Camera accessory company Tilta has unveiled a fairly unusual storage option for specific Sony E-mount camera systems. According to Tilta, the business has teamed up with Zhiyong Technology Co. to develop a cage-style handle with an inbuilt 512GB M.2 SSD inside that can be used to store pictures and videos.
At first glance, the device appears to be your typical grip-style half cage. Attached to the bracket, however, is a CFexpress Type-A adaptor that slides into the memory card slot and feeds data directly to a 512GB M.2 drive housed in the handle.
When recording videos in the 4K 120p XAVC S-I compression mode, the current Sony cameras only need to operate at the speeds CFexpress supports. High-speed SD cards are compatible with all other video codexes. The new Tilta cage should be able to record all video formats because the business claims its CFexpress adapter has write speeds of 700MB/s (megabyte per second), which is the same as Sony’s own cards.
A USB 3.2 Gen 22 port on the front of the grip is used for data transfer. The 800MB/s read speeds from the 512GB SSD are more than capable of being handled by this USB standard, which has a theoretical maximum data transfer rate of 20Gbps (gigabit per second).
Other features include a built-in status light that lets you know when data is being written to the SSD, an opening so you can easily change out the batteries without having to remove the bracket, a place to insert the included wrist strap, and a silicone grip on the back for more comfortable holding.
The Tilta half-cage SSD grip is available on its website for $675.
More info on Tilta’s website.