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Lexar releases 600x CF card and new reader

By dpreview staff on Oct 20, 2009 at 13:03 GMT

Lexar has announced the Professional 600x (90MB/s) UDMA CompactFlash memory card in 32GB, 16GB and 8GB capacities. The fastest CF card from Lexar to date, it is compatible with the new generation of UDMA-enabled DSLR's. The company has also introduced a new Professional ExpressCard CompactFlash reader, supporting read/write speeds of up to 133MB/s (886x). In addition, Lexar has also upgraded it's Image Rescue image recovery software to version 4.

Price and Availability:
The 16GB and 8GB versions of the new card and the reader will be available at the end of this month for US $299.99/£219, US $199/£149 and £29.99 respectively. The 32GB version will be able for £399 from November 2009. All capacities will include a free downloadable copy of Image Rescue 4.

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Press Release:

Lexar Introduces Professional 600x CompactFlash Memory Card to Enhance Professional Digital Photography Experience


CompactFlash Memory Card from Lexar Media Boasts High-Speed Performance and Reliability forImproved Digital Workflow

Fremont, CA, October 20, 2009 -- Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, today announced it will offer the Lexar® Professional 600x CompactFlash® (CF) card, a new memory card that provides enhanced speed and performance for professional photographers and advanced photo enthusiasts capturing high-definition images and videos on digital SLRs. The Lexar Professional 600x CF memory card will offer increased speed and performance, with a guaranteed minimum sustained write speed capability of 600x (90MB/s) when paired with a UDMA 6 enabled device.

In addition, the Lexar Professional 600x CF memory card increases workflow with minimum sustained read speeds of 533x (80MB/s), or faster when paired with a UDMA 6-enabled reader such as the new Lexar Professional ExpressCard™ CompactFlash Reader. Available in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities, the Lexar Professional 600x CF card will significantly improve in-camera performance by rapidly clearing a camera’s buffer and making fast cameras even faster so photographers can keep shooting. In addition, increased image transfer speeds from card-to-computer will help reduce postproduction time and enable shooters to focus on the business of photography. For additional information about the Lexar Professional 600x CF card or Lexar Professional ExpressCard CompactFlash reader, visit www.lexar.com.

“Photographers are constantly demanding more from their equipment, and an increase in image capture speeds paired with a decrease in image transfer times can mean the world to a professional shooter,” said Jeff Cable, director of marketing, Lexar Media. “The combined solution of our new Professional 600x CF card and Professional ExpressCard CompactFlash reader is the next step in CF memory technology and will provide photographers with the speeds and performance they need to capture the best shots and improve their imaging workflow. When shooting with newer cameras like the Canon EOS 7D, Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Nikon D3x or Nikon D300S, professionals can capture more images per second and hundreds of JPEG files without pausing to clear their cameras’ buffers.”

When paired with the new Lexar Professional ExpressCard CompactFlash reader, the Lexar Professional 600x CF card significantly improves the digital imaging workflow by accelerating the download of captured images to a destination computer. Designed for photographers on the go, the Lexar Professional ExpressCard CompactFlash reader is a portable, high-performance reader that requires no cables and connects directly to a PC or Mac® laptop computer’s ExpressCard slot. The durable reader is compatible with all UDMA and non-UDMA CompactFlash cards and supports read/write speeds up to 133MB/s (886x).

The Lexar Professional ExpressCard CompactFlash reader comes with free, dedicated customer support, backed by a two-year limited warranty and will be available later this month.

In addition to high speeds and high capacity options of the Lexar Professional 600x CF card, consumers also receive the reliability they have come to expect from Lexar. All Lexar memory cards are tested in the Lexar Reliability Lab, a facility with more than 800 digital cameras, to ensure quality, performance, and compatibility. Lexar performs this extensive testing in an effort to provide customers with a higher level of confidence, whether they are capturing once-in-alifetime memories, important events, or everyday occasions.

