Which memory card do I need for the GoPro Hero 11?

GoPro Hero 11

Choosing the right memory card for your GoPro Hero 11 is crucial to ensure the best possible performance and reliability. In this article we look at which memory cards are best compatible with the GoPro Hero 11 and why.

My clear recommendation: U3 card from SanDisk

I don't think you have to beat about the bush at all. There are different types of micro SD cards, some of which are quite cheap because they are not super fast, but my general recommendation is: Use a U3 memory card from SanDisk – preferably with 128 or 256 GB:

Here are the two sizes and types I would recommend (see below for reasons):

0,71 EUR
SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I memory card 128 GB + adapter (for smartphones, action cameras and ...
  • The SanDisk Extreme microSD memory card is ideal for all Android smartphones, tablets, action cams and...
  • A read speed of up to 190 MB / s and a write speed of up to 90 MB / s enables you to ...
  • The microSD memory card offers fast in-app performance and super-fast loading thanks to the A2 rating
SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I memory card 256 GB + adapter (for smartphones, action cameras and ...
  • The SanDisk Extreme microSD memory card is ideal for all Android smartphones, tablets, action cams and...
  • A read speed of up to 190 MB / s and a write speed of up to 130 MB / s enables you to ...
  • The microSD memory card offers fast in-app performance and super-fast loading thanks to the A2 rating

I will explain why I take exactly these cards here in bullet points:

  • GoPro itself ONLY sells this card in their online store
  • this card is officially labeled as “compatible” with the GoPro Hero 11 Black
  • the SanDisk Extreme is cheaper than the "Extreme Pro" and still fast enough for the GoPro Hero 11
  • I have only had positive experiences with SanDisk memory cards so far
The SanDisk Extreme U3 is the memory card to choose for the GoPro Hero 11.
The SanDisk Extreme U3 is the memory card to choose for the GoPro Hero 11.

Specifications of the GoPro Hero 11

The GoPro Hero 11, officially dubbed the “Hero 11 Black,” is GoPro's latest action camera. There's also a smaller version, the Hero 11 Black Mini, which also uses a micro SD card. Both cameras support a wide range of video resolutions and frame rates, including 4K at 60 frames per second and 1080p at up to 240 frames per second.

Here I list the specifications of the Hero 11:

Specification Detail
Dimensions (W x H x D) 71,8W x 50,8H x 33,6D (mm)
Weight (camera with mounting fingers + built-in battery) 154g
Battery Removable 1720mAh enduro battery
Robust + waterproof 10m (33ft)
system processor GP2
image sensor 1/1.9 ″ CMOS
Maximum video resolution 5.3K: 8:7 (5312X4648), 5.3K: 4:3 (5312X3984), 5.3K: 16:9 (5312X2988)
Photo megapixels + pixel dimensions 27.13MP (5568X4872)
time lapse Includes TimeWarp, Star Trails, Light Painting and more
audio features 3-mic, 3,5mm audio mic input with Media Mod for HERO11 Black or Pro 3,5 mic adapter (sold separately), RAW audio recording (.WAV format)
hardware features Built-in assembly with folding fingers, 2.27″ touch LCD, 1.4″ color LCD
Connected Features Automatic cloud upload + automatic highlight video with GoPro subscription, Wi-Fi + Bluetooth
user interface Voice control with 14 commands and 11 languages ​​with 6 accents
key accessories Volta, The Remote, Quik App and over 40 other accessories
What's in the box HERO11 Black Camera, Enduro Rechargeable Battery, Curved Adhesive Mount, Mounting Buckle, USB-C Cable, Thumbscrew, Camera Bag
Accessory Compatibility Compatible with over 40 accessories
The GoPro Hero 11 Black is an impressive action cam that is often the first choice for drone pilots, divers and extreme athletes (Photo: GoPro).
The GoPro Hero 11 Black is an impressive action cam that is often the first choice for drone pilots, divers and extreme athletes (Photo: GoPro).

Which memory size should you choose?

The choice of memory size depends on your specific needs. If you plan to film a lot in 5,3K, then you should rather go for a 128 GB or 256 GB card. If you only use the camera occasionally for short shots, you might be better off with two 64 GB cards.

There are several reasons why you might want to use two 128GB memory cards instead of one 256GB or 512GB card.

  • First, some users report that larger cards fail more often than those with smaller storage capacities.
  • Second, if a large card fails, you may not have a spare with you. With two smaller cards, you always have one on hand as a backup.
  • Third, if you get into the habit of backing up all the photos and movies off the card after each use, your recordings will be "safe" faster. With a large card, you might be tempted to leave it in the device often without backing up the data, which is a risk.
  • After all, there are often reading problems with many drones or cameras with very large storage capacities. These problems usually do not occur with smaller cards.

As such, it can make sense to use multiple smaller cards rather than betting on a single large card.

Conclusion

From my point of view, the SanDisk Extreme U3 card is the best choice for the GoPro Hero 11. The main argument, which I also find very convincing, is the fact that GoPro themselves seem to have tested their action cam primarily with this SD card and also only offers this in the shop.

How you decide is of course up to you. I think if you use another well-known manufacturer you won't have many problems either, but I always tend to use SanDisk for SD cards anyway.

0,71 EUR
SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I memory card 128 GB + adapter (for smartphones, action cameras and ...
  • The SanDisk Extreme microSD memory card is ideal for all Android smartphones, tablets, action cams and...
  • A read speed of up to 190 MB / s and a write speed of up to 90 MB / s enables you to ...
  • The microSD memory card offers fast in-app performance and super-fast loading thanks to the A2 rating
SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I memory card 256 GB + adapter (for smartphones, action cameras and ...
  • The SanDisk Extreme microSD memory card is ideal for all Android smartphones, tablets, action cams and...
  • A read speed of up to 190 MB / s and a write speed of up to 130 MB / s enables you to ...
  • The microSD memory card offers fast in-app performance and super-fast loading thanks to the A2 rating

FAQ

Here are some questions that are frequently asked about this topic.

What is the difference between the GoPro Hero 11 Black and the GoPro Hero 11 Black Mini?

The GoPro Hero 11 Black Mini is a more compact version of the GoPro Hero 11 Black. Both models use a micro SD card. A key difference is in the mounting options: the standard Hero 11 has a fold-out base mount, while the mini version offers an additional rear mount, allowing for more flexibility during sports activities or when used with a chest mount bracket. More differences in technical specifications should be checked on GoPro official website.

Which memory card do I need for the GoPro Hero 11?

The GoPro Hero 11 requires a micro SD card. It is recommended to use a card with a speed class of V30 or UHS-3. The card should also be from a well-known manufacturer such as SanDisk, Samsung or Kingston.

Is the GoPro Hero 11 waterproof?

Yes, the GoPro Hero 11 is waterproof to a depth of 10 meters (33 feet). However, it is always a good idea to thoroughly clean and dry the camera in water after use.

What is the resolution of the GoPro Hero 11?

The GoPro Hero 11 can record videos in a resolution of up to 5.3K. It can also take photos with a resolution of up to 27.13 megapixels.

How long does the GoPro Hero 11 battery last?

The GoPro Hero 11 comes with a 1720mAh Enduro battery. Exact battery life may vary based on usage, but in general the battery should last several hours of continuous video recording. It's always a good idea to have a spare battery with you, especially if you plan on filming for a long time.

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