The Best SD Card for your GoPro Hero5 Black or Session and DSLR


Ok, you’ve bought your new GoPro Hero5 Black or Session action camera. Congratulations you have one of the newest and most advanced action cameras on the market. If you are like me maybe you bought a 32 gb memory card or something for it and have quickly found out that you are always wanting more storage.

There is nothing worse than having to replace an SD card the size of a finger nail in the middle of a fun day of shooting. For me, I’m thinking of my upcoming 10 day trip to Iceland. I’m not going to have a way to download video off the card while traveling. I’m going to need a lot of storage and I’m going to need a lot of it – plus I want fast transfer speeds to there are no glitches. Bottomline I want big and I want the best, that’s why I’m going with the Lexar Professional 1000x microSDXC 128GB UHS-II/U3:

The GoPro Hero 4, the Session and newer, all support cards up to 128GB. Do you need such a big card for a day of shooting? Probably not. You could get away with a 64 gb card and a lot of extra batteries but for multiple days of shooting, consider 128 gb card.

Consider the difficulty of swapping cards on the GoPro Hero 5, it’s a little more difficult to change out the cards compared to the other cameras since the bottom door is a little difficult to open and usually your camera will be inside some sort of holder. So if you use you’re camera a lot, you’ll likely fill a 32GB card and have to interrupt a shoot to swap it. In this case, I would recommend a 64GB card which should get you through the day.

 Lexar® Professional 1000x microSDHC™/microSDXC™
Lexar Professional 1000x microSDXC 128GB UHS-II/U3 (Up to 150MB/s Read) W/USB 3.0 Reader Flash Memory Card LSDMI128CBNL1000R

Specs:

High-speed performance-leverages UHS-II technology (U3) for a read transfer speed up to 1000x (150MB/s)

Includes micro SD UHS-II reader for high-speed file transfer from card to computer, dramatically accelerating workflow

Premium memory solution for sports camcorders, tablets, and smartphones

Designed for high-speed capture of high-quality images and extended lengths of 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video

Includes lifetime copy of downloadable Image Rescue software

 

DSLR SD Memory Cards

Cameras keep coming out with bigger and bigger megapixels sizes.  The resulting files are YUGE so that’s why I’m upgrading to a larger and faster SD card for my DSLR to quickly capture and transfer high-quality photos and 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video.

Lexar Professional 1000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II cards Quickly capture and transfer high-quality photos and 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video
Lexar Professional 1000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II cards Quickly capture and transfer high-quality photos and 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video.

Don’t need extreme speed?  Save some cash with a slightly slower card.

For my Canon 6D DSLR I don’t need extreme speeds.  This SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB SDXC Flash Memory Card provides very fast transfer speeds for a reasonable cost.

Or this bargin from Lexar – a two pack for a bit more than a single SD card.

The new Lexar Professional 633x SD cards are an update to the 600x SD cards. The cards meet the UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) specification that is given to cards that support 30MB/s or higher continuous write speed, a requirement when recording 4K video.

The Lexar 633x cards are quoted at 95MB/s read and 45MB/s write write speed, essentially the same as the 90MB/s read and 45MB/s write of the 600x cards they replace. The 633x cards are available in 16, 32, 64, 128 and 256GB capacities (the 16GB card has 20MB/s write speed). This review is for the 633x 64GB SDXC card.


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