Are you looking for the best memory card for GoPro Hero 7? Our guide will help you to get the most out of your action camera.
In September 2018, GoPro launched its Hero 7 line of action cameras: Hero 7 Black, Hero 7 Silver, and Hero 7 White. Offering differing levels of performance, the cameras were a step up for the brand, putting them back in the running for leadership in the action camera market, following a year of detrimental setbacks. A number of new features, alongside competitive price points, gave GoPro just the lift they needed to make a comeback.
With so many memory cards on the market, it can be difficult choosing which one is right for your action camera. From a range of sizes to different transfer speeds, our guide is in place to help you pick the best card for your GoPro Hero 7.
Do I need a microSD card for GoPro Hero 7?
The GoPro Hero 7 does not come with internal storage built-in, so therefore in order to capture and save content, you will need to install a microSD card.
Can I use an SD card on GoPro Hero 7?
To put it simply, no. Only microSD cards can be used with the GoPro Hero 7. The size of the single card slot is only compatible with the size of a microSD card, meaning that miniSD cards and SD cards are not compatible with the Hero 7. In saying that, you will need an SD Card Adapter or memory card reader in order to transfer files from your GoPro to your computer. Many microSD cards come with a compatible SD adapter so you will be able to transfer files with ease.
How to choose the correct memory card:
To achieve the best results with your GoPro, it’s extremely important to choose the correct microSD cards that will work well with your camera. However, it’s important to note that not every microSD on the market will work well with your GoPro model. For example, if the card is too slow, it may result in errors with video recording and end up erasing all of your footage.
There is always a risk that if your microSD card isn’t up to requirements, that you could encounter error messages or loss of data. Whenever a GoPro crashes or freezes it’s usually always down to the card that is being used.
When it comes to action cameras, the speed class of a memory card is very important. The write speed really affects the performance in video mode, as when recording video, the device needs to actually save a steady stream of data. This is exactly what you are expecting a GoPro camera to do whilst filming video at high resolutions. Therefore, GoPro has recommended microSD cards with at least a Class 10 or UHS-I rating for the optimal performance of GoPro Hero 7 cameras.
Which microSD cards does the GoPro Hero 7 support?
The GoPro Hero 7 supports the following types of microSD cards:
- microSDHC (16GB-32GB)
- microSDXC (64GB and above)
To ensure your camera reaches its full potential, we want to make sure you’re kitted out with the best memory cards. There are several cards that work well, so to help you out, we have rounded up the best memory cards for the GoPro Hero 7:
The SanDisk Extreme line is a great choice for use in any of GoPros latest models. This card has been officially recommended by GoPro in their Works with GoPro Guide. Specifically designed for action cameras, ultra-fast read and write speeds of up to 160MB/s and 90MB/s, means you can make the most out of your device’s abilities. £24.99 at MyMemory.
Looking for a high-quality card that won’t break the bank? Then the MyMemory High Speed V10 is the card for you. With transfer speeds of up to 100MB/s, this card offers a great balance of speed and capacity, at just a fraction of the price of other cards. This card provides astonishing performance and reliability, so you can be confident that each memory will be safe. £13.99 at MyMemory
With up to 256GB, you can get the most out of your GoPro by storing more content than ever before. Gone are the days when you had to switch out cards in the middle of shooting. Powerful in performance, speed and durability, this card is designed for reliability when shooting and developing high-resolution photos or filming and editing full HD videos. £32.99 at MyMemory.
Looking for a card with lower storage capacity? The SanDisk 32GB Extreme V30 microSD card offers you extreme memory to optimise your Action Camera’s performance, whilst providing plenty of space. It is built for extreme conditions so you can enjoy your adventures without worrying about the durability of your memory card. £12.99 at MyMemory.
The Integral UltimaPRO microSD card is a great contender for a mid-range storage option. Whether you are a professional or amateur GoPro user, this card provides performance you can trust. It features fast transfer speeds alongside reliability so you can capture, transfer, and share more adventures on the go. £18.99 at MyMemory.
The SanDisk Extreme Pro line of memory cards offers super-fast speeds for the ultimate performance. If you are looking for a top of the line card for your high-spec action camera, then this is it. These cards are durability-tested to protect your memories from life’s mishaps and perfect for the tough conditions a GoPro is put through. £18.99 at MyMemory.
What cards work with the GoPro Hero 7 Silver and White?
The Hero 7 Silver and Hero 7 White both feature different levels of performance to that of the Hero 7 Black, including video capabilities. As the two cameras have lower video capabilities, this means that they are able to support several memory cards with slower write speeds that wouldn’t necessarily work with the Hero 7 Black. Having said that, we would still advise sticking to the cards recommended in the guide above to get the full benefit of specs.
How to format a microSD card in your GoPro Hero 7:
For best results, GoPro recommends that you regularly format your microSD cards. It’s worth formatting your memory card in your GoPro camera rather than with a computer, as it’s the best way to make sure the card is prepped and ready to properly communicate with the camera. Check out GoPro’s demonstration video showing you how to format your SD card.
Our top recommendations:
All of MyMemory’s top recommendations will give you the speed and space you need to capture more adventure on the go. It is very important to choose a reasonably fast SD card in order for your GoPro to be able to cope with the data that needs to be written to the card when recording video or capturing images.
Are you still looking for a card? Head to our website now to find our full range of memory cards for the GoPro Hero 7.
Editors Note: Originally published 28 September 2018 at 14:35 PM, updated 21 January 2020 at 15:15 PM
Cover image source: Adventure Magazine