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Low Cost Alternative to SxS Memory Cards

Do you love your new Sony camcorder, but not the prices for SxS memory cards? We've got an alternative—Sonnet's SDHC Adapter for SxS Camera Slot. This Sonnet adapter is designed expressly for use in Sony XDCAM camcorders which record to SxS memory media, and enables you to use lower cost SDHC memory cards in their place(1). When used with Class 10 or faster SDHC cards, the Sonnet SDHC Adapter for SxS Camera Slot duplicates SxS Pro memory cards' functionality, including support for overcrank and undercrank modes.

Sonnet’s SDHC Adapter for SxS Camera Slot is the same size as an SxS memory card, and, unlike standard memory card adapters, allows the SDHC card to fit flush inside its shell. This critical feature makes the Sonnet adapter interchangeable with SxS cards, and ensures your camcorder's memory card slot door closes completely with the adapter inserted. Using the SDHC Adapter for SxS Camera Slot is easy. Just insert your SDHC card into the Sonnet adapter, and then insert the Sonnet adapter into your camcorder and format the card—you're ready to record.

After recording is complete, remove the SDHC Adapter for SxS Camera Slot from the camcorder and swap out SDHC cards using the integrated push-to-eject mechanism. Because SxS cards share the same form factor and interface as ExpressCard/34 adapters, you can insert the Sonnet adapter directly into your notebook computer’s ExpressCard slot to offload the files from the SDHC card.


Key Features

Very economical alternative to SxS memory cards—enables use of lower cost SDHC memory cards in place of SxS media in Sony XDCAM camcorders

Designed for use in Sony XDCAM camcorders—SDHC cards fit flush inside the Sonnet adapter, making it interchangeable with SxS cards and allowing the camcorder's memory card door to close completely when in use

Duplicates SxS memory card functionality—supports overcrank and undercrank modes when used with required Class 10 or faster SDHC cards

Doubles as SDHC card reader—compatible in MacBook Pro and Windows notebook computers with an ExpressCard slot


If your computer lacks an ExpressCard slot, you can remove the SDHC card from the Sonnet adapter and use it with any SDHC-compatible card reader.

For the price of one SxS memory card, you can purchase Sonnet's adapter and several equivalent-capacity SDHC cards to increase your recording capacity and lower your recording costs. You'll get hours of extra shooting time without the need to stop, offload the footage and reformat the card to use it again!

Part No.  
SD-SXS-E34(3) Discontinued
Warranty 2-year
RoHS Compliant Yes
Bus Interface ExpressCard/34, USB interface
Supported Media SDHC/SDXC Class 10 and UHS-I
Media Connector Type Push/push media card connector
Data Transfer Rate Up to 480 Mbits/sec
Dimensions 34 mm x 75 mm x 5 mm
(1.34" x 2.95" x 0.19")

Specifications subject to change without notice.

Mac OS Logo For Windows Logo ExpressCard/34 Logo For RoHS

Camcorder Compatibility(1)(2)

Sony PMW-10MD (version 1.10 or later)

Sony PMW-100

Sony PMW-150

Sony PMW-200

Sony PMW-300K1

Sony PMW-300K2

Sony PMW-320K

Sony PMW-320L

Sony PMW-350K (Version 1.10 or later)

Sony PMW-350L (Version 1.10 or later)

Sony PMW-400K

Sony PMW-400L

Sony PMW-500

Sony PMW-EX1 (Version 1.10 or later)

Sony PMW-EX1R (Version 1.10 or later)

Sony PMW-EX3 (Version 1.10 or later)

Sony PMW-EX30 (version 1.20 or later)

Sony PMW-F3K

Sony PMW-F3L

Sony PMW-TD300

Sony PXW-X160

Sony PXW-X320

Sony PXW-X400

Sony PXW-X500

Sony PXW-Z280

Additional Compatibility

Sony PMW-EX3 SxS PRO solid state memory compact recorder

Sony PXU-MS240 240GB HDD back up unit for SxS media

XDCAM Deck Compatibility

Sony PMW-EX30

Mac Compatibility

MacBook® Pro (with an ExpressCard slot)

OS X® 10.4.11+

macOS High Sierra compatible

Windows Compatibility

PC notebook (with an ExpressCard slot)

Windows® 10, 8, 7

Technical Notes

  1. Compatibility with Sonnet's SDHC Adapter for SxS Camera Slot requires that your camcorder be running the latest firmware available, in some cases requiring you to update it. For PM-W350 users, click here. For PMW-EX3 users, click here. For PMW-EX1R users, click here. For PMW-EX1 users, click here.
  2. Slow motion and salvage functions not supported.
  3. The device supports only SDHC media. Operation is not guaranteed for SDXC media.


Accessories Part No. Description
ExpressCard/34 to 54 Stabilizer ExpressCard/34 to 54 Stabilizer E34-E54-BK Brace for stabilizing an ExpressCard/34 adapter card in an ExpressCard/54 slot


Sonnet SDHC to SxS Adapter Review
"It feels as well built as any other adapter on the market. It is mostly metal with plastic end pieces that are made from a nice high quality plastic. I have other adapters that use a very brittle plastic and these can break quite easily, but this one appears to be well made. The SDHC card slots into a sprung loaded slot in the end of the adapter making a reassuringly positive sounding click when it’s latched in place. Once inserted the SDHC card is slightly recessed into the adapter. This is good as it helps prevent the SDHC card from being released from the adapter as you put the adapter into the camera…

To test the adapter I used some Transcend class 6 SDHC cards as well as some Integral Ultima Pro class 10 SDHC cards. I used the adapter in my PMW-F3 with firmware version 1.10 as some user have reported problems with other adapters and this firmware revision. I was able to completely fill the cards shooting using S&Q motion at 50fps or 60fps using long and short clips with lots of motion. This is I believe the toughest test for these adapters as the recording bit rate is close to 70Mb/s. I had no issues at all with either type of SDHC card and there was very little delay between finishing a recording and being able to start the next, a good indicator of the cards high performance…

So if you are going to use SDHC cards and an SxS adapter I would suggest you consider the Sonnet SxS adapter. It’s certainly cheaper than the Sony adapter. Sonnet [is] a large business with a wide range of products and a global distributor and dealer network, so you should have no problem finding a local supplier."

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