New CompactFlash Card With Built-in RAID
Most Pro-level DSLRs already give us the option for automatic backup of images using dual card slots. However, Japanese company Amulet aims to resolve the backup issue for prosumer DSLRs as well. Amulet is set to release a CompactFlash card that allows images and video files to be backed up instantly using RAID-style ‘mirroring’. While set in “mirroring mode,” the card splits it’s space into two partitions effectively becoming two storage devices. It then records images to both partitions simultaneously. So while originally a 64GB card, when split it offers 32GB of actual (redundant) storage space.
All too often a corrupted image (or card) can mean costly recovery efforts, a reshoot or even the loss of a project completely. Dual slots were implemented to resolve that but this new card from Wise aims to defeat the issue in one card. Which means that Pro bodies could actually have 3 complete backups along with their originals. This might seem like overkill but if you’ve ever dealt with severe data loss I think you’ll agree that you can never be too thorough when safeguarding your images.
In its standard mode, the card offers 60/50MB/sec read/write speed, which drops to 30/25MB/s in mirroring mode, making it suitable for recording still images and HD video in both modes. The card can be switched between standard and mirroring mode whenever you like, but you will need to reformat it any time you switch it to a different mode. The ‘Wise CF Card Duo’ will be released on June 14th in 64GB (32GB mirroring) – price and availability have not been released yet to the best of my knowledge.