Posted: 21. December 2018 at 10:01 CET
Popular action cams GoPro Hero 5 Black and Hero 5 Session use micro SD memory cards to store videos and still images. In this post we’ll give recommendations to help you find the best memory card. Everything below also applies to more recent models like the Hero 6 Black and GoPro’s 2018 offerings Hero 7 Black, Hero 7 Silver and Hero 7 White.
For all current Heros, GoPro lists 128GB as the maximum usable memory card. Larger cards (256GB and 400GB) may also work.
Tip: If your memory card is not recognized by the GoPro Hero, try formatting it in camera. To do so, open the menu by sliding down from the top of the screen, tap Preferences, scroll down to the Reset section and select Format SD Card.
Hero 5 Black, Hero 6 and Hero 7 Black have the memory card slot on the camera’s underside next to the battery. Insert the card so that the contacts point down and the printed side faces the battery:
With the Hero Session / Hero 5 Session, the card is inserted into a compartment at the left side of the camera body next to the USB port:
Same applies to the Hero 7 Silver and Hero 7 White. Both cameras do not have the Hero 7 Black’s removable battery and are missing the cover on the underside of the body.
All recent GoPro action cams will record video with a maximum resolution of 4K, i.e. with 3.840 x 2.160 Pixels. Exceptions are the Hero 2018, the Hero 5 Session, the Hero Session and the Hero 7 White which will only record 1.440p video. GoPro generally recommends using a card of speed class U3 (sometimes also designated V30 or Class 30). Those cards are fast enough and will not slow the camera down when shooting 4K video and high FPS photo sequences.
4K video consumes up to 500 – 800 MB of memory per minute. You should use a card with at least 64 GB capacity which will offer enough space for at least one hour to ninety minutes of video plus room to spare for still images, time lapse recordings etc.
Our standing recommendation is the Sandisk Extreme U3 / V30 with 64 GB (click image for pricing and availability):
If you only plan to record Full HD video (1.920 x 1.080 Pixels), a slower and cheaper card can be used. Our recommendation for this scenario would be the Sandisk Ultra Class 10.
UHS-II cards cost like 3-4 times as much as the standard UHS-I card recommended above. While those cards do work in a GoPro Hero, the camera does not use the faster UHS-II interface and will continue to record at UHS-I speeds.
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