UPDATED: Top 5 memory cards for the GoPro Hero5

GoPro Hero5

GoPro Hero5

GOPRO HERO5 Black is the newest addition to the plethora of action cameras from the influential U.S. company now synonymous with the category. HERO5 Black is the first device to be waterproof without a case and will shoot video using the power of your voice.

If you’re an adrenaline junkie who thrives off cliff jumping, deep sea diving with sharks or cycling cross country across rough terrains, then you’ll probably have a GoPro strapped somewhere to your body to capture those death-defying moments.

What does this new addition to the GoPro family have to offer?

Well, it’s the most expensive action cam to date, features a 2-inch touchscreen, 4K video capture at 30fps, a 12-megapixel camera, image stabilisation and GPS.

Perhaps the biggest improvement comes courtesy of the new rubberised design that makes the GoPro Hero 5 Black the first GoPro to be completely waterproof (to a depth of 33 feet) without a separate housing.

There are also three embedded microphones that no longer suffer from the muffled sound wrought by a waterproof casing. Better still, the GoPro software cleverly picks the best sound from each microphone actively when you record, so your audio should always sound great. Plus, it records audio in full stereo.

SD Card speed explained

SD speeds are measured in ‘speed classes’. There are four different speed classes: 10, 6, 4 and 2 (10 being the fastest, 2 the slowest). The number of the speed class refers to the minimum sustained write speed of the SD card. There are also two Ultra High Speed classes, which are designed for professional use.

Choosing the right memory card:

Why should you care?

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 recommends SD cards with at least a Class 10 or UHS-I rating for the optimal performance of GoPro Hero5 cameras.

There is always a danger that if your SD card isn’t up to it 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’s being used.

The 5 Best SD Cards for GoPro

  • Samsung 64GB EVO Plus Micro SDXC UHS-I U1 Class 10 – 80MB/s
  • Lexar 128GB Professional 1000x Micro SDXC UHS-II U3 Card – 150 MB/s
  • Samsung 64GB Pro Flash microSDXC UHS-3 Class 10 – 90 MB/s
  • Toshiba 128GB Exceria Micro SDXC 4K Card with Adapter UHS-I U3 – 90 MB/s
  • Lexar 200GB 633x High Performance Micro SDXC UHS-I U1 Card – 95 MB/s

So, which one?

Samsung 64GB EVO Plus Micro SDXC UHS-I U1 Class 10 – 80MB/s

Samsung 64GB Evo Plus Micro SDXC

Keeping your precious memories safe is vital. Samsung’s high-performance, stylish and secure memory cards ensure that every shot you take is captured and kept safe and secure. EVO Plus cards offer greater capacity and higher transfer speeds, making it excellent for video recording and playback in Full HD.

Lexar 128GB Professional 1000x Micro SDXC UHS-II U3 Card – 150MB/s

Lexar Professional 100x microSDHC and microSDXC UHS-II cards let you quickly capture, play back, and transfer multimedia files, including 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video, with a read transfer speed up to 1000x (150MB/s). The cards leverage UHS-II technology (UHS Speed Class 3 (U3)) for high-speed performance, and include a microSD UHS-II USB 3.0 reader for high-speed file transfer.

Samsung 64GB Pro Flash microSDXC UHS-3 Class10 – 90MBs

Samsung 128GB Pro Micro SDXC

This high-performance memory card delivers extremely fast read speeds of up to 90 MB/s for quick transfer of high-resolution photos and videos and is UHS-3 enabled for Full HD and 3D video recording. Waterproof, temperature proof, shockproof, magnet proof, and X-ray proof, this reliable memory card ensures that memories of your vacation, wedding, or child’s graduation remain safe.

Toshiba 128GB Exceria Micro SDXC 4K Card with Adapter UHS-I U3 – 90MB/s

Toshiba Exceria 128GB Micro SDCX 

A Toshiba Exceria microSD card is the card you need if you want to record Full HD videos on your smartphone, tablet or sports camera. Designed for outdoor usage, the series is waterproof, shockproof and x-ray proof. Because of the fast read-write speeds, you get smooth Full HD video recording, quick loading of apps and fast continuous photography. To round out the picture, the Exceria microSD card series comes with an SD card adaptor so you can quickly transfer and share your valuable memories.

Lexar 200GB 633x High Performance Micro SDXC UHS-I U1 Card – 95MB/s

Lexar 200GB 633x High Performance Micro SDXC

Designed for your sports camcorder, tablet, or smartphone, Lexar High-Performance 633x microSDHC / microSDXC UHS-I cards make it easy to quickly capture play back, and transfer 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video, as well as the highest-quality movies, photos, and songs. These high-capacity, Class 10 cards leverage UHS-I technology to deliver high-speed performance, up to 633x (95MB/s).The cards also come with a USB 3.0 reader for high-speed file transfer. These premium memory solutions give you the speed and space you need to capture more adventure on the go.

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    • Hey Carl

      A couple of suggestions would be to format the memory card and update your GoPro’s firmware.

      Give that a go and let us know how you get on!


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