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The following is an unedited press release, shown as received from the company represented. We've elected to present selected releases without editorial comment, as a way to provide our readers more information without further overtaxing our limited editorial resources. To avoid any possible confusion or conflict of interest, the Imaging Resource will always clearly distinguish between company-provided press releases and our own editorial views and content.

Sony's logo. Click here to visit the Sony website! PRESS RELEASE: Sony Broadens Choice of SD Memory Cards

Range Includes Value Models Plus High-Speed New Class 10 Cards, Plus World-First File Rescue Software With AVCHD Support

  • Great value new ESSENTIAL Series, value-added EXPERIENCE Series and high-speed EXPERT Series SDHC cards by Sony

  • Capacities up to 32GB and transfer speeds up to 20MB/s (EXPERT Series)

  • File Rescue HD software* for EXPERIENCE and EXPERT card customers - the only rescue software supporting AVCHD files
    (*supported file type: AVCHD and MP4)

  • Also available for download: x-Pict Story™software for no-fuss slideshow creation

LONDON -- (Marketwire - December 13, 2010) -- Sony has expanded its family of premium-quality memory cards to meet the growing needs of today's digital imaging users.

There's now a choice of three SDHC card ranges by Sony. The perfect partner for your Cyber-shot™, Handycam®, α NEX or DSLR camera, they're also a great match for SD/SDHC-compatible cameras, camcorders and devices from all manufacturers. The affordable ESSENTIAL Series and value-added EXPERIENCE Series are joined by the flagship EXPERT Series for photo users who demand class-leading capacity and transfer speeds.

The new family of SD memory cards by Sony reflects ever-increasing resolution and performance of today's digital cameras and Full HD camcorders. Innovations like high-speed burst shooting, 3D and Sweep Panorama by Sony are all driving demand for higher media capacities and faster transfer rates. Reflecting this trend, Sony now offers a choice of SD cards to suit every need -- from casual photography to the most data-intensive imaging applications.

All new SD cards by Sony are attractively presented with environmentally-friendly new eco packaging. There's also a handy memo space on each card for handwritten titles and other notes.

High performance EXPERT SERIES: up to 20MB/s (Class 10) SDHC card, available in 8GB, 16GB & 32GB capacities
The brand new EXPERT Series of high-speed SD memory cards is ideal for memory-hungry applications, from Full HD video to continuous burst shooting and 3D imaging. Supporting super-fast data transfer speeds up to 20MB/s, the SF-32NX/16NX/8NX is a no-compromise solution for storing and sharing high-resolution video and still images captured with your DSLR camera, compact system camera or Full HD camcorder.

Value-added EXPERIENCE SERIES: up to 15MB/s (Class 4) SDHC card, available in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB & 32GB capacities
Available in capacities from 2GB up to 32GB, the versatile EXPERIENCE Series of SD cards copes effortlessly with a wide range of imaging applications. Supporting data transfer speeds up to 15MB/s, it's a perfect choice for shooting stills and Full HD video with your DSLR camera or camcorder.

Entry-level ESSENTIAL SERIES: (Class 4) SDHC card, available in 2GB, 4GB & 8GB capacities
Offering excellent value, the general purpose ESSENTIAL Series of SD memory cards is an essential add-on for boosting the storage capacity of your entry-level digital camera or camcorder. It's also a convenient choice for storing and transferring digital music and gaming data.

Reflecting the needs of today's digital imaging customers, Sony now offers a complete photo solution that teams high-quality storage media with powerful, easy-to-use software and utilities. Offered free to EXPERIENCE and EXPERT Series card owners, two valuable applications enhance storage, sharing and enjoyment of your digital images and video clips.

File Rescue HD* software -- now with world-first AVCHD video file support
From accidentally-deleted folders to disconnected transfer cables, camera users everywhere know the frustration of lost, damaged or erased image files.

Now help is at hand if you think you've said goodbye to precious photos and video clips from your digital camera or camcorder -- whether it's from Sony or another manufacturer. Available as a free download for customers of EXPERT and EXPERIENCE series SD cards, new File Rescue Version HD can recover as many as 90%** of mistakenly deleted image files. In a world first by Sony, this easy-to-use file recovery software can now retrieve AVCHD movies recorded with any brand of camera/camcorder alongside JPEG, MPEG-1 and MP4 files.

x-Pict Story™ software for Memory Card
Also available as a free software download for EXPERIENCE and EXPERT Series card owners, new x-Pict Story™ software by Sony brings your collection of digital images to life.

This easy-to-use package combines your favourite photos and music with beautiful visual effects and transitions to create professional-looking presentations, with no special skills needed.

Integration with Picture Motion Browser software by Sony makes it quick and easy to upload slideshows to sharing sites like YouTube™ or Facebook™ with a few clicks.

In addition to the current EXPERIENCE series, the new range of EXPERT and EXPERIENCE Series SDHC removable memory cards by Sony are available from January 2011.

**source: Sony EMCS customer support report of current version

Technical specifications

Model name SF8NX- SF16NX-SF32NX SF2N-SF4N4-SF8N4-SF16N4-SF32N4 SF2B4-SF4B4-SF8B4
Media type SDHC Memory Card SD/SDHC Memory Card SD/SDHC Memory Card
Operating Class Class 10 (read up to 20MB/s) Class 4 (read up to 15MB/s) Class 4
Warranty 5 years 5 years 5 years
Package style Eco package Eco package Eco package
SD interface 4-bit parallel 4-bit parallel 4-bit parallel
Operating temp. -25/+85 deg. C (non-condensing) -25/+85 deg. C (non-condensing) -25/+85 deg. C (non-condensing)

Environmental Info
Sony is engaged in a constant review of its manufacturing, operational and business practices to ensure that its products are developed in an environmentally responsible way.
Please refer to www.sony.eu/eco for background on environmental activities of Sony.

About Sony:
Sony is a leading global innovator of audio, video, communications and information technology products for both the consumer and professional markets. Sony is renowned for its audio-visual products, such as the BRAVIA™ LCD high-definition television, Cyber-shot™ digital camera, Handycam® camcorder, "α" (pronounced Alpha) digital SLR camera, and Walkman® MP3 player as well as its VAIO™ personal computers and high-definition (HD) professional broadcast equipment, highlighted by the XDCAM® HD. Offering a complete end-to-end HD value chain and with its electronics, music, pictures, game and online businesses, Sony is one of the world's leading digital entertainment brands, employing approximately 170,000 people worldwide.

Through its long-term football partnerships as an official sponsor of the UEFA Champions League until 2012, Official FIFA Partner until 2014 and global sponsor of the FIFA World Cup™ in 2010 and 2014, Sony is inspiring a sense of excitement for the millions of football fans around the world.

For more information on Sony Europe, please visit http://www.sony-europe.com and http://www.sony-europe.com/presscenter

"Sony", "WALKMAN", "VAIO", "Cyber-shot", "Handycam", "α", "BRAVIA" and "XDCAM" are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sony Corporation. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners

(First posted on Monday, December 13, 2010 at 19:56 EST)

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