Here’s a question we’re asked a lot on our facebook group “GoPro Hero Community”: Which MicroSD card is the best for a GoPro? Well, there’s no simple answer to this question. This is because not all SD cards match the requirements to ensure a fast playback and recording of high-resolution and high frame rate videos (eg. 4k at 60fps). Also, when it comes to size of the SD card, different GoPro models support different storage size ranges.
In this article, we have tried to make things easy for you if you’re looking for an SD card for your GoPro Hero camera, but are confused about which size and model to choose from.
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Compatible microSD Card Sizes for Different GoPro Models
First and foremost, you must bear in mind that all GoPro devices require a minimum of a Class 10 Storage Card. But Class 10 SD cards come in multiple storage sizes. Here’s the list of SD Card sizes compatible with different GoPro models.
SD Card Size for GoPro Hero 9 Black
- GoPro Hero 9 Black, the latest in the popular Hero series supports microSD cards of up to 512 GB storage size.
SD Card Size for GoPro Hero 8 Black & GoPro Max
- Both GoPro Hero 8 Black & GoPro Max support microSD cards of storage size up to 256 GB.
SD Card Size for GoPro Hero 7 Black / Silver / White
- You can use microSD cards up to 256GB with GoPro Hero 7 Black.
- The Silver and White variants of Hero 7 are compatible with cards only up to 128GB.
SD Card Size for GoPro Hero (2018), Hero 6 Black, Hero 5 Black, Fusion, Hero 4 (Black & Silver) & Session Cameras
- All these GoPros: GoPro Hero (2018), Hero 6 Black, Hero 5 Black, Fusion, Hero 4 (Black & Silver) & Session support microSD cards with storage size up to 128GB.
SD Card Size for GoPro Hero 3, Hero 3+, Hero+ & Hero+ LCD
- MicroSD cards up to 64GB are compatible with GoPro Hero 3, Hero 3+, Hero+ & Hero+ LCD.
SD Card Size for GoPro Hero (2014) and older
- For GoPro Hero (2014) and older models, you can use microSD cards with storage size only up to 32GB.
GoPro Recommended SD Cards
Various considerations need to be taken into account when choosing the best microSD card to suit your needs, including: capacity, write speeds, reliability, and cost.
Capacity (or card type) includes two relevant options: SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) and SDXC (Secure Digital extended Capacity). The only major difference between the two is the 32GB threshold. SDHC cards are found in 32GB and lower capacity, and SDXC are typically 64GB and above.
Next, you need consider write speed or speed class of the microSD card for your GoPro. While the company recommends a minimum of Class 10, the newer Class 10 cards may also have a UHS (Ultra high Speed) or VSC (Video Speed Class) classification. However, these multiple ratings can prove to be a bit confusing. So, here are the two micro SD cards that GoPro officially recommends for some of its latest models:
SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSD Card
- Up to 160MB/s read speeds to save time transferring high res images and 4K UHD videos...
- Up to 90MB/s write speeds for fast shooting; Requires compatible devices capable of...
- 4K UHD and Full HD Ready (2) with UHS speed class 3 (U3) and video speed class 30...
This one is our top recommended microSD card for GoPro! The SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSD Card is the most popular microSD card out there for a reason. It’s a perfect choice for your GoPro Hero 9 action camera with its amazing write speeds of up to 90 MB/s and read speeds of up to 160 MB/s. With such speeds, you can easily capture Full HD, and 4K video, as well as raw and burst photography with your GoPro.
Available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 400GB, 512GB and 1TB sizes, the SanDisk Extreme microSD Card is ideal for recording extreme sports and other fast-action activities. GoPro themselves often bundle their cameras with SanDisk Extreme microSD card and sell it on their official website GoPro.com. The company also officially recommends this card in their “Works with GoPro” certification program.
SanDisk Extreme PRO UHS-I Card
- Shot speeds up to 90MB/s, transfer speeds up to 170MB/s [requires a compatible device...
- Perfect for shooting 4K UHD video (1) and sequential burst mode photography, (1)Full...
- Capture uninterrupted video with UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) and video Speed Class 30...
The SanDisk Extreme Pro provides top notch read (up to 170 MB/s) and write speeds (up to 90MB/s), making it one of the fastest microSD cards around. That’s more than enough for burst mode photography, 4K video recording and many other great features of your GoPro. It comes in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1 TB variants.
While you won’t be able to take full advantage of its speed even with the latest GoPro Hero 9, a lot of people like to use their cards in multiple devices. So, this microSD card will give you great performance in other cameras, drones or Android phones too.
Number of Shots / Footage With Different SD Card Sizes
Here are the estimated number of photos/footage duration you can fit on various sizes of memory cards. Please note that these are just the estimates that can be useful as guides in order to let you have an idea of what to expect from each size variant.
How Long Can a 32GB SD Card Record?
- Number of Pictures: 12,157
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
How Long Can a 512GB SD Card Record?
- Number of Pictures: 195840
- 4K (60fps) Video: 13:00 Hrs.
- 2.7K (120fps) Video: 13:00 Hrs.
- 2.7K (60fps) Video: 16:00 Hrs.
- 1080p (120fps) Video: 16:00 Hrs.
- 1080p (60fps) Video: 21:12 Hrs.
- 720p (60fps) Video: 21:12 Hrs.
- 720p (50fps) Video: 30:52 Hrs.
I hope that this article answers your question: What SD card size is best for my GoPro? Short answer: it really depends on the model you’re using and the length of videos you are planning to record along with their resolution and frame rate. If you are not planning on recording long 4K videos, then 32 GB or 64 GB SD cards will be enough. Otherwise, consider buying an SD card with larger storage capacity (at least 128 GB).
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