Tapeless Media (Part Two)

This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 and is filed under Latest News.

Welcome back guys, today I conclude my web video blog on Tapeless Media starting where we left off…

 

Is there any advantage in using Class 6 or Class 10 cards in video?

 

First and foremost during the recording process there are no real benefits. As said in the previous post, this is because the camera is already recording in real time with a sustained speed, recording a steady stream of data. One of the main benefits of choosing Class 10 over Class 6 is the transfer from card to either computer or laptop. However if you have a good SDHC card reader, a Class 6 card will perform just as well during the transfer process as a Class 10.

32GB SDHC Class 6 and Class 10

 

Over the past year, SDHC card’s have come down in price dramatically and you can now purchase a 32GB Class 6 SDHC for the same price as a Class 10 SDHC at £40 (thanks Amazon).

 

If the Class 10 was more beneficial why would it be the same price as the Class 6? So which to choose? I would have no problems at all purchasing another Class 6 SDHC card but why choose the lower spec when the Class 10 is the same price?! This price drop is mainly due to the entrance of SDXC. SDHC is now at a very comfortable purchasing price, even for its top end cards.

 

SDXC and Lexar’s new arrival

The memory capacity for the SDXC cards start considerably higher than the SDHC: 48GB, 64GB and reach a maximum of 128GB thanks to Lexar’s latest offering. The massive 128GB card also provides a whopping minimum transfer speed of 20mb! This god like SDXC card is set to make its release in early spring 2011.

Lexar’s 128GB Class 10 SDXC

 

Due to its size I can see one main issue posing a problem for consumers – backing up. With such a great storage capacity, users will be able to record more footage for longer intervals. Flash memory can still crash just like a computer and unless a back up has been made, retrieving lost media can be quite an ordeal. With the release of this card, I think users should bear in mind (when filming especially) that it should be used as a capture media and not storage.

 

There is one key element that separates the SDHC cards to the SDXC and it’s not the glaringly obvious format difference, but price. The new class 10, 64GB SDXC card will set you back around £300 and class 6 64GB will be around £200. The 128GB however, will be a whopping £430. Quite a lot for a memory card I think you’ll agree and for which I can fully understand the bold ‘Professional’ writing tag on the card itself.

 

The future for SDXC?

The technology has the capabilities of storing a whopping 2TB of data, and with transfer speed’s also set to impress with speeds of up to 300mbp/s, the future for SDXC cards is going to be anything but small.

 

People’s initial reaction to HDD and Media Camcorders were that they were too pricy and for the money you could get a decent HDV camera. This was at a time when tapeless format was in its mere infancy. The technology has had time to grow and develop and with widespread adoption of this media, we’re certainly looking at an SDXC future.

 

In the meantime whilst SDXC goes through its infancy, SDHC is very much at that stage where if you’re looking for a professional/semi-professional tapeless HD camcorder, the prices for both the camera and memory, are more affordable than originally thought. To get ahead in this game, always play your cards right!