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Old August 24th, 2016, 01:36 PM   #1
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XQD card compatibility?

I just picked up my FS7, with a few XQD cards. It appears that the 'new' G series Sony cards are NOT compatible yet? I just bought several 128GB cards, and my camera does not recognize them. I have been told that they won't work until a firmware update later next month. (thanks for the head's up B&H)
SO, in desperate need for some additional cards next week, does anyone know if all the LEXAR cards work, or is there a series of those that are also currently incompatible? I need to fedex some today, and won't have time to order yet more before I leave on an assignment if those are incompatible as well.
I noticed the 128GB cards I ordered which don't work are G Series, and have both a read and write speed printed on them. (R:440, W:400) The one 128GB card which DOES work is also a G Series, but only has the number '400MB/s' printed on the front. Any ideas where I can get more of these, or if the Lexar will work?
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Old August 24th, 2016, 01:42 PM   #2
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Re: XQD card compatibility?

I have been looking to use these cards with my FDR-AX1 and did you see this Sony Global - Memory Media & External Hard Drive Portal - Sony XQD Memory Card

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Old August 24th, 2016, 03:36 PM   #3
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Yes, this is what I understand.... but the update is not released yet?
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Old August 24th, 2016, 05:48 PM   #4
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Is this not the update Software: PXW-FS7 : Binary Package V3.10 : Software/Drivers : Other : Sony Professional

Also https://community.sony.com/t5/FS7/FS...le/td-p/559981

I cannot check as I have a FDR-AX1 and have yet to buy any of these cards which also look like they work in my camcorder.

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Old August 25th, 2016, 10:51 PM   #5
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Yes, the v.3.10 update was mainly meant to make the FS7 with the newer Lexar cards, so I'd think it should also cover the new XQD cards (I only have the previous ones, so cannot check). But I'd say Sony introduced those new cards after making sure they would work with the FS7 - so if not the v.3.10, the last v.4.0 update should make them work...

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Old August 26th, 2016, 07:46 AM   #6
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The readme file specifically says the new M series cards. I just wondered whether Derek has that firmware on his FS7 or an earlier version.. Knowing Sony I am sure they would not go out of their way to make it compatible with Lexar and not their own cards.

Version V3.1 and V4.0 are on that page.

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Old August 30th, 2016, 11:49 AM   #7
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I think my camera is v3.0. I didn't want to undertake a firmware update before a very important interview later this week.... but I'll look into the link. I thought the one I saw was a UK link only (not that that really matters, but it made me wonder why it wasn't released here if that's the case) I was told that the release wasn't coming until next month, but maybe it's already out?
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Old August 30th, 2016, 11:50 AM   #8
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Yeah... this is the 'Sony.eu' site. Why wouldn't they release the firmware on the Sony US site as well?
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Old August 30th, 2016, 11:52 AM   #9
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I see no mention of the G cards in this update. Also, if my version is indeed 3.0, do I need to update incrementally, or can I just jump to the latest version?
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Re: XQD card compatibility?

Hi. I was having the same problem with version 3.1 of the FS7 firmware. When I upgraded to 4.0, I was able to format the new XQD 128 gig card and it has worked fine. James
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