SanDisk announced the world’s first 1TB SD at Photokina 2016. We caught up with Christophe from SanDisk, who told us all about their new Extreme PRO 1TB SD card. You’re probably familiar with Moore’s Law, by which the capabilities of current technology seem to double approximately every two years. Well, like clockwork, two years after the introduction of their 512GB card, SanDisk have introduced the world’s first 1TB SD card. As part of the SanDisk Extreme PRO series, this new card will be compatible with the current high storage and high data transfer rate demands of video and photo shooters alike, with 95MB and 90MB/sec Read and Write speeds respectively. This means that whether it is 4K video, high frame rates or fast, continuous photo bursts, this card will be able to handle it at least as well as its 512GB version. Unfortunately, the model at Photokina 2016 was only a prototype, and there is no further information available yet other than it will hit the market at some point next year. With price points fluctuating so regularly in this sector, Christophe was also unable to give us an approximate price for the SanDisk Extreme Pro 1TB SD card for the time being. What do you think of this announcement? Do you prefer large capacity cards? Or are you more inclined towards multiple cards with less capacity to be safe just in case? Let us know in the comments!Read more
The newly announced Video Speed Class brings a new speed category to SD cards, enabling the continued use of this kind of media for today’s latest video applications. Recently announced by the SD Association, the new Video Speed Class adds to the current range made up of the Speed Class and UHS Speed Class, with capture rates of up to 90MB/s. As was the case with the previous two classes, there is certain overlapping between them, all of which are better illustrated in the table below. The writing speeds of 60 and 90MB/s at the higher end of the new Video Speed Class, as well as the interleaving writing capabilities to multiple files, makes it ideal for the latest video features already starting to make an appearance in the market. These include 8K resolution, 3D recording, high frame rates and multiple video streams necessary to capture 360-degree video. This new Video Speed Class also claims to address previous “asymetrical” writing characteristics of SD storage, providing an even more consistent write performance necessary for video use. In addition, the SD Association’s white paper states that the way this new class makes use of erase blocks makes these new cards compatible with further advances in NAND technology in the future. It is yet unclear what manufacturer will be the first to adopt this new protocol either at the media or device side of things. What the pricing of these cards will be in comparison with already available over 90MB/s SD cards in the UHS Speed Class – such as the SanDisk 128GB Extreme Pro – is also as of yet unknown. The size and price have made the SD form factor ubiquitous in everyday life, for both professionals and consumers alike. We for one are glad to see the format will stick around for another few years. What do you think? Leave your comments below!Read more
San Disk has announced a new card today that will trump all other top performing high capacity SD cards. The latest addition to the Extreme Pro line will provide users with 512GB worth of storage and transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s. This is the first reputable company to produce a card of this size and speed – I have seen a few similar capacity cards knocking about from questionable brands, but nothing has ever materialised. It was certainly only a matter of time before we saw this; previously 256GB has been our cap on SD. Compact Flash saw the ceiling raised earlier in the year, so we knew an SD release was imminent. It’s pretty crazy to think how much data we can squeeze into such a small form factor. For reference of just how far we’ve come, here’s a picture of IBMs 5MB hard disk from the 1950s! Judging lower capacity cards in the same line, and the fact that it carries the 95MB/s text, expect the Extreme Pro 512GB SD card to perform up to 90MB/s write speed, and up to 95MB/s read speed.Read more
I rarely post about product sales. The 2 cards on the left cost around $300 where I come from, so I thought it would be interesting for you US people to know that you can have them for $119.95. They’re $76 off at B&H here.And while I’m on it here are some more reduced flashcards from B&H: Transcend 32GB SDHC Cl 10 $48 here Transcend 64GB SDXC Cl 10 $100 here 3x Lexar 16GB 600x CF cards $265 here ($90 off) 3x Lexar 8GB 600x CF cards $171 here ($54 off) If some of you US people have some time please share your shopping experience with B&H. From what I can tell as a European guy they seem very motivated and dedicated in what they do, they seem to be listening to the customers and to be interested in HDSLR people. We’re thinking about opening a separate section for some of their deals which wouldn’t interfere with the news section. Please share your thoughts, ideas and wishes. Thanks, Sebastian Woeber (your site admin)Read more
Yes this CF card case costs only $12 and it still does what these cases should do with a long time quality. These CF and SD cards are rugged pieces of plastic, but it doesn’t hurt to have an additional layer of ruggedness around them. After all they hold our precious footage. Cases like these will not only protect the cards from brutality, but also from water and dust and most importantly keep them all in one place so they don’t get lost easily. I tend to throw my cards into the smallest pocket of my camera bag and I never had problems with that technique, but when I’m on an important shoot I like to have a safe place and use these cases. [polldaddy poll=5213219] The $12 noname CF card case from ebay is great. I’ve used it a lot and while the rubber is wearing off a little it still holds CF in place and the quality is very good. It feels solid and not cheap at all.You can get it on ebay (US) and here (EU 8€) (shipping included) I can also tell you that the case above doesn’t hold SD cards very well. For SD you should get another case like ebay (US) or here (EU) (not tested) If you’re interested in these cases but don’t want them shipped from China, here are several other affordable items from B&H: Gepe Card Safe $19 Gepe Card Safe Mini $13 HPRC Crushproof $24 Pelican Case for 8 SD $20 Pelican Case for CF $20 (Maybe we can get some more together in the comments)Read more
Some people said I’m reporting too much about expensive gear. And they might be right. We’re indie filmmakers and we want to get our no budget movies done before we win that lottery fortune. So here’s something affordable: In fact this (“recertified”) monitor by not so well known company Haier costs less than a parking ticket, less than the articulating arm that could support it, and certainly much less than all we’ve spent on fighting malware this year. It might be one of those products that has a lifespan of “out of the box and right into the trashcan”, but if we look at the user reviews (“Not the best, but not horrible.”) on the seller’s page, it could be more useful than we think. Who has ideas for applications for this device? It offers a “high resolution display” which I guess is something between 320×240 and 640×480 and has a built in battery. 90 days warranty. Oh yes, it’s $25 [UPDATE]: Sold out on Newegg, get it on Amazon for 50 bucks via NextWaveDVRead more
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