Ever been in that dreadful movement when you are about to capture the most opportunistic moment, or shoot a scenic video but had to face that memory full humiliation. Been there done that. That is the reason many professionals carry a bunch of memory cards, Especially GoPro camera owners and quite rightly so. With continuous shooting, there is no denying that you may quickly fill up the memory and it is suggested to carry an SD card or two with you at all times.
For the best results, it is a must that you have the correct memory card, as not all SD cards in the market are compatible with GoPro cameras. Speed always matters when you are using SD cards for action cameras. You may use other cards but get ready for serious performance issues then.
To make sure you do not face any troubles in your shooting adventures, I have compiled a list of SD Cards that will serve as a loyal companion for your GoPro cameras and certainly will not betray you at the eleventh hour.
1. SanDisk 128gb Extreme A2 V30 Micro SD Card
Our Rating: 9.8/10
- High Read Speeds and greater capacity
- Comes in a 1TB version too
- Environmental Hazard Protection
- Double pricier than Samsung Evo
- The write speed is similar as others
Read Speed: Up to 170MB/s | Write Speed: Up to 90MB/s | Capacity: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB | Form Factor: SDHC, SDXC | Video Speed: C10, U3, V30
SanDisk has recently refreshed its Extreme Series of Micro SD cards. The extreme series cards are fast, reliable, price perfect and needless to say, the best bet for a multitude of uses, especially being a guest peripheral in one of the latest GoPros. This card has even been officially recommended by Go Pro to be used with their cameras. It is the most ideal choice to use them with any of the latest Go Pro Cameras. In fact, Go Pro often bundles them with their cameras.
The Super-fast SanDisk Extreme V30 has the read speeds of 160MB/s and write speeds up to 90MB/s and an additional A2 rating means they provide exceptional high-speed performance for your action cam. The Extreme V30 is ideal for capturing moments in 4K clarity. I personally use this for all my outdoor adventures, trips, long travels, and sports events, basically everywhere I want to capture Ultra High Definition video without skipping any frame.
The Ultra-High-Speed (UHS) class 3 or U3 and Video speed Class 30 or V30 allows uninterrupted 4K video recording. The extreme series is blazing fast for 4K at 60 and 1080 at 240. They are extremely cost-effective and SanDisk has recently has upgraded its Extreme Lineup with 400GB, 512 GB and 1TB versions.
If you want a top of the line SanDisk product with the confidence to use the same card even if you upgrade your camera, The Extreme V30 Micro SD cards are the perfect fit for you.
2. Lexar 1000x U3 UHS-II
Our Rating: 9.5/10
- Has Remarkable Sequential Performance
- Comes with a large capacity point
- Lifetime Warranty
- Slower random write speeds
- Hefty price tag as compared to other similar ranges
Read Speed: Up to 150MB/s | Write Speed: Up to 90MB/s | Capacity:128GB, | Form Factor: SDXC | Video Speed: C10, U3, V60
Lexar underwent a corporate upheaval just recently in 2017. Their presence had been faltering until recently when they came under new ownership. Being a Lexar user myself I must say, their products had never disappointed me. Class, quality and performance have always been the top priorities for Lexar and the latest 1000x addition to its family is no exception. Lexar promises to reach fairly high read and write speeds 150MB/s and 90MB/s respectively. It comes in 256GB options as well allowing you to record up to 36hours of HD video.
The perfect blend of performance and capacity makes it just the right solution for a horde of applications especially video recording in high and ultra-high definition. It is ideal for consumers who use drones and action cameras like GoPros as they have less chance to switch memory cards between the actions. Lexar 1000x series has successfully completed the ‘Works with GoPro’ verification process. It also comes with a downloadable copy of Image rescue, a complimentary software that helps to recover erased or corrupted videos. Lexar also backs this card with a lifetime warranty.
Overall the Lexar 1000x is a welcome addition to the Lexar family and to the SD card family in general but all the quality, class and quirks do not come light as the Lexar Professional 1000x comes with a hefty price tag of $260. It may appeal to professionals who require high quality and high-speed storage all the time, every time. For us amateurs, it may be a little out of our league.
