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Lexar 300x Professional UDMA CompactFlash Card

Lexar Professional UDMA FireWire 800 Reader and Professional Dual-Slot USB Reader
Lexar's new CompactFlash cards offer minimum sustained write speeds of 45MB/sec

When it comes to memory cards used in high-end D-SLR cameras, speed is king. SanDisk and Lexar typically battle it out for the speed crown in the professional sector, but today Lexar has just kicked things up a notch.

The previous speed king was SanDisk's Extreme IV CompactFlash series which offer up to 40MB/sec sequential read and write speeds thanks to Enhanced Super-Parallel Processing or “ESP.” Lexar has now struck back with its 300x Professional UDMA CompactFlash cards which offer minimum sustained write speeds of 45MB/sec. According to Lexar, the new cards offer a 125% performance increase over its previous 133x Professional CompactFlash offerings.

"Our new Professional UDMA 300x speed-rated cards dramatically improve the photographer's workflow by reducing the time needed to download images after a shoot. Working in conjunction with one of our new UDMA-enabled CompactFlash card readers, a photographer instantly benefits by having more time to capture, manage, and share his or her images," said John Omvik, Director of Professional Product Marketing for Lexar.

The 300x Professional UDMA CompactFlash Cards will be available in capacities of 2GB, 4GB and 8GB starting in April. At that time, Lexar will also introduce a new Professional UDMA FireWire 800 Reader ($79.99) and Professional Dual-Slot USB Reader ($49.99) to take full advantage of the Professional UDMA 300x CompactFlash cards.

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Target market
By medavid16 on 2/20/2007 9:50:31 PM , Rating: 2
It is interesting huH?

I am a techie, testing out ReadyBoost/Superfetch way back when RTM leaked, as well as a D-SLR fanatic... currently only able to afford the Canon Rebel XTi, 200m macro lens

anyway, this is awesome on both ends. In terms of D-SLR, I don't foresee anyone really using this unless they are a true professional. the UMDA feature makes a huge difference... Imagine the possibilities. Shoot sets of photos at the wedding, print it (not likely) or burn it, AT the wedding. I think having something this fast will make something like that possible, and with 8 gigs, don't need to delete anything.

Readyboost? Keep in mind, readyboost does NOT increase performance that much more after 2gigs, so 8 gigs? It's way overkill... especially if your system already has 2gigs to begin with. I recommend a 4GB CF card that's uber fast over this, for readyboost. But if you have the money, why not? =)

RE: Target market
By ADDAvenger on 2/21/2007 12:14:41 AM , Rating: 2
Readyboost only supports 4GB of memory, you can use an 8GB, but it'll only recognize 4GB. Also the people that can afford this can afford real RAM upgrades, what people around here can't get inside their thick skulls (not necessarily you, but those ranting under the Vista thread) is that readyboost is aimed at people too poor or cheap to buy real memory.

RE: Target market
By dever on 2/21/2007 2:23:42 PM , Rating: 2
I don't foresee anyone really using this unless they are a true professional
Actually, the issue for me is not the writing to the card from the camera, but from the card to the computer. If I have a 4GB card and a card that reads 20MB/sec, that's about 3.5 minutes if all is performing at peek speed. That seems like forever when you're missing out on the festivities because you have to go offload your pics.

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