Wondering what’s the perfect MicroSD card size for your GoPro? Well, there’s no simple answer to this query. It all depends upon your own needs & requirements, and what storage size your GoPro model supports.

In this post, I’ve tried to make things easy for you if you’re confused about which microSD card size and model to choose. You’ll also get full information about how long can your SD card record.

So, let’s get started.

Recommended Size for GoPro SD Card


Most GoPro devices require a microSD card with at least Class 10 or UHS-1 rating, the only exception being GoPro Hero 10 which requires a minimum of V30 or UHS-3 rating.

Here’s the list of SD Card sizes compatible with different GoPro models.

GoPro Hero 10 Black SD Card Size

  • The GoPro Hero 10 Black works best with microSD cards having up to 512 GB storage size.

GoPro Hero 9 Black SD Card Size

  • The GoPro Hero 9 Black supports microSD cards with up to 512 GB storage size.

GoPro Hero 8 Black & GoPro Max SD Card Size

  • Both GoPro Hero 8 Black & GoPro Max support microSD cards of storage size up to 256 GB.

GoPro Hero 7 Black / Silver / White SD Card Size

  • The GoPro Hero 7 Black supports microSD cards with a storage size of up to 256 GB.
  • The Silver and White variants of Hero 7, on the other hand, are compatible with cards only up to 128GB.

GoPro Hero (2018), Hero 6 Black, Hero 5 Black, Fusion, Hero 4 (Black & Silver) & Session Cameras

  • All these GoPros: GoPro Hero (2018), Hero 6 Black, Hero 5 Black, Fusion, Hero 4 (Black & Silver) & Session support microSD cards with storage size up to 128GB.

GoPro Hero 3, Hero 3+, Hero+ & Hero+ LCD

  • The GoPro Hero 3, Hero 3+, Hero+ & Hero+ LCD are compatible with microSD cards up to 64GB

GoPro Hero (2014) and Older Models

  • GoPro Hero (2014) and older models support microSD cards with storage sizes only up to 32GB.

Recommended SD Cards for GoPro


You need to consider several factors when choosing the best microSD card for your requirements, including capacity, write speeds, reliability, and cost. There are two Sd card types – SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) and SDXC (Secure Digital Extended Capacity). The only major difference between the two is the 32GB threshold. SDHC cards are found in 32GB and lower capacity, and SDXC are typically 64GB and above.

When it comes to the write speed or speed class of the microSD card for your GoPro, the company recommends a minimum of Class 10 for most models. the newer Class 10 cards may also have a UHS (Ultra-high Speed) or VSC (Video Speed Class) classification. The newer GoPro Hero 10 supports a minimum V30 or UHS-3 rating.

Here are the two micro SD cards that GoPro officially recommends:

SanDisk Extreme microSD Card

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SanDisk 256GB Extreme microSDXC...
  • Up to 160MB/s read speeds to save time transferring high res images and 4K UHD...
  • Up to 90MB/s write speeds for fast shooting; Requires compatible devices capable of...
  • 4K UHD and Full HD Ready(2) with UHS speed class 3 (U3) and video speed class 30...

The SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSD Card is the most popular microSD card on the market and a perfect choice for your GoPro. With amazing write speeds of up to 90 MB/s and read speeds of up to 160 MB/s, you can easily capture Full HD, and 4K video, as well as raw and burst photography with your GoPro action camera. It is ideal for recording extreme sports and other fast-action activities.

The SanDisk Extreme microSD Card is available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 400GB, 512GB and 1TB sizes. GoPro often bundles their cameras with a SanDisk Extreme microSD card and sells them on their official website GoPro.com. What’s more, this card features in their “Works with GoPro” certification program too.

SanDisk Extreme PRO microSD Card

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SanDisk 128GB Extreme PRO SDXC...
  • Shot speeds up to 90MB/s, transfer speeds up to 170MB/s [requires a compatible device...
  • Perfect for shooting 4K UHD video (1) and sequential burst mode photography, (1)Full...
  • Capture uninterrupted video with UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) and video Speed Class 30...

