Angelbird announces new super fast and rugged CFexpress cards are coming

Sep 9, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Angelbird announces new super fast and rugged CFexpress cards are coming

Sep 9, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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You know, I was just thinking the other day when SanDisk announced their new cards that Angelbird’s been awfully quiet on the CFexpress front.  They’ve become a very popular brand over the last couple of years when it comes to high-performance CFast, SSD and other storage formats. So their silence with regard to CFexpress cards, when everybody else seems to have announced some, was surprising.

Now, though, Angelbird has officially announced that they’re entering the CFexpress market with two new cards, the AV PRO CFX for cinema users, and AVPRO CFX XT for tough heavy-duty industrial needs. Naturally, they’re bringing out their own CFexpress card reader to go along with them.

The CFexpress Type B memory cards offer read speeds of up to 1700MB/sec and write speeds of up to 1400MB/sec. The AV PRO CFX cards offer a guaranteed minimum write speed of 550MB/sec, well above the XQD standard, with the AV PRO CFX XT cards with a sustained write speed of up to 1GB/sec, plenty enough for capturing up to 8K RAW video.

Angelbird hasn’t said what capacities the new cards will come beyond the fact that the AV PRO CFX will be “up to 1TB” and the AV PRO CFX XT will come in at “up to 640GB”.

Along with the new cards is an Angelbird CFexpress reader. It comes with a 50cm Type-C to Type-C cable and an active USB-A to USB-C adapter. It supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 for speeds up to 10GB/sec, and it has a “Write Protect” function to prevent accidental erasure, formatting or editing of data on cards you want to protect. They say that feature is fully supported by not only Windows and Mac, but Linux, too.

There’s no word on an exact release date or prices yet, but we’ll keep you posted when we hear more.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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