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Tourist
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SD card size for Gopro 6?

Can someone give me a good suggestion for buying a pretty good micro sd card for my new Gopro 6?

 

Would a 64gb card be enough for taking 4k videos and stuff?


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Backpacker
Posts: 645

Re: SD card size for Gopro 6?

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hi,

I do use Sandisk Extreme 128GB V30 A1 card UHS-I

I can download on PC somewhere at 80-83Mbps...

 

Extreme PRO cards are, if I'm not mistaken, UHS-II, (read 275MB/s, write 100MB/s), have double the number of contact pins, the read speed is more than double...if the device can use this bus.

Extreme and Extrem Plus are UHS-I(read 100MB/s, write 90MB/s).

 

GoPro is only UHS-I, so do not take advantage of the speed of UHS-II bus (UHS-II is backwards compatible with UHS-I).

 

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so basically you are right, GoPro cannot write with more speed on ExtremePRO then on Extreme, but you can download the data twice as fast on PC....

 

 

 

the maximum transfer rate hero6 have to push to the SD card, is around 80-82Mbps when 4K50fps PT on - here we are dangerously close to the max of 90MB/s ....

 

4K50fps PT off reduce the data rate to 62Mbps

 

2.7K data rate is around 60Mbps...etc.

 

Hero6 have to be capable to write at those rates on SD card.

my experience with SD cards (gopro + nikon DSLR) is that, if a card is rated at a max of 100Mbps,  not necessarily GoPro or other devices can write at that speed.

depends on many things: buffers, multiple sources that write on the same file, multiple files written on the same time, variable bit rate, etc.... 

 

so we have to trust what GoPro recommends:

 

https://gopro.com/help/articles/block/microSD-Card-Considerations

 

only Sandisk Extreme + Pro + Plus are recommended for Hero6 and have to be V30.

 

Card Name and Manufacturer Part Number HERO6 Black HERO4 (Black & Silver)/HERO5 Black Session Cameras HERO3+ / HERO3: Black HERO+ LCD / HERO+ HERO

SanDisk Extreme/Extreme Plus/Extreme Pro UHS Video Speed Class 30 (V30) - ≥32GBYYYYYY

 

 

me, and others, we used other cards with success. e.g. Samsung PRO+....still Daniel (from this forum), was informed by Samsung that only their PRO Select latest 2017 series is fully compatible with 4K data rates....

 

 

 

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robert

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Backpacker
Posts: 946

Re: SD card size for Gopro 6?

I use Lexar 633x's, or SanDisk Extreme's (avoid the Ultra's)

Tourist
Posts: 6

Re: SD card size for Gopro 6?

128 gb or 64 gb? I am just confused.

Backpacker
Posts: 946

Re: SD card size for Gopro 6?

i use 128gb mostly, but believe 64gb are good for a couple of hours of 4k

Backpacker
Posts: 645

Re: SD card size for Gopro 6?

hi,

 

128GB means more than 4h of 4K on hero6

 

does not matter 30 or 60fps.

at 30 is h.264 codec, at 60fps is HEVC h.265, the compression is more aggressive, so both have roughly same size on disk.

 

robert

Tourist
Posts: 6

Re: SD card size for Gopro 6?

Thanks guys.... and last question.....Is it true that Sandisk extreme or extreme Pro doesn't really make a difference in the camera????

 

it just makes a difference in the copying speed to the PC???

Backpacker
Posts: 645

Re: SD card size for Gopro 6?

[ Edited ]

 

hi,

I do use Sandisk Extreme 128GB V30 A1 card UHS-I

I can download on PC somewhere at 80-83Mbps...

 

Extreme PRO cards are, if I'm not mistaken, UHS-II, (read 275MB/s, write 100MB/s), have double the number of contact pins, the read speed is more than double...if the device can use this bus.

Extreme and Extrem Plus are UHS-I(read 100MB/s, write 90MB/s).

 

GoPro is only UHS-I, so do not take advantage of the speed of UHS-II bus (UHS-II is backwards compatible with UHS-I).

 

Capture1.JPG

 

so basically you are right, GoPro cannot write with more speed on ExtremePRO then on Extreme, but you can download the data twice as fast on PC....

 

 

 

the maximum transfer rate hero6 have to push to the SD card, is around 80-82Mbps when 4K50fps PT on - here we are dangerously close to the max of 90MB/s ....

 

4K50fps PT off reduce the data rate to 62Mbps

 

2.7K data rate is around 60Mbps...etc.

 

Hero6 have to be capable to write at those rates on SD card.

my experience with SD cards (gopro + nikon DSLR) is that, if a card is rated at a max of 100Mbps,  not necessarily GoPro or other devices can write at that speed.

depends on many things: buffers, multiple sources that write on the same file, multiple files written on the same time, variable bit rate, etc.... 

 

so we have to trust what GoPro recommends:

 

https://gopro.com/help/articles/block/microSD-Card-Considerations

 

only Sandisk Extreme + Pro + Plus are recommended for Hero6 and have to be V30.

 

Card Name and Manufacturer Part Number HERO6 Black HERO4 (Black & Silver)/HERO5 Black Session Cameras HERO3+ / HERO3: Black HERO+ LCD / HERO+ HERO

SanDisk Extreme/Extreme Plus/Extreme Pro UHS Video Speed Class 30 (V30) - ≥32GBYYYYYY

 

 

me, and others, we used other cards with success. e.g. Samsung PRO+....still Daniel (from this forum), was informed by Samsung that only their PRO Select latest 2017 series is fully compatible with 4K data rates....

 

 

 

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robert

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Re: SD card size for Gopro 6?

Robert. Bang on. ThanksSmiley Happy