The ZITAY CFast To 2.5 Sata3.0 4T SSD Adapter & V Mount Plate allows you to record externally to a 4TB 2.5″ SSD (not included) from select cameras.
This includes cameras such as the Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K, URSA Mini 4.6K, and URSA Mini 4.6K G2. I imagine that it could also be used with any other camera that uses CFast 2.0 cards, such as the Canon C200, Canon C300 Mark II, Canon XC10, Canon 1DX Mark II, or even an ARRI Amira.
This product was previously released a while ago, but ZITAY has now updated it to make it more stable and reliable.
The adapter comes in the form of a V Mount plate that you sandwich between your camera and a V Lock battery.
A 2.5″ SSD can be inserted into the V Mount plate. You then insert the two dummy CFast 2.0 cards into the camera you are using.
Even if you are not using the dummy cards and are recording internally to your camera, there is no need to remove the adapter. ZITAY has designed the adapter so you can place the cards back inside the V Mount plate when you aren’t using them.
Why would you want to use something like this?
That is a good question. CFast 2.0 cards are already fast and come in fairly large capacities, so why would you want to go to the trouble of recording to an external SSD? In one word, cost. A 1TB CFast 2.0 card will set you back at least $800 USD. Whereas a 4TB Samsung Pro 860 series drive costs $999.99 USD.
The other benefit apart from the cost is increased recording times and the ability to record internally and then if you happen to run out of cards you could switch to the SSD recording.
Recommended SSD Drives
ZITAY recommends using the following SSD drives:
- Samsung Pro 860 series,
- SanDisk Extreme Series
- SanDisk X400 series.
- Dimensions: 95 x 75 x 25mm
- Weight: 650g
- Body material: aviation-grade 6061 aluminum alloy
- Processing method: CNC engraving
- Surface treatment: anode hard oxidation process
- Input voltage: 7V-28V
- Input current: <1A
Price & Availability
The ZITAY CFast To 2.5 Sata3.0 4T SSD Adapter & V Mount Plate retails for $368 USD. Bear in mind that this price doesn’t include an SSD or a V-Lock battery.
On the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2, you can simply use the USB-C port and connect up a lightweight and fast NVMe SSD to record from the camera.
Blackmagic also makes its own URSA Mini Recorder lets you record 12‑bit Blackmagic RAW files onto fast 2.5-inch SSDs, including the latest U.2 NVMe Enterprise SSDs.