Just in time for the Panasonic GH4, Kingston announces high-speed SD cards
posted Friday, February 7, 2014 at 2:44 PM EDT
With the freshly announced Panasonic GH4 on everyone's minds, you're going to need some high-speed, high-capacity storage to deal with all that high bit-rate video. Luckily, Kingston has just announced a new set of SDHC/SDXC cards capable of the matching any sort of video you can throw at them. The UHS-I Speed Class 3 cards range in sizes up to 64GB, and guarantee at least 30MB/s read/write speeds.
The GH4 is officially able to hit a maximum of 200Mbps if you're shooting full HD with ALL-Intra compression. Luckily, the 30MB/s translates to 240Mbps one you switch from bits to bytes, and with a maximum speed of 90MB/s read and 80MB/s write, the Kingston cards should be able to pipe all those huge video files through without breaking a sweat. The largest of the trio of new cards, the 64GB SDXC version, is also capable of holding 60 minutes of 4K video, or up to 8,000 24-megapixel images.
Of course, high-speed, high-capacity cards don't run cheap. You'll be looking at around $150 for the 64GB version. But with the massive speed and space requirements of 4K video, you know that there's going to be a growing need for high-end cards like this.