Samsung T7 Touch Portable SSD – Filmmakers’ Next Best Friend

January 28th, 2020
Samsung T7 Touch Portable SSD - Filmmakers' Next Best Friend

Samsung just introduced the successor of the T5 during CES 2020: the Samsung T7 Touch. This new tiny SSD external drive can carry up to 2TB of data and is fingerprint-protected. Let’s take a closer look!

Recording to an External SSD

Over the last year, we saw more and more cameras capable of recording directly to an external SSD. Indeed, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K/6K and the SIGMA fp, for example, are capable of recording the signal out of the camera’s USB Type-C port directly onto an external SSD. This feature is especially useful because SSDs are usually more affordable than specific memory cards. The price per Gb is more affordable, and you can directly edit from the SSD when you are back at the office (even if I don’t recommend doing so).

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The Samsung T5 has been a popular option for filmmakers. Image credit: 8Sinn

A couple of external SSDs are capable of supporting these direct-to-drive recordings, and one popular choice amongst filmmakers has been the Samsung T5. This compact drive came out in 2017, and it features a blazing-fast transfer speed of up to 540MB/s. It is available in several capacities, from 250GB up to 2TB. I have one personally, and it’s been my favorite on-set drive when I need to backup memory cards or when I’m working on the road. To make a great product even better, Samsung just introduced the Samsung T7 Touch. Update 22/07: however, the Samsung T7 is not compatible with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k/6K.

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The Samsung T7 Touch. Image credit: Samsung

Samsung T7 Touch Features

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This rule applies perfectly to this new Samsung T7 Touch that keeps the same design, but it is slightly larger than its predecessor at 85 x 57 x 8.0mm vs. 74 x 57.3 x 10.5 millimeters for the T5. For filmmakers that are using an SSD holder on their rig, it will probably not fit into your existing solution, and you’ll have to purchase a new SSD holder.

The Samsung T7 Touch still weighs next to nothing at only 58 grams, which is 7 grams heavier than the T5. The casing is now entirely made out of aluminum, and Samsung claims that it is drop-resistant up to two meters.

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Image credit: Samsung

The most noticeable improvement in this new version is the addition of a built-in fingerprint scanner on top of the SSD. This fingerprint protection complements the password protection and AES 256-bit hardware encryption of the drive. You can register up to 4 fingerprints. If you are carrying footage or sensible data, this extra layer of security is an excellent addition. If you don’t like the Touch function, a Samsung T7 “standard” version should come out later this year.

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Image credit: Samsung

The Samsung T7 Touch features an upgraded USB Type-C port that now reaches USB 3.2 Gen 2 standard. Samsung claims that the T7 Touch is twice as fast as the T5 with “a read speed of 1,050MB/s and a write speed of 1,000MB/s.” It is compatible with Mac, Windows, and Android operating systems.

Price and Availability

The Samsung T7 Touch will be available this month in two colors, gray and black. It comes with a USB Type-C-to-C cable, a USB Type-C-to-A cable, and a three-year limited warranty. It is available in three versions, 500GB for $129.99, 1TB for $229.99 and $399.99 for the 2TB version.

What do you think of this new Samsung T7 Touch external drive? Do you already record your footage directly on the T5, or are you using another model? Let us know in the comments below!

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falk emulo
MemberApril 18th, 2020

I just got a BMPCC6k yetserday and a samsung t7 and did not get it to work. I tried the latest camera software. connecting a samsung 850 pro ssd with usb c adapter will work fine recording 6k. The cfast 256GB card works as well. I checked the security thing and was able to turn it off with a software utility from samsung. I will contact BM support today

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Bill Bennett ASC
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I have the BMCC4K, with the latest camera firmware (6.9.1) which will record fine with Samsung T5, but will NOT work with the Samsung T7. I used the Samsung utility to turn off the encryption and password / fingerprint features in the T7, and still no bueno. Same thing, it records for a second, they quits and puts up a “!” in the record indicator circle on the rear display.

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Will
GuestJanuary 28th, 2020

A little pricey

 CHris Crows
CHris Crows
MemberJanuary 29th, 2020

Hmm I wonder if the fingerprint reader will become problematic when trying to record directly to the SSD if you need the software opened to unlock it.

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David Robertson
MemberJuly 22nd, 2020

Now that we know that the T7 doesn’t work with the BMPC4/6k or URSA g2, it might be good to update this article with that info. People are out there buying it for their kits still. It never made Blackmagic’s recommended media list. Neither the fingerprint or non-fingerprint models work. It’s a very disappointing surprise.

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