How to Choose the Best GoPro Memory Card?

The Best Micro SD Card for GoPro Memory Card. How to know you find the most compatible one? Let’s find out

Did you ever lose your interest when using your action cam or GoPro? “Out of memory” is the situation that you sometimes faced with while enjoying the beautiful scene or unforgettable moments; you definitely can’t stand with it.

The memory capacity is always an important thing you need to care before doing any trips, especially for someone who is in need of taking photos or recording videos.

The memory capacity is also as important as battery capacity. Therefore GoPro price does not include the memory card price, it depends on how much capacity you need to use.

How to Choose the Best Micro SD Card for GoPro?

Before choosing the right micro SD card for GoPro, here are all the terms and specifications you to know to make sure you get the right microSD card for your device.

Card Type and Capacity

When it comes to the card type, the two main kinds you’ll want to consider are SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) and SDXC (Secure Digital Extended Capacity). The only real difference between the two is how much storage they offer. SDHC cards contain 4GB to 32GB, while SDXC cards typically pack 64GB cards to 2TB.

Although most devices accept the SDXC standard for microSD cards with 32GB or more, some devices still only accept lower capacity MicroSDHC memory cards.

Speed Class

SD cards come in four-speed classes: 10, 6, 4, and 2. Class 2 cards are the slowest and class 10 cards are the fastest. The class number indicates the write speeds in megabytes per second (MB/s), thus Class 2 = 2MB/s, Class 4 = 4MB/s, Class 6 = 6MB/s, and Class 10 = 10MB/s.

In general, it’s a good idea to get a high-speed SD card (class 10) for your GoPro action camera especially if you’re shooting a high-resolution video.

UHS is the highest theoretical speed of each card. This is a good indicator for a microSD card shot speeds. UHS-I Cards have a maximum speed of 104 MB/s, while UHS-II cards have a maximum speed of 312 MB/s.

Finally, there’s the top high-end card’s speed class rating of  U1 and U3. It indicates the minimum speed of an SD card will write. U1 supports at least a 10MB/s write speed, and U3 cards provide at least a 30MB/s write speed. These cards will fit if you’re video recording in UltraHD or 4K.

The Right MicroSD Card for Your Device

For GoPro users needing a microSD card, consult the company’s list of recommended cards but in general, GoPros require a minimum of Class 10, but U1 or U3 is better speed classifications.

The GoPro HERO camera only supports a 32GB SDHC microSD card, but the HERO 3 Black Edition, HERO 3+, HERO+, and HERO+ LCD cameras support SDXC microSD cards with up to 64GB of capacity. Meanwhile, the HERO 4 and HERO Session cameras are compatible with SDXC microSD cards of up to 128GB.

Best Micro SD Card for GoPro  Memory Card

In this article, we will give you some ideas to choose the best micro sd card for GoPro cameras and what size micro sd card for a specific GoPro camera. We are sure that with the new GoPro, GoPro Hero 5, coming up next year, these memory cards still do their good job without any changes.

There are many threads complaining about failing in choosing a GoPro memory card. There is no clear instruction about how to choose the right one. Because more and more brands are coming out.

We only recommend 3 brands: Sandisk, Samsung, and Lexar. Keep reading to find out why.

You can also check out our chart out below for more help.

What is the best SD card for GoPro memory card
What is the best memory card for GoPro Camera

Keep scrolling to see the GOPRO COMPATIBLE MEMORY CARD TABLE that I already tested. If you try other brands, not what I recommend, good luck to you.

*All cameras need be a minimum of Class 10. The HERO camera only supports up to a 32GB card. HERO3 Black Edition, HERO3+, HERO+ and HERO+ LCD cameras support up to 64GB. HERO4 and GoPro Session cameras support up to 128GB.

Today, I will make some suggestions for those who want to buy the best GoPro memory card. I have used all three choices until now and I am pleased to share my experiences with everyone. Please check the following cards (you can click the link to see more details):

Sandisk Extreme MICROSDXC 64GB 90MB/S Flash Memory Card (SDSQXNE-064G-AN6MA)

 

GOPRO-COMPATIBLE-MEMORY-CARD-This Sandisk Extreme MICROSDXC 64GB 90MB/S Flash Memory Card
GOPRO-COMPATIBLE-MEMORY-CARD-This Sandisk Extreme MICROSDXC 64GB 90MB/S Flash Memory Card

This Sandisk Extreme MICROSDXC 64GB 90MB/S Flash Memory Card is designed for recording 4K Ultra HD and Full HD video. This memory card is totally suitable for those who are using GoPro Hero Black. So in case if you want to make a 4K video, it is the right choice. However, despite you are using Black or other camera GoPro, it is still suitable for everyone, just in case you could upgrade to GoPro Black in the future, it is not necessary to upgrade the memory card. Moreover, everyone knows that GoPro Cameras is also capable to use underwater, hence sometimes, your hands are getting wet, it is so harmful to take out the memory card in this case. Therefore, Sandisk has equipped the waterproof, shockproof, X-ray proof and temperature proof functions for this card.

