Panasonic Debuts SDXC Memory Cards

It was only a year ago that we first heard about the SDXC format of memory cards. News has been relatively uneventful since then, though several companies have announced that they've got something in the works. Now in 2010, Panasonic has announced the release of its very first SDXC cards.

The new memory from Panasonic sport Class 10 speed and a transfer rate of 22MB per second. The different cards will be available - in Japan initially, with a US release to follow - in both 48GB and 64GB sizes.

High resolution photos are no problem with the new cards. The 48GB model will hold nearly seven thousand pictures shot at a 4,000 x 3,000 resolution. Step up to the 64GB card and you've got room for 9,330 shots. If video's your thing, they've got you covered there too. According to Panasonic, these cards will be able to carry an unprecedented amount of video; in the case of the 64GB card, up to eight hours and forty minutes of HD footage.

The cards will be released in Japan on February 19th at a pretty steep cost. The 48GB card is priced at the equivalent of $550 USD, while the 64GB model comes in at around $700.