In the GoPro HERO9 Black, which was released in September 2020, an SD card is used again to store photos and videos. More specifically, a variable capacity microSD card. Depending on how much storage space you add to the camera using the memory card, you can save more or less photo and video material. It should be borne in mind that the new GoPro Action Cam 5K with 30 fps and can record 4K at 60 fps. Which SD card goes in the GoPro HERO9 Black, how much you can store on it and more information can be found here.
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GoPro HERO9 Black with microSD memory card
In the compact and waterproof camera for sports, holidays and streaming, microSDmemory Cards for use. These are smaller than regular SD cards and have become the standard for memory expansion in mobile devices. They are also used in Android smartphones and tablets. It is recommended for the GoPro HERO9 Black at least one microSDHC with 32 GB or one microSDXC from 64 GB. A microSDXC card with 128 GB or 256 GB memory can also be used. Larger SD cards compatible with GoPro cameras may also be available (512 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB), but they are not recommended by the manufacturer.
Storage recommendation: SanDisk SD card for GoPro HERO9 Black
Here in the blog I basically only recommend SanDisk memory cards. That's because this is the only manufacturer I haven't had any issues with in this regard. SD cards from other manufacturers gave up the ghost at some point or were suddenly no longer readable after a whole day of recording drone videos. This shouldn't happen, especially with action shots, holiday videos and sports events. That's why you can find my SanDisk microSD recommendations for the GoPro HERO 9 Black here:
- SanDisk Extreme (UHS 1 U3 / V30) A1 32GB - SDSQXVF-32G-AN6MA
- SanDisk Extreme (UHS 1 U3 / V30) A2 64GB - SDDQXA2-064G-AN6MA
- SanDisk Extreme (UHS 1 U3 / V30) A2 128GB - SDSQXA1-128G-GN6MA
- SanDisk Extreme (UHS 1 U3 / V30) A2 256GB - SDSQXA1-256-GN6MA
- SanDisk Extreme PLUS (UHS 1 U3 / V30) A1 32GB - SDSQXWG-032G-ANCMA
- SanDisk Extreme PLUS (UHS 1 U3 / V30) A2 64GB - SDSQXWG-064G-ANCMA
- SanDisk Extreme PLUS (UHS 1 U3 / V30) A2 128GB - SDSQXBZ-128G-GN6MA
- SanDisk Extreme PLUS (UHS 1 U3 / V30) A2 256GB - SDSQXBZ-256G-GNGMA
- SanDisk Extreme PRO (UHS 1 U3 / V30) A1 32GB - SDSQXCG-032G-GN6MA
- SanDisk Extreme PRO (UHS 1 U3 / V30) A2 64GB - SDSQXPJ-064G-ANCM3
- SanDisk Extreme PRO (UHS 1 U3 / V30) A2 128GB - SDSQXCY-128G-GN6MA
- SanDisk Extreme PRO (UHS 1 U3 / V30) A2 256GB - SDQXCZ-256G-GN6MA
- SanDisk microSDXC Card for Nintendo Switch UHS-1 64GB - SDQXBO-64G-ANCZA
- SanDisk microSDXC Card for Nintendo Switch UHS-1 128GB - SDQXBO-128G-ANCZA
Note: The model numbers are recommendations from the GoPro manufacturer. I did not always find the exact models, but rather linked similar microSDs or the successors to the recommendations. But they are just as good or even better.
How much memory do 5K and 4K recordings use?
Above I have linked you to our article on the GoPro HERO 9 Black, in which we also show the technical data of the camera. In it you will find - in addition to numerous other details about the device - the reference to the selectable video resolutions from 1080p Full HD to 1440p and 2,7K to 4K and 5K. Depending on the resolution, fps numbers from 24 to 240 can be selected. Here you could now calculate how many images per second and with what size are saved and the like. Or you look at the maximum bit rate of 100 Mbit / s.
Since eight bits represent a byte, that's roughly 12,5 MB per second. One minute of video therefore takes 750 MB; and ten minutes 7.500 MB or 7,5 GB (for the sake of simplicity, this is converted to 1.000 instead of 1.024, you don't have to point this out to me). Further calculated in this way, 45 GB of memory are required for one hour of video. With a 256 GB microSDXC card, you can record roughly five and a half hours at the highest bit rate. Especially with lower resolutions, however, this is below 100 Mbit / s, which means more recording time.
Memory cards for GoPro HERO8, HERO7 and MAX
In addition to the memory cards that are compatible with the GoPro HERO9 Black, you will also find guides for other models here. Which SD card fits the GoPro HERO 8 or 7? And what about the GoPro MAX 360 ° camera? Here you will find the answers to these questions:
- SD cards for the HERO 8 - Check it out here
- SD cards for the HERO 7 - Check it out here
- SD cards for the MAX - Check it out here
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He acts as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with technical problems. In his spare time he rides electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with the iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions to current bugs.