In my opinion, the memory card manufacturers are starting to get out of hand when it comes to capacity. I understand 8GB and even 16GB capacity because RAW image files are getting larger each year. But at the same time, camera manufacturers are starting to find ways to make higher megapixel RAW files at a smaller file size. Better yet, converting your RAW files to DNG saves even more space. Is SDXC worth it?
Bigger is better
Higher capacity memory cards are nice for videographers. If you’re video camera now writes to SD memory cards than a 128GB card will record for a very long time. Wonderful!
Bigger is scary
At the same time, having 128GB worth of photographs on your SD card can cause series issues if the card is damaged or corrupt. What then? Is that bigger capacity worth the risk of that much loss?
Las Vegas, NV, January 3, 2011 – Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, today announced new Lexar® Professional Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC) memory cards. The new high-capacity Lexar Professional 133x SDXC cards enable the capture, storage, and transfer of extended lengths of 1080p high-definition (HD) video and continuous, rapid-fire image capture in a single, high-performance solution. The Lexar Professional 133x SDXC card is the first available in a 128GB capacity, and is also offered in a 64GB capacity. Both cards are speed rated at 133x, providing a minimum guaranteed transfer speed of 20MB per second, and feature a Class 10 speed designation. – source: DPReview
Not for me
I use Lexar’s 8GB UDMA Compact Flash (CF) cards. I will not be taking any jumps to higher capacity cards when CF cards get up to 128GB. For me, it’s not worth the risk. My photographs are too important to me. Heck, at 8GB I can still get 300 RAW photos from the Nikon D700. That is more than enough before having to switch cards.
What about you? Comment below and share your input and insights into higher capacity memory cards.
Thanks for reading and happy shooting,