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XQD Card availability


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mklass Platinum Member As a semi-professional involved in all manner of photographic genres including portraiture, sports, commercial, and events coverage, Mick is always ready to help Nikonians by sharing his deep knowledge of photography and printing. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006
Wed 23-Oct-13 01:06 PM | edited Wed 23-Oct-13 08:24 PM by mklass

I recently ordered a 32GB Sony "H" class XQD card from B&H, which was shown as out of stock. A week later I received an E-mail from B&H saying that Sony advised them that the card has been discontinued.

The price was $99.95. The comparable "S" class Sony XQD is $199 (although B&H has a $30 rebate on them). The Lexar cards are much more expensive.

B&H still has some "H" class 16GB cards for $59.95, but presumably these are also discontinued.

To me, this is not a good sign for the expansion of XQD. Perhaps they are going to focus on the high end video market.

While the read/write stats for the "S" class and Lexar cards are nice, the "H" class cards are more than adequate for still photography. I suppose pros on a deadline will pay for the millisecond advantage when uploading images out of their camera.

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