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Blazing-fast Thunderbolt I/O May Hit DSLRs Starting with the Nikon D4

Apple just refreshed their line of MacBook Pro notebook computers, and one of the new features is a Thunderbolt I/O port, making the MacBook Pro the first notebook computer to have this blazing-fast interface developed by Intel (it was known as Light Peak during R&D). As the technology makes its way into more and more computers, camera makers will undoubtedly begin offering it in their cameras. Nikon Rumors recently received a rumor that the upcoming Nikon D4 will be the first DSLR camera to offer Thunderbolt.

Thunderbolt allows for data transfers of up to 1.25 GB/s, double what USB 3.0 offers. Here’s a graphic by Apple showing it stacked up to other ports:

Maybe in the future waiting for photo files to transfer onto your computer will be a thing of the past, and that we’ll be dumping data off gigantic memory cards instantaneously.


Update: Intel has a page explaining the tech here. They say that the speed offered by Thunderbolt allows you to transfer a full length HD movie in less than 30 seconds, and a year of continuous MP3 playback in just over 10 minutes.


Image credit: Nikon D4 Carbon fiber body? by kongjak1


 
  • http://www.facebook.com/cuttriss Chris Cuttriss

    Well there is still the limitation of the CF/SD transfer speed to contend with, but if Nikon/Canon/etc can make a transition to SSD-based cards (ie, P2-style cards) we could certainly see a massive increase in performance with Thunderbolt interfaces.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cuttriss Chris Cuttriss

    Well there is still the limitation of the CF/SD transfer speed to contend with, but if Nikon/Canon/etc can make a transition to SSD-based cards (ie, P2-style cards) we could certainly see a massive increase in performance with Thunderbolt interfaces.

  • Anonymous

    10gb/s not 1.25. As the chart says. It’s ridiculous. Copying a terabyte hardrive in ten seconds flat? Now we just need to wait another year for Sandisk to pop out some thunderbolt-optimized cards that’ll sell for an arm and a leg.

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/ringo.paulusch Ringo

    10 Gigabits (Gb) are 1.25 Gigabytes (GB).

  • Geeg

    How bout IE9
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  • http://www.facebook.com/eastcoastimages Dano-EastCoastImages

    They left out the part about plutonium being needed for the 1.21 jiggawatts of power needed by the flux capacitor

  • http://www.fotokult.pl Fotografia

    Nikon d4 promises to be interesting…

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