Chairman of the SD Association believes the new SD Express standard will be adopted by camera makers in 2021

Lensvid interviewed the Chairman of the SD Association Mr. Yosi Pinto. Here is the interestin part regardin the new SD Express standard

-We were told that the development of the SD Express was actually not driven (for the most part) by the photo industry. It was pushed forward by other industries that are part of the SD Association (including mobile-computing, games, IoT, automotive and others) who were interested in the more modern and well-established PCIe interface and NVMe protocols. These changes make the upcoming SD Express cards very SSD-like in nature.

-It is important to note that despite the lack of push from the photo industry for the new SD Express, the upcoming new cards will be backwards compatible with SD UHS-I devices so you will be able to use them in any camera or device that work with existing cards. This will be done in a way similar to what has been done in the past with UHS-II (and UHS-III) where one row of connectors on the back of the card is dedicated to UHS-I and the other to the SD Express PCI-E. This also means that in backwards compatibility mode, the card will only support UHS-I speeds and not UHS-II/III.

– For the first time in memory card history we are now in a place where both major players base their upcoming cards on the same interface and protocol – the new CF Express which will replace XQD (and has the same form factor as XQD) is also based on the same basic PCIe and NVMe.

– In the past, SD was typically considered to be a consumer/prosumer oriented format while CF (and later XQD) were more of a pro level memory formats. At the moment it isn’t clear if this division will continue between SD Express and CF Express, however, we believe that the fact that both are now based on the same basic PCIe/NVMe protocols might have interesting consequences in the future.

– As we have noted above, SD Express was not developed primarily for the camera industry but was pushed forward by other markets. This means that camera manufacturers may not be the first to implement it. However, jumping on the SD Express train for all type of products should be easier than it was for previous SD iterations since the PCIe interface and NVMe protocols are well established in the industry with all the supporting software and hardware required for implementing them.

– As for when the first SD Express supported cameras will be available on the market, Mr. Pinto did not wish to speculate, but based on our understanding this will not happen during 2019 (and possibly not even during the first half of 2020).

DPReview TV: Panasonic S1R vs. Nikon Z7 vs. Sony a7R III


This week Chris and Jordan do a side-by-side comparison between three high resolution mirrorless cameras: the Panasonic S1R, Nikon Z7, and Sony a7R III to see how they stack up. Which one is right for you?

So the question is which is right for you? It depends what camera fanboy you are :)  No seriously, I find all three cameras to be nearly equally good. Would love to have some stronger differentiation!

Adobe just decided you have to pay $20 instead of $10 per month for the Basic Plan

This is the price you pay for a subscription based service : Adobe just doubled the basic plan monthly fee! (see Adobe’s new pricing here). Now, there are some alternatives if you want to avoid to be a subscription slave.

The professional alternative is Capture One (Click here). It costs $109 only if you buy the Fuji or Sony version and $299 for the full version. It’s also the best RAW editor on the market.

A much cheaper alternative is Luminar 3.1 (Click here) with new generation 2.0 Artificial Intelligence tool. Save $10 with the coupon code “AMB43R” at checkout!

UPDATE: Adobe just said that their $10 plan is still available (Click here):

New Panasonic S tests

First a news: Panasonic released the firmware update 1.1 for the S1 and S1R cameras.

And now to the reviews:

Diglloyd says the Panasonic S1R Multi-Shot High-Res Mode is “the Largest Advance in Image Quality in a Decade and It Works with Motion”:

For the first time besides an iPhone, I’m seeing a pro-grade field-usable computational photography feature. Huge kudos to Panasonic for unf**king what the other guys could not get right.

Panasonic S1 Review at Photographyblog’s:

Weight and bulk aside, we really enjoyed using the Panasonic S1 during the period we spent with the camera. It’s intuitively designed and well thought out in terms of control layout and operation.

Plenty of L-rumors readers images on our L-mount Facebook Group.

What’s coming this May: Fuji gear, Canon gear and maybe Olympus gear

What shall our readers expect to get in May?

GFX100 medium format camera on May 23
Silver Fujinon XF 16mm f/2.8 R WR on May 23

Canon 85mm f/1.2 RF lens

New Tough compact camera?

Nokishita said there woule be one more new E-mount model coming in Q2. But we might have to wait til end of June for that one….

The X1DII has been officially registered. Unsure if it’s going to be announced within May….

Haven’t heard anything about possible Panasonic and Nikon mirrorless related announcements in May…