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by Mike Zazaian September 27, 2006 - 8:49am, 38 Comments

SanDisk's 16GB and 12GB CompactFlash cards

SanDisk has released a duo of high-capacity CompactFlash cards geared toward professional photographers, but the sticker price isn’t for the faint of heart.

SanDisk’s new Extreme III CompactFlash cards are now available in 16GB and 12GB models, making them the largest CompactFlash cards available to date. While the cards are compatible with any CompactFlash reader, they were intended by SanDisk for professional photographers who shoot a huge quantity of photos in RAW and other uncompressed image formats.

And while the prospect of shooting 85,000 photos on your summer vacation without changing your memory card might seem nice, at premiums of $1,049.99 and $779.99 for the 16GB and 12GB versions respectively, you might as well get a portable hard drive and opt for an extra week of vacation.

Along with the substantial size, the Extreme III cards use SanDisk’s new Enhanced Super-Parallel (ESP) Processing technology to achieve read and write at speeds in excess of 20 MB/s. And for the arctic-adventuring or desert-dwelling Ansel-Adams-aspirer, SanDisk has manufactured the new CompactFlash to operate at temperatures between negative 13 and 185 degrees Fahrenheit.

[via MacWorld]