SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II offers write speeds of up to 250MB/s

SanDisk announces the world’s fastest SD card

Storage specialist SanDisk SanDisk has announced what it claims to be the world’s fastest SD card.

The SanDisk Extreme Pro SD UHS-II card offers write speeds of up to 250MB/s and transfer speeds of up to 280MB/s.

The fast write speeds are said to be suitable for continuous burst mode shooting using a DSLR camera.

The card is also UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) enabled, a specification which allows for 4K video recording.

“Camera manufacturers are rapidly introducing camera models for both consumers and professionals that are capable of higher burst rates and 4K video capture,” said Christopher Chute, research director for worldwide digital imaging at IDC.

“Accordingly, memory card technology must move at a similar pace to provide users with the substantial performance required to take full advantage of these features.”

 “The new SanDisk Extreme PRO SD UHS-II card shatters the existing barrier of UHS-I limitations, delivering speeds up to three times faster than current cards,” added Susan Park, director of product marketing for SanDisk.

“As leaders in the flash storage industry, our goal is to deliver the fastest memory cards on the market, enabling next generation cameras to take advantage of new levels of performance. This is another example of our legacy of innovation and technology leadership in the digital imaging and video industries.”

“Fujifilm has announced the world’s first UHS-II compatible digital camera, the X-T1,” commented Toshihisa Iida, senior manager of Fujifilm’s optical device and electronic imaging products division.

“The performance delivered by the new SanDisk Extreme Pro SD UHS-II card will ensure that photographers can take full advantage of the Fujifilm X-T1, which provides an advanced photographic experience including the highest-standard image quality, as well as fast shooting speed and response.”

The SD cards are available for preorder now, with worldwide availability in April for 16GB to 64GB capacities. Prices for the cards will range from $119.99 (£72) to $299.99 (£181).

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