SD Express is here! 4GB/s speeds for hi-res photos and 8K video

SD Express is here! 4GB/s speeds for hi-res photos and 8K video
(Image credit: SD Association)

Following its announcement last year, the new SD Express memory card format has been officially unveiled by the SD Association – and it promises to deliver new speed benchmarks for the SD format of up to 4GB/s. 

SD Express cards – also referred to as SD 8.0 Specification, to denote its official development designation – employs PCI Express 4.0 to deliver these astonishing speeds, while continuing to use the existing NVMe Express upper layer architecture for memory access.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.