It is still suitable for everyone, just in case you could upgrade to GoPro Black in the future, it is not necessary to upgrade the memory card.

Additionally, by using the SD adapter, you can plug it in your computer card reader and run the memory card program (you can download it here). Rescue Pro Deluxe software will help you to save any lost files to your computer even they were deleted long times ago. I remembered there are a few times I forgot to back up my photos to the computer, after formatting the card, I lost all the photos I’ve taken months ago, I wish there is a miracle to help me recover these photos. This software might be the answer to my wish. From now on, I don’t need to worry about losing photos anymore.

Remember not to use with GoPro Hero, it is not compatible. It is only compatible with GoPro Hero Silver, GoPro Hero+, Hero3+ and Hero4, micro SD card for GoPro Hero 5, and GoPro6

Sandisk Extreme MICROSDXC 64GB 90MB/S Flash Memory Card (SDSQXNE-064G-AN6MA)
  • Write Speeds Up To 40mbps
  • Transfer Speeds Up To 90mbps
  • Microsdhc (16gb & 32gb) & Microsdxc (64gb) Form Factor

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Samsung Pro Plus 128GB MicroSDXC Memory Card (MB-MD128DA/AM)

GoPro Compatible Memory Card - Samsung Pro Plus 128GB
GoPro Compatible Memory Card – Samsung Pro Plus 128GB

Samsung recently becomes a popular brand in many industries. Samsung’s memory card with Reading speed up to 95MB/s and Write speed up to 90MB/s, it is completely the highest capacity accepted to use with GoPro Cameras to record Full HD and 4k videos. With a beautiful design, you have easily recognized the different capacity by colors. Same as Sandisk and Lexar, Samsung’s memory card is also waterproof, temperature proof, x-ray proof, and magnetic proof. You can find an SD adapter in the package.

Remember this card is only compatible with GoPro Hero4 Black, Silver, micro sd card for GoPro Session, and above.

Although there are also 4 options from 16GB to 128GB, I strongly recommend you to use 32GB as the minimum capacity in order to record the videos.

Samsung is the cheapest brand on these 3 brands.

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Samsung PRO Endurance 128GB 100MB/s (U1) MicroSDXC Memory Card with Adapter (MB-MJ128GA/AM)
  • DESIGNED FOR VIDEO MONITORING: Samsung MicroSDXC PRO is specifically designed for video monitoring cameras including dash cams, surveillance & security cams, body cams, etc.
  • ULTRA-FAST READ WRITE SPEEDS: Up to 100MB/s read and 30MB/s write speeds handles large video files quickly and seamlessly
  • HIGHER ENDURANCE: Continuous recording up to 25x longer than speed-focused cards gives you long-lasting, best-in-class endurance up to 43,800 hours of 4K and Full HD (1080p) recording and playback
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Lexar High-Performance MicroSDHC 633x UHS-I/U3

Lexar High-Performance MicroSDXC 633 UHS-I/U3 (Up to 95MB/s Read) w/USB 3.0 Reader Flash Memory Card LSDMI64GBBNL633R
Lexar High-Performance MicroSDXC 633 UHS-I/U3 (Up to 95MB/s Read) w/USB 3.0 Reader Flash Memory Card LSDMI64GBBNL633R

Last but not least, Lexar High-Performance MicroSDHC card is considered as the top rated card to use with GoPro cameras. With the read speed up to 95MB/s, it is the premium solution for sports camcorders, tablets, and smartphones. With that speed, you can quickly capture, store, plays back and transfers media files, including 3D and 4K videos. It is also recommended by GoPro. There are 4 available choices of capacity from 16GB to 128GB.

Lexar comes with the highest quality and also the most expensive brand in these 3 brands. However, we always prefer this brand to be the best GoPro memory card because data is very important to us. We want to minimize the risk of losing data.

