I'm going to have to write a real essay sometime about the impact of videography with digital cameras on this here ol' blog. Not to start now, but I'm not very interested in videography—ain't good at it, don't practice it, and nobody would really want to read what I would write about it. (Still pictures are more moving to me, ha ha.) This puts a bit of a shadow over certain aspects of the blog, because still and video have tilted in toward each other and run together in what the late Michael Reichmann termed a "convergence."
But back to the news. Another "development announcement" from Photokina is that SanDisk is readying a one-terabyte SDXC card for market. A TB, as you might know, is 1,000 GB.
...And this is really for video. Granted, given that we're all minions of Moore and subject to his famous law, someday in the not-too-distant future we'll doubtless be storing still photographs on 1TB and larger cards (the first 1GB card boggled my mind, and not that long ago). But for the moment, the product is really for people who want to record long segments of uninterrupted video.
Which takes nothing away from how amazing it is as an accomplishment.
Still, probably of more significance for us still photographers is that more new cameras such as the upcoming Olympus E-M1 Mark II and the existing Fujifilm X-Pro2 (but only in its first card slot) can use the new UHS-II standard. A few 32GB or 64GB UHS-II SD cards is probably much closer to ideal for still photographers if your camera accepts UHS-II cards; we need faster and not so big.
SanDisk is owned by Western Digital, which also makes the "My Passport" bus-powered hard drives I'm so crazy about. I have a bunch of 'em (the picture above might be deceiving...they're a little bigger than a pack of cards).
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Stephen Scharf: "The newly released Fuji X-T2 supports UHS-II, but unlike the X-Pro2, both slots are UHS-II. When shooting peak racing action at the Indy Car races last week, I configured the camera to use slot 1 first, then slot 2, and the camera transitioned to the second card slot absolutely seamlessly and effectively instantaneously. The EVF also shows you which card is being used. Excellent implementation by Fuji."
mike plews: "I've been at the same TV station since 1980. I helped stand down the ME4 16mm processor when we went to analog tape and was in the thick of it when we went totally digital in the early 1990s. Our first serious video server was from HP. It was a bank of 9GB drives the size of a walk-in closet, just tickled one TB and cost six figures. Yikes."