New adapter allows the usage of M.2 NVMe SSDs on DSLR cameras

The large image: In an period the place telephone cameras proceed to enhance and even start to see skilled utilization, some photographers nonetheless desire their trusted DSLRs. One draw back to those cameras is the costly expandable storage choices. Nonetheless, Icy Dock could have the answer to these issues.

Icy Dock is an organization that makes a speciality of producing storage enclosures for a lot of totally different type elements, akin to 2.5″, 3.5″, and M.2 drives. Whereas primarily specializing in server-related merchandise, Icy Dock’s newest creation branches out to digicam storage.

For years, DSLR cameras used SD playing cards as an ordinary for increasing digicam storage. The answer mixed excessive storage capacities with a small type issue. Nonetheless, the trade has just lately begun to undertake a brand new storage medium: CFexpress.

CFexpress playing cards have one notable profit in comparison with their predecessors: total velocity. The quickest SD playing cards max out at round 300 MB per second, whereas an ordinary CFexpress Kind B card can attain speeds of as much as 2 GB per second. Sadly, CFexpress playing cards are pricey, normally costing over $1 per gigabyte.

Icy Dock hopes to resolve this downside with the CP130, which converts the CFexpress port into an ordinary M.2 slot. Since M.2 SSDs have seen important value drops recently, usually having prices of $0.04–$0.06 per gigabyte, the corporate’s resolution supplied photographers with quick storage at a hefty low cost.

The CP130 helps many various M.2 sizes, together with 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280, and 22110. The adapter solely permits PCIe 3.0 drives and is proscribed to 2 of the 4 accessible PCIe lanes, limiting SSD speeds to a most of two GB per second, which remains to be as quick as CFexpress.

Icy Dock helps quite a few cameras, together with:

  • Canon EOS R3
  • Canon EOS R5
  • Canon 1DX
  • Canon C300 Mark II
  • Canon C500 Mark III
  • Nikon Z9
  • Nikon Z7II
  • Nikon D500
  • Nikon D850
  • Fujifilm X-H2S
  • Panasonic LUMIX GH6

Additionally it is appropriate with “most” DSLR/MILC cameras and camcorders with a CFexpress Kind B slot.

The adapter includes a screwless design to permit simple storage swaps and helps many mounting choices. The CP130 hasn’t launched but, however an Icy Dock competitor just lately started promoting its personal M.2 adapter, which retails for $210, so it is honest to count on an identical MSRP upon launch.


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