SanDisk Develops World's First 256GB CompactFlash Memory Card Optimized for 4K Video

Fair warning to penny pinching shoppers and budget buyers, continuing to read beyond this point could put your wallet in a state of shock and/or cause you to fall out of your chair. Disclaimer aside, SanDisk this week announced the availability of its 256GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash memory card, purportedly the world's first high-capacity, high-performance CF card with the latest Video Performance Guarantee (VPG-65) specification.

The new card is capable of minimum sustained write performance of 65MB/s and is optimized to capture 4K and Full HD video. It also boasts industry-leading transfer speeds of up to 160MB/s and fast shot speeds of up to 140MB/s for tasks like fast action and continuous bust mode shots, SanDisk claims.

SanDisk 256GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash

"SanDisk has been at the forefront with storage solutions that enable the broader adoption of new video capture technologies. We always design our SanDisk Extreme Pro cards with professional photographers and videographers in mind," said Susan Park, director, mobile and imaging worldwide retail product marketing, SanDisk. "Cinema-quality 4K video capture demands tremendous performance and capacity, which is exactly what we have delivered with the new 256GB SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash card."

In addition, SanDisk revved its entire ExtremePro CF line with faster speeds, which are also available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities. As for pricing, remember that disclaimer above? This is where it comes into play. These cards range in price from $220 (16GB) all the way up to $1,810 (256GB).