While the Sony a7S III rightly received most of the attention yesterday, Sony also announced it’s releasing the world’s first CFExpress Type A memory card and reader.
These new CFExpress Type A Tough cards offer max read and write speeds of 800MB/s and 700MB/s, respectively, and come in 80GB and 160GB capacities. While these cards will work in other cameras that offer CFExpress Type A slots, these are clearly designed to go hand-in-hand with Sony’s a7S III, which features dual hybrid card slots that can take UHS-II SD cards or CFExpress Type A cards.
New cards mean you’ll need a new way to get data off the cards, so Sony has also unveiled a USB 3.2 Gen 2 USB-C card reader that also accepts both SD cards and CFExpress Type A cards. The reader can transfer data at up to 10Gbps, which should leave more than enough overhead for even the fastest UHS-II SD cards as well as the new CFExpress Type A cards.
Both the CFExpress Type A Tough cards and SD/CFExpress Type A card reader are available to pre-order today. The 80GB (Adorama, B&H) and 160GB (Adorama, B&H) cards cost $200 and $400, respectively, while the card reader costs $120 (Adorama, B&H).
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