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  • JohnC
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    Having just invested in a camera that uses an XQD card I have to say that I didn’t realise that I had to take out yet another mortgage to get a memory card :-).

    Is there any advice out there please about these cards? What to avoid, where to purchase etc, etc.

    Any advice gratefully received.

    Many thanks.

    Cheers.

    John.

    dmhyett
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    John, I had to buy Sandisk Super Pro for my Sony but 64 Gb only and cost £20 from Amazon. This speed enables the imaging to keep up with ten frames a second Raw. Perhaps you new camera exceeds this. Also there is currently a shortage of anything IT so I am delaying replacing my aging PC as, apart from late deliveries, prices are higher.

    Dave

    JohnC
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    Isn’t that the same shape/size as the SDHC card, Dave? The XQD is a different profile and the SDHC profile card doesn’t fit.

    I didn’t come across any XQDs as cheap as £20 – I would have jumped at that!

    John.

    dmhyett
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    I don’t I know all the different types and just looked on Amazon or Wex for the one recommended by Sony. Given that I had just spent over £2k on the camera and lens, I did not worry too much about the cost of the card. Interesting that I have been on several photoshoots and not yet filled the card; I always reformat after uploading to my PC and NAS. These modern ML cameras set to continuous can capture tens of frames from a single twitch of you button finger.

    Dave

    JohnC
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    I just ordered a Sony 64 GB XQD card (write 400MB/s read 440MB/s) at the unearthly price of £119!

    One of the card slots in mine only takes an XQD, so it’s ‘needs must’. It’s not just the new ML ones that capture the frames at a blistering rate. I haven’t put it to much of a test yet, but the spec says continuous 10fps jpegs and 10fps on raw for 40 shots before it slows.

    I doubt very much if I will push it to those limits, but it’s good to know that when you push the button, it’s not going to freeze after a couple of shots in the buffer.

    Cheers.

    John.

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