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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#1. "RE: XQD Card availability" | In response to Reply # 0MEMcD Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Thu 24-Oct-13 03:35 AM
If I remember correctly after the "S" series cards were readily a available on the shelf, the "H" cards were discounted. While it seems to be that the first generation XQD cards have had a much shorter life cycle than a typical generation of CF or SD cards, I am not surprised. Especially since Lexar has introduced their XQD cards regardless of the premium price point.