Easily one of the fastest UHS-I microSD cards around, the SanDisk Extreme Pro offers top-notch read (up to 170 MB/s) and write speeds (up to 90MB/s). Such speeds are great for burst mode photography, 4K video recording, and many other great features of your GoPro.

The SanDisk Extreme PRO microSD Card comes in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1 TB variants.

Number of Shots / Footage With Different SD Card Sizes


In this section, you’ll learn about the estimated number of photos/footage duration that fit various SD Card sizes. Please note that these figures are mere estimates that you can use as guides to have an idea of what to expect from each size variant.

How Long Can a 32GB SD Card Record?

  • Number of Pictures: 12,157
  • 5K (30fps) Video: 48 Mins
  • 4K (60fps) Video: 48 Mins.
  • 2.7K (120fps) Video: 48 Mins.
  • 2.7K (60fps) Video: 1:00 Hr.
  • 1080p (120fps) Video: 1:00 Hr.
  • 1080p (60fps) Video: 1:19 Hrs.
  • 720p (60fps) Video: 1:19 Hrs.
  • 720p (50fps) Video: 1:55 Hrs.

How Long Can a 64GB SD Card Record?

  • Number of Pictures: 24,337
  • 5K (30fps) Video: 1:37 Hrs.
  • 4K (60fps) Video: 1:37 Hrs.
  • 2.7K (120fps) Video: 1:37 Hrs.
  • 2.7K (60fps) Video: 2:06 Hrs.
  • 1080p (120fps) Video: 2:06 Hrs.
  • 1080p (60fps) Video: 2:38 Hrs.
  • 720p (60fps) Video: 2:38 Hrs.
  • 720p (50fps) Video: 3:50 Hrs.

How Long Can a 128GB SD Card Record?

  • Number of Pictures: 48,960
  • 5K (30fps) Video: 3:15 Hrs.
  • 4K (60fps) Video: 3:15 Hrs.
  • 2.7K (120fps) Video: 3:15 Hrs.
  • 2.7K (60fps) Video: 4:02 Hrs.
  • 1080p (120fps) Video: 4:02 Hrs.
  • 1080p (60fps) Video: 5:18 Hrs.
  • 720p (60fps) Video: 5:18 Hrs.
  • 720p (50fps) Video: 7:43 Hrs.

How Long Can a 256GB SD Card Record?

  • Number of Pictures: 97920
  • 5K (30fps) Video: 6:30 Hrs.
  • 4K (60fps) Video: 6:30 Hrs.
  • 2.7K (120fps) Video: 6:30 Hrs.
  • 2.7K (60fps) Video: 8:00 Hrs.
  • 1080p (120fps) Video: 8:00 Hrs.
  • 1080p (60fps) Video: 10:36 Hrs.
  • 720p (60fps) Video: 10:36 Hrs.
  • 720p (50fps) Video: 15:26 Hrs.

How Long Can a 512GB SD Card Record?

  • Number of Pictures: 195840
  • 5K (30fps) Video: 13:00 Hrs.
  • 4K (60fps) Video: 13:00 Hrs.
  • 2.7K (120fps) Video: 13:00 Hrs.
  • 2.7K (60fps) Video: 16:00 Hrs.
  • 1080p (120fps) Video: 16:00 Hrs.
  • 1080p (60fps) Video: 21:12 Hrs.
  • 720p (60fps) Video: 21:12 Hrs.
  • 720p (50fps) Video: 30:52 Hrs.

So, What SD Card Size is Best For My GoPro?


The best SD card size for your GoPro really depends on the model you’re using and the length of videos you are planning to record along with their resolution and frame rate. If you are planning on recording long 4K videos, then you should consider buying an SD card with a larger storage capacity (at least 128 GB).

I feel that 32GB or 64GB storage sizes are not enough as per today’s standards. Therefore, you should avoid low-capacity cards, especially if you don’t want to be annoyed by the ‘Storage Full’ sign often.

 

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