Customers can access Lexar’s Digital Photography website, a dedicated, online resource and tips destination (http://www.lexar.com/dp/), and can also leverage phone and live-chat tech support. Lexar provides these services and resources to customers to minimize the time required for troubleshooting card issues and to provide tools for photographers to optimize their shooting and focus on capturing great images.

“When taking photographs is your livelihood, having the most advanced, reliable equipment is essential. For years, I’ve trusted Lexar memory cards to protect my most valuable work," said Lexar Elite Photographer, Rick Sammon. "The new Lexar Professional 600x CF card and Professional ExpressCard CompactFlash Reader are the latest innovations in Lexar’s long history of industry-leading solutions for professionals and I look forward to integrating them into my workflow."

The Lexar Professional 600x CF cards will begin shipping on October 22 in 8GB and 16GB capacities. The cards will be available on Lexar.com and in specialty photo retailers and consumer electronics outlets, and many other authorized Lexar resellers. The Lexar Professional 600x 32GB CF card will be available in November. All capacities will include a limited lifetime warranty and free downloadable copy of Image Rescue™ 4, the latest version of Lexar’s awardwinning image recovery software.  In addition, the cards will offer exclusive, money-saving promotions from Adobe on popular photo and video editing products, including the latest versions of Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom®, Adobe Photoshop Elements, and Adobe Premiere® Elements software.

Key Messages:

  • Offers guaranteed minimum sustained write speed capability of 600x (90MB/s) when
    paired with a UDMA 6 enabled device
  • Outstanding performance, reliability, and compatibility
  • Includes valuable, downloadable software with the purchase of the card
  • Significantly reduces workflow when paired with the new Lexar® Professional ExpressCard™ CompactFlash® reader
  • Available in capacities of 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB

Press Release:

Lexar Image Rescue 4 Delivers Enhanced Image Recovery Capabilities for Photographers Shooting with Any Memory Card


New Features on Award-Winning Software Include One-Step Recovery Process, Automatic Updates to Ensure Continuous Compatibility, and Expanded Language Support

Fremont, CA, October 20, 2009 - Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, announced today the launch of Lexar® Image Rescue™ 4 software, the newest version of Lexar’s popular image recovery software. Image Rescue 4 enables photographers to recover most lost or deleted images and videos from any memory card form factor, from any manufacturer, and is compatible with all mass storage-compliant card readers. New features on the award-winning software include an easy-to manage one-step recovery interface, automatic updates to ensure the software’s compatibility with new RAW images and operating systems, and expanded language support.

“For professional and hobbyist photographers alike, the thought of losing any important pictures or videos is a nightmare,” said Jeff Cable, director of marketing, Lexar Media. “With its extensive recovery capabilities, Image Rescue 4 software is a powerful yet simple tool to help get those files back, and preserve special memories or assignments that might otherwise have been lost forever. The latest version of Image Rescue software will provide a friendlier user interface, support multiple languages and help photographers around the world recover their lost images and videos, regardless of which brand or type of memory card they use, providing valuable peace of mind to both professionals and consumers alike.” Lexar Image Rescue 4 software is compatible with PC and Mac® operating systems, and supports multiple languages, including English, Japanese, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese. When recovering an image, the award-winning software scans every sector of a memory card and automatically reports any errors. The software also allows photographers to perform low-level formatting of their cards, enabling them to restore the card’s factory settings.

Downloadable Lexar Image Rescue 4 software is included with the purchase of any Lexar
Professional CompactFlash® (CF) and Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC™) memory cards,
and can also be purchased online at www.lexar.com.

Key Messages:

  • Provides valuable peace of mind for photographers
  • Recovers lost or deleted images and videos
  • Compatible with any memory card format from any manufacturer and all mass storage
    compliant card readers
  • Includes one-step interface for fast image recovery
  • Automatic updating capability helps users stay current with new camera RAW files and
  • computer operating systems
  • Supports multiple languages, including English, Japanese, French, German, Italian, and
    Portuguese
  • Includes easy secure deletion feature to completely clear memory card

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