What’s the best GoPro SD card for your camera? Here are our top picks for each model. Learn to make sense of all the specs (size, speed, settings) to make the best choice for your camera and your next adventure.
- Hero12/11/10 Black cameras all take the same size SD card. You’ll want an SD card with a minimum speed of V30 (Class 30, UHS-3), and they accept a maximum size of 1TB.
- Older Hero9/8/7/6 Black cameras need a minimum speed of V10 (Class 10, UHS-1) and accept a maximum capacity of 256GB.
Here are all the size and speed specs for GoPro SD cards (sortable chart), along with my recommendations for the best brands and models of microSD cards.
This guide is part of our in-depth comparison of GoPro cameras.
Best GoPro SD Card for Every Model: Top Picks
First, here’s a short list of the best GoPro SD card for every model, with specific brand recommendations and the maximum size.
- Note: Speeds listed are minimum recommended, and the storage capacities are the maximum size for each model.
- Top Recommendations: Here are our picks for the best SD memory card for each GoPro model. We cover from the current Hero12 Black back to the first digital Hero.
If you want all the data and details, we also cover that below this list.
|GoPro Model||microSD Card||Min Speed||Max Capacity|
|Hero12/11/10 Black||SanDisk Extreme Series and Extreme Pro.||V30 (Class 30) UHS-3||1TB|
|Hero11 Black Mini, Hero10 Black Bones||SanDisk Extreme Plus and Extreme Pro Series.||V30 (Class 30) UHS-3||1TB|
|Hero9/8/7/6 Black, Max 360, Hero5 Session||Samsung Pro Plus 256GB||V10 (Class 10) UHS-1||256GB|
|Hero7 Silver/White, Fusion 360, Hero (2018), Hero5 Black||Amazon Basics 128GB||V10 (Class 10) UHS-1||128GB|
|Hero4 Black, Silver, Session||Amazon Basics 128GB||V10 (Class 10) UHS-1||128GB|
|Hero3, Hero3+, Hero+, Hero+ LCD||Amazon Basics||V10 (Class 10) UHS-1||64GB|
|Hero 2014||Samsung Pro Endurance 32GB||V10 (Class 10) UHS-1||32GB|
|HD Hero2, HDHero Original, HD Hero 960||Samsung Pro Endurance 32GB||Class 4||32GB|
Interested in more options? We organize more microSD cards in a chart later in the article. By the end of this post, you’ll be able to choose the best card for your camera and shooting needs.
SD Cards That Work With Each GoPro (Specs, Speed, Size)
Here are the microSD specs for every GoPro model.
The chart includes specs: size (UHS and Video Speed Class), capacity range, and maximum storage size for each GoPro camera.
|GoPro Model||UHS Speed Class||Video Speed||Capacity Range||Max Capacity|
|Hero12 Black||UHS-3||V30 (Class 30)||32/64/128/256/512GB/1TB||1TB|
|Hero11 Black||UHS-3||V30 (Class 30)||32/64/128/256/512GB/1TB||1TB|
|Hero11 Black Mini||UHS-3||V30 (Class 30)||32/64/128/256/512GB/1TB||1TB|
|Hero10 Black||UHS-3||V30 (Class 30)||32/64/128/256/512GB/1TB||1TB|
|Hero10 Black Bones||UHS-3||V30 (Class 30)||32/64/128/256/512GB/1TB||1TB|
|Hero9 Black||UHS-1||V10 (Class 10)||32/64/128/256GB||256GB|
|Hero8 Black||UHS-1||V10 (Class 10)||32/64/128/256GB||256GB|
|Max 360||UHS-1||V10 (Class 10)||32/64/128/256GB||256GB|
|Hero7 Black||UHS-1||V10 (Class 10)||32/64/128/256GB||256GB|
|Hero7 Silver||UHS-1||V10 (Class 10)||16/32/64/128GB||128GB|
|Hero7 White||UHS-1||V10 (Class 10)||16/32/64/128GB||128GB|
|Fusion 360||UHS-1||V10 (Class 10)||16/32/64/128GB||128GB|
|Hero (2018)||UHS-1||V10 (Class 10)||16/32/64/128GB||128GB|
|Hero6 Black||UHS-1||V10 (Class 10)||32/64/128/256GB||256GB|
|Hero5 Black||UHS-1||V10 (Class 10)||16/32/64/128GB||128GB|
|Hero5 Session||UHS-1||V10 (Class 10)||32/64/128/256GB||256GB|
|Hero4 Black||UHS-1||V10 (Class 10)||16/32/64/128GB||128GB|
|Hero4 Silver||UHS-1||V10 (Class 10)||16/32/64/128GB||128GB|
|Hero Session||UHS-1||V10 (Class 10)||16/32/64/128GB||128GB|
|Hero3, Hero3+||UHS-1||V10 (Class 10)||2/4/8/16/32/64GB||64GB|
|Hero+, Hero+ LCD||UHS-1||V10 (Class 10)||2/4/8/16/32/64GB||64GB|
|Hero 2014||UHS-1||V10 (Class 10)||2/4/8/16/32GB||32GB|
|HD Hero2, HDHero Original, HD Hero 960||Class 4||2/4/8/16/32GB||32GB|
Now, with our top picks out of the way, let’s get into the specifics. Here are all the factors to consider when choosing the best SD card for your GoPro camera.
