Panasonic’s well-established P2 media format evolved at NAB 2012, with the announcement of the upcoming microP2 Card, and the microP2 Adapter. The new cards provide the same incredibly reliable operation and performance as current P2 Cards, in a form factor that’s the same size and shape as a common SD card. Unlike consumer SD cards, Panasonic’s new microP2 will provide extremely high-speed transfer rates, and the writing assurance of professional frame rates, codecs and compression platforms (such as the upcoming AVC-Intra200 mode of AVC-ULTRA recording).
The new microP2 Adapter will make the new microP2 Cards compatible with some older P2 equipment. The new adapter will also make it possible to use fast Class 10 SD cards with select older P2 equipment (in the place of a P2 card). While this isn’t as ideal as using a genuine P2 card, the new adapter will give video professionals a new option in a pinch. A paid firmware upgrade will be required to use the new microP2 Adapter with supported older P2 equipment. Panasonic did not release details about the specific models that will be supported.
Pricing is not yet available for these products, but this move comes in hopes of supplying users with cost-effective media solutions that do not scrimp on reliability and quality. The P2 format is famous for being nearly indestructible, and capable of flawless performance, even in the most adverse conditions. The microP2 cards will initially be available in 32- and 64GB capacities.
|microP2 Cards||microP2 Adapter|
|Memory Type||Solid-State Flash||N/A|
|Capacities||32 and 64GB||N/A|
|Compatible Media||N/A||microP2 Cards, Class 10 SDHC cards|
|Dimensions||1.26 x 0.94" (32 x 24mm)||N/A|
The new microP2 Cards and Adapter (as well as AVC-Intra200 mode of AVC-ULTRA recording) are not expected to be available until the spring of 2013.