CompactFlash (CF) card is a small memory card used in many modern camera systems.
CF cards are durable, fast, and portable, making them a great option for professional photographers and filmmakers alike.
It has no moving mechanical parts and does not need a battery to retain data.
Small memory cards allow users to add data to a wide variety of computing devices.
CF cards today are primarily uses as removable memory for higher-end digital photo and video cameras.
When it comes to CF cards or any memory card for that matter, there are two important things to consider, size and speed.
On a CF card, storage size is usually prominently displays on the front.
At this point in time, CF cards come in a wide variety of sizes from 4GB to 512GB – quite a range in storage space!.
Prices range anywhere from $10 to $900 depending on the size and speed of the CF card.
A CF card features solid-state construction, which makes it much more rugged than most traditional storage devices.
CF (CompactFlash) cards should not be confused with CFast cards which were create to be the next step in the CF cards evolution.
CompactFlash (CF) card:
As of right now, CFast cards are, as the name implies, faster than regular CF cards.
However, they are much more expensive than their CF counterparts. A typical 60GB CFast card costs about $400!
For that price, you can get a 256GB CF card. It’s impossible to say whether or not CF cards will be replaced by CFast cards as of right now.
However, some newer cameras like the Blackmagic URSA are already accepting CFast cards instead of CF.
Practically, CF cards work via 50 pinholes that connect inside a camera or CF card reader.
These pins are definitely the biggest downside to using CF cards over portable storage cards.
Because all 50 pins must line up perfectly they can sometimes bend, requiring maintenance to your camera or card reader.
If this does happen to you it’s not the end of the world.