Sony Introduces Extended Life Solid State Drives for Video Recorders

Sony introduces two long lasting G Series Professional Solid State Drives in 960GB (SV-GS96) and 480GB (SV-GS48) capacities.

Sony said the SSDs were designed to meet the need for reliable, external video recording devices docked to camcorders or high-performance DSLRs. The SSDs also have a far longer lifetime than typical media.

Sony said the new SSDs offer videographers stable high-speed capabilities, a sense of security and lower cost of ownership due to their longer life. Using Sony’s Error Correction Code technology, the 960GB G Series SSD achieves up to 2400 TBW (terabytes written), while the 460GB drive can reach 1200 TBW, resulting in less frequent replacement.

Sony said 2400 TBW translates to about 10 years of use for the SV-GS96, if data is fully written to the drive an average of five times per week.

The drives are also designed for fast, stable data writing. While other SSDs have a tendency for data write speeds to suddenly drop after repeated re-write cycles, Sony G Series SSDs feature built-in technology preventing sudden speed decreases.

This ensures stable recording of high bitrate 4K video without frame dropping. For example, used with an Atomos Shogun Inferno, G series SSD is able to record video at 4K 60p (ProRes 422 HQ) mode stably.

When paired with the necessary connection cables, the new G Series drives can be removed from a recorder and connected to a computer for file downloading, making editing faster with read speeds up to 550MB/s.

G Series SSDs also offer data protection technology that keeps content secure and intact, even if a sudden power failure occurs. To add to the drive’s stability, it features a durable connector which withstands extreme repeated insertion and removal up to 3000 times. This is six times more tolerant than standard SATA connectors, even in harsh conditions.

Sony’s SSD G Series is scheduled for release in May at $539 for the SV-GS96 and $287 for SV-GS48 model.

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