Early in 2019 media storage powerhouse Lexar released their 1 TB memory cards, in both SD and MircoSD format. Matthew Humphries of PC Mag touches on the timeline of Lexar, a brand which Micron decided to kill but then got a second life thanks to Chinese company Longsys
1TB is kind of hard to grasp as an amount of storage to have at your disposal, for a better frame of reference were talking about 48,000 raw photos and a whopping 160,000 jpeg photos. WOW. In all honesty, that just makes me anxious. If I had it my way I would dump my cards between every band for every show I shoot. Now don’t get me wrong I understand these are more geared towards folks who are shooting 4k and even 8k video, but with a 70MB/s write speed and no XQD or CF format it feels rushes and a little forced.
If you’re looking to ball out for the luxury of space, it’ll run you close to $500 from Lexar, although you B&H has a preorder up for a measly $400. When it comes to buying gear, my first question is always “can this amount of money be used in a more useful way?” So you could ball out for these huge cards, or you could buy two 512GB cards for $200, the choice is always up to you. Sam Byford of The Verge commented that the cards “if you’re a videographer or content creator looking to make your life easier when handling a lot of 4K footage, the extra convenience may be worth it” So for the Casey Niseats of the world, ball out, but for you and me? I think we can make due with just the teeny weenie 32gb cards.
Byford, Sam. “1TB SD Cards Are Finally a Thing You Can Buy.” The Verge, The Verge, 10 Jan. 2019, www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2019/1/9/18176089/lexar-first-1tb-sd-card-price-date-ces-2019.
Humphries, Matthew. “Lexar Launches a 1TB SD Card for $500.” PCMAG, PCMAG.COM, 10 Jan. 2019, www.pcmag.com/news/365888/lexar-launches-a-1tb-sd-card-for-500.