Secure Digital eXtended-Capacity (SDXC) memory cards have a maximum theoretical storage capacity of 2 terabytes, and today the industry just got one step closer towards hitting that limit. SanDisk has announced the world’s highest capacity SD card for photographers and videographers: the 512GB SanDisk Extreme PRO® SDXC UHS-I card.
The company is marketing the card is one that will help professional photo and video professionals “prepare for the future” — a future in which people are recording 4K video left and right with the cameras in their pockets.
In just the past decade, SD card capacity has increased by 1,000 times. The first SD card that was announced in 2003 weighed in at just 512 megabytes. To understand how large this new card is, consider this: it will allow photographers to store roughly 200,000 8MP JPEG photos or about 20,000 8MP RAW photos.
This new card features write speeds of up to 90MB/s and transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s. It’s also designed to be somewhat rugged, with testing for temperature, water, shock, and X-Rays.
You’ll be able to pick one of these 512GB cards up very shortly at a price of “just” $800.