I’m not particularly good at traveling light, probably due the fact that I’m inherently over prepared in pretty much everything I do. When I travel, I pack all the kit I need and then some, included a myriad of storage. Of course, being prepared doesn’t necessarily mean I’m the most organised of photographers, quite the contrary, I’m prone to leaving items in the field, and have mourned the loss of several filters that I’ve either dropped or smashed (one time in my bedroom which was particularly galling). This extends to my SD cards, which invariably end up scattered across different camera bags, and when I return I can be found trawling through endless gigabytes of data. So, when the lovely folks at SanDisk offered me the opportunity to try their new, super large, yet very very small MicroSDXC Card, boasting a capacity of 200gb, I jumped at the chance. That’s a lot of storage right there.
Happily coinciding with my photography excursion to Iceland, this presented the perfect scenario to put the card through it's paces. Although I was sceptical that it would be the only card to used through the trip, that turned out to be the case. Of course I was careful in terms of backing stuff up, and every shoot I transferred the files from the card to my back up drives. Then the card went straight back into my camera for the next shoot. No need to create space, or format, and I kept all the previous shots on the card in case either of my back up options failed.
Shooting in RAW + JPEG with my 5D Mk III, I would have to capture over 5000 images before the card would reach capacity. Moreover the performance is incredibly fast and responsive, more so than some of my other SD cards, and a welcome respite from the slower wifi enabled SD card I’d been shooting on previously. It would would certainly be interesting to see how it would cope shooting video on a DSLR, however it's certainly one of the best SD cards I've used for still imagery.
Overall, I had a really solid experience with this 200GB SD beast. It enabled me to streamline my workflow, and ensure all my files were in one place. It’ll definitely be one of my go-to storage solutions for my next adventure. Check back soon for a post detailing my trip to Iceland with further images.