posted on Jul 3, 2009 at 3:06AM
Panasonic Introduces Fastest SDHC CardBy Emily Raymond
On May 21, Panasonic announced the gold standard of SDHC cards as it unveiled a series of memory cards with a new Class 10 rating. The new SDHC media boasts continuous read-write speeds of up to 22MB per second.
The new cards are designed “to meet the requirement for higher resolution consecutive shooting and large-sized high definition video shooting,” according to Panasonic’s press release. These cards come in the wake of recent announcements from several manufacturers of DSLR cameras that come with HD video modes. The Nikon D90, Nikon D5000, Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i, Canon EOS 5D Mark II, and Pentax K-7 are among the handful of DSLRs that come with plenty of megapixels and a high-definition movie mode. These features require faster speeds and larger cards.
The Panasonic Gold Class 10 SDHC card delivers those features. It will also be able to transfer data faster to a computer, up to 40 percent faster than a Class 4 card according to the manufacturer.
The series will come in packages of 4, 8, 16, and 32GB. The 32GB card will be able to hold up to 12 hours of high definition video. No word on pricing yet but the Class 6 version of the 32GB SDHC card is listed as costing $599 on the Panasonic Web site.
The new Gold Class 10 series is expected to ship by the end of the month in eco-friendly packaging that reduces waste by 90 percent, according to the Panasonic press release.