[Solved] The best SD card for the DJI Mini 3 Pro

SD card for the DJI Mini 3 Pro

When I ordered my DJI Mini 3 Pro, it was already clear to me that DJI would not supply an SD card. Why you don't get a memory card with such a drone is still a mystery to me. After all, it's not a nice user experience to take the device with you on a flight only to find out on the first flight that you can't record film or photos. The 10 euros for a small memory card would be a good investment.

The DJI Mini (here an older model) should be equipped with U3/V30 microSD memory cards due to the high bit rate and resolution.

The DJI Mini (here an older model) should be equipped with U3/V30 microSD memory cards due to the high bit rate and resolution.

Internal storage for emergencies

But ok, at least the DJI Mini 3 Pro has a built-in memory of about 1,2 gigabytes. Not much, but you can store some photos and a few short video sequences on it. With the 4K@60fps setting, however, this internal memory only holds about a minute of footage. That's not enough for the front and the back.

The quick recommendation – also from DJI

If you just want to order a memory card quickly, you can simply use the DJI recommendation, which is offered as an accessory when you buy the Mini 3 Pro. This is a 128GB SanDisk Extreme microSD card - but at $29, which is way overpriced.

Exactly this model costs a good 30% less on Amazon – namely just under 20 euros. So if you want a very good and still cheap memory card, I would take this model, which I can recommend with capacities from 128 GB to 1 TB:

SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I memory card 128 GB + adapter & Rescue Pro Deluxe (For ...
  • Ideal for Android smartphones and tablets, as well as action cameras and drones
  • Up to 160MB/s read and 90MB/s write speed for fast recording and transfer. Operating temperatur:...
  • Rated A2 for faster loading and in-app performance 4K UHD-ready with UHS Speed ​​Class 3 (U3) and Video Speed ​​Class...

Maximum supported SD card capacity

According to the data sheet of the DJI Mini 3 Pro, the drone can only process memory cards up to 512 GB. However, in my experience with DJI drones, that is not the case. I have often inserted larger cards than the recommended ones and so far the drones have always recognized the cards with the full memory capacity.

So I think the 1TB SD card would be ok too, but since DJI doesn't officially recommend it, I'd like to at least point it out to you.

The SanDisk Extreme (U3/V30) comes with an SD card adapter and is actually a microSDXC card and one of DJI's official recommendations.

The SanDisk Extreme (U3/V30) comes with an SD card adapter and is actually a microSDXC card and one of DJI's official recommendations.

Are only SanDisk cards recommended?

No, of course you can also use other microSD cards. It is only important that the memory card is fast enough to be able to write the data that the drone sends to the card during high-resolution video recordings.

If the memory card is not fast enough, so-called frame drops occur, whereby individual frames were not written in the film material and the video is actually unusable at this point.

For this reason, you should pay attention to the following properties when selecting the memory card:

  • UHS-I speed class3 (U3 symbol)
  • Video speed class V30

One of the two logos should be found on the card, but usually both are printed.

For the sake of completeness, here are links to other memory cards from various manufacturers who also offer SD cards for the DJI Mini 3 Pro:

I hope you were able to use this information to choose a card that suits you. If you have any other information that might be of interest to other readers, please leave a comment.

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8 comments

  1. Charlie Kauffman says:

    Hello Jens, speaking of memory cards: you recently informed us about the low-cost memory expansion for the new MBPro 16" M1 using a Transcend JetDriveLite SD card. This card has the specific form factor for the MBP. That's why it doesn't fit in standard card readers. My question: Do you or a reader know in which adapter/SD card reader this special card fits and can be read outside of the MBP? I couldn't find any, not even on Transcend. Thank you and best regards, Charly Kauffmann

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      Hello Charlie! Johannes must have written the text. I'll ask him and then he can give you the information here as a comment. 😊 Unfortunately I have no idea about the extension.

    • Johannes Domke says:

      Hello Charly,

      Since the JetDrive models for the MBP are shorter than regular SD cards, a reader is a good idea in which the cards don't disappear completely or in half. The best would be one that only takes up the area that is necessary for the contacts for data exchange. This model from uni looks promising.

      If you don't want to order at random, you can also go to an electronics or computer store with the JetDrive card or its dimensions and get advice there. You might even be able to try out a few models directly so that you don’t have to order and send back several.

      To be honest, I'm curious myself which reader is the best here. If you found one, I would be very grateful for a feedback :)

      Best regards
      John

  2. Charlie Kauffman says:

    Hello Johannes!
    Your tip Testing the JetDriveLite memory expansion card with the "uni" brand SD card reader (bought from amazon) is a hit.

    Files stored by the MBP M1 on the JetDriveLiteCard 128GB are quickly read via uni-CardReader from both a win10 PC and iPads with a USB C connector! Thank you and best regards Charlie

  3. Spriggan says:

    Hallo,
    I'm new to this field. I see that both the drone and the remote control have a microSD slot.
    What is the purpose of the two? Should I put a memory card in both? Where are the photos and videos stored, in the drone or in the remote control? That confuses me.
    Thank you for your help.

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      Hello Spriggan! The SD card on the controller can be used to record the video transmission. This card is an emergency backup, so to speak, in case the drone disappears into the sea or into a crevasse and there is no other way to save the video material. But of course you (probably) don't have a 4K resolution when recording on the controller, because OcuSync 3.0 can only do 1080p@30fps. But in an emergency, that might be better than nothing.

      • Spriggan says:

        Hi Jens,
        many thanks for your response! So does this mean that the microSD card in the remote control is only optional? As far as I know, the photos and videos are stored on the drone's microSD card. If you want to record with the remote control, is that in addition to and at the same time as recording on the drone? Or afterwards, from the microSD of the drone to that of the remote control?

        • Jen Kleinholz says:

          It is optional and is recorded in parallel. However, I don't know if you can start the recording separately or if you tell the drone to record it will automatically be recorded in the RC as well.

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