Lexar’s new 128GB SDXC media cards

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If you aren't familiar with SDXC, it's going to quickly replace SDHC in higher end cameras (maybe even small consumer cams). It will definitely be a competing media with big ENG cameras that hopefully even Sony will adopt (Give up the Memory stick already...) It's all based on the SD format, but with a new exFAT file system that doesn't suffer from the same 4GB limitation as FAT32 (in SDHC cards). The "XC" is also being coined as "Extended Capacity" or otherwise known as (FAT64). Companies like Panasonic, Kingston, Transcend, and Lexar have released new SDXC cards in the last few months. Lexar wasn't the first one out the gate with SDXC cards, but they will be one of the first to release a whopping 128GB SDXC card this month (or next).

Lexar 128GB SDXC

I'll be honest. When I hear the name Lexar, the words 'pricey' and 'expensive' come to mind, but also 'robust' and 'professional'. Doesn't seem like 'pricey' and 'expensive' will be associated with Lexar's new SDXC media cards. In fact sorting by price over at B&H, they stand as one of the lowest prices against the current competitors. Maybe I can finally own something 'Lexar'?

So what does this mean for DSLR shooters? Well the Canon T2i, 60D, T3i, and other recent cameras that use SDHC will be compatible with SDXC cards. Some might work right off the bat, and some might just require a slight firmware upgrade. This doesn't mean that you'd be able to take advantage of the full potential with SDXC write speeds (not yet available). Will you still have a time limit per video clip? Most likely, YES. You will still have a time limit. The limit is placed in these cameras to prevent them from overheating. So what's the benefit? Current camera designs are always held back by Video Codecs and Storage Media. Affordable SDXC cards should speed up camera designs that could now be designed around the speeds and limitations of the media. With the new SDXC media hopefully we'll start seeing cameras that can shoot higher bitrates (RAW), longer video clips, and of course a new media with more capable storage for cheaper prices. [Thanks Julio]

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11 thoughts on “Lexar’s new 128GB SDXC media cards

  1. c


    Haha, a 'Europe' tax, very funny. SDHC cards use the FAT32 format, so max file size is one byte under 4GB as Wikipedia told me.

  2. Kyler

    @Emm I'm pretty sure these cards just got a $50 price drop on B&H. Now it seems to make more sense to buy

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  4. Emm

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    @HD-tography - I don't own one (yet). The cameras work fine without them now, but a simple firmware update could make them better. I'm more interested in seeing what new cameras will be based around SDXC.

  5. Harlan

    The limit on these cameras is not due to over heating, its because in Europe there is a tax on "Video Cameras" which is defined as a camera that records 30 minutes or longer. (Heard this from Phillip Bloom himself just a few days ago at a seminar)

  6. HD-tography

    Hey Emm, I own a new T3i and tons of SDHC cards, almost bought the Transcend 64GB SDXC card 2 days ago but I hesitated for a minute thinking it might heat up in the camera and shut down the camera till it cools off.

    Typically in the T2i's if it overheats you can toss another card in her and maybe get it going again...

    Do you actually OWN SDXC cards and if so how do they fair in the T3i for overheating, also will it go over the 4GB/12 min limitation???

    I have never gotten a straight answer on that question.

    Here's hoping todays the day for verification one way or the other!

    Either way I think I will still grab one, just don't know if now is the time or just keep buying 32GB SDHC cards cause they are cheaper in price vs data and can be swapped out if the camera overheats.

  7. Just wondering is the 4gb limit set by the card or the camera.

    As the camera says in the manual that it will record for 29.59 minutes but shooting 1080 will cut you of at around 12ish depending on when you hit the 4gb limit.

    Now if thats the card saying to the camera thats all i can take stop recording or is it the camera saying thats 4gb i will stop as the card wont take any more.

    My point being if the card tells the camera the gb limit then going to one of these new cards will let you record up to the 29.59 limit not the 4gb limit.

    This is a big deal if its true.


  8. Emm

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    @Joshua - You have to think about larger RAW video files and not existing compressed files. Right now a 10-12 minute file in Canon might be around 4GB. Who knows if a 10-12 minute RAW file could be 64GB? If that's the case, there's no difference in the amount of video being shot, it's just overall larger...

  9. BUT-People buy SDHC cards with lower GBs because losing footage on SD cards is NOT unheard of. People like to use 16gb cards instead of 32gb, because if a SDHC card crashes, there footage is spread out on cards.
    SO-With a 128gb SDXC card, can it still crash as easily? Does SDXC have a smaller percentage of crashing? WILL it crash?

  10. Travis,

    The new SDXC spec can technically go up to 2tb on a card. Does this mean we will ever see a 2tb sd card? Unlikely but it has lots of room to grow.

    I wonder what type of performance boost you would get on a t2i with this when running magic lantern. The latest q-scale can up your bit rate somewhere near 80mbit if the camera doesn't overload on you or anything like that.

  11. honestly didn't even know about these. still thought 32GB was the max on SD cards. guess I'm a little behind the times. just picked up 4X Transcend 32s last week but will grab some 64s next time around. thanks for sharing.

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