SanDisk adds 512GB and 1TB capacities to its UHS-II V60 SD Card lineup
SanDisk has expanded the capacities of its Extreme Pro UHS-II V60 SD card lineup. The two new cards are the SanDisk 512GB Extreme Pro UHS-II V60 SDXC (buy here) and the SanDisk 1TB Extreme Pro UHS-II V60 SDXC (buy here). The cards offer maximum read speeds of 280MB/sec and maximum write speeds of 150MB/sec.
Like the rest of the SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II lineup, the two new cards are V60 spec. This means they guarantee a minimum sustained write speed of 60MB/sec. So you can shoot footage of up to 480Mbps without worrying about “slow card” warnings from your camera.
SanDisk says the cards are designed for cameras that shoot 6K, 4K and HD video at standard and slow-motion frame rates. Obviously, this will depend on the codec and bitrate used, as V60 only guarantees a 480Mbps minimum write speed. It is possible that you can write out higher bitrate footage, but they may not. If you need more, you’re still better off going with V90 cards.
While the V60 specification is a video spec and not required for stills, the extra speed of the V60 UHS-II cards over the UHS-I cards will help to clear your stills buffer more quickly. This frees up your camera to keep you shooting without having to wait as long for files to save – an increasing problem as cameras get higher and higher resolution.
The addition of the two new cards brings the SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II V60 lineup to five cards, with capacities from 64GB to 1TB. If you need faster write speeds, SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II V90 cards are available in 32GB to 512GB capacities. There’s no word yet on when we’ll see a 1TB V90 card.
Price and Availability
The SanDisk 512GB Extreme Pro UHS-II V60 SD card is available to pre-order now for $229.99. The SanDisk 1TB Extreme Pro UHS-II V60 SD card is available to pre-order now for $449.99. They’re expected to start shipping in the coming weeks.
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.