Panasonic’s plasma sets get most of the attention, and perhaps rightfully so, but it’s actually the company’s new LCD lineup for Japan that can help you make use of your woefully neglected SDXC cards. In addition to compiling terrestrial HDTV footage on a standard external hard drive, the Panasonic Viera G3 and X3 can record to a new SD card slot as well, archiving up to five hours of 1080p footage on a ‘standard’ 64GB SDXC card. We put ‘standard’ in quotes because while that’s presently the typical capacity for that particular designation of flash, it’ll still cost you upwards of $ 200 to get in on the ground floor, and that’s a pittance compared to what Panasonic’s charging for its own. Who said magnetic storage was dead? If Tokyo’s where you hang your hat, expect both the G3 and X3 series to hit stores near you in February of next year.
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Probably the most striking thing I’ve seen so far here in Berlin was this: an array of SDXC Cards, from 64GB all the way up to 2TB. Now, I know SDXC cards aren’t exactly new—they were first shown off publicly more than a year ago—but actually seeing them in the flesh, so to speak, prompts the question: what’s the hold up?
The cards, displayed at a ShowStoppers event (an event held in conjunction with IFA) last night, are probably bigger than most consumer needs right now. At least that’s what the SD Association folks told me. The specs are there, ready and waiting to be used by the likes of SanDisk, Toshiba, and Panasonic. But, if there’s no real need for a 2TB card, why bother releasing it?
On Newegg right now, the largest capacity SanDisk card (I single out SanDisk only because it’s probably the most familiar brand name when it comes to SD cards) you can find is 64GB—and that’s not even available yet!Plenty big for most “normal” uses, but what if you exclusively shoot in HD? (I don’t shoot higher than 720p, and that’s because, well, let’s face it, you really don’t need a 1080p version of a spinning television.) What if you’re a professional, or a pretend professional? The more storage, the better, right?
So the next time you’re walking through a Best Buy or Wal-Mart, and pass by the digital imaging aisle, peer through the glass and look at all the puny SD Cards. “Pfft, 16GB… I saw a 2TB one on CrunchGear the other day…”
Never mind that 2TB is larger than my Windows PC’s main hard drive!
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Talk about a bad time to introduce your latest camcorder. Hot on the heels of Sony’s category-redefining NEX-VG10, Canon is coming out with a humble refresher of its VIXIA line of consumer shooters (known as Legria in Europe). It’s as incremental as upgrades get, with the HF M32 doubling its predecessor’s 32GB of internal storage and adding in SDXC memory card compatibility. Canon’s Relay Recording feature will allow you to transition from one storage cell to another without interrupting your video, but it’s something the M31 already offers. The rest of the specs are also familiar: a HD CMOS sensor capable of 3 megapixel stills, a 15x optical zoom lens with both optical and powered image stabilization, a 2.7-inch touchscreen LCD with Touch and Track functionality, and the same DIGIC DV III processor that’s been knocking about since last year. Still, you’ve gotta be pretty good to last that long in this industry, so maybe it’s worth giving this camera a look if you have $1,000 to spend and can wait for a September delivery.
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Patriot has been around for a long time and makes a variety of gear for the computer enthusiast. Patriot has a bunch of SSDs for storage and makes system memory and other devices as well. The company has announced its latest memory card is now available.
The card is the 64GB Patriot LX Series SDXC card. The thing has 64GB of storage, which is a ton of storage space for a small SD card form factor. The LX card is a UHS-1 device meaning it has bus speed up to 104MB/s.
The card promises a minimum sustained write speed of 10MB/s and a read speed of up to 25MB/s. The memory card sells for $349.99 and can store up to ten hours of HD video.
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With Computex in full swing we are starting to see some new product get unveiled at the show. Kingston has announced some new stuff already this week and the company has now announced that it will be launching a new 64GB SDXC card.
The new card is called the 64GB SDXC UHS-1 Class 10 memory card. That is a long winded way of saying that the card is very fast and has ton of storage space. It is compliant with the SDA Memory Card Standard Version 3.01 and Ultra-High Speed Bus 1 architecture.
The cards support 104MB/sec maximum transfer rate and up to 300MB/sec speeds in the future. Kingston claims that its card is good for up to 60MB/sec read and 35MB/sec write speed. This much storage and speed comes at a high price, the card will sell for $499 and will ship at the end of the month.
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Toshiba has announced their next line of huge SD cards coming in the Spring of 2010.
The 64GB card uses the new SDXC memory standard while the 32GB and 16GB use the older SDHC. There is a catch though, existing camera’s are not likely to be able to read the format without some modification. For example a flash of the firmware to update the features. But then again some of those hacks require that you have the hacked firmware on the card to load once the camera is started up. No worries though, I am sure some enterprising hacker will come up with something.