SanDisk unveils prototype of world's first ever 1TB SDXC memory card at Photokina 2016

SanDisk has showcased a prototype of an SDXC memory card with a 1TB capacity – a world first – which is aimed at photographers and videographers who are shooting high-resolution images in 4K and 8K. The prototype of the card was shown behind glass at the Photokina 2016 imaging show this week in Köln, Germany.

The Vice-President, Product Management, Content Solutions Business Unit at Western Digital (owners of SanDisk), Dinesh Bahal explained: “Sixteen years ago we introduced the first SanDisk 64MB SD card and now we are enabling capacities of 1TB. Over the years our goal has remained the same; continue to innovate and set the pace for the imaging industry.”

He added: “The SanDisk 1TB SD card prototype represents another significant achievement as growth of high-resolution content and capacity-intensive applications, such as virtual reality, video surveillance and 360 video, are progressing at astounding rates.”

Rapid memory increase
A 512GB SanDisk Extreme PRO UHS-I SDXC card was introduced at the previous Photokina show, held in 2014, so the potential card capacity has clearly jumped up significantly in a relatively short space of time. Naturally enough, greater memory capacity in cards will allow both videographers and photographers to shoot for longer periods of time without having to swap out cards.

Sam Nicholson, CEO of Stargate Studios and a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, said: “Just a few short years ago the idea of a 1TB capacity point in an SD card seemed so futuristic – it’s amazing that we’re now at the point where it’s becoming a reality. With the growing demand for applications like VR, we can certainly use 1TB when we’re out shooting continuous high-quality video.”

Nicholson added: “High-capacity cards allow us to capture more without interruption, streamlining our workflow, and eliminating the worry that we may miss a moment because we have to stop to swap out cards.”

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