SanDisk Friday set a new speed record of 30 megabytes per second for SD flash memory cards with the introduction of the SanDisk Extreme(r) III 30MB/s Edition line of SDHC(tm) Cards. The new cards, expected to be available in India in October in 4-gigabyte (GB), 8GB and 16GB capacities, are designed to deliver peak performance when used with the new Nikon D90 DSLR, the company said. Featuring a 50-percent speed boost from previous 20MB/s cards, the new SanDisk Extreme III 30MB/s Edition SDHC card makes it possible to record 39 images in continuous shooting mode at 4.5 frames per second with a file size of 6.0 MB JPEG L Fine per image.3 The Nikon D90 camera captures high-resolution, 12.3 megapixel still images, and it is Nikon's first DSLR to offer movie recording capability.
When placed in SanDisk's new ImageMate(r) Multi-Card USB 2.0 Reader/Writer, still images and video can be transferred from the new SDHC card to a computer up to 30MB/s, greatly reducing the waiting time to offload large files from the card to the computer.
According to research firm IDC, demand for DSLR cameras is growing as users replace older models with more sophisticated options. Global sales of DSLR cameras grew by 41 percent last year, which was nearly twice the growth rate of the overall digital camera market worldwide.
"Increasingly we're seeing more second-or third-time digital camera buyers upgrading to more technologically-advanced prosumer DSLRs because they offer richer feature sets at more affordable prices than ever before," said Chris Chute, research manager of IDC's Worldwide Digital Imaging Solutions Group. "The new SanDisk Extreme III cards provide optimal performance levels and high-capacity points to match that latest technology innovation."
Beyond their high capacities and performance levels, all SanDisk Extreme III cards are capable of functioning in extreme temperatures, from -13 to 185 degrees Fahrenheit or -25 to 85 degrees Celsius. The cards also carry a lifetime limited warranty.5 SanDisk Extreme III SDHC 30MB/s Edition cards, which have a Class 6 performance rating, are fully backwards-compatible; working in any camera, card reader or other devicethat supports SDHC cards.
SanDisk Extreme III SDHC 30MB/s Edition cards are expected to be available in India by October. The manufacturer's suggested retail price is Rs. 2499 (US$56) for the 4GB card, Rs. 4499 for the 8GB card, and Rs. 8999 for the 16GB card.