MEMORY CARD MAKER Sandisk has announced what it claims is the world's fastest SD card.
The snappily titled Sandisk Extreme Pro SDHC/SDXC UHS-II Card offers up to 250MBps data transfer speed in burst mode and 280MBps under optimum conditions.
The new card is the first in the new Class 3 (U3) specification designed for ultra high definition 4K video recordings.
IDC research director for worldwide digital imaging Christopher Chute said "The higher levels of performance delivered by the new Sandisk Extreme PRO SD UHS-II card will help ensure that photographers, videographers and filmmakers are able to take advantage of the full capabilities of new professional-grade cameras."
Fujifilm was keen to piggyback on the announcement by pointing out that it has the first UHS-II compatible camera, the X-T1.
"The new Sandisk Extreme PRO SD UHS-II card shatters the existing barrier of UHS-I limitations, delivering speeds up to three times faster than current cards," said Sandisk director of product marketing Susan Park.
Included in the package is Rescuepro, a recovery package to enable recovery of accidentally deleted images.
Concerns that standard media readers won't be able to cope with the new UHS-II standard can be alleviated with the accompanying USB 3.0 card reader/writer, which is due for launch in April.
The Sandisk Extreme Pro SDHC/SDXC UHS-II SD card comes in 16GB to 64GB capacities at prices ranging from £90 to £193. µ