Sony Increases CFExpress Type A Card Storage Capacity Up to 640 GB

It may have been overlooked that Sony has released larger CFExpress Type A media cards along with their new entry-level cinema camera, the Cine line FX30.

But now that the hype has died down a bit, there’s an opportunity to take a closer look at what these new Sony Tough CFExpress Type A media cards are all about.

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The new Sony Tough Type A cards come in sizes up to 640GB, Sony’s largest sizes to date. Larger than either Lexar, at 320GB, or the ProGrade Digital model, at 160GB.

This is smaller than Type B CFExpress cards, which have surpassed 1TB, but it’s pretty impressive for a Type A design.

The chief difference is the size of the media card itself. Type A cards are close to the size of a full-sized SD media card, while the Type B designs are close to that of Nikon’s XQD memory cards.

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The larger Type B cards, therefore, can therefore carry more in storage. But at the cost that the cameras have to be larger in order to house them.

Whereas, Type A cards allow for a smaller media card slot, making the camera itself more compact.

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There’s also the benefit that camera manufacturers like Sony are using dual media card slots in specific camera designs. The Sony FX30 is one such camera, and it enjoys a slot for one SD card slot and one for a Type A CFexpress card slot.

Moreover, Sony’s Tough Type A CFe cards are also capable of maximum reading/writing speeds of 800 MB/s and 700 MB/s respectively, making its video performance guarantee rating of VPG400, which guarantees sustained writing speeds of up to 400MB/s, and enables 4K-120p high bit rate video shooting.

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The cards are built to be resistant to extreme temperatures and drop distances of up to 15 feet (7.5 meters) and an impact of 150 newtons of force.

The cards are also rated at IP57 and guard against all weather conditions and are designed to be Humidity, X-ray, electrostatic charge, and ultraviolet radiation resistant.

Sony cautions, however, that this robust engineering may not protect the recorded data from damage, but in that event, Sony offers a File Rescue Recovery software app for download to recover any lost files and a media scan utility that advises on the overall health of the card over time.

The preorder price of the 640GB Sony Tough Type A Memory card is $1248 for a single card.  Shipping is scheduled for December 2022.

[source: Sony]

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