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Sony has recently introduced it’s new Sony Tough SDXC card which could be quite interesting if you take a lot of pictures and videos on your trip. Even so, the Sony A7 does not support UHS-II the benefit of USH-II is more visible when reading the files into your computer. In addition, you have a future-proof SD card for future camera generations.
Currently, I have no computer available at home since I am waiting for the new MacBook Pro to be released and I need to have my files and data available on a different computer. As I don’t want to carry a hard drive with me I just use my SD cards as my mobile drive … and it works.
Price aside, being able to store 1TB on an SD card is just amazing. Of course, I could also buy a simple 1 TB hard drive which is probably a cheaper solution but it’s just bulkier. However, Samsung released an interesting SSD – the Samsung T5 which comes with a USB-C port and which I am also using in my Photography and Video workflow.
However, looking into the future I believe that SD cards could be a great option to carry your data in your wallet. You can easily take them everywhere with you to store your day to day files but also use them to take pictures. At the same time, you back up your files to the cloud.
If you think that the new Sony Tough SDXC card is too expensive then you could also just buy a few smaller SD cards to store your data which is also a safer option in case one of your SD cards fails in the field. Just make sure that those cards are SD UHS-II cards so you could use them for example with the Sandisk Extreme PRO card reader to increase the reading speed on your computer if your computer does not support UHS-II cards yet. However, working I prefer to work with my files directly stored on my iPad Pro or on a Samsung T5 to work with them since the read / write speed is much faster than from an SD card.
What about the speed?
The read speed of the Sony Tough cards is 300MB/s while the write speed is 300MB/s.
On the other hand, SSD cards like the new portable Samsung T5 have a data transfer speed of 400MB/s.
I usually copy the files I am planning to work with to my internal SSD drive on my iPad Pro before I start working with them. I constantly back up all my files stored on my iPad Pro to my external hard drives.
If speed is more important to you then you should consider the Samsung T5 SSD. If you are looking for the smallest portable solution to store your data then UHS-II cards (e.g. Sony Tough) are the way to go from my point of view.