GoPro HERO 8 does not come with an SD card so, it is necessary to choose a card that can handle high bitrate videos and burst photo modes. HERO 8 is an exceptionally well-built camera and with the right storage, you can be sure to capture great scenic views and thrilling adventures on your next trip.

In this article, you will learn about the best SD card size compatible with HERO 8 and how long can different variants record.

 

 

GoPro HERO 8 SD Card Size: How Long Can It Record?


GoPro is known to have launched a series of action cameras that are not only stylish and portable but packed with brilliant features. With GoPro HERO 8’s high-bitrate mode, you need an SD card that is fast enough and does not exhaust too soon. When certain Protune options are enabled, you can get video bitrates of up to 100 Mbps, as well as some 90- and 60-image burst photo modes. Choosing the right card thus becomes important.

There’s a single microSD card slot. It’s right next to the battery. To remove the card, just push down lightly on the card edge.

Coming on the card specifications, the HERO 8 uses a single UHS-I micro SD memory card slot. You don’t have to buy a UHS-II card, but you should stick with the U3 speed class to avoid any problems. U1 cards also work well with HERO 8. In case, you use a UHS-II card, it would work perfectly fine with HERO 8 due to its roll-back mechanism but you won’t get any added benefit as compared to the UHS-I card.

GoPro HERO 8 SD Card Size


As per the official GoPro website, the GoPro HERO 8 supports microSD cards with storage sizes up to 256GB. And it is not recommended to use bigger cards in the Hero8.

So, you can use the following storage size variants with your GoPro HERO 8 camera:

  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB

It is seen that in GoPro HERO 8, 128GB cards work very well for normal usage.

GoPro HERO 8 SD Card Size: How Long Can It Record?


Here are the estimated number of photos/footage duration you can fit on various sizes of memory cards

How Long Can a 32GB SD Card Record?

  • Number of Pictures: 12,157
  • 5K (30fps) Video: 48 Mins
  • 4K (60fps) Video: 48 Mins.
  • 2.7K (120fps) Video: 48 Mins.
  • 2.7K (60fps) Video: 1:00 Hr.
  • 1080p (120fps) Video: 1:00 Hr.
  • 1080p (60fps) Video: 1:19 Hrs.
  • 720p (60fps) Video: 1:19 Hrs.
  • 720p (50fps) Video: 1:55 Hrs.

How Long Can a 64GB SD Card Record?

  • Number of Pictures: 24,337
  • 5K (30fps) Video: 1:37 Hrs.
  • 4K (60fps) Video: 1:37 Hrs.
  • 2.7K (120fps) Video: 1:37 Hrs.
  • 2.7K (60fps) Video: 2:06 Hrs.
  • 1080p (120fps) Video: 2:06 Hrs.
  • 1080p (60fps) Video: 2:38 Hrs.
  • 720p (60fps) Video: 2:38 Hrs.
  • 720p (50fps) Video: 3:50 Hrs.

How Long Can a 128GB SD Card Record?

  • Number of Pictures: 48,960
  • 5K (30fps) Video: 3:15 Hrs.
  • 4K (60fps) Video: 3:15 Hrs.
  • 2.7K (120fps) Video: 3:15 Hrs.
  • 2.7K (60fps) Video: 4:02 Hrs.
  • 1080p (120fps) Video: 4:02 Hrs.
  • 1080p (60fps) Video: 5:18 Hrs.
  • 720p (60fps) Video: 5:18 Hrs.
  • 720p (50fps) Video: 7:43 Hrs.

How Long Can a 256GB SD Card Record?

  • Number of Pictures: 97920
  • 5K (30fps) Video: 6:30 Hrs.
  • 4K (60fps) Video: 6:30 Hrs.
  • 2.7K (120fps) Video: 6:30 Hrs.
  • 2.7K (60fps) Video: 8:00 Hrs.
  • 1080p (120fps) Video: 8:00 Hrs.
  • 1080p (60fps) Video: 10:36 Hrs.
  • 720p (60fps) Video: 10:36 Hrs.
  • 720p (50fps) Video: 15:26 Hrs.

Note: These are just the estimates that can be useful as guides to let you have an idea of what to expect from each size variant.

 

GoPro Recommended SD Cards for HERO 8


Here are the two micro SD cards that GoPro officially recommends for the GoPro HERO 8:

SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSD Card

  • Brand: SanDisk 
  • Speed Class: UHS-I, Class 10
  • Maximum Read Speed: 160MB/s 
  • Maximum Write Speed: 90MB/s
  • Capacity: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB & 1TB
SanDisk 256GB Extreme microSDXC...
  • Up to 160MB/s read speeds to save time transferring high res images and 4K UHD...
  • Up to 90MB/s write speeds for fast shooting; Requires compatible devices capable of...
  • 4K UHD and Full HD Ready with UHS speed class 3 (U3) and video speed class 30 (V30)

The SanDisk Extreme microSD card is one is our top recommended microSD cards for HERO 8. With up to 160 MB/s read speed and 90 MB/s write speed, this SD card lets you record and transfer high-resolution images and 4K UHD videos. It is the most popular pick among the SD cards around. The strong exterior of the SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSD Card makes it temperature proof, waterproof, shockproof, and X-ray proof. It is available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 400GB, 512GB and 1TB sizes. GoPro officially recommends this card in their “Works with GoPro” certification program.

SanDisk Extreme PRO UHS-I microSD Card

  • Brand: SanDisk 
  • Speed Class: UHS-I, Class 10
  • Maximum Read Speed: 170MB/s 
  • Maximum Write Speed: 90MB/s
  • Capacity: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB & 1TB
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SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-I U3...
  • Built for extreme conditions Temperature proof, water proof, shock proof, and X-Ray...
  • Delivers 4K Ultra HD and full HD video recording and Playback
  • Meets the new UHS speed Class 3 (U3) and UHS video Speed Class 30 (V30) for 4K UHD

The SanDisk Extreme Pro microSD Card offers blazing fast read (up to 170 MB/s) and write speeds (up to 90MB/s). It is one of the fastest UHS-I microSD cards available. SanDisk cards are already known for their supreme quality and performance and the read-write speed makes them a perfect fit for HERO 8. It readily supports shooting of 4K UHD video and sequential burst mode photography. The SanDisk Extreme PRO UHS-I microSD Card comes in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1 TB variants.

 

Some other recommendations are :

 

For more on compatible SD card sizes for different GoPro models, visit this article:

Final Words


If you are a GoPro user, then you must be well aware of the fact that a good memory card can help you yield some of the best results. The card should not be too slow else it can pose unnecessary issues. Also, cards with low storage space like 32GB might exhaust quickly due to the high-bitrate videos and burst mode photography in HERO 8. So, plan your requirements well in advance, before you get started with your trip, and always keep backup cards ready. GoPro HERO 8 will surprise you with the best-captured memories which you will cherish for a lifetime 🙂

 

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