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GoPro HERO8 BLACK and MAX Cameras: Best MicroSD Cards

I created this memory guide based on information provided by GoPro for the GoPro HERO8 BLACK and MAX.

First, we will go over all the options in memory and in the next section I will cover read/write rates for each card.

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HERO8 Black Tech Specs

  • 4K60 1080p240 (Video)
  • 12MP (Stills)
  • 8x Slo-Mo
  • TimeWarp 2.0
  • HyperSmooth 2.0 + Boost
  • 1080p Live Streaming

MAX Tech Specs

  • 6K30 Source / 5.6K30 Stitched (Video)
  • 18MP Source / 16.6MP Stitched (Stills)
  • 2x Slo-Mo
  • Max TimeWarp
  • Max HyperSmooth
  • 1080p Live Streaming

GoPro HERO8 Black 4K Waterproof Action Camera Special Bundle

GoPro Hero8 Black Official Holiday Bundle - Includes Hero8 Black Camera Plus Shorty, Head Strap, 32GB SD Card, and 2 Rechargeable Batteries
  • Streamlined design: The reimagined shape is more pocketable, and folding fingers at the base let you swap mounts quickly. A new side door makes changing batteries even faster, and the lens is now 2x more impact resistant.
  • HyperSmooth 2. 0: Smooth just got smoother. Now Hero8 Black has three levels of stabilization—On, High and Boost—so you can pick the best option for whatever you do. Get the widest views possible, or boost it up to the smoothest video ever offered in a Hero camera. Plus, HyperSmooth 2. 0 works with all resolutions and frame rates, and features in-app horizon leveling.
  • TimeWarp 2.0: Capture super stabilized time lapse videos while you move through an activity. And now, TimeWarp 2.0 automatically adjusts speed based on motion, scene detection and lighting. You can even slow down the effect to real time—savoring interesting moments—and then tap to speed it back up.
  • LiveBurst: Record the moments 1.5 seconds before and after your shot, so you can choose the best single frame for the perfect photo—or an awesome shareable video.
  • What's in the bundle: GoPro HERO8 camera, Shorty, head strap, 32GB SD card, and 2 rechargeable batteries.
  • GoPro HERO8 Black Holiday Bundle Amazon (On Sale!)

HERO8 Black / MAX
Size: 32GB | 64GB | 128GB | 256GB

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GoPro Recommended HERO8 SD Card List

32GB

HERO8 Black / MAX
NameSizeRead SpeedWrite Speed
SanDisk Extreme32GB90MB/s60MB/s
SanDisk Extreme PLUS32GB95MB/s90MB/s
SanDisk Extreme PRO32GB100MB/swrite speed lower
SanDisk Pixtor32GB95MB/s90MB/s
PNY Elite-X32GB90MB/s60MB/s
SanDisk Extreme
(up to 90MB/s read, 60MB/s write)

SanDisk Extreme Amazon
(up to 90MB/s read, 60MB/s write)

SanDisk Extreme PLUS
(up to 95MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

SanDisk Extreme PLUS Amazon
(up to 95MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

Sale
SanDisk Extreme PRO
(up to 100MB/s read, write speeds lower)

SanDisk Extreme PRO Amazon
(up to 100MB/s read, write speeds lower)

SanDisk Pixtor
(up to 95MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

SanDisk Pixtor Amazon
(up to 95MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

Sale
PNY Elite-X
(up to 90MB/s read, 60MB/s write)

PNY Elite-X Amazon
(up to 90MB/s read, 60MB/s write)

64GB

HERO8 Black / MAX
NameSizeRead SpeedWrite Speed
SanDisk Extreme64GB90MB/s60MB/s
SanDisk Extreme PLUS64GB95MB/s90MB/s
SanDisk Extreme PRO64GB160MB/swrite speed lower
SanDisk microSDXC Card for Nintendo Switch64GB100MB/s60MB/s
SanDisk Pixtor64GB100MB/s60MB/s
Lexar 1000x64GB150MB/swrite speed lower
Lexar 667xVIDEO64GB100MB/swrite speeds lower
PNY Elite-X64GB100MB/swrite speeds lower
PNY PRO Elite64GB95MB/s90MB/s
Sony SR-UZA series64GB95MB/s90MB/s
SanDisk Extreme
(up to 90MB/s read, 60MB/s write)

