by Fabian Chaundy | 14th April 2017
Sony has unveiled a new range of SSDs designed specifically with external video recorders in mind. The Sony SSD G Series drives claim to be more durable and reliable. Recognising the large user base in the external recorder market, Sony has announced a new line of SSDs with this kind of shooter in mind. The new Sony SSD G Series Drives will be available in capacities of 960GB and 460GB, and will feature a range of features that make them ideal for use as media for external recorders such as the Atomos Shogun Inferno or the Convergent Design Odyssey7Q+. Perhaps the most attractive of these features is their longevity. As per the video above, Sony estimates the average SSD offers around 300 TBW (or Terabytes Written throughout their life cycle). In contrast, the smaller of the two new Sony SSD G Series Drives will offer 1200 TBW, with the larger version claiming twice as much at 2400 TBW. With an average usage of fully writing and formatting the drive 5 times per week, this adds up to about ten years of usable lifetime for this drive. Nice! External recorders are also usually used in very dynamic environments. Drives can be removed too soon. Recorder batteries can run out. Sony has accounted for these possibilities and has implemented data protection technology in case of power failure, and provided the drives with extra durable connectors. The Sony SSD G Series drives will be available from May for the suggested price of $539 for the 960GB version, and $287 for the 460GB model. For high-speed, high-quality SSDs, that’s not too bad at all! With affordable cameras these days offering increased functionality when used with external recorders — the Sony FS5 and the optional external Raw recording license being a good example — it is evident that there is a growing number of shooters going down this route to achieve the best possible images. With the new Sony SSD G Series, the company is clearly tapping into a target audience that cares about high-quality image capture, and to whom these added features will certainly be appealing to get a larger Return On Investment. Time will tell if they are really that good for the price, or if it’s just very clever marketing! Do the new Sony SSD G Series drives tickle your fancy? Do you have any external recorder SSD malfunction horror stories to share? Let us know in the comments below!Read more
by Thomas Price | 21st January 2016
If you find yourself in rugged environments, you need portable memory that’s fast, tough, and reliable. The SanDisk Extreme 510 could be exactly what you’re looking for. At CES 2016, SanDisk had quite the treat in store for photographers, videographers, and anybody else that requires high-performance memory that can stand the trials and tribulations of a rough and tumble life: the Extreme 510 Portable SSD. So, let’s take a closer look, shall we? SanDisk Extreme 510: Specifications Before we delve a little deeper into the ruggedness of this portable SSD, let’s have a quick summary of the tech specs: 480GB Capacity USB 3.0 (2.0 compatible) Dimensions: 0.42 x 2.98 x 2.98 inches 0.17lb Up to 430MB/s sequential speed via USB3.0 AES 128-bit Password protection available for data, via SanDisk SecureAccess Windows 7 or later and Mac OS 10.7 or later compatibility All in all, when you require tough memory on the go, you can’t go too far wrong with the SanDisk Extreme 510. They’ve managed to pack quite a lot of punch into a pocket-sized SSD which, for all intents and purposes, can take a few hits itself! A Closer Look We’ve seen the specifications, we know that it is dust proof and water resistant—truth be told, it is not looking like a bad option for those that need their memory portable and nigh-indestructible. The SanDisk Extreme 510 builds on the highly successful Extreme 500, so it has a good pedigree. They’ve opted to protect the drive with a rubber bumper, compliant with IP55, helping to ensure that water and dust don’t have their wicked way with the drive’s data. This bumper also comes in handy for guarding against drops and tumbles—especially useful for any butter-fingered shooters amongst you! Inside the sleek yet solid design, you’ll find transfer speeds of up to 430MB/s. For anybody still using a portable HDD, the data transfer alone should have you salivating—this beast is up to four times faster than the typical external hard drive. As if being portable, lightweight, tough, and blazingly fast weren’t enough, the SanDisk Extreme 510 also comes with SanDisk SecureAccess. This provides the option of 128-bit encryption for your data, meaning that your files are safe from both the elements and unwanted eyes! To USB-C, or not to USB-C? That is the Question! The only issue that the SanDisk Extreme 510 has is its lack of USB-C compatibility. Featuring only a regular micro-USB 3.0 port, it is not exactly friendly for regular users of newer MacBooks, Tablets, or Smartphones. However, if this is a non-issue for you, then you may well be looking at the ideal portable storage for your needs. The SanDisk 510 Extreme is Available Now With all of that out of the way, there’s only one thing left to look at. The price! Fortunately, the folks at SanDisk have been quite reasonable, giving the Extreme 510 Portable SSD a respectable price tag of USD $250, which equates to roughly €229 or £175—definitely within the realms of reality, unlike another SSD that has recently been announced! PS. the SanDisk Extreme 510 Portable SSD is also shipped with a 2-year warranty, providing that little bit of extra security for those of you who really abuse your memory!Read more
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