Hot off the heels of a successful Kickstarter campaign last year, the backup storage device dubbed the Gnarbox 2.0 is ready and shipping soon. For photographers and shooters in the field, the Gnarbox promises to be a safe and reliable alternative to putting a pile of media in your pocket to offload later at night at the hotel.
The Gnarbox 2.0 will come in three flavors based primarily around their internal storage capacity. 256, 512, 1TB versions will all be available – and each one features an SD card slot for offloading cards, as well as a USB C port and a removable battery. Obviously, for users not shooting with SD cards, you’ll need to attach the applicable reader to the device to offload footage. We checked out the device at NAB 2019 and there is a lot to like here. For users shooting raw images or HD footage then 1TB is plenty for a full day of shooting. Once you get into high resolution footage from RED and other 4K+ resolution raw-capable cameras, then this may not be the right device for you.
When you touch the Gnarbox 2.0, it is clear that it is built to take an impact. For those rare moments where your footage make take a tumble into an adjacent swimming pool, you’ll have peace of mind knowing the Gnarbox is IP67 Waterproof up to 3.3′ for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes you have a problem.
Four buttons drive all the main features of the Gnarbox for up-to 6-hours of continuous backups and you can jump into the advanced menu to dump footage to specific folders. Each folder might be named things like “Camera A, Camera B” and so on. Simply dump all the footage to your master drive later and the Gnarbox will maintain that designated folder structure.
The Gnarbox comes with one battery, but you can purchase additional batteries and accessories such as a dual charger, international power options and eventually a Gnarbox branded card reader.
Like any media storage device, much will depend on how the Gnarbox 2.0 holds up to heavy use in the field. We’ll reserve judgement until we’re able to complete a full review.
- Gnarbox 2.0 SSD 256gb – $499.00
- Gnarbox 2.0 SSD 526gb – $599.00
- Gnarbox 2.0 SSD 1TB – $899.99
Kickstarter backers can expect to get their Gnarbox 2.0 first before other orders.
What do you think? Is the Gnarbox 2.0 SSD worth purchasing for the peace of mind that your footage is safe in the field? Let us know in the comments below!