Lexar Releases World’s First 1TB SD Card

If you thought the landing of NASA’s latest probe on Mars was a hallmark of human technological achievement, then think again – Lexar has just released the world’s first 1 terabyte SDXC memory card.

Yep – you read that right – 1 whole terabyte of memory packed in a SDXC memory card the size of your thumb.

Whilst SanDisk was the first company to announce the development of such a card, it never actually materialised (yet).

However, Lexar’s powerful new card is available for purchase now, giving the company a strong but lonely grip on the reins of the 1TB SDXC card market.

“Almost fifteen years ago, Lexar announced a 1GB SD card,” said Lexar Senior Marketing Manager Joey Lopez. “Today we are excited to announce 1TB of storage capacity in the same convenient form factor.

“As consumers continue to demand greater storage for their cameras, the combination of high-speed performance with a 1TB option now offers a solution for content creators who shoot large volumes of high-resolution images and 4K video.”

The Lexar 1TB 633x SDXC UHS-I card doesn’t just have an absurdly long name – it also features a read speed of up to 95MB/s, with a video recording speed class of V30.

In short, V30 means a certified speed of 30MB/s when recording video, although the specs do say it can perform up to 70MB/s. Companies such as Panasonic recommend a speed of at least V60, signalling potential disappointment for videographers.

In fairness, Lexar does suggest that the card is designed for “mid-range” DSLRs, HD camcorders, and 3D cameras. So if you’re operating at this level, the card could be a keen solution to storage on longer shoots.

Lexar have been out of the memory card game for a while now, so this latest announcement signals a return to the ring for the previously discontinued brand.

The Lexar 1TB SDXC has a suggested retail price of $499.99, but some retailers have it listed at around $400.

For more visit Lexar’s website.

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Ed Carr is a Yorkshire-born landscape photographer and nature writer. Having spent his youth in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, he takes any opportunity to don his hiking boots and head out, camera in hand. When not out taking pictures or hastily scribbling down his thoughts, Ed’s halfway up a hill out chasing after his dog, Hendrix.

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