Competition heating up in the CompactFlash memory card market
Competition heats up this fall between two key players in the CompactFlash memory card market. Last week Lexar Media announced it would begin shipping its new 16x Professional Series CompactFlash Digital Film on November 1. And then this week, SanDisk announced it will begin shipping its new line of Ultra CompactFlash cards by the end of October.
With digital camera technology advancing at an ever increasing rate, advanced digital photographers and professionals alike are beginning to demand better performance from their memory cards. The greater image quality and resolution that many newer, high-megapixel cameras offer these days require more time to write to memory. More often than not, the time it takes an image to be written to memory, translates to time the photographer can't be snapping pictures. Both Lexar and SanDisk claim their new high performance cards will cut down on that lag time and let digital photographers shoot more freely. Both also claim that their cards are the fastest, but a clear winner still remains to be seen.
Lexar Media contends that its 16x Professional Series CompactFlash Digital Film will maintain a minimum sustained write speed of 2.4MB per second. Meanwhile SanDisk maintains that its Ultra CF cards will sustain a write speed of up to 2.8MB per second.