The Panasonic Micro P2 memory card was released in 2013 for use in video cameras. It is the successor of the full-size P2 which Panasonic introduced in 2004. The original P2 used a PCMCIA form factor, whereas the micro P2 uses the Secure Digital (SD) card format. The Micro P2 is a UHS-II compliant SD card and it is compatible with UHS-II, UHS-I and standard SD devices including digital cameras. Additionally, Micro P2 cards can be used in full-size P2 video cameras via an adapter and firmware upgrade.
Compared with the full size P2, the Micro P2 is much smaller, faster and less expensive. Panasonic states it supports transfers up to 2 Gbps (250 MB/s) read speed 200 Mpbs (25 MB/s) write speed. In video data throughput is usually measured in megabits per second (Mbps), rather than megabytes M(B/s)per second. Dividing by 8 will give you the megabyte equivalency.
The Micro P2 shares the same external design as a UHS-II SD card, with a total of 17 contacts in two rows. It was the first UHS-II compliant card released. Internally the card differs from a traditional SD card because it is specialized for high reliability in demanding applications. It is optimized to support many consecutive file operations (open and close). It supports many video codecs up to AVC-ULTRA Class 200.
The Panasonic MicroP2 is offered in 32 and 64GB capacities. The card label features an itegrated QR code which is a unique serial number that can be scanned for fast identification. The MicroP2 meets Panasonic Proof 7 Reliability. It is resistant to water, dust, static electricity, flexing, magnets, x-ray and can sustain a wide temperature range. It surpasses the bending and twisting standard of SD cards measuring 200% of the standard.
It offers advanced error correction, mimicking a RAID system, which allows it to recover corrupted data. For high-demand applications the card features a Lifetime Counter to give notification when the cards approaches the end of its life cycle. (The standard life cycle is estimated to be usable up to 5 years when recorded once daily at full capacity.) The MicroP2 also supports the Content Protection System (CPS). Panasonic P2 Viewer Plus software allows one to check life of card, format and set a password.
The Panasonic AJ-MPD1G MicroP2 drive can be used to read the card. It is a dual-slot UHS-II compatible card reader and writer.
We tested the 32GB MicroP2 card (AJ-P2M032A). In UHS-I devices, the MicroP2 card reverts to 50MB/s bus speed. Only in UHS-II card readers is the card able to sustain faster read speeds above 200MB/s.
Card: Panasonic MicroP2 UHS-II 32GB 32 GB
Benchmark: CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3 x64
Program settings: 1000 MB, 5 passes, random test data
Operating system: Windows 8.1 Pro
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H
Processor: Intel Core i7-3770K @ 4.40GHz
RAM: 32GB DDR3 1600
|Panasonic MicroP2 UHS-II 32GB 32 GB|
Card Reader Benchmarks
|Lexar LRWM04U-7000 UHS-II Reader||272.393||49.700||166.551||1.088||4.074||994.6||0.065||15.9|
|Lexar Professional Workflow SR2 UHS-II||265.530||49.823||166.827||1.093||4.009||978.8||0.072||17.6|
|SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-II SD Reader/Writer||240.196||49.298||161.319||1.068||5.832||1423.9||0.064||15.7|
|Kingston MobileLite G4 UHS-II||239.647||49.056||161.587||1.057||5.899||1440.3||0.066||16.0|
|Delkin Dual Slot SD UHS-II and CF Card Reader||239.620||49.731||145.901||1.086||4.980||1215.7||0.067||16.5|
|Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF9||239.538||49.042||161.613||1.129||5.452||1331.1||0.066||16.1|
|Lexar Professional Dual Slot UHS-II Card Reader||238.069||49.155||159.558||1.068||5.706||1393.1||0.069||16.8|
|Kingston FCR-HS4 Card Reader||237.503||49.849||158.796||1.087||5.559||1357.1||0.063||15.3|
|Sony MRW-E90 XQD 2.0 / SD UHS-II Card Reader||233.224||49.925||161.936||1.128||5.380||1313.4||0.065||15.8|
|Lexar Professional Workflow SR1||48.217||37.445||44.294||1.082||4.788||1169.0||0.067||16.5|
|Transcend SD Card Reader RDF5 Black||48.106||37.366||44.158||1.082||4.015||980.3||0.060||14.6|
|Delkin Travel Reader||47.823||36.284||43.734||1.113||5.104||1246.1||0.069||16.8|
|Transcend Multi-Card Reader RDF8 Black||47.773||37.559||44.301||1.092||4.923||1201.8||0.069||17.0|
|Lexar Professional Dual Slot Reader||47.758||37.571||44.301||1.080||4.975||1214.5||0.069||16.9|
|Delkin Universal Memory Card Reader||47.505||36.717||44.022||1.070||4.541||1108.7||0.066||16.0|
|Kingston Multi-Card Reader FCR-HS3||47.417||36.765||37.058||1.069||3.977||971.0||0.070||17.0|
|SanDisk ImageMate All-In-One USB 3.0||47.144||36.728||40.827||1.128||2.709||661.3||0.069||16.8|
In camera tests the Panasonic MicroP2 performed at 30.4 MB/s write speed in the Nikon D750. In the Canon 7D Mark II it reached 32.2 MB/s write speed.
|Panasonic MicroP2 UHS-II 32GB|
Tested in Camera
|Olympus E-M5 II||39.6|
|Canon Rebel T6i/T6s||33.2|
|Canon 7D Mark II||32.2|
|Sony A7R II||28.6|
|Pentax K-3 II||26.7|
Cameras tested with this card: Canon 5Ds, Canon 6D, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon 70D, Canon 80D, Canon Rebel T6i/T6s, Fuji X-Pro2, Fuji X-T10, Nikon D500, Nikon D750, Nikon D7100, Nikon D7200, Nikon D5500, Olympus E-M5 II, Olympus PEN-F, Pentax K-3 II, Samsung NX1, Sony A7R II, Sony A6000, Sony A6300
The following table contains information encoded in the SD card.
|Panasonic MicroP2 UHS-II 32GB SD — Internal Card Information|
|Serial number (PSN)||774646035|
|Product Name (PNM)||PJ032|
|Manufacturer ID (MID)||0x000001|
|OEM ID (OID)||PA|
|Manufacture Date (MDT)||06/2013|
|Total capacity||31,641,829,376 bytes|
Compare prices on the Panasonic Micro P2 card. The lowest prices are highlighted in the table below. Prices are updated daily.
$ / GB
|Panasonic Micro P2||32||$5.94||$300.49||$199.95||$189.99|
|Panasonic Micro P2||64||$4.67||$316.06||$299.00||$299.00|