Panasonics new MicroP2 memory cards look like standard SD memory cards but they have a lot of features for the professional user. They are the first cards to use the UHS-II interface, giving transfer speeds of 2.0Gbps, 1.7 times faster than standard P2 cards.
They are also designed to be robust in the field and are protected against water, dust, static electricity, X-rays and electrical overload. A flash memory error correction system, equivalent to a RAID system, increases data retention reliability and they can be password protected. They even have a QR code for identification.
Panasonic have also announced a MicroP2 adaptor for current P2 hardware and a two slot external drive with a USB3 interface for offloading data from the cards.
The 32GB and 64GB microP2 cards will be available next month with suggested RRP's of €200 and €300 excluding VAT, respectively. The AJ-P2AD1 microP2 adapter will have a suggested RRP of €165 excluding VAT. The AJ-MPD1 microP2 drive will have a suggested RRP of €320 excluding VAT.
Panasonic will also be showing two new products, the AJ-PX5000 P2 HD camcorder and AJ-PD500 half-rack recorder, both with built-in microP2 slots and AVC-ULTRA recording, the company's newest compression system.
MicroP2 cards will guarantee data writing up to class200 (except 1080/50p,60p) mode of AVC-ULTRA,