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SanDisk unveils world's first 512 GB SD memory card

The SanDisk Extreme PRO 512 GB SD card at Photokina 2014 (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
The SanDisk Extreme PRO 512 GB SD card at Photokina 2014 (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
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The 512 GB version of the SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I is the world's largest capacity SD memory card
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The 512 GB version of the SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I is the world's largest capacity SD memory card
The SanDisk Extreme PRO 512 GB SD card at Photokina 2014 (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)
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The SanDisk Extreme PRO 512 GB SD card at Photokina 2014 (Photo: Paul Ridden/Gizmag)

You can never have enough storage. This is true both of the homes we choose to live in, and in the digital realm where we keep memories and content backed up for safe keeping. SanDisk has now announced its, and the world's, highest capacity SD memory card so far.

The 512 GB SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I memory card is designed with professional videographers and photographers in mind. These are, after all, the people most likely to need to shoot 4K video, full 1080p HD video, or high-definition photographs. The high capacity is coupled with write speeds up to 90 MB/s and transfer speeds up to 95 MB/s, meaning the ability to capture lots of content is augmented by a speedy post-production workflow.

This latest addition to the SanDisk range is shockproof, waterproof, and X-ray-proof, and can operate at temperatures ranging from -13 to 185 ºF (-25 to 85 ºC). It comes with a limited lifetime warranty, and has an RRP of US$799.

The video below runs through the features of the 512 GB SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I, as well as showing how the capacities of memory cards has increased exponentially. For a reminder of how quickly things have changed, bear in mind that SanDisk unveiled its first 512 MB SD card in 2003, meaning we have witnessed a 1,000-fold increase in a little over a decade.

Source: SanDisk

8 comments
S Michael
Wow a ScanDisk that cost as much as my camera. I dont think so...
Fredrik Haugen
The Raspberry Pi just got an Epic storage boost! :)
Robert Walther
Wow, a SanDisk that was Science Fiction 10 years ago, at any price. Wow, a camera that cost $1,000,000 10 years ago, same $800 'retail' price. I don't think...
Threesixty
In my area 8x64GB cards, Class 10, 30 MB/s will cost $720. This new 512 MB card does the same capacity in one hit, at three times the speed, with a small premium in price. It's about the same price as a 512 GB SSD. Amazing!
BigGoofyGuy
I think that is neat. I think it is good that you indicate 'so far' since newer ones with greater capacity could be 'just around the corner'. I have no doubt the price will come down when the newer ones come out and when similar capacity ones come out by competitors.
Cyndysub
It will be more amazing when it's $9.95
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Terabyte SD cards, here we come! BTW, [everyone] talking about how you wouldn't buy this at $800.... guess what? This wasn't meant for your average consumer. ALL bleeding edge storage (and bleeding edge tech, for that matter) is prohibitively expensive upon initial release, but it still leads to innovation. that's why the Internet was invented to begin with. (Because computers were expensive, so sharing computation time amongst many locations was necessary.)
Adrien
wow! bring on the SD-based RAID enclosures.
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