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Pergear has launched a new range of economically priced CFexpress Type A cards. The high-speed cards are specially designed for high-resolution video recording. Pergear says that you can use them for continuous recording at 4K 60P, 4K 120p and even 8K 30p.

CFexpress Type A

CFexpress Type A cards are used by Sony’s mirrorless and Cinema Line cameras, such as the A7 SIII, A7 IV, FX3 and FX6. Pergear’s new range of Type A cards is available in three capacities: 80 GB, 260 GB and 520 GB. The memory used is 3D TLC NAND. The cards also have the added security of the company’s five-year warranty policy. In addition, Pergear says that in case of non-human damage, the company will replace a card with a new one even if it has run out of life.

Read / write speeds

Pergear’s 80GB CFexpress Type A card has a sustained maximum read speed of up to 800 MB/s and a sustained maximum write speed of up to 800 MB/s. In addition, the minimum sustained write speed is an impressive 600 MB/s. The 260 GB and 520 GB cards have higher maximum sustained read and write speeds of 880 MB/s and 900 MB/s, respectively. However, the minimum sustained write speeds for these larger cards are lower than for the 80 GB card at only 400 MB/s.

What we think

If you are a Sony mirrorless camera shooter, you need to use a CFexpress Type A card to record at the highest frame rates and resolutions. However, there aren’t many companies making this type of card and prices are often high. Therefore, it’s great to see Pergear bringing more choice and competition to the CFexpress Type A market. Their new cards are less than half the price of Sony’s recently launched offerings, so they are well worth checking out.

Pricing and availability

The new Pergear CFexpress Type A cards are available now. The 80 GB card costs $99, the 260 GB card is $189 and 520 GB retails at $359.

Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.