Sony has announced a new SF-G Tough Series of UHS-II SD Cards targeted at photographers who want the best possible protection for their images.
The new SF-G Tough SD cards are 18 times stronger than standard SD cards, bend proof to 180N, drop-proof to 5 meters, waterproof to a depth of 5 meters for up to 72 hours (IPX8 rating), and dustproof with an IP6X rating.
The cards feature a one-piece ribless structure and don’t have the common lock switch. On top of this they are also X-ray proof, magnet proof, anti-static and temperature proof.
Just like the Sony SF-G UHS-II cards currently available, they have read speeds of up to 300MB/s and write speeds of up to 299MB/s making them the world’s fastest SD card.
They also include an SD Scan Utility which allows the user to check that the card is good condition, and File Rescue Software which can recover data and photos that might have accidentally been deleted.
The SF-G TOUGH series of memory cards will be available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities. They should be available in the US and Europe from October and will cost:
- SF-G32T/T1 – 32GB – $72.99
- SF-G64T/T1 – 64GB – $131.99
- SF-G128T/T1 – 128GB – $275.99
This makes them about 25% more expensive than the the standard Sony SF-G memory cards which are currently priced on Amazon as follows:
Here’s a rather silent video introducing the new cards.
And another video (with sound) demonstrating exactly how touch these new memory cards are.
With the dual SD Card slots in the a7III, a7R III, and a9, if you write to both cards then you already have memory card redundancy. However, I’m sure many Alpha Shooters will still like the additional peace of mind that these tougher SD Cards will provide.
Will you be paying the extra for these tougher cards in the future? Let me know in the comments below.