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8 Best GoPro SD Cards (All Models) Ultimate 2020 Memory Guide

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Looking for the best GoPro SD card for your camera? Here are our top picks for each model. Plus, you’ll learn how to make sense of all the settings, terms, and speeds so you can make the best choice for your camera and your next adventure.

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Best GoPro SD Card for Every Model: Top Picks

Just want the best microSD card without the back story? Perfect. Here it is:

If you want all the data and details, we also cover that below this list. 

Top Recommendations: Here are our picks for the best SD card for each of these GoPro cameras. We cover from the current Hero8 Black back to the Hero6 Black. For older models (and more options) we cover those later in the post.

  1. Hero8 Black: SanDisk Extreme UHS-1/U3 256GB
  2. MAX 360: SanDisk Extreme UHS-1/U3 256GB
  3. Hero7 Black: Samsung Evo Select UHS-1/U3 256GB
  4. Hero7 Silver: SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-1/U3 128GB
  5. Hero7 White: SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-1/U3 128GB
  6. Fusion 360: SanDisk Extreme UHS-1/U3 64GB
  7. Hero (2018): SanDisk Extreme UHS-1/U3 64GB
  8. Hero6 Black: SanDisk Extreme UHS-1/U3 64GB

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. Jump to More SD Card Options

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.

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How to Sort Out SD Cards for GoPro

It can be pretty confusing to try to sort all the specs in an SD card. 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

  1. 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 of them fails. Here’s how many minutes of video and photos a gigabyte will hold. This can help you determine just how many gigabytes you need for the day.
  2. 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.
  3. SD Card or Micro SD Card: For all GoPro cameras, you need a micro SD card. While most of them will come with an SD card adapter, make sure that you order a microSD card – anything larger just won’t fit in the camera.
  4. Brand: There are lots of memory card manufacturers, including lots of generic brands. While much of this depends on personal preference, I recommend SanDisk and Samsung. I think we own about 20 microSD cards – probably 80% are SanDisk and the reminder are Samsung. Both are reliable and easy to find.
  5. 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 your purchase of a micro SD card.

Why Does a Fast SD Card Matter?

A fast SD 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 in the same time. If capturing your adventure is important to you, 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 32GB size or larger. Anything smaller and it will fill up too fast and take the fun out of the day.

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Best SD Card for GoPro: All Models

The best memory card depends on a number of factors. Not all memory cards will work in all cameras. And some have limits on the capacity it can read.

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.

Following the chart, you’ll find our specific 3 microSD card recommendations for each model.

The Best GoPro microSD Cards: Chart

ModelBrandCardUHS Speed ClassCapacity
Hero8 BlackSanDisk ExtremeUHS-1/U3 (V30)256GB
Max 360SanDisk ExtremeUHS-1/U3 (V30)256GB
Hero7 BlackSamsung Evo SelectUHS-1/U3256GB
Hero7 SilverSanDisk Extreme ProUHS-1/U3 (V30)128GB
Hero7 WhiteSanDisk Extreme ProUHS-1/U3 (V30)128GB
Fusion 360
SanDisk ExtremeUHS-1/U3 (V30)64GB
Hero (2018)SanDisk ExtremeUHS-1/U3 (V30)64GB
Hero6 BlackSanDisk ExtremeUHS-1/U3 (V30)64GB
Hero5 BlackSanDisk ExtremeUHS-1/U3 (V30)64GB
Hero5 SessionSanDisk ExtremeUHS-1/U3 (V30)64GB
Hero4 BlackSanDisk ExtremeUHS-1/U3 (V30)64GB
Hero4 Silver
SanDisk ExtremeUHS-1/U3 (V30)64GB
Hero SessionSanDisk ExtremeUHS-1/U3 (V30)64GB

Best SD Card: GoPro Hero8 Black

This is my favorite model. It is fast, shoots super high (and smooth resolution) and accepts the monster 256GB card. You can shoot over 7.5 hours of 4K video on this card!

  • Recommended micro SD Card: SanDisk Extreme SDSQXA1-256G-GN6MA  
  • Speed: UHS-1/U3 – V30 (160MB/s read speed / 90MB/s write speed)
  • Capacity: 256GB
  • File System: MicroSDXC
  • Rated A2 (faster loading and in app performance)

Other options: Samsung Evo Select 256GB and PNY U3 Pro Elite


Best SD Card: GoPro MAX 360

The new MAX is different than the original Fusion 360 camera. In this model, you only need one microSD card – where the older Fusion required two.

  • Recommended micro SD Card: SanDisk Extreme SDSQXA1-256G-GN6MA  
  • Speed: UHS-1/U3 – V30 (160MB/s read speed / 90MB/s write speed)
  • Capacity: 256GB
  • File System: MicroSDXC
  • Rated A2 (faster loading and in app performance)

Other option: PNY U3 Pro Elite and Samsung Evo Select 256GB


Best SD Card: GoPro Hero7 Black

Like the Hero8 Black, this camera also accepts the huge 256GB card. You can shoot 153 videos in 4K (3 minute average). Or a whopping 71,000 photos!

