Samsung’s new 256GB card can manage 12 hours of 4K video, for serious portable UHD recording

by on May 10, 2016

Stephan Jukic – May 10, 2016

Samsung knows a thing or two about 4K video content, recording and quality ultra HD  display, seeing as how the company is involved in every one of these segments of the 4K technology market.

Now, with that kind of expert knowledge, it should be no surprise that they’d be capable of pulling off development of some excellent video storage hardware as well. Well, this is what the company has now done, with their new 256GB EVO Plus MicroSD card, which offers 256GB of storage space in its tiny little body.

This is enough storage for 12 hours of 4K UHD video (compressed), 33 hours of Full HD recordings and some 55,200 photos, or 23,500 mp3 files.

In other words, this is a nearly perfect little piece of technology for many 4K mirrorless camera models like Samsung’s own NX1 or Sony’s Alpha 6300 4K mirrorless camera, among many other DSLR and mirrorless models with 4K recording.

cameras like Samsungs own NX1 4K mirrorless are great for the EVO Plus MicroSD

cameras like Samsungs own NX1 4K mirrorless are great for the EVO Plus MicroSD

The tiny powerhouse MicroSD card also offers up Samsung’s new V-NAND technology, which allows for dense memory storage design and the EVO Plus also offers up read/write speeds of 95 and 90MB/s respectively, which is useful for moving video in such massive quantities to the card.

According to Un-Soo Kim, Senior Vice President of Brand Product Marketing, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics. “Our EVO Plus 256GB microSD card, will provide consumers with large capacity, and high read and write speeds. We are excited to offer our customers convenient and seamless multimedia experiences when they access, store and share all of the content they create and capture.”

Samsung is putting the new EVO Plus up for sale as of June in some 50 different countries and the card will come with a 10 year warranty as an added bonus. We however think that by the time most people need to bother using the warranty and in much less time than a decade from now, even more powerful memory cards will be coming along, given the pace of development in storage technology for the 4K video market and other applications.

As for the price of the Samsung EVO Plus, well no it’s not at all a cheap little piece of technology. It’s set to retail for a hefty $250. This is definitely a bit of an investment.

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