SanDisk Wants To Store More Digital Video, Photos With CompactFlash


The Milpitas, Calif.-based flash memory storage developer and manufacturer this week unveiled a new 32-Gbyte SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash card.

Aimed at meeting the demands of professional digital videographers and photographers, the new CompactFlash card also allows a data throughput of 30 Mbytes per seconds, which is about 50 percent higher than previous models, company officials said in a statement. That speed is important in terms of being able to record and transfer content quickly and reliably, according to the statement.

The 32GB SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash cards allow the recording of more than 80 minutes of 100-Mbytes-per-second, 10-bit, 4:2:2 HD video, SanDisk said.

Actual capacity for digital video or digital still images for any type of memory depends on the recording device used and the quality of the image being recorded, according to OpticsPlanet, a Northbrook, Ill.-based supplier of optics and a distributor of such products as digital cameras.

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OpticsPlanet estimates that 512 Mbytes of flash memory when used with a 3.2-megapixel digital Pentax camera can store nearly 900 photos shot at 1024 x 768 resolution in the highest quality mode, or 250 photos at a resolution of 2048 x 1536.

One Gbyte of flash memory can store about 40 minutes of 640 x 480 resolution video at 30 frames per second, or 76 minutes at 15 fps, with the best quality according to OpticsPlanet.

The 32GB SanDisk Extreme III CF card is expected to ship in October with a list price of $299.99.