  • Recommended micro SD Card: Samsung EVO Select MB-MC256GA/AM
  • Speed: UHS-1/U3 (100MB/s read speed / 90MB/s write speed)
  • Capacity: 256GB
  • File System: MicroSDXC

Other options: SanDisk Extreme 256GB and PNY Elite-X 256GB


Best SD Card: GoPro Hero7 Silver

The Hero7 Silver and White accept up to 128GB microSD card. And it can hold almost 4 hours of 4K video! Or more than 35,000 photos.

  • Recommended micro SD Card: SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB SDSQXCY-128G-GN6MA
  • Speed: UHS-1/U3 – V30 (170MB/s read speed)
  • Capacity: 128GB
  • File System: MicroSDXC
  • Rated A2 (faster loading and in app performance)

Other options: Lexar Professional 128GB and Samsung Evo Select 128GB


Best SD Card: GoPro Hero7 White

  • Recommended micro SD Card: SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB SDSQXCY-128G-GN6MA
  • Speed: UHS-1/U3 – V30 (170MB/s read speed)
  • Capacity: 128GB
  • File System: MicroSDXC
  • Rated A2 (faster loading and in app performance)

Other options: Samsung Evo Select 128GB and  Lexar Professional 128GB


Best SD Card: GoPro Fusion 360

Don’t forget that the Fusion has 2 SD card slots. It’s best to buy matching specs for these two cards. You don’t want one to run out of space before the other. And you definitely don’t want different speeds – this could seriously affect your final footage.

  • Recommended micro SD Card: SanDisk Extreme 64GB SDSQXA2-064G-GN6MA
  • Speed: UHS-1/U3 – V30 (160MB/s read speed / 90MB/s write speed)
  • Capacity: 64GB
  • File System: MicroSDXC
  • Rated A2 (faster loading and in app performance)

Other options: SanDisk Extreme 32GB and Samsung EVO 128GB


Best SD Card: GoPro Hero (2018)

  • Recommended micro SD Card: SanDisk Extreme 64GB SDSQXA2-064G-GN6MA
  • Speed: UHS-1/U3 – V30 (160MB/s read speed / 90MB/s write speed)
  • Capacity: 64GB
  • File System: MicroSDXC
  • Rated A2 (faster loading and in app performance)

Other options: SanDisk Extreme 32GB and Lexar 32GB


Best SD Card: GoPro Hero6 Black

  • Recommended micro SD Card:  SanDisk Extreme 64GB SDSQXA2-064G-GN6MA
  • Speed: UHS-1/U3 – V30 (160MB/s read speed / 90MB/s write speed)
  • Capacity: 64GB
  • File System: MicroSDXC
  • Rated A2 (faster loading and in app performance)

Other options: SanDisk Extreme 32GB


Best SD Card: GoPro Hero5 Black

  • Recommended micro SD Card:  SanDisk Extreme 64GB SDSQXA2-064G-GN6MA
  • Speed: UHS-1/U3 – V30 (160MB/s read speed / 90MB/s write speed)
  • Capacity: 64GB
  • File System: MicroSDXC
  • Rated A2 (faster loading and in app performance)

Other options: SanDisk Extreme 32GB and Lexar 32GB

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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 Hero8, Hero7, Hero6, or Hero5 camera.

If you’re familiar with your camera, here’s how to format the card: Menu > Preferences > Reset > Format SD Card

Here is the step by step instructions.

  1. With the camera on, swipe down to view Menu.
  2. Tap Preferences.
  3. Scroll to bottom and tap Reset
  4. Tap Format SD Card (Top option)
  5. Tap Format (confirming that you’ll delete all your files and reformat the card).

Congratulations! You just formatted your microSD card with your GoPro camera.

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?

  • FAT32: This is the recommended file system for SD and SDHC memory cards. It is limited to a 4GB size for individual files.
  • exFAT: 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.

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 cards. Memory cards with 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-I vs UHS-II

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.
  • Express can have read speeds up to 985 MB/s.

You’ll know right away that a card is not UHS-I because of the price. The UHS-II cards will be 2 to 4 times higher than equivalent capacity cards (in UHS-I speed). Most GoPro models can’t benefit from this higher speed, at least not yet.

Speed Class, U1, U3, V30, V60, V90

These U and V ratings have basically replaced the Class ratings (Class 4, Class 10).

  • Speed Class: Class 10 is the highest Speed Class and is now somewhat outdated. Watch for
  • UHS Speed Class: measured by U1 and U3. U1 corresponds to Class 10 and writes a minimum sequential speed of 10MB/sec.
  • Video Speed Class: This is the newest measure of speed. 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 are using 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 inside your GoPro camera. But if you want a microSD card that can serve another function, this might matter to you.

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: Learn about GoPro LRV and THM Files (And How to Use Them)

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Your Turn

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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Bryan Haines is co-editor of ClickLikeThis: GoPro tutorial blog. He is a travel blogger and content marketer. He is also co-founder of GringosAbroad (Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands). Work with ClickLikeThis.

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