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Samsung releases new memory card for drone photographers

By UAS Magazine Staff | August 15, 2016

Reviewing flight-captured imagery or high-definition video directly from a memory card has just gotten quicker, thanks to the entrance of a major electronics developer into the drone market. Samsung Electronics has created a 256 gigabyte memory card specifically for drone pilots utilizing DLSRs, 3D virtual reality or action cameras. The new memory card is roughly the size of a postal stamp but provides the equivalent memory found in a typical solid-state hard drive shaped like a credit card.

At five times the speed of a typical microSD card, Samsung’s memory card option will improve movie playback, reading a full-HD video in 10 seconds instead of the 50 seconds needed with a microSD card.

For DSLR users and for multi-shot applications, Samsung’s card will reduce multimedia downloading time, photo thumbnail loading time and buffer clearing time in burst shooting mode. Large JPEG photos will take less than seven seconds to upload compared to the microSD version that typically require 32 seconds.

“Our new 256GB UFS card will provide an ideal experience for digitally-minded consumers and lead the industry in establishing the most competitive memory card solution,” said Jung-bae Lee, senior vice president, memory product planning and application engineering for Samsung. The card is “changing the growth paradigm of the memory card market to prioritize performance and user convenience above all,” Lee added.