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Lexar Professional - UDMA 300x speed cards launched

Lexar Professional - UDMA 300x speed cards launched - Lexar have announced a new generation of high speed 300x rated memory cards.

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Lexar Professional - UDMA 300x speed cards launched
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Lexar, a leader in advanced digital media and accessories, today introduced Professional UDMA (Ultra Direct Memory Access) memory cards, the latest addition to the company’s award-winning Professional line of high-performance cards. When paired with a UDMA-enabled device, such as Lexar’s new Professional FireWire 800 Reader, UDMA cards improve the professional photographer’s digital imaging experience by reducing the time needed to download captured images to a destination computer. In addition, the benefits of Lexar Professional UDMA memory cards extend well beyond card-to-computer transfer rates, to improved in-camera performance in several UDMA-enabled digital camera backs and digital SLR cameras expected to be announced later this year. Speed-rated at 300x, or capable of a minimum sustained write speed of 45Mb per second, and available in capacities of 2Gb, 4Gb, and 8Gb, new Lexar Professional UDMA cards deliver a 125% performance improvement over Lexar’s previous generation 133x CompactFlash product line when the card is used with a UDMA-enabled device.

“Professional photographers today capture a large volume of high-resolution images,” said Steve Marriott, Head of Marketing, Lexar Europe. “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.”

“The positive impact I experienced was dramatic,”
said professional photographer Reed Hoffmann. “Shooting in RAW mode, I filled six Lexar Professional UDMA flash cards during a two-day shoot in Yosemite. The improvement in my working process was exceptional as I was able to spend half the usual time moving data from the cards to the computer. For me, this is particularly important when I am out in the field working from battery-powered laptops. That time savings helps conserve battery strength and enhances my ability to focus on other client projects,” he added.

“UDMA technology can greatly assist professional photographers who have a serious interest in reducing administrative time and improving their digital imaging workflow,” said Chris Chute, manager with IDC’s digital imaging practice. “At the start of the process, improved in-camera performance will help professionals capture sought-after images much more quickly, while the faster download performance should improve the time needed to manage captured content.”

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you need to read the instructions closely, i dont think there are any UDMA compatable Digital SLR's on the market yet...... unless your lucky enough to be shooting 'blad
waits on nikon and canon firmware updates !! hohummmm

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Good call Rob. Think I'll ask Nikon and report back...
They will still work with DSLR's that use the Compact Flash cards, but obviously not at the full UDMA stated speeds.
They've come back - but haven't specifically answered the question. So I've re-phrased the question to ask what their plans are to support UDMA cards(!!!)

Interestingly, one comment stated this:-

"The D200 does not support Lexar's Write Acceleration (WA) Technologies."

(I use SanDisk III's)
Duncan_E 11 201 3 United Kingdom
I spoke to Lexar at the Show and they confirmed that there wasn't anything in the DLSR market that would use the cards at the speeds mentioned, that they would be slower in-camera. However, the real advantage is in using the card with the Lexar reader to transfer files from the card to the computer - and that was very fast.
More from Nikon.

Quote:Lexar Professional UDMA 300x speed-rated cards can only be fully utilised in devices that support the new UDMA format. At present no Nikon camera support this format as it has only recently been announced. When we have any information on planned support for formats it will be available through our support site but at present we have no details on when that date will be.

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