Nikon has joined the war over CFExpress cards with their own 660GB Type B media card. Like most of the competing cards category, the Nikon MC-CF660G 660GB CFExpress media card boasts read and write speeds of 1700MB/s and 1500MB/s, but it falls short of mentioning whether the card is capable of passing muster with the Compact Flash Association’s illustrious VPG-400 compliance rating.
The company does state, however, that the 660GB Type B CFExpress card is the “ideal video recording medium” for capturing 8K video in Nikon’s N-Raw format, especially when using the Nikon Z9 full-frame mirrorless camera. The Z9 is capable of capturing 8.3K at 60fps in N-Raw and can also capture still images in FX mode.
Nikon also says that the added benefit of their new CFExpress cards is that they can keep up with the Z9’s extended recording time, without dropping frames.
Nikon’s build quality is also known for being robust and stout against dust, temperature extremes, and long-term use.
Unfortunately, that assurance isn’t enough to get over the stunning $727 retail price, which equates to about 10% higher than competing cards in the field from SanDisk, Delkin Devices, Lexar, Sony, and Angelfire.
However, after selecting the Nikon Z9, and its new 8K Raw video format, the Nikon MC-CF660G CFexpress Type B Memory Card is the ideal companion since it’s likely to be optimized for use within that camera ecosystem, providing the fastest possible transfer speeds and writing in longer form, higher bit rate projects.
It’s always a good idea to keep things in the family whenever possible.
The Nikon MC-CF660G CFexpress Type B Memory Card is listed as being available “soon,” and preorders are being taken at B&H and the usual retail outlets.
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