SanDisk Has a Crazy Big 256GB CF Card

SanDisk launched on Thursday the "world's first" high-capacity CompactFlash card supporting the latest Video Performance Guarantee (VPG-65) specification. This card packs an impressive 256 GB of storage capacity so that professional photographers and videographers can focus on their content rather than the storage space on their device.

According to SanDisk, the 256 GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash card is optimized to capture 4K and Full HD video, hence the VPG-65 certification. The card also delivers a minimum sustained write speed of 65 MB/s and a maximum of 140 MB/s – the read speed is up to 160 MB/s. This card is also UDMA 7 enabled, the company said.

"We always design our SanDisk Extreme Pro cards with professional photographers and videographers in mind," said Susan Park, director, mobile and imaging worldwide retail product marketing, SanDisk. "Cinema-quality 4K video capture demands tremendous performance and capacity, which is exactly what we have delivered with the new 256GB SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash card."

In addition to the 256 GB capacity, SanDisk also announced that the entire Extreme Pro CompactFlash line of memory cards has been refreshed with faster speeds. This family includes 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB capacity cards that now have read speeds up to 160 MB/s and write speeds up to 150 MB/s. These cards also have the same VPG-65 certification as the new 256 GB monster.

"SanDisk Extreme Pro memory cards are designed for professionals and are backed by a lifetime limited warranty," the company said. "The cards are durability tested, include RTV silicone coating inside for added protection against shock and vibration, and perform in extreme temperatures from minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit to 185 degrees Fahrenheit."

The updated cards also include a one year downloadable offer for RescuePRO media recovery software, which lets photographers recover their images in case of accidental deletion, the company said. All five cards are now shipping worldwide costing between $219.99 and a whopping $1,809.99 USD. For more information about this specific series, head here.

  • danwat1234
    Compact Flash is still around, uses a parallel type interface?
  • NightLight
    actually, in the world of casino games, all our devices boot from a cf flash. It's easy to replace when you have a failure, and you can make quick copys. High end cameras also still use these.
  • drwho1
    $1,809.99 for 256 GB?
    yeah... that's crazy
  • Vorador2
    11540700 said:
    Compact Flash is still around, uses a parallel type interface?

    A lot of professional cameras use CF.
  • beta212
    Wow I'm old, I remember a few years ago when 128mb seemed crazy big.
  • jn77
    I don't get the point in this until everyone is shooting at 36+ mp jpg's. What I want to know is why they can't get their head out of the hole in the ground with the 128gb and 256gb micro sd cards for tablets and cell phones.
  • 1991ATServerTower
    CF uses the IDE interface, so if these weren't crazy expensive they could be used with a $5 adapter from China in any PC that has a PATA port. I used to use one on a 486 laptop for giggles (Compaq LTE/25).
  • smeezekitty
    I thought it was cool ... until I saw the price
  • SteelCity1981
    yeah in 3 years it will be 128 bucks.
  • RooD

    And USB license dongles. Haha I'm a slot tech at a casino. But most do use CFs