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Nikon, Sony, and Sandisk Team Up to Design Future Memory Cards

Nikon, Sony, and Sandisk have announced that they’re teaming up to develop a set of specifications for the next generation of memory cards. The new format uses a new interface (PCI Express, previously Parallel ATA) that allows data transfer rates of up to 500MB per second. The theoretical maximum capacities of the cards would also be increased from the current 2 terabyte ceiling.

These future cards would allow photographers with future cameras to store a large number of RAW images captured with continuous burst shooting, and would also make transferring data off the card a snap. No word yet on when the future will arrive.

(via Engadget)


Image credit: Sandisk Extreme III 16GB by janandersen_dk


 
  • http://khurtwilliams.com/ Khürt Williams

    So for our current crop of double digit megapixel cameras we need memory cards that can store more than 2TB? That’s a lot of photos to work through.

  • http://khurtwilliams.com/ Khürt Williams

    So for our current crop of double digit megapixel cameras we need memory cards that can store more than 2TB? That’s a lot of photos to work through.

  • Alex J

    If I’m not mistaken, the endeavor is to improve read/write speed, and the increase in possible storage size is a biproduct. This sounds fantastic, however I don’t know if I should be worried that Canon will fall behind on this, as I’m a Canon shooter.

  • Guest

    I wonder how much of this is being driven by the need for faster/larger media or just a reason to bring out a new format so everyone has to re-buy their cards. As far as I know, every camera or video recorder on the market has media currently available that can record the data at the highest settings, unless you’re getting into film resolutions. Most of the limitations on file size are due to the file structure of the card (FAT, etc). The only improvement I can see would be file transfer speed from the media to a computer, which I can imagine would be a big help for those who take a lot of pictures.

  • http://twitter.com/BenjaminJ_Photo Benjamin James

    A camera can only shoot as fast a card can record.. and in RAW format most cards buffer out around 7-10 shots in.. even sports photographers with their fancy rigs typically switch over to JPEG compression just to squeeze in more shots. An improvement in this would finally allow full use of the 8-10 FPS that these cameras are capable of without sacrificing RAW quality.

  • Guest

    Good point. Thanks.

  • http://khurtwilliams.com/ Khürt Williams

    The read/write speed can be improved without increasing capacity. But my comment was about what possible photographic use case could there be for a 2TB SD card? Maybe hollywood will start recording and keeping the entire edits of a movie on a single card. One bad bit and ….

    2TB is about 41943 x 50MB of images.