High-resolution photos require a lot of storage space – large photo sets quickly take up several gigabytes (GB) of memory claim. External SSDs offer many advantages as a backup medium, which we offer you together with Cyberport would like to explain briefly here.
Even if the camera manufacturer's megapixel race has lost momentum: even photos compressed in JPEG format quickly reach a size depending on the resolution of the image sensor of 10 Megabytes (MB) and more. But that's not all: from ambitious hobby shooters to professionals, photographers swear by photos in uncompressed RAW format. While JPEGs are small-scale using lossy image compression and require little storage space, RAW files are much larger – but without the loss of quality due to data compression.
Regardless of whether you take photos or videos with your camera: The higher the resolution of the camera, the more storage space you need for a backup copy. And if the shots go to a customer or friend after the shoot, the careful photographer does not hand over the original data carrier, but instead makes the shots available on decentralized cloud storage or an external hard drive. In the latter case, portable SSDs are particularly suitable for fast data backup.
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The solution to the space problem: Fast external SSD storage
Most photographers do not leave the house without a camera – but also reluctantly without a notebook. Because with a laptop it is much easier to view the recordings on the go and, if necessary, edit them on site. In addition, a backup of the data is mandatory, and laptops also score in this case. The photos can be transferred to the mobile computer using a USB cable, WLAN or an SD card reader.
Portable hard drives are an external backup medium, ideally an external SSD for mobile use. A few years ago they were still expensive niche products, now models with capacities between 500 GB and 2 TB (terabytes) meanwhile in Shops like Cyberport affordable to get – and above all, they are superior to conventional HDDs in important points, such as the stability, durability and volume.
Five features by which you can recognize a good external SSD for your photo tour
Into the case, out of the case: Constant temperature fluctuations, moisture, dust and other environmental influences are difficult for an SSD.
So that there are no signs of wear or a defect on the SSD either at the place of use, at the customer's or in your home photo studio , have a look at the technical data before buying. In general, your SSD should best have the following properties:
- Highest possible transmission speed: over 100 MB / s (megabytes per second) should be inside.
- A robust housing that is insensitive to impact and impact. Tip: Does your desired model meet the requirements according to protection class IP 55, it also has dust and splash water resistance.
- Compact dimensions for easy storage in a notebook bag or in a camera backpack.
- At least one USB-A, better still a USB-C port for faster data transfers. Note: Your notebook should support USB-C or you are using a USB-A to USB-C adapter cable.
- At least 500 GB storage capacity. Why? Do you have multiple SD cards with 256 GB of storage, your SSD will be full faster than you would like.
- Password protection for your data against unauthorized access.
Tip: For all performance-oriented photographers and filmmakers: A fast connection via USB-C is only half the battle – just as important is the highest possible data transfer rate. If you need to regularly back up large amounts of data, it is worth looking at SSD models that support the modern NVME protocol. The biggest advantage is the significantly higher speed compared to conventional AHCI SSDs.
Fast, indestructible, compact: SanDisk Extreme and Extreme Pro Portable SSDs
The SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD and the SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD are made for rough use on the next photo safari. Even the Extreme version convinces with high transfer rates of up to 550 MB / s – more than enough performance to make even extensive photo sets in the shortest possible time Time to transfer to it. Available with the capacities 250 and 500 GB as well as 1 and 2TB, the SSD also offers enough space for thousands of photos in high Quality or several hours of high-resolution video material in 4 or 8k.
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If you need even more power, the SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD is the right storage product for you. It is with the capacities 500 GB and 1TB available and thanks to modern NVMe technology offers around twice the speed of theirs little sister.
Both models have a modern USB-C connection with the fast USB 3.1 standard that your photos and videos with up to 800 MB / s writes to the SSD. Practical if your notebook does not have a USB-C slot: In addition to a USB-C to USB-C cable, the SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD comes with a USB-C to USB-A cable. The SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD also includes a USB-C to USB-A adapter.
Almost indestructible, both models survive a fall onto concrete from a height of 2 meters undamaged – just like the data stored on them. Insensitive to splash water, dust and high temperature fluctuations, both variants are suitable thanks to the IP 55 – Certification as a robust backup medium for daily outdoor use at Photo shoot and of course on your home PC.
You don't have to make any compromises with either model in terms of warranty and data protection: SanDisk grants a five-year guarantee and relies on integrated data carrier encryption that protects your data against unauthorized access protects.