Integral Memory has introduced a MicroSD card that breaks the records. It packs 512GB of storage, and for now, it’s the largest-capacity MicroSD card in the market.
When Micron Technology announced they were discontinuing Lexar, one of the customers’ concerns was the availability of XQD memory cards. A recent post on Nikon Rumors caused even more stir, as they noticed all Lexar XQD cards were discontinued at B&H. However, a response from Lexar says there’s nothing to worry about after all – they will continue producing XQD cards after all and fulfill B&H’s inventory again.
Memory cards are the biggest pain in the backside for photographers. We have to keep getting new ones whenever we upgrade because cameras make bigger files. Video requires higher bitrates. Our low capacity slower cards can no longer keep up. And we need a bunch of them, because we need to shoot backups, use multiple cameras, or lose them.
Storage technology is always changing, too. You have to keep up-to-date with what’s the best, and the best value, to spend your money wisely. Tom of Tom’s Tech Time decided to put 10 of the current range of popular micro SD cards up against each other to see how they compare.
Lexar has launched their latest addition to their line of CFast memory cards, and it’s the largest capacity CFast on the market. It’s Professional 3500x CFast 2.0 and it has 512 GB capacity. It’s the double from their previous CFast model, and currently, there’s no card on the market that beats this capacity. And capacity isn’t only good feature – it has more than just the size.
So how many photos do you think you can cram in a 1 Terabyte memory card (spoiler: it’s this times 2)? This question just move from a theoretical question into a practical question as SanDisk just showed off their first prototype of a 1 Terabyte SDXC card.
While this is not the first consumer 1 Terabyte solid state drive, it is the first one that fits in an SD card form factor.
Sam Nicholson, CEO of Stargate Studios and member of the American Society of Cinematographers said that:
Just a few short years ago the idea of a 1TB capacity point in an SD card seemed so futuristic – it’s amazing that we’re now at the point where it’s becoming a reality. With the growing demand for applications like VR, we can certainly use 1TB when we’re out shooting continuous high-quality video. High-capacity cards allow us to capture more without interruption, streamlining our workflow, and eliminating the worry that we may miss a moment because we have to stop to swap out cards”
The delivery time for the card is still unknown, so is the number of cars you would have to sell to buy one.
Nikon is making a big push towards XQD and is putting significant weight behind the tech. And now Nikon is giving a push to show how much better XQD are compared to the older Compact Flashes.
Yesterday, we shared with you the latest Nikon rumor, which states upwards of 90% of Nikon’s D5 camera production will be the more advanced XQD model, as opposed to the CompactFlash (CF) model.
Interestingly enough, we’ve come across a more conclusive piece of news today that states Nikon will be able to swap out the memory card bays in its new flagship D5 cameras…for a fee.[Read More…]
SanDisk developed the CompactFlash (CF) format and manufactured the first devices back in 1994, which makes the technology 22 years old.
That on its own is enough of a reason to replace it, and it seems Nikon is doing its best to crown the XQD format as the successor.
Not only will the newly announced D500 use an XQD memory card, the flagship D5 will be available with either dual CF slots or dual XQD slots, and according to a recent rumor 90% of the new cameras will come with the latter.
The record for the highest capacity MicroSD card was smashed and surprisingly the card was not revealed by SanDisk, but rather by a company called Microdia – located just a few stands away at the Computex tradeshow.
The Microdia Xtra Elite will use version 4.0 of the Secure Digital standard, meaning it will have an additional row of pins on the back of the card. Thanks to this extra row, the Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus will be capable of reaching data transfer rates of up to 300MB/s.
Older devices, not supporting the SD 4.0 standard and its second row of pins, will still be able to use the card at maximum speeds of approximately 150MB/s.