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Not every memory card will work well with your GoPro camera. If the card is too slow for example, you may end up with recording errors and loose all your footage.

To avoid such disaster, here are some recommendations that will guide you towards choosing the right memory card for your GoPro camera model.

First off… What kind of SD card do you need?

Before buying an SD card, make sure it complies with your camera. This is what GoPro cameras require:

Memory Card Type: MicroSD

Memory Card Speed: Class 10 or UHS-1

Recommended Capacity: 32GB-64GB / SDHC or SDXC

 

Why Do You Need a High-Speed SD Card?

When you film at [email protected], [email protected] or other demanding video settings, the camera uses the H.256 codec – instead of H.264 – and writes video files at 12MB/s. This requires a fast microSD card known as UHS-1 V30 or U3 (writing speed of 30MB/s). UHS stands for “Ultra High Speed”. Slower microSD card categories like Class 10 (writing speed 10MB/s) or below won’t work with demanding video settings.

Sounds a bit confusing? The chart below can help you figure out what speed class you need for each video format.

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Top 7 High-Speed Memory Cards for GoPro 2019 (4k compatible)

After testing many of the SD cards recommended by GoPro, I’ve listed the top 7 that work best with any GoPro camera model. These memory cards are fast (V30 category), reliable and cost effective.

1. SanDisk Extreme UHS-I 160MB/s

SanDisk is the mother of SD cards. This model in specific is my top choice for SD cards to use with GoPro cameras. It’s compatible with every GoPro model, it’s fast and affordable. Comes with an USB adapter and there’s plenty of capacity options: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 400GB.

SanDisk Extreme 64GB microSD UHS-I Card with Adapter - 160MB/s...
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SanDisk Extreme 64GB microSD UHS-I Card with Adapter - 160MB/s...
  • Ideal for Android smartphones and tablets, action cameras, and drones
  • Up to 160MB/s read and 60MB/s write speeds for fast shooting and transfers*
  • Compact and durable microSD card reader

2. Samsung EVO Select 100MB/s

Despite it being really cost-effective (32GB version under $10), the EVO Select is fast and reliable. It performs really well even when recording with the most demanding video settings on HERO7.

Samsung 128GB 100MB/s (U3) MicroSDXC Evo Select Memory Card with...
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Samsung 128GB 100MB/s (U3) MicroSDXC Evo Select Memory Card with...
  • Up to 100MB/s read and 90MB/s write speeds; UHS Speed Class U3 and Speed Class 10 (performance may vary based on host device,...
  • Ideal for 4K UHD video recording, high res photos, gaming, and music; For smartphones (Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e, S9, S9+,...
  • Water proof, Shock proof, Temperature proof, X ray proof, Magnetic proof

3. Lexar Professional 1000x

This model is suggested by GoPro, which assures full compatibility with every camera edition. Its two-bus system (UHS-II) makes this card fast in download, reaching speeds up to 150MB/s.

Lexar Professional 1000x 64GB microSDXC UHS-II Card
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Lexar Professional 1000x 64GB microSDXC UHS-II Card
  • High-speed performance-leverages UHS-II technology (U3) for a read transfer Speed up to 150MB/s (1000x)
  • Premium memory solution for sports camcorders, tablets, and smartphones
  • Designed for high-speed capture of high-quality images and extended lengths of 1080P full-HD, 3D, and 4K video

4. Samsung Pro Plus UHS-I

Samsung has a good variety of memory cards which work really well with GoPro. I also suggest this model as it fits under the V30 category (writing speed 30MB/s) and works well with most GoPro demanding video settings. You can also check out the cheaper V10 category by Samsung, but it’s not suitable for high speed rates (eg. 4k60).

Samsung Pro Plus 32GB MicroSDHC Memory Card - 95MB/s Read, 90MB/s...
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Samsung Pro Plus 32GB MicroSDHC Memory Card - 95MB/s Read, 90MB/s...
  • Up to 95MB/s Read and 90MB/s Write speed
  • Storage Capacity: 32 GB
  • Great Performance in High-End Smartphones, Tablet PCs, Action Cameras, and DSLRs

5. SanDisk Extreme PRO UHS-II

The Pro line is the top of the range from SanDisk. This model features two busses (UHS-II) instead of one (UHS-I), delivering supersonic transfer speeds up to 275MB/s in download. Writing speed remains the same of the V30 category (30MB/s). So you won’t get any extra benefit when you are filming with GoPro.

