Wouldn&t it be nice if you could connect the CFast 2.0 memory card from your camera to a computer via USB-C and simply read it without a reader? This is the promise of the Magic SSD, for which interested parties are currently being collected on Kickstarter - the funding goal of around 5,000 dollars has already been exceeded with currently over 70,000 dollars via over 360 backers and the crowdfunding is still running for a good 14 days.
Magic SSD memory cards
Magic Go and Pro
There are two different model variants to choose from, each with 1 or 2 TB of storage. The Magic Go is simply a compact transportable SSD storage drive with a USB-C port, while the Magic Pro model additionally complies with the CFast 2.0 standard and can thus still be used as a memory card for compatible cameras from, for example, Atomos, Blackmagic Design, Canon, Hasselblad, Phantom, RED, Z Cam and others. Its write speed is said to be sufficient for recording 6K RAW video.
Magic Pro write and read speed
. Magic SSD cards are only 1/3 the size of a credit card (42.8 x 36.4 x 3.6mm) and weigh only 10 grams, Magic Pro models achieve a peak transfer speed of 535 MB/s, a maximum write speed of 510MB/s, a sustained minimum write speed of 450 MB/s, and a sustained transfer speed of 460 MB/s. The minimum write speed is guaranteed by the Video Performance Guarantee 230 standard (VPG-230), which means that the minimum write speed never drops below 230MB/s. The Magic Go models are slightly slower. The Magic SSD cards were developed for macOS, Windows and Linux and therefore work with different hardware on these platforms as well as smartphones and game consoles.
Magic SSD memory cards in the benchmark
Prices and delivery date
. The Magic Go 1 TB card costs 77 euros in the Early Bird offer, the 2 TB model 156 euros. The Magic Pro 2 TB model, which is particularly interesting for filmmakers, costs 277 euros with Super Early Bird discount. A 10cm USB-C cable is included in the scope of delivery, which is supposed to start in September 2022, and a warranty of 3 years is also granted. As always, however, the crowdfunding caveat applies to Kickstarter campaigns - no delivery is guaranteed, so the money paid could also be lost altogether. Das Entwicklerteam KC Fung aus Shenzhen (China) haben bisher noch kein anderes Projekt (erfolgreich) auf Kickstarter gestartet, es gib bisher noch keine unabhängigen Tests der Magic Go/Pro SSD Karten.
Magic SSD Speicherkarten
Auf der Crowdfundingplattform Indiegogo ist vor kurzem erst ein ähnliches Projekt abgeschlossen worden (allerdings nur mit 13 Unterstützern) und zwar der UniPort X-Driver, eine CFexress Typ B Karte mit 128/256/512 GB und USB-C Anschluss.
Liste der unterstützten Kamera
Folgende Kameras, welche CFast 2.0 Karten als Speichermedium verwenden, werden unterstützt (unvollständige Auflistung):
Canon EOS 1DX Mark ll, EOS C200, EOS C300 Mark ll, EOS C700, XC10, XC15
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro, URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2, URSA Broadcast, URSA Mini Pro 4.6K, URSA, URSA Mini 4K, URSA Mini 4.6K