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What's the Best GoPro Memory Card?

Updated on August 1, 2014

Save Money and Get the Best GoPro Memory Card for Your Camera

Your memory card should be as reliable as your camera. GoPro cameras can shoot videos and photos automatically while you ride, surf, drive, ski, skate or engage in virtually any activity. But if your memory card can't keep up with your camera, it means trouble. For the best results with your GoPro, a memory card should have a fast enough "write speed" to capture all the action and enough memory so it doesn't fill up halfway through your adventure. Here are some recommendations about the best SD memory cards for your GoPro camera and some tips on saving money.

2013 UPDATE: Please note that the new Hero3 cameras require a microSD card. The earlier models use an SD card. This page includes recommendations for both type of cards.

(Image: SanDisk Class 10 SD card available from Amazon. See link below)

What GoPro Recommends for Hero2 and Earlier Models - SanDisk 32 GB Class 10 SD Card

If you check the official GoPro website, you'll see that they recommend either a 16 GB or 32 GB SanDisk Class 10 SD card for the GoPro Hero2 and earlier models. The card's class is an important distinction because it determines how fast images can actually be written to the card. A Class 10 card has a faster write speed than a Class 4 card, which is what many people purchase because they're cheaper. The speed, however, becomes extremely important if you're shooting HD video or a 10fps burst. The camera can only capture the images fully and correctly if the card can write them that quickly, so you may lose images if you have the wrong card.

If you buy the SanDisk SD card through the GoPro website, you'll pay the full retail price of $79.99. But you can get it for less than half that price by purchasing it through Amazon. (Prices as of this writing. Visit the websites to check for any pricing changes.)

SanDisk Extreme 32 GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Flash Memory Card 45MB/s (SDSDX-032G-X46)
SanDisk Extreme 32 GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Flash Memory Card 45MB/s (SDSDX-032G-X46)

Product description: Get more from your DSLR or HD camcorder with the SanDisk Extreme SDHC UHS-I 32 GB Memory Card. This card is an ideal choice for photo enthusiasts, pro photographers, or anyone wanting to capture precise shots and Full HD video. The card delivers read and write speeds of up to 45 MB/s, so you'll spend less time waiting for photos to load and more time capturing the perfect shot. It also offers Class 10 and U1 (UHS Speed Class 1) speed class ratings for high video performance. And thanks to the memory card's 32 GB of storage space, you can keep your camera rolling without having to switch to another card.

 

Another GoPro Memory Card Option for Hero2 Cameras - Cheaper than SanDisk

SanDisk is a trusted name in memory cards, but sometimes you can get similar quality for less money if you go with a lesser-known brand. In this case, the brand is Amazon. Yes, Amazon has their own branded memory cards, and customers love them. The AmazonBasics SDHC Class 10 card has an average 4-star rating with over 450 reviews. I own two of these cards and use them in both my DSLR and my underwater cameras with great results. These cards are the same Class 10 speed class as the SanDisk cards and have the same 32 GB of memory, but there's a fraction of the price. The 32 GB card can hold of 1080p video or 2480 18 MP still photos.

Memory Card for GoPro Hero3 - The new Hero3 cameras use a microSD card

As noted above, GoPro sells SanDisk memory cards on their site. For the Hero3, they recommend the class 10 SanDisk 64GB Ultra microSDXC due to its quick write speed. But if you buy the card directly from GoPro, they charge the suggested retail price. Amazon, on the other hand, offers a nice discount, and the card is eligible for free shipping.

SanDisk Ultra 64GB Class 10 Micro SDXC Memory Card Up To 30MB/s With Adapter, Frustration-Free Packaging - SDSDQU-064G-AFFP-A [Old Version]
SanDisk Ultra 64GB Class 10 Micro SDXC Memory Card Up To 30MB/s With Adapter, Frustration-Free Packaging - SDSDQU-064G-AFFP-A [Old Version]

Product features:

- Reformat into file system other than exFAT may cause instability

- Only compatible with SDXC enabled device in exFAT format per SD Standard

- Highest Full HD video recording performance available with class 10 rating

- Ideal for Android, other smartphones and tablets

- UHS-1 enabled

- Faster app performance with transfer speeds up to 30MB/s

- Water-proof, temperature proof, X-ray proof, shock proof

 

A Class 10 SD card is the best GoPro memory card choice for older models. Newer models (all the GoPro HERO3 models) require a microSD card.

More 32 GB Class 10 SD Cards - See what else is available

SanDisk and Amazon obviously aren't the only SD card brands available. Here are some other choices.

32 GB Class 10 Memory Cards on eBay - Sometimes you can find better deals on eBay

If you're really looking for a bargain, eBay can be the place to go. You'll find plenty of merchants here with low prices. Just be sure to check their ratings and only buy from someone with a lot of positive feedback.

GoPro Hero2 - See it in action

This video clip from GoPro has some great footage of the Hero2 in action.

What GoPro Memory Card Do You Use? - Please leave a comment in the guestbook!

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      GoProFanatics 3 years ago

      I have a couple Hero3 Black Editions and both are using the Transcend 32GB Class10 Memory Card with a 45 MB/s write speed. The product code is TS32GUSDU1E. I have had zero issues with this card in any video mode including 4K and any picture mode including the 30 second burst. It is also a very inexpensive card option.

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Boston

      I never knew that I had to pay attention to the class of the memory card. I always just worried about capacity. Now I know why my new camera is slower than it should be. Thanks!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Great information. I am totally clueless about memory cards and only have one for my current camera and it's not large enough.