SanDisk Pumps Up Speed of SD Cards
The new SDHC can write 39 6MB images while shooting at 4.5 frames per second.
SanDisk’s Extreme III line will be available in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB storage capacities.
August 27, 2008 by Rachel Cericola

SanDisk interrupted a very important meeting with the Sandman to report record speeds for SD cards. “Whee,” you say? Well, the company says its new SanDisk Extreme III 30MB/s Edition line of SDHC cards can capture about 30MB per second.

The card promises “a 50-percent speed boost from previous 20MB/s cards,” which means you can record 39 images while shooting at 4.5 frames per second (if files are 6MB).

If you’re trying to shoot more like the pros, that’s not too shabby. Naturally, while they caught us in a haze, they also said it would go great paired the new Nikon D90. Of course, the camera will be the first SLR to support the new card, as well as 12.3-megapixel still images and video recording.

“Whether capturing a special moment in sports, a wilderness hike, or just your toddler running across the room, life doesn’t always stop when you want to take a picture,” said Mr. Koichiro Kawamura, general manager of Nikon’s 1st Designing Department. “The combination of the new Nikon D90 camera and SanDisk Extreme III 30MB/s Edition SDHC cards helps ensure that photographers capture winning action shots and experience quicker transfer of files from the camera’s memory card to a computer.”

SanDisk’s Extreme III line will be available next month in 4GB ($65), 8GB ($110) and 16GB ($180) capacities.

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
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