SanDisk Extreme Amazon
(up to 90MB/s read, 60MB/s write)

SanDisk Extreme PLUS
(up to 95MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

SanDisk Extreme PLUS Amazon
(up to 95MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

SanDisk Extreme PRO
(up to 160MB/s read, write speeds lower)

SanDisk Extreme PRO Amazon
(up to 160MB/s read, write speeds lower)

SanDisk microSDXC Card for Nintendo Switch
(up to 100MB/s read, 60MB/s write)

SanDisk microSDXC Card for Nintendo Switch Amazon
(up to 100MB/s read, 60MB/s write)

SanDisk Pixtor
(up to 100MB/s read, 60MB/s write)

SanDisk Pixtor Amazon
(up to 100MB/s read, 60MB/s write)

Lexar 1000x
(up to 150MB/s read, write speeds lower)

Lexar 1000x Amazon
(up to 150MB/s read, write speeds lower)

Lexar 667xVIDEO
(up to 100MB/s read, write speeds lower)

Lexar 667xVIDEO Amazon
(up to 100MB/s read, write speeds lower)

PNY Elite-X
(up to 100MB/s read, write speeds lower)

PNY Elite-X
(up to 100MB/s read, write speeds lower)

PNY PRO Elite
(up to 95MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

PNY PRO Elite Amazon
(up to 95MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

Sony SR-UZA series
(up to 95MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

Sony SR-UZA series Amazon
(up to 95MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

128GB

HERO8 Black / MAX
NameSizeRead SpeedWrite Speed
SanDisk Extreme128GB104MB/s90MB/s
SanDisk Extreme with Card Reader Bundle128GB160MB/s90MB/s
SanDisk Extreme PLUS128GB170MB/s90MB/s
SanDisk Extreme PRO128GB100MB/s90MB/s
SanDisk microSDXC Card for Nintendo Switch128GB100MB/s90MB/s
Lexar 1000x128GB150MB/swrite speeds lower
Lexar 667xVIDEO128GB100MB/swrite speeds lower
PNY Elite-X128GB100MB/swrite speeds lower
PNY PRO Elite128GB95MB/s90MB/s
Samsung Evo Select128GB100MB/s90MB/s
Samsung Evo Plus128GB100MB/s90MB/s
Sony SR-UZA series128GB95MB/s90MB/s
SanDisk Extreme
(up to 104MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

SanDisk Extreme Amazon
(up to 104MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

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SanDisk Extreme with Card Reader Bundle Amazon
(up to 160MB/s read, 90MB/s write) FULL Read/Write speed possible with this Card Reader!

Sale
SanDisk Extreme PLUS
(up to 170MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

SanDisk Extreme PLUS Amazon
(up to 170MB/s read, 90MB/s write)
SDSQXBZ-128G-GN6MA
SDSQXBZ-128G-ANCMA

SanDisk Extreme PRO
(up to 100MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

SanDisk Extreme PRO Amazon
(up to 100MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

Sale
SanDisk microSDXC Card for Nintendo Switch
(up to 100MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

SanDisk microSDXC Card for Nintendo Switch Amazon
(up to 100MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

Lexar 1000x
(up to 150MB/s read, write speeds lower)

Lexar 1000x Amazon
(up to 150MB/s read, write speeds lower)

Lexar 667xVIDEO
(up to 100MB/s read, write speeds lower)

Lexar 667xVIDEO Amazon
(up to 100MB/s read, write speeds lower)

Sale
PNY Elite-X
(up to 100MB/s read, write speeds lower)

PNY Elite-X Amazon
(up to 100MB/s read, write speeds lower)

