Samsung's new PRO Ultimate memory cards are lightning-fast and extremely robust

Samsung PRO Ultimate memory card inserted into laptop
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Samsung has just released a 'PRO Ultimate' UHS-I memory card series in microSD and standard SDXC formats. Designed with professional content creators in mind, they have the capabilities of storing up to 512GB and a read speed of 200MB/S making them perfect to use with the high-speed, high-resolution cameras being released today.

Whether you shoot with one of the best DJI drones (or any of the best camera drones for that matter), an action camera, DSLR, or a mirrorless camera, these memory cards are poised to set a new standard in storage capabilities. "Seamless handling of large-sized content is essential for professional creators working with gadgets like drones and action cameras," noted Hangu Sohn, Vice President of Memory Brand Product Biz Team at Samsung Electronics.

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The standout feature of the PRO Ultimate series is its high read and write speeds made possible by the UHS-I configuration. With read speeds hitting 200MB/s and write speeds reaching 130MB/s, these memory cards facilitate effortless data transfer, even for data-intensive files such as 4K ultra-high definition videos, backed by Video Speed Class 30 (V30) support.

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Not only are the PRO cards lightning fast, they also boast enhanced reliability and durability features. The upgraded Error Correction Code engine with a Low-Density Parity Check code of 2KB delivers heightened durability for extensive write-and-erase cycles. They also excel in adverse conditions, boasting water protection for up to 72 hours in two meters of depth and are said to be drop-proof from heights of up to five meters. With wear-out protection for up to 10,000 swipes, as well as X-ray and magnetic protection and endurance of extreme temperatures ranging from -25°C to 85°C shock protection up to 1,500g they are seriously robust.

Samsung has also employed a  new  28-nanometer (nm) controller in the Pro cards which not only improves power efficiency by 37% compared to its predecessor but also prolongs device battery life, eliminating the need for frequent recharges.

Available with a starting price of £19.49 (around $24.80/AU$38.19), the PRO Ultimate microSD card offers storage capacities of 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB, while the version bundled with a USB card reader starts from £24.99. 

The PRO Ultimate SD card, priced from £15.99 (roughly /$20.35AU$31.99), is available in storage capacities of 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB, and the SD card and USB card reader bundle starts at £21.79 ($27.72/AU$42.69)

The PRO Ultimate microSD card will be exclusively available through Amazon starting in early September, followed by the PRO Ultimate SD card's launch in October 2023 and will come with a ten-year limited warranty. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.