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SanDisk 16GB 60MB/s Extreme Compact Flash Card SDCFX-016G-A61 (US Retail Package)

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4.7 out of 5 stars 182 customer reviews
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  • 60MB/sec. write and read speeds Captures pictures taken in rapid succession.
  • 16GB storage space For storing photos, videos, games and more.
  • Compatible with CompactFlash-enabled devices Including digital SLR cameras.
  • Power core controller For moving data efficiently.
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: SanDisk
  • Model Number: SDCFX-016G-A61
  • Memory Storage Capacity: 16 GB

Product Description


This Sandisk Extreme CompactFlash Memory Card provides 60 MB/second read/write speeds, and is UDMA enabled. You'll see it takes more than a great digital SLR camera to bring your ideas to life.

SanDisk engineered its Power Core Controller to take whatever your camera's buffer can dish out. By distributing image data across the card more rapidly and efficiently, this card delivers professional performance with less wear and tear.

Best-in-class quality assurance starts with memory components designed from the ground up for shock and vibration resistance-and sealed with RTV silicone coating for added protection against moisture and humidity. Rigorous stress-testing procedures further assure these cards perform under pressure, inside and out, even in extreme environments.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 1.4 x 1.7 x 0.1 inches
Item Weight 1.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.6 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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ASIN B002O3MVYO
Item model number SDCFX-016G-A61
National Stock Number 7025-01-596-7991
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4.7 out of 5 stars 182 customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #192 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Camera & Photo Accessories > Digital Camera Accessories > Memory Cards > CompactFlash Cards
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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By PD VINE VOICE on December 11, 2009
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I started in 2005 with the Ultra II series and have continually sold & upgraded as my needs dictated. I'm now using a Canon 5D Mark II which has HD video (I think we all know that by now), but the camera also creates a 30mb RAW file every time I snap the shutter. So, write speed is very important. I WAS using the Extreme IV series cards (45mb/sec), and even with the slower 4fps in the 5D2, the camera would hang after a few shots to write the data. Now with these new 16gb Extreme cards I get to hold down the shutter button and record WAY more images before the buffer starts to hold things up. What an improvement! This new series is worth every dollar. Remember, faster cards also give you longer battery life since the data writes faster, so that's another plus to these new Extreme cards. They are UDMA level 5 which is nice (the 5D2 handles up to 6). BTW, UDMA simply means that the card does a lot of the file processing, which gets you faster write speed. Non-UDMA cards make the camera do all the work when writing images to the card. If you have a UDMA-enabled camera, by all means get UDMA-enabled cards.

One last thing to help clear confusion on the card naming format: the 133X and 300X and all that simply means the speed that the card can write data. SanDisk doesn't use that prominently in their marketing, they tend to say "30mb/sec" or "60mb/sec", like that. Lexar uses the ###X format all the time. So when shopping around, keep this in mind:

SanDisk Ultra II: 15mb/sec (the original version) - Lexar calls it 100X (this older model SanDisk is NON-UDMA)
SanDisk Ultra II: 20mb/sec (the updated version) - Lexar calls it 133X (this older model SanDisk is NON-UDMA)
(Thanks Uri for the correction in Comments!
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Okay, so when I recently purchased a new Camera (a Canon 7D, 18 mega-pixel stills + 1080p video camera) and I was convinced I needed the SanDisk Extreme Pro 90mb/s card to take full advantage of the 8 pictures per second burst rate this camera had to offer... then... I started looking at the prices for those cards. *wince*

So, after I'd picked my jaw off the floor, I came across this card. It's still UDMA (where the card does some of the processing, not just the camera, resulting in better speeds), still faster than any of the older Extreme (and Ultra) series cards including the Extreme IV's by a noticeable margin, and my money buys me much more storage space, at significantly lower cost. But... would it be fast 'enough'?

Well, I was still hesitant... but at almost 1/3 the cost (and since having no memory card makes my camera a little useless), I decided to pull the trigger. I dropped it in, fired it up, and put it to the test. I was expecting shutter lag... or the dreaded "busy" light flashing at me when I really let it fly on full speed. Much to my pleasant surprise, this never happened! I was able to rip away at full speed without any issues at all.

If you're thinking about buying a memory card for this camera (or another high-megapixel DSLR) and you want as much memory AND speed as your dollars can afford, with out sacrificing camera performance... this series of card is for you. I, personally, see no reason to require the MUCH more expensive Extreme Pro for use in this camera... well... unless you have money just burning a hole in your pocket. :)
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I had been using SanDisk Extreme III (30 MB/s) in my Nikon digital SLR, and while they were reliable and so on, I was never able to get the full high speed frame rate Nikon promises. Instead of the 5-7 frames per second, I was getting more like 2-3.

Switching to the 60MB/s fixed that problem, and now I'm getting the full performance my camera is capable of...at least 5 fps under most conditions.

Interestingly, I also purchased a smaller card capable of 90MB/s, and saw no real difference, so I'm considering the 60MB/s version ideal - nice, since it's much less expensive than the faster cards.

Recommended if you need the best frame rate out of your camera.
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I've done some write benchmarks on this card and others with my Canon 40D. Here are the results:

SanDisk Extreme 60 MB/s 16GB (400X)
17 RAW, 17 seconds to clear

SanDisk Extreme III 30 MB/s 8GB (200X)
18 RAW, 17 seconds to clear

Lexar Pro 1GB 133X
20 RAW, 16 seconds to clear

Kingston Ultimate 4 GB 133X
19 RAW, 21 seconds to clear

Kingston High Speed 1024 MB 80X
18 RAW, 37 seconds to clear

For this circa-2007 DSLR, no card over 133X improves write speeds. No benefit was expected; cameras of this vintage max out at about 12 MB/s.

For more recent bodies, head directly to Rob Galbraith's CF/SD/XQD database. He's tested every significant Canon and Nikon camera since October 2008, starting with Canon's 50D and Nikon's D90, with every significant memory card.

* A few general notes:

There are speed variances even among cards of equal rating. Brand matters. Cameras from Canon, Nikon, and Sony perform best with cards from SanDisk and Lexar. Other brands, even if capable of rated speed in a card reader, tend not to rival those two in-camera.

Card-to-computer transfer rates will be limited by the card reader interface or the camera. Most cameras directly connected to a computer send data at 10-15 MB/s. With card readers, USB 2.0, the most common interface, caps out at about 30 MB/s. Firewire 800 is about three times as fast and will max out this card, as will USB 3.0 and IDE/SATA converters. As well, all CF cards rated for 30 MB/s or more support UDMA.

* Are higher-rated cards faster?

Autofocus, turn-on speed, JPEG writes, movie recording, image review, maximum framerate, and so on are almost completely unaffected by faster cards.
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