PNY PRO Elite
(up to 95MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

PNY PRO Elite Amazon
(up to 95MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

Samsung Evo Select
(up to 100MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

Samsung Evo Select Amazon
(up to 100MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

Samsung Evo Plus
(up to 100MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

Samsung Evo Plus Amazon
(up to 100MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

Sony SR-UZA series
(up to 95MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

Sony SR-UZA series Amazon
(up to 95MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

256GB

HERO8 Black / MAX
NameSizeRead SpeedWrite Speed
SanDisk Extreme256GB104MB/s90MB/s
SanDisk Extreme with Card Reader Bundle256GB160MB/s90MB/s
SanDisk Extreme PLUS256GB170MB/s90MB/s
Lexar 1000x256GB150MB/swrite speed lower
PNY Elite-X256GB100MB/swrite speed lower
PNY PRO Elite256GB95MB/s90MB/s
Samsung Evo Select256GB100MB/s90MB/s
Samsung Evo Plus256GB100MB/s90MB/s
Sale
SanDisk Extreme
(up to 104MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

SanDisk Extreme Amazon
(up to 104MB/s read, 90MB/s write)
SDSQXA1-256-GN6MA
SDSQXA1-256G-GN6MA

SanDisk Extreme with Card Reader Bundle
(up to 160MB/s read, 90MB/s write) FULL Read/Write speed possible with this Card Reader!

SanDisk Extreme with Card Reader Bundle Amazon
(up to 160MB/s read, 90MB/s write) FULL Read/Write speed possible with this Card Reader!

SanDisk Extreme PLUS
(up to 170MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

SanDisk Extreme PLUS Amazon
(up to 170MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

Lexar 1000x
(up to 150MB/s read, write speeds lower)

Lexar 1000x Amazon
(up to 150MB/s read, write speeds lower)

Sale
PNY Elite-X
(up to 100MB/s read, write speeds lower)

PNY Elite-X Amazon
(up to 100MB/s read, write speeds lower)

PNY PRO Elite
(up to 95MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

PNY PRO Elite Amazon
(up to 95MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

Samsung Evo Select
(up to 100MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

Samsung Evo Select Amazon
(up to 100MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

Samsung Evo Plus
(up to 100MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

Samsung Evo Plus Amazon
(up to 100MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

Best UHS-II MicroSD Memory Cards for GoPro HERO8 BLACK and MAX Cameras

Keep in mind that the GoPro HERO8 BLACK and MAX Cameras support up to UHS-I memory cards, however you can use faster memory cards (UHS-II) and this will greatly enhance transferring your files from your memory card onto your computer or laptop. These are what I would call these cards, ultra or ultimate cards:

Delkin Devices Power UHS-II
(up to 300MB/s read, 250MB/s write)
Lexar Professional 1800x UHS-II
(up to 270MB/s read, 250MB/s write)
ADATA Premier One UHS-II
(up to 290MB/s read, 270MB/s write)
Sale
Delkin Devices Prime UHS-II
(up to 300MB/s read, 250MB/s write)
SanDisk Extreme PRO UHS-II
(up to 275MB/s read, 100MB/s write)
Lexar Professional 1000x UHS-II
(up to 150MB/s read, 90MB/s write)

What Else May You Need?

Memory Card Carrying Case

AmazonBasics Memory Card Carrying Case
Memory card carrying case stores up to 24 memory cards at a time (12 SD/SDHC cards and 12 Micro SD cards); cards not included

Fits up to 24 memory cards at a time (12 SD/SDHC cards and 12 Micro SD cards), while made of a durable polycarbonate with a shock-absorbing interior for added protection of your precious photography. It has a slim design, lightweight and ready for travel use. Rated IPx4 and IP64 for water and dust-resistance. It's also made and sold by Amazon so you can trust you will be supported if you run into any issues with this holder.

MicroSD Card Reader

Sale
SanDisk MobileMate USB 3.0 microSD Card Reader
Fast UHS-I transfer speeds of up to 170 MB/s*

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