So it seems this new XQD card format is the new replacement for the CF format.
Don't really care to be honest, and there's always going to be a massive increase in read write speeds in every new card type format.
Doesn't really matter that it wont' fit into your older generation camera, as the camera wont' be needing it, but your newer gen camera of the future will need dedicated card types.
Got to say CF has had a good run for it;s money in technological terms.
It seems to have been around for literally .... 'yonks'.
Just goes to show how good it was to begin with.
The new format is probably just about right in terms of size too, judging by the comparisons to CF and SD on some of the websites that have reported it.
One thing I hate is 'minisculeness'.
SD is bordeline for me in terms of ease of insertion/removal. I sometimes find that I fumble the SD card into and out of my daughters lil compact.
the larger and chunkier physical format of CF was always easy to use.
One I lost a '$100' micro SD card from my son's little console device thingy.
I went to remove it and as it was under spring loaded pressure, it popped out unexpectedly, and being so small I lost sight of where it landed.
Being black and having landed on dark carpet, it was close to impossible to find. I eventually found it after frantic searching .. I reckon a good half to one hour on hands feeling my way through pretty cruddy carpet. High powered LED torch eventually found it tho.
Anyhow .. good to see Nikon finally got their baby on the ground, and now we'll probably see some new pro level cameras from them in the new year