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SanDisk launches world’s first 512GB SD card

SanDisk has just released the world’s largest capacity SD card, the 512GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I.

According to SanDisk, the launch of this 512GB model represents a 1,000-fold increase in capacity over the past ten years. The first SanDisk SD Card, launched in 2003, held just 512MB of storage capacity.

It seems this high-capacity SD card is coming along at just the right time too. High-end cameras are increasingly offering 4K (3840 x 2160p) video recording capabilities, which will eat up those gigabytes something chronic.

Meanwhile, pro photographers will always benefit from additional storage for their high-speed burst images and the sizeable RAW format.

With that much storage space, you’d hope that the 512GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I would offer fast access speeds – and it does. We’re talking write speeds of up to 90 MB/s and UHS Speed Class 3 recording for those 4K and Full HD videos. Meanwhile, you get data transfer speeds of up to 95 MB/s for snappy post-production performance.

All of this comes at a price, though. The SanDisk 512GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I costs a whopping $799.99 – that’s around £492.

SanDisk appears to be making a concerted effort to expand storage limits this year. Back in February, the company launched a 128GB microSD card, which was also the world’s biggest of its kind.

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