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SanDisk Extreme III 16GB

Dennis Hissink
Photokina report
Tuesday 26th, September 2006
Posted by: Dennis Hissink

SanDisk introduced the 12- and 16-gigabyte (GB) SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash cards to its award-winning Extreme III performance line, making these the highest capacity cards in the world. The new high-performance, large-capacity cards are ideal for professional photographers who shoot RAW or high-resolution JPG files and need the performance, reliability and capacity to capture these large files. The new SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash cards can also be used with the Grass Valley Infinity Series Digital Media Camcorder, the first camcorder introduced in the broadcast industry that uses non-proprietary, removable, solid-state flash memory cards as recording and playback media.

SanDisk Extreme III 16GB

SanDisk 16GB CompactFlash card
The new cards will have minimum write and read speeds of 20 megabytes per second (MB/sec.) and will ship to photo retailers by the end of the year. “The beauty of using large capacity cards like the 12- and 16GB SanDisk Extreme III cards is the freedom to shoot without worrying about filling up the card,” said Jonathan Torgovnik, contract photographer for Newsweek magazine and international freelance photographer. “I shoot in RAW mode almost exclusively and the large files can fill up a card very quickly. Having a large capacity card lets me focus on what I love to do, take pictures.”

SanDisk 16GB Extreme III CF - Digital workflow
Tanya Chuang, SanDisk’s senior retail product marketing manager, said, “The SanDisk Extreme III line combines exceptional performance and reliability with large capacities to provide an ideal storage solution for professional photographers that meets their shooting and workflow requirements. We believe that SanDisk will continue to be the preferred choice by professional photographers based on our capacity and performance advantages as well as our commitment to the digital photography market as a whole.”

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SanDisk Extreme III 16GB CompactFlash memory - Card reader
While the speed of the card is important for in-camera performance, card-to-computer transfer rates are becoming an increasingly important workflow consideration. The time it takes to transfer images to a computer can be a bigger bottleneck now that card capacities have expanded into the multi-gigabyte range. The SanDisk Extreme USB 2.0 reader is designed to transfer images as quickly as possible.

SanDisk Extreme III flash memory - Enhanced Super-Parallel Processing
SanDisk Extreme III cards use SanDisk-developed ESP (Enhanced Super-Parallel Processing) technology that combines advanced NAND flash memory chips and controller designs, 32-bit RISC processing and leading edge algorithms for an architecture that streamlines every aspect of read and write data transfer operations. In addition, SanDisk works closely with major camera manufacturers to ensure speed and compatibility. The ESP architecture effectively removes the card as the bottleneck in data storage applications. SanDisk Extreme III cards have the industry’s widest guaranteed operating temperature range from a minus 13F (minus 25C) to a 185F (plus 85C). The cards also include RescuePRO ® software that allows photographers to easily recover accidentally deleted images, lost digital images or data.

SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash card - Pricing and Availability
SanDisk Extreme III cards are available in CompactFlash, Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD card formats. Suggested retail prices for the two new capacities are:

• SanDisk Extreme III 12GB: $779.99 available December
• SanDisk Extreme III 16GB: $1049.99 available December
• SanDisk Extreme USB 2.0 Reader: $24.99 available November

SanDisk Extreme III cards carry a 10-year limited warranty in Europe, the Middle
East and Africa but will have a lifetime limited warranty in the rest of the world. Photographers who purchase the cards also will have access to a dedicated toll-free number for technical support questions. The RescuePRO image recovery software on the cards is compatible with both Windows and Mac and requires no driver download or special card reader.

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