Transcend SDXC UHS-I U3(X)

Transcend announces 95MB/s SDXC cards

Info - Transcend announces 95MB/s SDXC cards

Transcend has announced a couple of new SD cards. They're marketing the cards for use with the upcoming 4K camera's. At this point four cards have been announced, the prices are recommended retail prices:

  • 32GB SDHC UHS-I U3X R:95MB/s W:80MB/s ($59)
  • 64GB SDXC UHS-I U3X R:95MB/s W:80MB/s ($119)

  • 64GB SDXC UHS-I U3 R:95MB/s W:60MB/s ($49)
  • 128GB SDXC UHS-I U3 R:95MB/s W:60MB/s ($109)

Transcend recommend these cards for use with the Sony FDR-AX100, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 and Canon EOS C500 in 4K modes. 

If these cards can sustain the mentioned write-speeds, they should all be abled to record CinemaDNG files on the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC) as well. However, we live in a real world and there's no such thing as a perfectly labelled card. So I personally think the U3-cards will be nice and reliable for recording ProRes on the BMPCC, and the U3X-cards will be good for CinemaDNG. 

The cards will hit the shelves in Japan mid-April, the rest of the world will follow shortly after.

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Njoroge Muigai
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Now this is a huge relief and it is always great to have quality alternatives
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I agree, though the U3X series is priced very close to the Sandisk Extreme Pro's at this point. But hopefully more competition will result in lower prices across the board with these high-end SD cards!
Ben Harris-Sandstrom
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I have the Transcend 64GB SDXC UHS-I U3 R:95MB/s W:60MB/s and am using it in the bmpcc for prores. Mixed results tbh, i thought it was working perfectly and now today i am noticing dropped frames when you start recording. need to test longer clips to see if the frames drop throughout. Will report back when i have more info
Is there any chance to get an update on the BMPCC context? Thanks.
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From what I can gather from other people's experiences - the Transcends are not consistent enough. The card needs to be baked to handle 60MB/s for it to be a useful DNG compatible card. The Transcend has a 'bottom' write speed of 30MB/s and can sometimes exceed up to (and sometimes over) 60MB/s ... but not consistently, sadly. Therefor I'd seen this card 'not suitable' for DNG recording. Might work fine with ProRes - especially since we now have multiple options. But if you're into DNG - then stay clear ;-)

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