Angelbird has announced a 1TB capacity CFexpress Type A card, which is now easily the largest capacity storage media available to support Sony photographers.
The previous king of capacity was Sony’s 640GB capacity TOUGH branded card that was released last fall. While large and fast, Sony cranked up the cost to a staggering $1,250 — more than some photographers would spend on an entire camera. Angelbird’s offering not only tops Sony’s capacity, but it’s supposedly faster and less than half the price.
Angelbird says its new CFexpress Type A card can reach read speeds of up to 820 MB/s and write speeds of up to 720 MB/s, which is ideal for 4K RAW video as well as stills shot in bursts. The card has a sustained write speed promise of 650 MB/s, well over the minimum to qualify for a VPG 400 rating, although it doesn’t appear as though Angelbird has paid for that certification. Angelbird also promises sustained read speeds of 750 MB/s.
The company says that its card is supported by its Stable Stream technology, which promises stable, uninterrupted read and write performance that is maintained throughout the entire capacity of the media. The card also features the promise of advanced thermal management to prevent overheating and is built to withstand moisture, X-rays, magnets, shock, and dust. Angelbird says that it also supports the ability to load firmware updates to assure compatibility with future cameras.
The card is designed to work with Sony cameras including the Alpha 1, Alpha 7 IV, Alpha 7S III, FX3, and FX6 at some of the most demanding framerates and bitrates.
As mentioned, Angelbird is promising better features and performance across the board for less than half what Sony is asking for less capacity: the Angelbird 1TB CFexpress Type A card costs just $500.
That’s exceptionally low considering that most manufacturers including Lexar, Delkin, and ProGrade Digital have all priced their cards similarly to Sony and ask nearly that much for significantly less capacity and lower promised peak speeds.
In short, if Angelbird’s promises for performance are even close to reality, there doesn’t seem to be any reason to get any other card right now — everything else is just a much worse deal.
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