We’ve seen plenty of flash storage based electronics devices with waterproof feature, hardly the storage itself. The Japanese looks to break the trend with the introduction of waterproof SDHC memory cards. A SDHC card is more likely to float if it’s accidentally dropped in the water but the Elecom-made SDHC is more than H20-friendly; as a IPX7 compliant device, it will withstand accidental immersion in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes.
Besides waterproof; the Elecom is Class-6 standard, meaning it offers real-time recording directly to the card with a guaranteed minimum write speed of 6MB/sec and a data transfer rate of up to 15MB/sec.
Elecom waterproof SDHC is available in 4GB and 8GB capacity. Mum’s the word on pricing information but it is slated to ship in December.
Toshiba have taken the tiny wraps off of its first 16GB microSDHC card. The SD-C16G will go into mass production in January 2009, and be ideal for storing masses of music and video on cellphones and other mobile devices. The company also announced a number of new Class 6 SDHC cards for high-speed digital camera use.
If you like to film a lot of impromptu video or simply want a recording solution for traveling and what not, the Samsung VM-MX25E digital media camcorder has the H.264 codec, making uploading videos straight to YouTube incredibly easy.
Newly announced is Lexar’s value line of Platinum II CompactFlash and SDHC format memory cards. The company has doubled up both storage cards to 16GB with Platinum II 60x 16GB SDHC and Platinium II 80x 16GB CF. The 60x rated SDHC is capable of a minimum sustained write speed of 9MB per second, while the 80x rated CF card boosts the sustained write speed of 12MB per second. The cards will be available later this month and pricing information to be announced. It will include a full version of Lexar Image Rescue 3 recovery software and a six-month trial version of Corel Painter Essentials 4.