Memory cards hopefully never forget!
So, whether you have a GoPRO or any other camera that needs a microSD card you’ve come to the right place for that bit of extra info that might help you decide which microSD card / reader is best for you!
This is the microSD card I chose to use with my GoPRO Hero 6:
But before you commit, perhaps have a look at some key tips that I would recommend.
There are some key tips you need to think about when buying microSD cards.
1. Compatibility – It seems obvious but its really important! Make sure the type of microSD card that you’re getting is compatible / suitable with your camera. Easiest way to check really is with the manufacturer / brand of your camera, often in the instructions manual, or online. Some cameras will also have a limit to the size of microSD cards they can handle. I don’t know what the maximum for GoPRO is, but I know that the 128GB card I initially bought has been working fine so far!
2. Not all speed is the speed you need! – Read speed, write speed, speedy gonzales. Now in all seriousness, you need to think about what speed matters for you. When you look to purchase a microSD card, they’ll flash all types of numbers at you, but what really matter is what you want the microSD card for.
If recording video with the camera is of utmost importance, a higher write speed should be better in that it means the microSD can have data written on quickly!
The read speed on the other hand might come in useful if you need speed for the images / data to be taken off the microSD card sharpish, if you don’t mind waiting the extra few minutes (depending how much you’re transferring) for files to be copied i.e. read off the micro SD card, perhaps its not that important for you to have a card that has a high read speed.
3. How much space do you need?? – Another key decision factor is the size of the microSD card that you need and the comparing the prices for the various sizes of microSD cards that are available.
a) Capacity – think about what you’re asking the microSD card to store, is it 4k video? Ultra Hi-res photos? The official GoPRO website sells 32GB microSD cards in their accesories page, perhaps that’s a good place to start, but if you’re like me, you’d want to go for the higher capacity microSD cards so that you don’t have to worry about the space.
b) Some denominations of capacity just aren’t worth it. For example, price per GB microSD cards might be consistent e.g. for example, £30 for 32GB, £60 for 64GB, £90 for 128GB, however then suddenly £180 for 256GB. Logic dictates, if you really wanted 256GB, maybe getting x2 of 128GB microSD cards might be more cost effect, granted you’ll have to swap them over… but with 128Gb… thats unlikely to happen all that often, even if shooting 4k!.
As you can see from above, I went for a 128GB microSD card, and may consider buying a second one to be able to switch to in case I go on a long journey where I’m not able to transfer the data elsewhere.
Hope you found this post as a useful start to deciding which microSD card is for you!.
Other microSD cards you might want to consider: From Amazon.co.uk:
SanDisk Extreme Pro microSDXC Memory Card Plus SD Adapter up to 100 MB/s, Class 10, U3, V30, A1 – 64 GB