Nikon is not only a camera company but also puts out some robust media cards to write to. Their new CFExpress card is designed chiefly for their flagship 8K Z9 Mirrorless camera and Nikon says it’s optimized intensive video and high-end still shooting requirements.
The Nikon Z9 recently received a firmware update, which enables it to capture 8K video internally at 60 frames per second. Nikon has also finally unlocked their much-anticipated N-Raw which the Z9 can take full advantage of.
Writing that massive amount of data onto media cards requires a lot of speed, and the 660GB Nikon MC-CF660G CFexpress Type B memory card provides a maximum write speed of approximately 1500 MB/s and a maximum read speed of approximately 1700 MB/s when performing data transfers for post-production.
This makes the MC-CF660G a viable media option for saving 8K60 Raw videos, which the Z9 can now write to.
The announcement of the Nikon MC-CF660G was made rather quietly, buried within the text of Nikon’s press release for firmware updates to the entire second-generation Z6-9 models.
It seemed almost like an afterthought, but with its speed and robust build quality, it’s definitely something shooters of 8K video will want to be aware of.
The MC-CF660G will be available in June for a retail price of around $730, which fits it in between the lower-priced Delkin 1TB cards, competitive with ProGrade’s 650GB card, and about $200 under the higher-priced RED and Angelbird CFExpress cards of a similar size and speed.
Pre-orders can be placed through Nikon’s online shop or through authorized Nikon retailers.
- Nikon MC-CF660G CFexpress Type B memory card (B&H)
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