Choosing the right memory card for GoPro cameras has been a rollercoaster ride over the years.
Different brands of memory cards use different types of flash and various types of memory controllers and getting the wrong card could cause crazy issues like battery drains, startup crashes or even glitches with the Karma gimbal.
I’ve been testing microSD cards in GoPro cameras for a few years now so use this guide to find the best card for your GoPro.
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What is the Best SD Card For GoPro?
The best SD memory card for any GoPro camera including the GoPro Max 360 is the Sandisk Extreme.
The Sandisk Extreme memory cards are the cards GoPro offers with their cameras, and they are backward compatible to even the oldest of GoPro cameras when they first started using microSD.
If you want to buy a different card besides the Sandisk Extreme you should check out each guide for your camera to make sure there are no compatibility issues.
|Camera Model||Max Size|
|GoPro Hero 8||256GB|
|GoPro Hero 2018||128GB|
|GoPro Hero 7||128GB|
|GoPro Hero 6||256GB|
|GoPro Hero 5||128GB|
Max sizes come from the GoPro user manual. Keep in mind that not all memory cards were working correctly when running at their max size.
GoPro changed up their hardware quite a bit between the 6 and the 7 which is why it likely dropped again to 128GB. There were rumors they were going to switch from Ambarella to Qualcomm but I never heard anything more than rumors.
Performance across the board and memory card compatibility did improve dramatically with the Hero 7 Black so they definitely upgraded something.
What Size Memory Card Can I Use For GoPro?
The size of the memory card you can use for your GoPro depends on which model you have.
New GoPro cameras can use memory cards up to 256GB.
Older GoPro cameras such as the GoPro Hero7 could use 256GB memory cards but there was a potential that they would cause problems when mounted to the Karma gimbal and you would have to drop down to a 64GB memory card.
What Size Memory Card Is Best?
To figure out what size memory card you might need for your needs, here are a few tips.
It will take you about two batteries to use a 64GB card with a GoPro Hero7. This means, if you only have two batteries, you might not ever be able to use more than a 64GB card in a single session.
However, it might still be a good idea to go bigger just in case you ever forget to backup your data before going out to shoot again. I’ve had that happen and it ruined my ability to shoot for the day. This is why I’m now using 128GB cards.
GoPro Hero Record Times | Chart
Here is a handy chart on record times with the different record formats.
On the new GoPro Hero 8, you have an option to record at a higher bitrate or a lower bitrate. The camera defaults to a lower bitrate on many of the preset so make sure you turn that up when programming your own recording preset.
Times are in minutes.
|4k||30 / 24||67 Mbps||64||127||255|
|2.7k||30 / 24||45 Mbps||95||190||379|
|1080||60 / 30 / 24||45 Mbps||95||190||379|
Recommended Accessories For GoPro
If you’re looking for some nice accessories for your GoPro check out this guide to the must-have accessories for GoPro.