SD Cards Hit 128GB

SD cards were introduced in the year 2000 with a maximum capacity of 64MB. Eleven years later, the cards have grown by a factor of 2,000 (in memory capacity, not physical size... ), with the Lexar PRO 128 GB SDXC Card now available. Yes, thats 128 GIGAbytes. The 133x card is Class 10 (maximum write speed of 20MB/sec) and retails for $250; now shipping from B&H.

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This begs two questions for filmmakers.

1) Do you really trust one card to hold that much of your footage?

2) If you really need the space for your video files, why is an obviously highly advanced camera using sd cards?

March 23, 2011 at 7:22PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


One thing I've found from using a 64GB card for photo use is that a large card can serve as an informal backup. When you offload photos/footage in the field, if you still have plenty of space on the card you can skip deleting the offloaded footage and keep shooting on the same card. Now you've got it on a computer and the card too.

Also, since the SDXC spec allows for and anticipates cards of up to 2TB, I don't think there's much use in arguing that larger SD cards won't find a use...

March 23, 2011 at 7:43PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Ryan Koo

I'm sure they'll find a use, what with being pretty cheap, but I think SSD's seem to be the way forward right now. It's not like more space is a bad thing, I'll give you that Koo =)

March 23, 2011 at 8:00PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I sure am sorry I just spent $500 for a 64GB CF card, when the 1D Mk IV supports both formats!

March 24, 2011 at 12:48PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


The footprint of the SD format, means that high level gear can use smaller resources, IE. cards.

This saves design real estate, allows cooler operation and so on.

We may surmise that CF cards have reached their marketing curve maximum and will cede ground because of the capability of the SDXC class 10 (UHS1) cards to manage real time livestream and etc as referred to here: and here:

Food for thought,


March 25, 2011 at 1:01AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I would not trust any card :)
Still using tape and will do in the future for a nice archive backup.
It's cheap and durable in a fire proof safe. I have 35 year old tapes and still plays flawlessly, not s single drop-out.

Koo is correct, use the card for backups, several of them ... as in duplicate.

March 26, 2011 at 9:23AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


As the photographic industry is focusing more and more in the video market, bigger cards will suit bigger video bitrates, besides RAW HDR...

April 3, 2011 at 1:42PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Also live event video this and thunder bolt means you might need your laptop hooked up to every camera when you have long live event. that doesn't have heavy editing. So there I think will be a place for these big cards.

April 6, 2011 at 1:22PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Hah. 2011. Ryan Koo actually posted articles. Good times. Now we have 1TB SD cards. :)

March 21, 2017 at 5:19AM, Edited March 21, 5:19AM

Cosmin Gurau