Panasonic Unveils Durable SD Cards That Can Outlive Reckless Photographers

A few days ago we shared the story of a memory card that stayed alive after three years at the bottom of a muddy creek. What’s important to note is that the card had the luxury of being protected by the Canon XT it was inside — a camera that was utterly destroyed during those three years.

What if memory cards could be as durable as the weatherproof cameras that are becoming popular amongst compact camera users? That’s what Panasonic is trying to do with its new line of sturdy SD cards.

The SDHC and SDX are “proofed” against quite a few things: they’re waterproof, impactproof, shockproof (the electric kind of shock), magnetismproof (is that a word?), heatproof, freezeproof, and X-Rayproof.

If the memory card ever senses that its innards will overheat, it automatically “fuses” itself to prevent damage to the data.

It’ll come in two flavors: the SDAB series will offer 95MB/s read and 80MB/s write for capacities ranging from 8GB to 32GB, while the SDUB line will offer speeds of 90MB/s read and 45MB/s write for capacities of 8MB-64GB (the biggest one is a SDXC card)..

Look for them to arrive on store shelves on September 8, 2012 in Japan, and hopefully shortly afterward around the world (there’s currently no word on international availability).

(via Panasonic via Engadget)

Image credit: Dry Cracked Ground by Aquafornia

  • Almond

    About time. Really- it’s about damn time.

  • hawk1500

    I thought Samsung already had a line of cards that are “proof.”

  • Tom

    Sandisk have been doing this for a while as well in all their memory cards. They also don’t put the high read speeds on the front of their packaging and hide the low write speeds in fine print on the back. Their speeds on their packaging is read and write. (except for one of their series but it’s like a 5mb difference)

    Also in my store I have old class 4 Panasonic cards that are durable cards.

  • Tanja Schulte

    what about CF cards?
    are they more resistant to harm then sd cards in general or less?