USB 3.0 has been common news for a while now, even if it hasn’t filtered down to most computers yet. The most exciting thing about USB 3.0 is that it’s 10X faster than USB 2.0. To put that in perspective, we’re talking 480 MBS (megabytes per second) compared to 5 GBS (gigabytes per second).
This is HUGE!
Your files will transfer 10X faster from your camera cards to your computer. You’ll be able to back-up 10X faster to USB 3.0 hard drives. Memory sticks will be 10X faster. Your whole electronic world is going to moving 10X faster (at least where USB 3.0 is being used). The limiting factor of course will be the slowest link. Everything will have to be USB 3.0 to get this speed. That means your computer has to support USB 3.0, your card reader has to support USB 3.0, and your external hard drive dock, tether, enclosure, or whatever you use has to be USB 3.0.
And rumor has it, your DSLR will soon support USB 3.0. Ok, well maybe not YOUR DSLR, but the newly arriving DSLR’s will soon be USB 3.0 compliant.
What does this mean to you?
Well, that depends on what you hook up your DSLR to, but if you’re someone who downloads their photos by plugging straight into the camera, then this will be a bonus for you. Even without a USB 3.0 computer, I bet you’ll see your download speeds increase.
All in all, USB 3.0 is a good thing, and it’ll be a good thing that new DSLR’s will support it. I’d say this rumor is almost surely to materialize, and I’ll give it a 100 on the RumorToReality scale.