This morning at IBC in Amsterdam, SanDisk announced the impending release of the highest capacity SD card in the world: the 512GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I card, 90 MB/s recording speed with 95 MB/s transfer speed. They also announced a faster CF memory card, with 128GB capacity with a write speed of up to 440MB/s and transfer speeds up to 515 MB/s. Dang.
SanDisk sent us some information on the upcoming cards (click the titles to see the full press releases):
The world’s highest capacity SD UHS-I memory card delivers write speeds up to 90 MB/s and UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) recording speed for high resolution, real-world color and stutter-free 4K Ultra HD video from your DSLR, advanced digital or HD video camera. Transfer speeds up to 95 MB/s move your data fast for efficient post-production workflow. The Extreme PRO SDHC/XC cards are available worldwide in capacities of 512GB, 256GB and 128GB.
The card combines the speed, capacity and performance needed to record cinema-quality 4K (4096x2160p) video. The 128GB capacity delivers a write speed of up to 440MB/s and data transfer speeds up to 515MB/s. Up to 128GB of storage capacity make this the perfect memory card for the new generation of professional cameras and camcorders. It was designed in collaboration with leading edge camera manufacturers to assure an exceptional user experience from the first shot.
The 512GB SD card will retail for a whopping $799.99, and no pricing was given for the updated CF cards. I can tell you this much though, despite that cost the SD card sounds extremely tempting. Shooting in raw or in Apple ProRes has made using smaller cards, cards that were once more than enough, a challenge.