It's important to use one of the recommended SD cards in your camera, or you may experience freeze-up or video corruption issues.

We recommend only purchasing name brand SD cards through reputable resellers. There are both counterfeit and underperforming SD cards out in the marketplace, which can prevent proper functioning of your HD HERO camera's features.  If you need help identifying the class rating of your SD card, check out this article.

For the best results we recommend formatting your SD card regularly, for instructions on how to do this, check out this article.

Here are the SD card requirements for each camera:

HERO4 Black & Silver

  • A Class 10 MicroSD card up to 64 GB is required.

Not all Class 10 microSD cards have the same data write speeds. Due to the higher bit rate capabilities and to support new features of HERO4 camera, we have provided a list of recommended cards that provide the best experience

  • SanDisk Extreme 32GB microSDHC (SDSDQXL-032G)
  • SanDisk Extreme 64GB microSDXC (SDSDQXL-064G)
  • Lexar 32GB SDHC 633x (LSDMI32GBBNL633R)
  • Lexar 64GB SDXC 633x (LSDMI64GBBNL633R)

HERO 

  • A Class 4 MicroSD card up to 32 GB
  • A Class 10 MicroSD card up to 32 GB is required for 0.5 sec Time-lapse

The following cards are recommended for the HERO camera:

  • SanDisk Extreme 32GB microSDHC (SDSDQXL-032G)
  • Lexar 32GB SDHC 633x (LSDMI32GBBNL633R)

 

HERO3: Black Edition & HERO3+ Black Edition Cameras

  • A Class 10 MicroSD card up to 64 GB is required.

Not all Class 10 microSD cards have the same data write speeds. If you plan to shoot in 4k, 2.7k, or Protune video modes with your HERO3: Black Edition or HERO3+ Black Edition camera, we recommend using one of the following microSD cards for the best performance:

  • SanDisk Extreme 32GB microSDHC (SDSDQXL-032G)
  • SanDisk Extreme 64GB microSDXC (SDSDQXL-064G)
  • Lexar 32GB SDHC 633x (LSDMI32GBBNL633R)
  • Lexar 64GB SDXC 633x (LSDMI64GBBNL633R)
  • Lexar 32GB SDHC 600x (LSDMI32GBSBNA600R)
  • Lexar 64GB SDXC 600x (LSDMI64GBSBNA600R)
  • Delkin 32GB SDHC (DDMICROSDPRO2-32GB)
  • Delkin 64GB SDXC (DDMICROSDPRO264GB)

With the camera software update released July 29, 2013, using other microSD cards with your HERO3: Black Edition camera while shooting in 4K, 2.7K and Protune video modes may result in a reduction of the data stream rate from 45Mb/sec to 35Mb/sec.

For HERO3 Silver and White Editions, any class 10 microSD cards can be used, including SanDisk Ultra and Lexar. 

 

HERO3+ Silver Edition Cameras 

  • A Class 10 MicroSD card up to 64 GB is required.  

HERO3: Silver Edition Cameras 

  • A Class 4 MicroSD card up to 64 GB is required.  
  • A Class 10 MicroSD card up to 64 GB is required for 0.5 sec Time-lapse, 10/1 Photo Burst, and Protune.

HERO3: White Edition Camera

  • A Class 4 MicroSD card up to 64 GB is required.  
  • A Class 10 MicroSD card up to 64 GB is required for 0.5 sec Time-lapse.

HD HERO2 Camera

  • A Class 4 SD card up to 32 GB is required.  
  • A Class 10 SD card up to 32 GB is required to use 0.5 sec Time-lapse, 10/1 Photo Burst, and Protune.

HD HERO Original Camera & HD HERO 960 Camera

  • A Class 4 SD card up to 32 GB is required.