Sony Reveals SD Cards (R.I.P. Memory Stick?)
Could Sony finally be conforming to a more popular standard?
If you've ever owned Sony electronics, you'll know that your device isn't fit for any mere SD card standard. Instead, you'll have to stay within the family and use Memory Stick Pro Duo to save your games, movies, music and pictures. That may all be changing, however, as Sony appears to finally be relenting by releasing its own brand of SD memory flash cards.
Sony Electronics announced it is expanding its line of consumer media with the addition of five new SD/SDHC memory cards for digital imaging products, and three new microSD/microSDHC memory cards for mobile phones. The new SD/SDHC and microSD/microSDHC memory cards, except for the microSD 2GB card, are all class-4-speed for high-definition recording.
Does this spell the death for Memory Stick products? Not yet, apparently, as Sony said that new cards will simply "complement" the existing Memory Stick products.
"The new cards will complement Sony’s existing Memory Stick line, satisfying the needs of a broader range of users, and strengthening Sony’s position as a full line media supplier," said Shane Higby, director of the consumer media business at Sony Electronics.
The full line of SD/SDHC and microSD/microSDHC memory cards, which will ship in packaging that is easy to separate and recycle, will be available this month, at the following suggested list prices:
- SF-2N1 2GB SD Class 4 $14.99
- SF-4N4 4GB SDHC Class 4 $29.99
- SF-8N4 8GB SDHC Class 4 $44.99
- SF-16N4 16GB SDHC Class 4 $79.99
- SF-32N4 32GB SDHC Class 4 $159.99
- SR-2A1 2GB microSD with adapter $14.99
- SR-4A4 4GB microSDHC Class 4 with adapter $29.99
- SR-8A4 8GB micro SDHC Class 4 with adapter $44.99