Samsung has announced a new durable and long-lasting microSD card that it says will be able to deliver up to 140,160 hours — 16 years — of continuous recording time. Unlike most other memory cards, microSD or otherwise, the Samsung Pro Endurance doesn’t focus on speed. Instead, it focuses on reliability for use-cases when you need to be constantly writing to or reading from the card. Its target market is certainly for more commercial purposes, such as in security cameras, body cameras, and dashcams, which are constantly recording video, but its long lifespan also makes it a reasonable option for photo and video use cases where you might be recording time-lapses or hyper-lapse videos over extended periods of time.
According to Samsung, the 256GB model can continuously be written to for 16 years with sustained speeds of 3.25 MB/s, over three times the length of Samsung’s previous-generation Endurance cards. The Samsung Pro Endurance microSD cards are available in four capacities: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. The higher capacity cards (128GB and 256GB) are the fastest, and while rated as a Class 10 microSD card, they are rated as only UHS-1 speed, V30 cards.
The cards are protected against water, magnets, X-rays, and extreme temperatures in addition to being “wear out-proof” and drop-proof.
Another benefit of the focus on durability instead of speed has kept the cost of entry for these cards very low. The 32GB capacity is available for $11 and the highest 256GB capacity will retail for $55.
More info on Samsung’s website.