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Sony Memory Media's Reliability

*The following is based on Sony's internal testing results and does not warrant the integrity of all memory card data due to varying usage conditions and environments.

  • *For SD memory cards, waterproofing applies only to the SF-UX series.
  • *For Memory Stick media, waterproofing applies to the MS-HX*A series and the MS-HX*B series.

Water Proof*1

ADVANTAGE:Outstanding waterproof functions protect data during outdoor use of memory media
(in rain and other weather).

REASON:SiP structure adopted.

SiP Structure

In SD memory card / Memory Stick media's case :

Upper case SiP Lower case SiP Structure

in Memory stick Micro media's case : SiP Structure

in microSD Memory card's case : SiP Structure

SMT(Surface Mount Technology) Structure
 In SD memory card / Memory Stick media's case : Upper case SMT Lower case SMT Structure

Memory media demonstrates outstanding waterproof performance by adopting a System in Package (SiP) structure, where flash memory, wiring and other elements, along with the entire circuit board, are protected in molded resin.

Memory media conforms to IPX7 droplet- and water-proof performance standards set forth by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Memory media has been proven to be internally impermeable by water even when submerged temporarily at a fixed depth of 1 m of room-temperature tap water for 30 minutes.

Even if memory media becomes wet, Sony customers may rest assured that the memory media's outstanding waterproof structure will help ensure that no recorded data will be lost.

*Please wipe off the drop of water before using memory media.


  • *For SD memory cards, dust proof applies only to the SF-UX series.
  • *For Memory Stick media, dust proof applies to the MS-HX*A series and the MS-HX*B series.

Dust Proof*2

ADVANTAGE:A dust-resilient structure protects data during outdoor use of memory media. (in high winds or sandy/dusty environments, etc.)

REASON:SiP structure adopted.

SiP Structure

In SD memory card / Memory Stick media's case :

Upper case SiP Lower case SiP Structure

in Memory stick Micro media's case : SiP Structure

in microSD Memory card's case : SiP Structure

SMT(Surface Mount Technology) Structure
 In SD memory card / Memory Stick media's case : Upper case SMT Lower case SMT Structure

Memory media demonstrates outstanding dust proof performance by adopting a System in Package (SiP) structure, where flash memory, wiring and other elements, along with the entire circuit board, are protected in molded resin.

Memory media conforms to IP5X by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Memory media has been proven to be internally impenetrable to an amount of dust particles that could have a harmful impact.

Even when filming in high winds or in environments where there are clouds of dust or sand, Sony customers may rest assured that the memory media's dust-resilient structure will help ensure that these conditions have no impact on memory media data.

*Please remove any dust before using memory media.


Card Durability*3

ADVANTAGE:Memory media is shockproof and difficult to break even under pressure (resilient to bending and twisting).

REASON:Passes durability (strength) test and drop test.

Durability (strength) tests through bending and twisting are conducted to help ensure that memory media is safe, even when kept in one's trouser pocket. Moreover, memory media has also passed a durability test of 10,000 slot insertions and removals. Memory media is highly durable and damage proof from repeated insertions and removals from the card slot of digital still cameras, video cameras and other devices.

Furthermore, drop tests of memory media were also conducted (memory media was dropped from a height of 1.5 m using a dropping apparatus). Sony testing has verified that memory media will operate normally with no impact on data after drop tests.

*Please check the direction of your memory media upon insertion into the device.
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Temperature Proof*4

ADVANTAGE:Memory media may be used in a wide variety of temperature conditions, including mid-summer heat and bitter cold.

REASON:Passes operating temperature test.

Operating temperature tests were conducted. Operation in temperatures ranging from
-25°C to 85°C was verified. Sony has assumed a broad range of usage environments, such as mid-summer heat and bitter cold, to help ensure durability.

*The “Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo” media (when 8-bit parallel transfer) has a temperature range of -25°C to 65°C.
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UV Guard*5

ADVANTAGE:No impact on memory media data from ultraviolet.

REASON:Conformance with ISO 7816-1. Passes ultraviolet ray irradiation test.

Memory media conforms to ISO7816-1, the International standard for ultraviolet ray irradiation testing.

The main body of memory media is made from a plastic that blocks ultraviolet rays. For this reason, there is no impact on data even when memory media is used outdoors in mid-summer and near the seashore, where solar ultraviolet rays are strong.
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X-ray X-ray Proof*6

ADVANTAGE:No impact on memory media data from airport X-ray screening.

REASON:Conformance with ISO 7816-1.

Memory media conforms to the ISO 7816-1 international standard for X-ray screening testing. No impact on memory media data from airport X-ray screening.
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Magnet Proof*7

ADVANTAGE:No impact on memory media data even when placed close to electronic products that give off a magnetic field.

REASON:Passes magnetic resistance testing.

Through Sony's magnetic-resistance tests, Sony has verified normal memory media operation with no problems after leaving memory media on top of a powerful magnet (2,500 gauss*) for 70 hours.

There is no impact on memory media data even if memory media is placed close to consumer electronics that give off a magnetic field.

*2,500 gauss represents a magnetic field that is around 30,000 times stronger than the electromagnetic field given off by an ordinary microwave oven.
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Anti Static*8

ADVANTAGE:Resilient to dry seasons and conditions.

REASON:Conformance with IEC 61000-4-2 for anti static testing.

Memory media conforms to the IEC 61000-4-2 set forth by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). +/-15 kV air discharge performance has been proven.

Data will be protected even when memory media is used in dry seasons and conditions.
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Compatibility*9

ADVANTAGE:Compatibility with many hardware devices.

REASON:Passes strict compatibility test with hardware devices.

Memory media is compatible with many Sony and other manufactures' hardware devices.
Sony conducts an multiple strict compatibility tests covering approximately 1,000 tests, particularly with respect to Sony devices, prior to shipping memory media.

One of Sony's unique strengths as a manufacturer of both hardware devices and memory media is Sony's ability to coordinate rigorous compatibility tests for both types of products beginning with the new product planning stage.
* Photograph shows an example of hardware devices used in compatibility tests.

  • *1. Based on Sony internal testing, memory media is waterproof certified to IEC 60529 IPX7 standard. Actual performance may vary. Based on environmental conditions and usage.
  • *2. Based on Sony internal testing, memory media is dustproof certified to IEC 60529 IP5X standard,. Based on Sony internal testing. Actual performance may vary. Based on environmental conditions and usage.
  • *3. Based on Sony internal testing, memory media is durable and data will operate after drop testing from 1.5m. Actual performance may vary. Based on environmental conditions and usage.
  • *4. Based on Sony internal testing, memory media can operate in temperatures between -13 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius) and 185 degrees Fahrenheit (85 degrees Celsius). Actual performance may vary. Based on environmental conditions and usage.
  • *5. Based on Sony internal testing, memory media is in conformance with ISO 7816-1 ultraviolet ray irradiation testing. Actual performance may vary. Based on environmental conditions and usage.
  • *6. Based on Sony internal testing, memory media is in conformance with ISO 7816-1 X-ray screen testing. Actual performance may vary. Based on environmental conditions and usage.
  • *7. Based on Sony internal testing, memory media data was not impacted after being placed on top of a 2,500 gauss magnet for 70 hours. Actual performance may vary. Based on environmental conditions and usage.
  • *8. Based on Sony internal testing, memory media is anti-static certified to IEC 61000-4-2 standard. Actual performance may vary. Based on environmental conditions and usage.
  • *9. Based on Sony internal testing, memory media is compatible with many Sony and other manufacturer's hardware devices. Actual performance may vary. Based on environmental conditions and usage.

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