Sony has brought its latest lineup of XQD and SD cards to India, with the company looking to target professional photographers who utilize DSLR cameras like the Nikon D5 or D500. It’s also introduced the MRW-E90, which the company claims is the world’s first XQD/SD card reader, and the QDA-SB1, a USB XQD adapter.
The 32GB Sony XQD-M32/J SYM is priced at Rs 3500, the 64GB XQD-M64/J SYM goes for Rs 6700, and the 128GB XQD-M128/J SYM costs Rs 14500. The brand claims the storage cards can deliver transfer speeds of up to 440MB/s when reading and 150MB/s when writing.
On the other hand, the SF-M range offers a maximum transfer speed of 260MB/s (read) and 100MB/s (write). As for its going rate, the SF-M 32, SF-M 64 and the SF-M 128 retail at Rs 4795, Rs 7215 and Rs 11545, respectively. Furthermore, Sony says the new accessories are dust-proof, anti-static, magnet proof and X-ray proof.
This ruggedness could prove to work in the XQD and SD cards favor since photographers frequently have to travel in rough environments. Another point in Sony’s favor is its File Rescue software which can supposedly recover deleted files including RAW photos, mov files and 4K XAVC-S videos.
Moving on, the highlight of the new MRW-E90 is its ability to back up 64GB of data within 3 minutes. It’s compatible with all XQD and UHS-II SD cards and supports SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.1 Gen 1). Meanwhile, the QDA-SB1 adapter works with G and M series XQD cards and is bundled with a USB cable.