Sony has recently announced a G-series of solid state drives (SSD), which they claim will last 10 years under heavy use. It is specially designed for professional-level external video recording devices.
Using Sony’s Error Correction Code tech, the new 460GB drive can reach 1200 TBW while the 960GB G Series SSD achieves up to 2400 TBW (terabytes written), resulting in less frequent replacement while in shooting. The drives are designed for ultra-fast, stable data writing. Sony claims that the new drives can ensure stable 4K video recording without frame drops, even after SDD have been subjected to multiple rewrites.
The drives offer read speeds of up to 550MB/s when connected to a computer, and that connection itself is robust. Additionally, Sony says the new drives feature a physically more durable SATA connector than standard drives, enabling the G Series models to be inserted and removed up to 3,000 times before failing. The G Series SSDs also offer data protection technology that keeps content secure and intact, even if a sudden power failure occurs. When used in an on-camera recording monitor like the Atomos Shogun Inferno, the SV-GS48 and SV-GS96 can reliably record video at the 4K and 60p, or ProRes 422 HQ level.
Like most Sony products, these guys don’t come cheap. The Sony G Series Professional SSDs are scheduled to arrive in the month of May. Expect to pay $287 USD, while the 960GB model will be priced at $539 USD. For high-speed, high-quality SSDs, that is not too bad at all!