SanDisk has launched two new flash memory cards, which you’d probably better know as SD Cards or microSD. These aren’t any cards though; they’re world firsts: a 512GB U3-rated SD card, and a 64GB u3-rated microSD. Why are these so amazing? The SD card is marketed as the highest capacity SD card manufactured to date, and the microSD is the fastest microSD available.
Why would you want such a blindingly fast SD card? Simple — if you’re shooting 4K video on a camera, you need a lot of storage space and you need to be able to write to it quickly. However, these cards do come at a professional-level price, starting at $1,550. With that price tag, you get a monster capacity though — the card can hold 14 hours of 4K video, or 48 hours of Full HD, meaning that your battery is likely to give way far before your memory card does.
As for the microSD, this is a mountain of storage that you can fit inside your smartphone, and if you’ve got one of the rare beasts capable of capturing 4K video, you’ve now got somewhere useful to store it. The microSD card is also significantly more affordable, coming in at just $179.
Both cards can transfer data at up to 95 MBps, which is stupidly quick, and so if your data demands are significant, these could be the cards you’re looking for. Both products are expected to be available in Australia from next month (i.e. not long!)