Do you remember those digital cameras from the '90s that used 3.5-inch floppy disks to store 20 to 25 photos at a time? When memory cards a fraction of the size that held 5 to 10 times more came along, it seemed like a dream.
The dream is back thanks to a new memory card unveiled at the Computex computer expo. It's from a company called Microdia, and it's the first microSD card to hold 512 gigabytes of data.
Yep, I said 512GB, also known as half a terabyte. The SDXC memory card type, which this is, can actually go up to 2 terabytes, but no one has figured out how to cram that much memory into a card the size of a fingernail ... yet. Remember that two months ago the big news was a 200GB card.
Not only is the 512GB card huge, it's fast, so you can use it for high-speed shooting in a DSLR camera. Speaking of which, if you use your DSLR's RAW image mode, you can store up to 13,800 16 megapixel images. If you stick to JPG images, it can hold 347,000 photos, which is a mind-boggling number.
OK, now for the bad news. When it ships in July, the card will cost $1,000. Not something for the average person then, but if you're a professional photographer who needs a lot of room, keep an eye out.
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