SanDisk Debuts the 512GB SD Card, the Biggest Ever Available, and Upgraded CF Cards

This morning at IBC in Amsterdam, SanDisk announced the impending release of the highest capacity SD card in the world: the 512GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I card, 90 MB/s recording speed with 95 MB/s transfer speed. They also announced a faster CF memory card, with 128GB capacity with a write speed of up to 440MB/s and transfer speeds up to 515 MB/s. Dang.

SanDisk sent us some information on the upcoming cards (click the titles to see the full press releases):

512GB SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I card

The world’s highest capacity SD UHS-I memory card delivers write speeds up to 90 MB/s and UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) recording speed for high resolution, real-world color and stutter-free 4K Ultra HD video from your DSLR, advanced digital or HD video camera. Transfer speeds up to 95 MB/s move your data fast for efficient post-production workflow. The Extreme PRO SDHC/XC cards are available worldwide in capacities of 512GB, 256GB and 128GB.

SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast2.0 memory card 

The card combines the speed, capacity and performance needed to record cinema-quality 4K (4096x2160p) video. The 128GB capacity delivers a write speed of up to 440MB/s and data transfer speeds up to 515MB/s. Up to 128GB of storage capacity make this the perfect memory card for the new generation of professional cameras and camcorders. It was designed in collaboration with leading edge camera manufacturers to assure an exceptional user experience from the first shot.

The 512GB SD card will retail for a whopping $799.99, and no pricing was given for the updated CF cards. I can tell you this much though, despite that cost the SD card sounds extremely tempting. Shooting in raw or in Apple ProRes has made using smaller cards, cards that were once more than enough, a challenge. 


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Anonymous's picture

Not so useful record.
Imagine a film roll of 36000 photos.
Just for movies

Chris Blair's picture

Woah, that's pretty crazy. It would be more useful for higher mb/sec applications rather than DSLR footage. Could you imagine loosing a full 512 gigs of footage; ouch. I use 16g max for DSLR, I used to use 32gig cards, but I lost an entire interview once and had to redo the interview at 3am before flying out that morning. But if your using a BMPCC in RAW, this is the ticket. Great post Jaron.

Jeroen de Jong's picture

Half a TB seems a little bit overkill, but I do see the value in it.

I shoot with a Nikon D810. Before that I used a D3. The different in file-size is huge.
And besides that, I'm using the D810 also to make short movies. I have a standard 32GB-SDcard. It gives me about 10 minutes of movie in the highest quality. And then there is no room for photo's (I use another CF-card for photos)

512 GB would give me about 16 times more capacity. I don't need that, but if you want to shoot movie all day, I could imagine it's nice

james johnson's picture

I think everyone is looking at it from the wrong perspective. This probably won't replace the cards already in your cameras. This is a mini hard drive. Forget having to carry a usb or firewire drive, just put this in the SD slot on your laptop or tablet.

Also, think of the future applications. What happens when one of these is in your next phone (once the price goes down)? Imagine a raid array backup system the size of a deck of cards. This is kind of amazing to me.

David Matthews's picture

Overkill indeed.

Joel Meaders's picture

Imagine losing all of those photos in one small mishap.

michael buehrle's picture

i would be afraid i would lose it. and 800 bucks ? no thank you.

Paul Tucker's picture

Calm down people, you don't have to buy one. This is obviously aimed at video work - especially those shooting in 4K and/or in a RAW format. I agree this would be seriously overkill for compressed video or for photography, but really folks, calm down. Apple didn't make this device, so no worries - you don't have to buy it if you don't need it. ;-)

larry laye's picture

I Just got the nikon d810 the Raw file is so ridiculously huge I need all the storage I can get shoot baby shoot