Extreme Pro CompactFlash cards from SanDisk feature 90 MB/s transfer rates for fast shooting of high-res stills and HD video. In sizes up to 64 GB, the cards feature SanDisk’s Power Core Controller designed to handle the fastest camera buffers, distributing data across the CF card rapidly and efficiently. List Price: $896 (64 GB); $560 (32 GB); $336 (16 GB).
Lexar’s Professional 600x CompactFlash cards utilize UDMA 6 technology to deliver, you guessed it, 600x performance. That means 90 MB/s is the guaranteed minimum sustained write speed on these cards—making them ideal for high resolution, high speeds and high-definition video. The cards also come with Image Rescue 4 software to help recover accidentally deleted files. List Price: TBA (32 GB); $300 (16 GB); $200 (8 GB).
PNY offers a variety of storage options for digital cameras, including CF, SD, xD and MicroSD cards. The Optima Pro SDHC cards offer Class 6 transfer rates in capacities up to 16 GB, making them perfect for use in SDHC-compatible DSLRs, as well as advanced point-and-shoots and video cameras. For more capacity at a slightly lower speed, check out the Optima SDHC—a Class 4 card up to 32 GB in size. List Price: $60 (16 GB); $150 (32 GB).
For photographers with a penchant for ever-smaller cameras and media devices, Kingston’s Micro SDHC card may be the perfect accessory. This tiny card still carries a whopping 16 GB capacity, making it a great choice for the growing world of high-resolution and video-enabled compact cameras and multimedia storage. Kingston also offers a full range of card options for every camera. List Price: $90.
Sony shooters working with everything from compact Cyber-shots to DSLR Alphas and even Handycam video camcorders rely on Memory Sticks for a total media storage solution. Thanks to the new Memory Stick PRO Duo, they now can store up to 32 gigs of data and transfer it on and off the card at 32 MB/s. Estimated Street Price: $175.
Looking for the CompactFlash card that boasts zero failures brand-wide for more than two years? You’re looking for the RAW line of UDMA CF cards from Hoodman. With SSD flash media inside, the 675x (90 MB/s) cards are designed for maximized stability and reliability through half a million fill/format cycles. List Price: $300 (16 GB); $180 (8 GB); $90 (4 GB).