3. Samsung EVO Plus
Our Rating: 9.2/10
- Durable material
- IPX7 rating gives it waterproof protection
- Cheap enough to be bought in bulk
- The High Capacity 256GB version comes in older class 10 UHS-I
- No accompanying applications with it
Read Speed: Up to 95MB/s | Write Speed: Up to 90MB/s | Capacity:128GB, 256GB, 512GB| Form Factor: SDXC, SDHC | Video Speed: C10, U1, Grade 3
While Samsung Evo Plus may be a top choice for point and shoot cameras, it is especially suitable for GoPro users. We all know GoPros are more common in the more thrilling, Zealous and adrenaline Junkies amongst us and they often use them for prolonged video recording sessions like a snow ride downward a mountain or a bike ride on rough terrain. This type of video sessions occupies more memory not to mention very quickly. The Evo Select is fast and equipped to handle 4K recording with blazing read and write speeds. You can transfer your content to PC or other devices from you Go Pro in a snap, thanks to the blazing read speeds of up to 100MB/s and write speeds of up to 90MB/s.
It is important to know that you must opt for a class 10 UHS 3 if 4K shooting is what you will be doing the most and here is a little secret you might not know already. The 64GB and 128GB versions of the Evo Select are faster in terms of performance as compared to the 32GB and 256GB. This is due to that the former are class 10UHS 3 while the later belong to class 10 UHS-I.
I would personally recommend the Evo Plus as it can do justice perfectly well to the capacity as well as the performance requirement of any GoPro user.
The Evo doesn’t lack in the durability department too. According to Samsung, it has “4-proof protection as well as an IPX7 waterproof protection rating as well. Now that’s rare in a memory card. Additionally, it has an operating temperature range of -25 degrees Celsius to up to 85 degrees Celsius making it an ideal card to be used at both extremes of the weather.
In all, the Evo Select is a worthwhile purchase, especially if you are going to take full advantage of the GoPro ’s 4K recording capabilities.
4. Delkin 64GB microSDXC 1900X
Our Rating: 9/10
- Backward compatible with UHS-I devices
- Double row of pins allow very high speeds of recording
- Higher price range
- It may not be ideal for smartphones
Read Speed: Up to 285MB/s | Write Speed: Up to 100MB/s | Capacity: 64GB | Form Factor: SDXC | Video Speed: C10, U3, V60
The Delkin Devices 1900x micro SD card delivers blazing fast speeds capable of taking on the most demanding shooting challenges of today’s drones and action cameras including 4K and HDR as well as high-speed video recording. The Video Speed Class 60 (V60) rating and with the two rows of pins, the Delkin 1900x boasts lightning fast speeds that exceed 100MB/s making it a perfect companion for professional videographers.
The Delkin 1900x ensures a continuous write speed of 60MB/s that allows for multi-file recording for data to be safely and quickly written to the card. This includes HD video recording, RAW images multiple videos feeds and what not.
The card also offers lightning-fast transfer rates of up to 285MB/s ensuring a streamlined and quick data transfer from your card to your PC. Maybe a little expensive for a few of us out there but a perfect requirement for any professional who wants to add this card to their already extensive collection of fast SD cards.
5. SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC and SDXC
Our Rating: 8.8/10
- Same high performance as the SD counterparts
- Comes with an SD card reader and RescuePro
- The naming and versions may get a bit overwhelming for some
- Price may be higher than the others
Read Speed: Up to 170MB/s | Write Speed: Up to 90MB/s | Capacity: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB | Form Factor: SDHC, SDXC | Video Speed: C10, U3, V30
The SanDisk’s Extreme Pro is the flagship Top-of-the-line range. They are ‘extremely’ fast than the extreme and extreme Plus range of cards. Due to their speed and reliability, I prefer these as my go-to cards all the time.
Despite their high price point, they do justice every time I put them in my GoPro. The latest Extreme Pro comes in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 400GB capacities with V30 and A2. It also brings the Pro level performance to the micro SD level.
It supports UHS-I and UHS class 3(U3) rating allowing it to sustain at least 30MB/s writing speed essential for 4K video recording. The Extreme Pro SDHC reaches up to 170MB/s read speed and up to 90MB/s write speeds.
The shot speeds of 90MB/s allow for capturing stunning high-res and shutter-free 4K video. The Video Speed Class 30 (V30) lets you capture sequential burst mode shots without skipping a beat. The SDHC versions come in the 16GB and 32GB capacities whereas the SDXC come in extended capacities of 64GB or higher. Just like the first one in this list, the Extreme Pro also comes with RescuePro data recovery software that makes it extremely easy to recover accidentally deleted files.
In all the Extreme Pro Micro SD packs all the necessary punches. You must be wondering why it still landed the number 5 position on my list. Well, no thanks to the price point. But if performance is what you long for, do not steer away from this one.
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