You can't possibly get 12 Gbytes in one CF card! Can you?

by Guy Kewney | posted on 26 May 2004

One we missed at the last CeBIT show: only for really enthusiastic photographers - yes, a 12 GByte Compact Flash memory card was included in the Pretec new range of storage packages. Finally, a shipping date is announced. But the price?

Guy Kewney

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Photography specialist Digital Photography Review didn't just raise eyebrows at the capacity; the comment focused automatically on the eye-watering price. "The first three cards (3, 4 and 6 GBytes) are available in Japan as of today," said the reviewer; "the larger 12 GBbyte card by the end of the year."

And then, obviously really wanting to have this much memory, there was a cry of pain: "Despite lower NAND flash prices these cards are still unbelievably expensive," it said.

Apparently the 3 GB card is 166,000 YEN ($1,490), the 4 GB card is 207,00 YEN ($1,860), the 6 GB card is 525,000 YEN ($4,700), the 12 GB card is expected to be 1,659,000 YEN *yes that's $14,900 dollars* in America."

And for camera freaks who really want 12 Gbytes: "Just buy three Creative Labs Nomad MuVo 4 GB ($200), each one contains a 4 GB Hitachi Microdrive. $600 vs. $14,900." Full article and discussion at their news site

The card was announced at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany, earlier this year.

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