How to Sort Out SD Cards for GoPro
Trying to sort all the specs in an SD card can be pretty confusing. It’s almost like they try to make it confusing.
In this section, you’ll learn how to make sense of all the settings, speeds, and capacity.
Ready? Let’s get started!
5 Factors to Consider: GoPro Memory Cards
- Storage Capacity: While this might sound important at first, it isn’t really. Extra cards aren’t that expensive. And if you shoot your day’s adventures on a few cards, you’ll reduce the risk of losing all your images – in case one fails. Here’s how many minutes of video and photos a gigabyte will hold. This can help determine how many gigabytes you need for the day.
- Card Speed: This is more important than capacity. If you shoot faster than your card can handle, you’ll either get lower-resolution footage or the camera will stutter while it processes the photos you just shot. Neither is ideal. I recommend buying the fastest card you can afford.
- SD Card vs microSD Card? GoPro cameras only use microSD cards. While most cards will come with an SD card adapter, ensure you order a microSD card – anything larger, and you’ll be disappointed.
- Brand: There are many memory card manufacturers, including many generic brands. While much of this depends on personal preference, I recommend SanDisk and Samsung. We own about 20 microSD cards – mostly SanDisk, and the remainder are Samsung. Both are reliable and easy to find.
- Included Accessories: This probably isn’t that important for most users. But if you don’t have an SD card adapter, you’ll probably want one. It will help you connect to a computer, delete videos, and even watch footage on your TV. You will sometimes get an SD card adapter or USB card reader with a microSD card.
Does a Fast SD Card Matter?
A fast memory card allows you to shoot longer videos at a higher resolution and process them faster.
A fast SD card is like a fast internet connection. The faster the speed, the more information you can record/download simultaneously.
If capturing your adventure is important, buy the fastest SD card you can afford. Some high-resolution video settings in your GoPro will automatically reduce if the card can’t handle it.
The speed of the card is more important than the capacity.
Well, as long as you buy a decent-sized card. Don’t make the mistake of buying the largest-sized microSD card you can find – and forgeting about the actual speed of the card.
Best SD Card for GoPro: All Models
The best memory card depends on several factors. Not all memory cards will work in all cameras.
Here are our picks for the best SD memory cards for each GoPro camera. They also correspond to the cards approved and recommended by GoPro for compatibility in each model.
Best SD Card: GoPro Hero12/11/10 Black
Hero12/11/10 Black cameras all take the same size/speed SD card. This also includes the Hero11 Black Mini and the Hero10 Black Bones.
For these five GoPro cameras, you’ll want an SD card with a minimum speed of V30 (Class 30, UHS-3). And these cameras all accept a maximum capacity of 1TB.
With one TB of storage, you don’t have to worry about running out of space.
- Recommended Micro SD Card: SanDisk Extreme Series and Extreme Pro
- Speed: V30 (Class 30) UHS-3 (Minimum)
- Capacity: 1TB (Maximum)
- File System: MicroSDXC
These five models (Hero12 back to Hero10 – Bones and Mini included) all accept a 1TB card. But I prefer to have a set of smaller cards. I have many 128GB and 256GB cards instead of one giant one. It spreads out my risk in case one of them fails.
Curious about how KB relates to GB and TB? Check out our guide to all file sizes.
Best SD Card: GoPro Hero9/8/7/6 Black
Hero9/8/7/6 Black cameras all take the same size/speed SD card. This also includes the Max 360 and Hero5 Session.
These six cameras need a minimum speed of V10 (Class 10, UHS-1) and accept a maximum capacity of 256GB.
- Recommended Micro SD Card: Samsung Pro Plus 256GB
- Speed: V10 (Class 10) UHS-1
- Capacity: 256GB
- File System: MicroSDXC
These six models (Hero9 back to Hero6, plus Max 360 and Hero5 Session) all accept a 256GB card. Consider buying a couple of 128GB instead of a single 256GB card. This has been our practice for the last number of years – it spreads out the risk if a card fails (or gets dropped in the ocean).
