XQD™ S Series From Sony Outpaces Limits Of CF
XQD™ S Series From Sony Outpaces Limits Of CF

July 02, 2012 – Brooklands, UK  (Techreleased) –Fastest-ever1 memory card with 168MB/s2 read-write speed captures the fastest sporting action.

Sports photographers can achieve their best-ever shooting performance this summer with the new XQD™ S Series memory card from Sony.

The high-speed memory card also offers the capacity and reliability that’s demanded by professional photo journalists covering sports and other tough shooting assignments.

Offering sustained read/write transfer speeds of 168MB/s (actual speed), XQD™ S Series outpaces the maximum interface speed limit of Compact Flash cards (167 MB/s).

Partnered with Nikon’s D4 professional DSLR, XQD™ S Series effortlessly captures a non-stop burst of 108 RAW frames3 (at 12-bit compressed RAW, approximately 10.5MB file size). At a shooting speed of 10fps, this lets photographers document the men’s 100m sprint final from start to finish in a single, sustained burst of RAW images.

The new card’s blazing transfer speeds also slash PC backup times, boosting workflow for busy journalists and creative professionals facing pressured deadlines. Photo professionals can take full advantage of the card’s unsurpassed transfer speeds, with back-up times slashed by over 30%2 compared with the fastest CF cards. A high-speed driver for the MRW-E80 XQD card reader is available now for free download athttp://www.sony.co.uk/support/en/product/mrw-e80

Also available, free driver software allows XQD™ memory cards to be used with the latest Thunderbolt™-enabled computers through a compatible card reader.

The card’s high capacity of 64GB makes XQD™ S Series ideal for storing large volumes of data-heavy RAW files. This makes the card attractive for sports photographers who may be triggering the camera’s shutter remotely and cannot conveniently change media cards.

From August, XQD™ S Series users can also download free new version of File Rescue, Ver 3.2, software by Sony, allowing recovery of accidentally-deleted photos and videos. It’s the world’s first file recovery utility that now supports latest AVCHD and 3D5 formats as well as RAW and MOV files. File Rescue software is also available for XQD H Series users.

The new XQD™ S Series memory card is available with 64GB capacity from July 2012. A 32GB card will also be available later in 2012 (September/October).

For more details please visit http://www.sony.net/Products/memorycard/en_eu/xqd/index.html

Expanded media choice from Sony

Headed by the TIPA Award-winning4 XQD memory card range, the family of media storage solutions from Sony expands with other new products catering for a wide range of users, applications and devices.

The family of microSD cards is ideal for tablets, smartphones and other mobile phones. Supplied with a standard-size SD card adaptor, the range of Class 4 cards now includes a new 16GB capacity model.

The MicroVault ‘Style’ range of USB flash drives offers cool, reliable storage. Pink and Green ‘pop’ colour options are now available in capacities up to 16GB.

USB Style 16 GBUSB Style 16 GB

File Rescue software is also available to registered users of these Sony media products.

For more details, please visit www.sony.co.uk/hub/memory-cards-usb-drives

Notes to editors


As of June 2012. Based on Sony internal testing as compared to leading industry manufacturers.

2 Based on Sony internal testing. Transfer speeds vary and are dependent on host device.

When used with Nikon D4, with capture of compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW) images. Based on Sony research.

TIPA Awards 2012: Best Imaging Storage Media – Sony XQD Memory Cards

5 AVCHD 3D files

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Technical specifications: QDS64 – QDS32


Interface PCI Express Gen.1
Transfer speed (Read) 168MB/s *1
Transfer speed (Write) 168MB/s *1
Capacity 64GB 32GB
Usable Capacity 59.4GB 29.5GB
Operating Temperature range -25℃〜65℃
Storage Temperature range -40℃〜85℃
Weight Approx. 10g
Dimensions (W x D x H) Approx. 29.6 x 3.8 x 38.5 mm
Warranty 5 years



Technical specifications: SR16A4


Speed Class Class4
Capacity 16GB
Usable Capacity 14.4GB
Operating Temperature range -25℃〜85℃
Weight Approx. 1g
Dimensions (W x D x H) Approx. 11 x 1 x 15 mm
Warranty 5 years