh-so-easily forgotten/lost adapter.

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