Sandisk Extreme Pro - Flash Memory Card - 64 GB - microSDXC...
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Sandisk Extreme Pro - Flash Memory Card - 64 GB - microSDXC...
  • Extremely Fast transfer speeds
  • 4K UHD and full HD video capture
  • Durable design for use in extreme environments

6. SanDisk Extreme PLUS V30 UHS-I

The Plus line has got very similar specifications to the Extreme line. However, benchmark tests show that it has a slight higher faster sequential write speed than the Extreme.

SanDisk Extreme PLUS UHS-I 64GB microSDXC Memory Card...
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SanDisk Extreme PLUS UHS-I 64GB microSDXC Memory Card...
  • Up to 95MB/s read speed and up to 90MB/s write speed
  • 64GB Storage Capacity
  • UHS-I/V30/U3/Class 10 --- Meets the new UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) and UHS Video Speed Class 30 (V30) for 4K UHD

7. Delkin 1900X V60

This is the fastest (and most expensive) SD card of the list. Its performance is more than what you need for a GoPro as it reaches writing speeds of 60MB/s (6x faster). Though it can be useful if you combine its use with other professional video cameras.

Delkin 64GB microSDXC 1900X UHS-I/UHS-II (U3/V60) Memory Card...
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Delkin 64GB microSDXC 1900X UHS-I/UHS-II (U3/V60) Memory Card...
  • Approved for HD, 4K & RAW Burst
  • Specialized to Record & Store Multiple Files & File Types Simultaneously
  • Read/Write Speeds: 285/100 MB/s

Top 3 Comparison

SanDisk Extreme 64GB microSD UHS-I Card with Adapter - 160MB/s...
Samsung 64GB 100MB/s (U3) MicroSD EVO Select Memory Card with...
Lexar Professional 1000x 64GB microSDXC UHS-II Card
Model
SanDisk Extreme UHS-I 160MB/s
Samsung EVO Select 100MB/s
Lexar Professional 1000x
Fit
All GoPros
All GoPros
Does not support: HERO3, HERO3+, HERO+, HERO (2014)
Capacity
64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 400GB
32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
Rating
2,359 Reviews
22,678 Reviews
827 Reviews
SanDisk Extreme 64GB microSD UHS-I Card with Adapter - 160MB/s...
Model
SanDisk Extreme UHS-I 160MB/s
Fit
All GoPros
Capacity
64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 400GB
Rating
2,359 Reviews
Samsung 64GB 100MB/s (U3) MicroSD EVO Select Memory Card with...
Model
Samsung EVO Select 100MB/s
Fit
All GoPros
Capacity
32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
Rating
22,678 Reviews
Lexar Professional 1000x 64GB microSDXC UHS-II Card
Model
Lexar Professional 1000x
Fit
Does not support: HERO3, HERO3+, HERO+, HERO (2014)
Capacity
32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
Rating
827 Reviews

How long can you record with your SD Card?

Recording times depend by the camera video settings and card size. The following chart shows you various filming durations with Protune ON and maxed out video settings (4k60 for HERO 7,6,5 and 4k30 for HERO4).

 32GB64GB128GB
Fusion58min1h 57min3h 54min
HERO7 Black1h 3min2h 6min4h 12min
HERO6 Black48 min1h 37min3h 14min
HERO5 Black51min1h 42min2h 24min
HERO4 Black1h 6min2h 13min4h 26min

Pro Tip » by setting a lower resolution or frame rate, your video files will be smaller and, as a result, your recording time will increase, allowing you to get more footage in one SD card. The best way to estimate GoPro recording times is by checking it on the camera’s display with an empty microSD card inserted. The camera will display the recording time when it’s set on video mode and you are not filming.

GoPro SD Card Size

What is the SD card capacity (GigaByte) supported by your GoPro camera model?

Camera Model32GB64GB128GB
Fusion
HERO7
HERO6
HERO5
HERO Session
HERO (2018)
HERO (2014)XX
HERO+X
HERO4
HERO3+X
HERO3X

What about 250GB Cards? I made this chart relying on the information provided by the manuals for each camera model. However, newer GoPro editions like HERO (2018), HERO 5,6,7 and Fusion may accept 256GB memory cards although it’s not stated on their respective GoPro manuals. I tested the microSD Samsung EVO Plus 256GB on GoPro HERO7 and it worked fine.


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