I’m always impressed with the storage size manufacturers are able to squeeze onto SD cards. I use several 128GB cards when I shoot video episodes of Munchkin Land in glorious 4k. It allows me to resize and fit the image to get the perfect shot, even when no one is running the camera. Using the AVCHD format, I can squeeze nearly four and a half hours of content on each card.
Now the game has completely changed with the introduction of 1TB – ONE TERABYTE – of storage on a single SD card.
Before you get too excited, keep in mind the 1TB SD card, on display at Photokina 2016, is only a prototype. SanDisk has not announced a price point or release date (sometime in 2017). 512GB SD cards sell for $300 on B&H Photo Video. One thing I’ve noticed is that the price drops dramatically when the new storage size is offered. If I were to guess, I would say the 1TB card will sell for $400, with the 512GB cards dropping to $125 (or less).
For me, if the cards are affordable enough (the cheaper the better), the 1TB SD cards would allow me to record nearly 12 hours of video on a single card. That may seem like overkill, but we do have some games that run six plus hours, and not having to worry about running out of space on the camera puts me at ease. On the other hand, I’m going to need to store all of that content somewhere while I edit, which means the network storage system, which is currently at 77% capacity is going to need an upgrade at a cost of several thousand dollars.
For the rest of you, in addition to having tons of storage space for stills and videos, the introduction of a 1TB card means users will have little to no reason to ever take their cards out of their cameras. Over the weekend I shot 3,500 images of my son playing soccer. For the sports photographers they should be able to shoot entire sporting events on one card without fear of running out of space.
How much would you be willing to pay for a 1TB card for your camera?