garyrhook wrote: Good question. I'll ignore the licensing crapola (Sony "owns" the technology).
The problem here is that XQD is a solution in search of a problem. It provides very high bandwidth that just isn't required by current image sizes. Even 4K 30p video can be easily handled by UHS-II cards. XQD is far above that.
The advantage of XQD is that the card becomes a PCI storage device, which puts it closer to the CPU, and removes the need for memory for buffering. I have a D850 (7 fps) and writing directly to the single XQD card, I can hold the button down pretty much forever. The camera never slows down.
So until we start seeing large sensors with a high frame rate, or 60p 4K video (or greater... 6K? 8K?) there's no compelling need for XQD.
Either the manufacturers will all move to greater MP counts and fps, thereby creating a need for XQD, or it will become another Memory Stick.
Finally, what we really want is CFE: same form factor, same speed and function (effectively), no license. We're waiting for a FW update for the D850 that enables CFE on that body. I'm hopeful.
Roy Wilson wrote: What instrument do you play? You have an interesting blend of a background Gary!
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