Best SD Card: GoPro Hero7 Silver/White, Fusion 360, Hero (2018), Hero5 Black
This somewhat random list of GoPro cameras all have one thing in common. They all require a minimum card speed of V10 (Class 10) UHS-1. And they all accept a maximum card size of 128GB.
- Recommended Micro SD Card: Amazon Basics 128GB
- Speed: V10 (Class 10) UHS-1
- Capacity: 128GB
- File System: MicroSDXC
SD Cards for GoPro: FAQ
Here are the answers to common user questions about SD cards for GoPro cameras.
How to Format an SD Card in Your GoPro
There are a number of ways to format your memory card.
The easiest way is to format the card with your GoPro camera. Here’s how to do it with your GoPro camera. These instructions work for all recent GoPro models.
If you’re familiar with your camera, here’s how to format the card: Menu > Preferences > Reset > Format SD Card
Here are the step-by-step instructions.
- With the camera on, swipe down to view Menu.
- Tap Preferences.
- Scroll to bottom and tap Reset
- Tap Format SD Card (Top option)
- Tap Format (confirming that you’ll delete all your files and reformat the card).
Congratulations! You just formatted your GoPro microSD card.
Learn how to format your SD card in Windows 10, on Mac, with your DSLR camera, and using CMD.
FAT32 vs exFAT: Which file system is best for memory cards?
- exFAT: (Current GoPro cameras) This file system replaces FAT32 and is an acronym for Extended File Allocation Table. This system allows for individual files larger than 4GB. And for larger SD cards, this is the default file system. This is the recommended file system for SDXC memory cards.
- FAT32: (Vintage GoPro cameras) This is the recommended file system for SD and SDHC memory cards. It is limited to a 4GB size for individual files.
Glossary of SD Memory Card Terms
Here’s a brief explanation of the terms you need to know.
SDXC vs SDHC
- microSDXC: Secure Digital Extended Capacity. This is the current type of memory card. Memory cards with a capacity from 32GB and larger use this specification. They allow individual files larger than 4GB. They use the exFAT file structure (see above for more).
- microSDHC: Secure Digital High Capacity. This refers to the older, smaller (under 32GB) cards. There is a maximum individual file size of 4GB. These use the older FAT32 file system.
UHS-1 vs UHS-2 vs UHS-3
What does UHS mean? UHS (Ultra High Speed) is a speed rating for memory cards.
- UHS-I is the older, slower version. It corresponds to Class 10 (U1). Read speeds up to 104 MB/s. And write speeds up to 10MB/sec. UHS-1 also comes in U3 speed (30MB/sec write speed).
- UHS-II is faster and can have read speeds up to 312 MB/s.
- UHS-III has read speeds up to 624 MB/s. This is the minimum speed rating for all newer GoPro cameras.
- Express can have read speeds up to 985 MB/s.
You’ll know immediately that a card is not UHS-I because of the price. The UHS-3 cards are much more expensive than equivalent capacity cards (in UHS-I speed). When I first wrote this guide, most GoPro models couldn’t benefit from this higher speed – and now it is the standard.
Speed Class: U1, U3, V30, V60, V90
These U and V ratings have basically replaced the Class ratings (Class 4, Class 10, Class 30).
- Speed Class:
- UHS Speed Class: Measured by U1 and U3. U1 corresponds to Class 10 and writes a minimum sequential speed of 10MB/sec. U3 corresponds to UHS-3 and Class 30.
- Video Speed Class: This is the newest measure of speed. V30 corresponds to U3 and Class 30 (and V10 corresponds to U1 and Class 10.) These ratings go from V6 (6MB/sec) to V90 (90MB/sec). The number following the V corresponds to the number of megabytes it can sequentially write per second. The speed ratings include V6, V10, V30, V60, and V90.
Just to keep things confusing, card manufacturers often publish two or three of these speed ratings on each memory card.
If you use a newer GoPro, you should disregard any Class 10 cards. Instead, watch for cards with the U3 or V30 rating (these are the same speed).
A1 vs A2:
This is the Application Performance Class of your card. This doesn’t affect the performance of your GoPro camera. But this might matter to you if you want a microSD card that can serve another function.
A1 / A2 refers to its performance capability when running an application from the card. A2 is 3 to 4 times faster than A1. Learn more from sdcard.org.
More reading: Delete vs Format: Why format an SD card?
And there you have it. The complete guide to choosing the best microSD card for your GoPro. Which card did you settle on? Have a question or tip? Join me below!
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Experienced GoPro Videographer: I’ve been shooting with GoPro cameras for over 11 years. My first GoPro was the Hero3 Silver, bought for a Galapagos work trip in 2012. Today I own 20+ action cameras, including GoPro, DJI, and Insta360 cameras.
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