Panasonic has unveiled new lower cost P2 cards. The cards support very fast read/write speeds, but at a reduced life span. The new cards are E-series (E for Economy) P2 cards and will be available in 16, 32, and 64 GB models. When used at full capacity on a daily basis, the cards should last for 5 years. If used to half capacity (not sure who does that exactly) they should last 10 years. No worries though, the life span of the cards can be tracked with the P2 format software or in the camcorder’s LCD/viewfinder. Amazingly these cards sport a 1.2 Gbps transfer speed, which is even faster than the current 64 GB A-Series cards. That means faster download times to a laptop. The 16 & 32 GB cards should be available in May for a list price of $420 and $625 respectively. The 64 GB will be available in August for a list of $998. That’s about half the price of the A-Series cards. Rental houses may stay clear of these cards, but as an owner/operator this is a great situation. In 5 years, we’ll all want a bigger, faster P2 card anyway. Check out the full press relesase here at Panasonic.
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