sdcards

Samsung Unveils Affordable Lineup of ‘Rugged’ SD Cards for Creators

When it comes to 'rugged' SD cards that can withstand drops and water and x-rays, Sony's Tough cards haven't really had any competition... until now. Samsung has just unveiled two new lineups of SD cards that bring some of the same adventure-proof benefits to a more affordable price point.

Will It Blend? Torture Testing Sony’s TOUGH SD Cards

Sony's TOUGH SD cards are extremely popular among photographers. But just how tough are they? Photographer and writer Steve Huff decided to put the latest iteration of these TOUGH cards through the ultimate battery of tests: freezer, washer, dryer, pool, and... just for fun... blender.

Marketing vs. Reality: 10 Memory Cards Tested for Real-World Speed

High-speed memory cards can be pricey, so you want to know that you’re getting the performance that you are paying for before you lay down the cash. This 8-minute video from Tom’s Tech Time compares 10 microSD cards for their read/write performance, and the results show that the numbers used in marketing cannot always be trusted.

R.I.P. Lexar Memory Cards

If you're a fan of using Lexar memory cards in your cameras, there's some sad news for you today: they're being discontinued. Micron, the parent company of Lexar, is announcing that the entire Lexar removable storage retail business is being shuttered.

SD 5.0 Memory Cards to Support 8K, 3D, and 360° Video

The SD Association has announced its latest SD memory card specification. SD 5.0 features the fastest speed class so far, known as Video Speed Class. The cards will be able to support 4K, 8K, 3D, and 360-degree video recording (in addition to blazing-fast photo shooting speeds).

Deal Alert: SanDisk Storage at Very Deep Discounts, Today Only

It’s not all that unusual to see deals on SanDisk storage, but the deals are quite a bit more discounted today than they have been in a long while. As part of their special Gold Box, Amazon is offering a number of impressive discounts on SD Cards, CF Cards, and even SSDs if you’re looking to give your computer a solid performance upgrade.

Toshiba’s New microSD Cards Set a Speed Record, Feature 8x Faster Write Speeds

As cameras get smaller, one of the places they can choose to save space is in the memory card department. A great case in point is the new Nikon 1 J4, which ditched standard SD cards in favor of their smaller micro counterparts.

The problem with this move is that microSD cards tend to be much slower than standard SD, but that might not be the case for too much longer thanks to Toshiba.

Transcend Planning to Manufacture Copy Protected SD and microSD Cards

Copy protection and data encryption are standard in most storage media, but you don't often hear of copy protection as it pertains to memory cards. Although all SD cards come with a form of DRM copy protection (CPRM), it's rarely used; and something as common as re-formatting the memory card can erase protected sections that are required to make use of the copy protection in the first place.

Other copy-protected memory card options are marketed to/used mainly by companies, and not typical consumers. Seeing this market as an opportunity, Transcend Information recently announced plans to manufacture its own copy-protected SD and microSD cards and a corresponding reader.

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.