                                                                                               

Lexar High-Performance MicroSDHC 633x 32GB UHS-I w/USB 3.0 Reader Flash Memory Card (old U3 version) LSDMI32GBBNL633R
  • Premium memory solution for sports camcorders, tablets, and smartphones
  • Quickly captures, stores, plays back, and transfers media files, including 1080p fullHD, 3D, and 4K video | Leverages UHSI technology for a transfer speed up to 633x (95MB/s)
  • Performance of U1 and U3 version is exactly the same

MAINTENANCE AND STORING

Compared with other forms of memory card, the Micro SD card is better built. However, in order to use it longer, we need to remember to keep it in a clean, dry and try not to bend, snap the card to avoid breaking it. Just in case you use many different cards, please remember to use a dedicated case to store it.

Before you unmount your card, please turn off the GoPro first. Additionally, before removing it from your computer, please follow the unmount step. If you totally follow these rules, you could stay away from the situations of corrupting and losing files.

Final Review of the Best Micro Sd Card for Gopro

In conclusion, I hope through this post, you can pick what you really need. Based on my experience, the technology changes every day, therefore we just need to buy what we really need now in order to save the money and use it economically, rather than buying the high tech one but wastefully because it is out of our demand. To know more about your GoPro and compatible micro SD cards, click on the GoPro channel

However, for the best GoPro memory card, I recommend you should refer to the following table.

GOPRO COMPATIBLE SD MEMORY CARD TABLE

(Some are discontinued, you might choose other ones)

Card Name and Manufacturer Part Number HERO4 HERO4 Session HERO3+ / HERO3: Black HERO+ LCD / HERO+ HERO
SanDisk Extreme UHS-I 16GB (SDSQXNE-016G-AN6MA) Y Y Y Y Y
SanDisk Extreme PLUS UHS-I 16GB (SDSDQX-016G-A46A – 16GB) or (SDSQXSG-016G-ANCMA) Y Y Y Y Y
SanDisk Extreme UHS-I for Action Cameras 2-pack 16GB (SDSQXNE-016G-ANCAT) Y Y Y Y Y
Samsung Pro UHS-I 16GB (MB-MG16DA/AM) Y Y Y Y Y
SanDisk Extreme PLUS UHS-I 32GB (SDSDQX-032G-A46A – 32GB) or (SDSQXSG-032G-ANCMA) Y Y Y Y Y
SanDisk Extreme PLUS UHS-I for Action Cameras 32GB (SDSDQX-032G-AA4A – 32GB) Y Y Y Y Y
SanDisk Extreme UHS-I for Action Cameras 32GB (SDSQXNE-032G-ANCAT) Y Y Y Y Y
SanDisk Pixtor Advanced 32GB (SDSDQX-032G-AB46A) or (SDSQXSG-032G-ABCCA) Y Y Y Y Y
SanDisk Extreme UHS-I 32GB (SDSDQXL-032G-A46A – 32GB) or (SDSQXNE-032G-AN6MA) Y Y Y Y Y
Lexar 633x UHS-I 32GB (LSDMI32GBBNL633R) Y Y Y Y Y
Samsung Pro UHS-I 32GB (MB-MG32DA/AM) Y Y Y Y Y
SanDisk Extreme PLUS UHS-I 64GB (SDSDQX-064G-A46A – 64GB) or (SDSQXSG-064G-ANCMA) Y Y Y Y N
SanDisk Extreme PLUS UHS-I for Action Cameras 64GB (SDSDQX-064G-AA4A – 64GB) Y Y Y Y N
SanDisk Pixtor Advanced 64GB (SDSDQX-064G-AB46A) or (SDSQXSG-064G-ABCCA) Y Y Y Y N
SanDisk Extreme UHS-I 64GB (SDSDQXL-064G-A46A – 64GB) or (SDSQXNE-064G-AN6MA) Y Y Y Y N
Lexar 633x UHS-I 64GB (LSDMI64GBBNL633R) Y Y Y Y N
Lexar 1000x microSDXC UHS-3 128GB (LSDMI128CBNL1000R) Y Y N N N
Samsung Pro Plus UHS-I 128GB (MB-MD128DA/AM) Y Y N N N

REMEMBER:

  • HERO3: Silver Edition Camera requires a Class 10 MicroSD card up to 64 GB.
  • HERO3: White Edition Camera requires a Class 10 MicroSD card up to 64 GB.
  • HD HERO2 Camera requires a Class 10 SD card up to 32 GB.
  • HD HERO Original & HD HERO 960 Cameras require a Class 4 SD card up to 32 GB.

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