For years, pro digital video camera pioneers Sony and ARRI have used SxS professional memory cards for capturing footage on select cameras, relying on the cards for their durability and speed. With the move to shooting in 4K and higher frame rates, cards fill up faster than ever, and the need for a truly high-speed card reader with the fastest interface available is undeniable.
Sonnet’s SF3 Series – SxS Pro Card Reader fills the bill. Featuring a 40Gbps Thunderbolt™ 3 interface, this device quickly ingests footage from SxS memory cards to any Mac® or Windows®(1) computer with Thunderbolt 3 ports—on location, in the studio, or in the edit suite—at the fastest speeds the cards will support.
Superior Performance—Ingests files from two SxS cards at maximum speed
Dual SxS Slots—Enable simultaneous ingest of files from two cards for greater efficiency
40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 Interface—Features dual Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports; second port supports daisy chaining of up to five additional Thunderbolt peripheral devices(2)
Broad Card Support—Supports all SxS media, including SxS PRO+ E Series cards; XQD™ and SDHD™ cards supported when used with adapters(3)
Compact, Rugged, Stackable—Aluminum enclosure for rugged and reliable operation. Stackable design enables multiple SF3 Series card readers to occupy same footprint.
Thunderbolt Cable & ThunderLok Included—Includes 0.5-meter Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable and ThunderLok 3 Thunderbolt connector retainer clip to secure cable from accidental disconnections
Backward Compatible with Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt Macs—When used with an Apple® Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter
macOS and Windows Compatible
Industry’s First SxS Card Reader for Thunderbolt 3
USB 3.1 Gen 2
Daisy chain multiple readers to ingest four, six or more cards simultaneously to take advantage of Thunderbolt 3’s 2,750 MB/s bandwidth
The SF3 Series – SxS Pro Card Reader is the industry’s first SxS card reader for Thunderbolt 3. This dual-slot reader takes advantage of Thunderbolt 3’s 40Gbps bandwidth to ingest files simultaneously from two cards at maximum speed—more than double the average ingest speed of USB 3.0 card readers. Using the Sonnet SxS reader enables you to ingest footage from multiple cards in much less time for a significantly more efficient workflow.
Thunderbolt 3 —
The SF3 Series – SxS Pro Card Reader includes two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports; the first connects it to your computer, while the second supports daisy chaining of up to five additional Thunderbolt peripheral devices(2) to a single port on your computer. The reader includes 10Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2 support, meaning you can connect a USB device to the second port using the proper cable or adapter. The SxS reader also provides full support for connecting up to two 4K displays @ 60Hz or one 5K display @ 60Hz(4). For connected devices requiring extra power, 15 watts is provided to bus-powered other devices, such as the SF3 Series – CFast 2.0 Pro Card Reader.
Broad Card Support —
The SF3 Series – SxS Pro Card Reader supports all generations of SxS media, up to the latest E Series cards. When used with the Sony ExpressCard Adapter for XQD Memory Card (QDA-EX1) adapter or the Sonnet SDHC Adapter for SxS Camera Slot (SD-SXS-E34) adapter, you can even use XQD and SD cards, respectively, with this reader.
Compact, Rugged, and Stackable —
The SF3 Series – SxS Pro Card Reader—measuring a compact 5.75 inches wide by 1 inch high by 5.1 inches deep—is suitable for use in any workspace. The reader’s extruded aluminum shell makes it lightweight, yet rugged enough to be transported in an equipment bag without fear of damaging the case. SF3 Series card readers are designed to be stacked, allowing multiple readers such as additional SxS Pro Card Readers and Sonnet’s CFast 2.0 Pro Card Readers to occupy the same footprint. The SxS reader enables you to daisy chain multiple readers to ingest four, six or more cards simultaneously, taking advantage of Thunderbolt 3’s 2,750 MB/s bandwidth.
Stackable for Customizing Your Workflow with Additional Sonnet SxS or CFast 2.0 Pro Card Readers
Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) Cable and ThunderLok 3 Included
Sonnet includes a 0.5-meter Thunderbolt 3 cable to connect the SF3 Series – SxS Pro Card Reader to your computer, and a Sonnet ThunderLok 3 Thunderbolt connector retainer clip(5) to secure the cable to the reader. Accidentl cable disconnect can lead to data loss. Sonnet’s ThunderLok 3 secures the Thunderbolt cable to the SxS reader, and is easy to install and use—just slide it over one end of the cable, and then plug in the connector and secure it to the reader by turning a thumbscrew. Because of its unique design, ThunderLok does not attach to the connector, but remains on the cable so it won’t get lost when not in use.
Professional dual-slot SxS card reader for computers with Thunderbolt 3 ports. Supports ingest from any SxS card at maximum speed, and simultaneous ingest of two cards at maximum speeds. Features two Thunderbolt 3 ports to support daisy chaining of up to six devices.
Docks & Adaptors
Professional dual-slot CFast 2.0 card reader for computers with Thunderbolt 3 ports. Supports ingest from any CFast card at maximum speeds, and simultaneous ingest of two cards at up to 1000 MB/s. Features a 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 interface with user-replaceable, captive 0.5-meter Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable with USB-C connector.
ExpressCard adapter for use with compatible Sonnet and third-party ExpressCards and computers with Thunderbolt ports. In addition, Echo ExpressCard Pro is the fastest and least expensive SxS memory card reader with Thunderbolt technology.
Docks & Adaptors
16-port docking station for Mac computers with a Thunderbolt port. Thunderbolt 2, USB 3.0, 6Gb/s SATA and eSATA, FireWire 800, Gigabit Ethernet, and audio interfaces. Includes choice of 8x DVD±RW drive, Blu-ray BD-ROM/8x DVD±RW drive, or 4x BD-R/8x DVD±RW drive; also available without optical drive. Supports installation of one 3.5" hard drive or two 2.5" SSDs or hard drives; model without optical drive supports additional 2.5" drive. Two Thunderbolt 2 ports support daisy chaining of up to six peripheral devices to a single port on the host computer.