>I need to correct you about the XQD media. It is not a >proprietary media. It was developed and established by the >Compact Flash Association, a consortium of about 80 members >including Nikon, Sony, Canon, Sandisk, Lexar, Kingston Delkin, >etc. > >The Compact Flash Association owns the trademark XQD and its >members can use the trademark royalty free.
Ok, fair enough. How many people are shipping XQD? How many cameras are using it? Not even SONY's own DSLRs are using it.
>When Nikon was making the decision to put an XQD card slot in >the D4, Sony, Sandisk and Lexar were all committed to >manufacture them. Then for reasons not made public, both >Sandisk and Lexar decided to not manufacture the cards. Over >the summer, Lexar announced they reversed their decision and >will manufacture the cards. It's expected that Lexar's XQD >cards will be available later this month.
I wonder if it had anything to do with Sony cards shipping with the cameras?
>I have extensively used the XQD cards in my D4 compared to the >top of the line Sandisk CF cards. The XQD card is so much >faster, it's now my primary card, and the CF card is my >backup. By the way the XQD blows away the CFast cards.
I have no beef with the performance of the cards. I've seen them in action and they are impressive.
>I don't know how much traction the XQD card has at this point, >nor how fast new manufacturers will come on board making it, >nor how fast camera manufacturers will begin to put in slots >for it, in new offerings, but I certainly hope they do, as I'd >hate to give this card up.
Well, it certainly doesn't look promising at this point.