Announced at Mobile World Congress, SanDisk is pushing the limits again. After announcing the SanDisk Ultra 400GB microSD card only 6 months ago, they’ve now announced a new Extreme Pro version with read and write speeds of up to 160MB/sec and 90MB/sec respectively. And while support will vary depending on the device you’re using, it seems squarely aimed at video and VR/AR creators, offering V30, U3 and A2 speed guarantees.
A couple of months ago, I asked all of you to email me with ideas for future blog posts. One of the suggestions that came up numerous times was the request for me to explain all the different memory card formats.
I guess that my 12 years in the industry, marketing memory cards for Lexar, makes me slightly more knowledgeable than most photographers about this subject. With that in mind, I am writing this blog post to explain the many different memory card formats, including those from the past, current card formats and what might be the card of the future.
We’ve seen memory cards that have survived the wash, explosions, four years in the ocean and more. But as if memory cards weren’t tough enough already, SanDisk just had to go and make them tougher. Their new line of Industrial and Automotive cards designed to stand up to the intense extremes to which they’re exposed.
The Automotive SD is designed for use within vehicles and drones. The Industrial SD, Industrial microSD and Industrial XI are intended for more mainstream use. The standard Industrual can withstand temperatures of between -13°F (-25°C) and 185°F (85°C). While the top end remains the same, the Automotive and Industrial XI cards are rated down to as ridiculous low of -40°F (which is also -40°C).
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.
The current CompactFlash and SD Card standards have been around with us for a good while now. CompactFlash has already had its dominance challenged in the new battle between XQD and CFast, but SD has thus far been relatively unscathed.
Samsung looks set to take SD head on with their new removable Universal Flash Card format, which packs up to 256GB onto a card about the same size of your thumbnail, but with performance five times faster than the fastest microSD cards available today.
Samsung Electronics, have unveiled their newest memory card, a massive 256GB microSD, raising the bar for super small storage formats by a pretty impressive amount, beating out the previous record held by SanDisk’s 200GB microSD card.
With the proliferation of data collecting devices like 4K cameras, 360 degree video recorders, action cams and drones which can quickly accumulate very large amounts of footage, larger faster capacity cards are all but inevitable.
As cameras get smaller, the medium upon which the imagery is stored on must also get smaller. It is for this reason that the go-to storage format for many action cams and compact cameras are MicroSD cards.
Usually, when it comes time to offload these images onto a computer or mobile device, a converter is needed to turn the MicroSD card into a full-sized card. A new adapter from Lexar is looking to change that though with an adapter that lets you directly plug a MicroSD card into the Lightning connector of any comparable iOS device.[Read More…]
As some of the devices we use as photographers start to get smaller and less obtrusive, so do their storage formats. While their physical size is getting smaller, however, the data they’re collecting and recording becomes more demanding.
Going from basic stills to 720p, then to 1080p, and now with 4K starting to become standard in many new devices being released, they’re becoming more demanding than ever.
The days of smaller storage formats like microSD being relegated to simply storing contacts in your mobile device are long gone.
Transcend, a lesser-known manufacturer of storage devices, has recently unveiled a new lineup of Industrial strength SDHC and MicroSDHC cards capable of withstanding extreme temperatures.
They’re called the Wide Temperature lineup and as their name suggests, these SDHC and MicroSD cards are meant to be pushed to the limits. How far? Transcend claims these MicroSD cards are capable of temperatures from –40ºC to 85ºC (–40ºF to 185ºF), more than enough to get that ridiculous GoPro footage.[Read More…]