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With video being all the rage at the moment it seems like GoPro camera’s are flying off the shelves and online stores. People just can’t get enough of them. Maybe it’s because of their unique personal perspective on the world, or maybe it’s just because their portability and incredible design? Either way it seems the general public just can’t get enough of Full HD and the newly introduced 4K footage option.
When it comes to owning a GoPro Hero3+ what should you look for when it comes to memory cards?
Probably the most asked question I get is, ‘what type of memory card should I be using with my GoPro?”
A while back I wrote an article where I explained the different types of SD memory cards out there, but I never really explored the newer microSDXC cards, which are recommended for GoPro cameras.
So saying that, let me introduce you to the current range of MicroSDXC cards.
Firstly you will be able to use up to a 64GB microSDXC card in the camera. The card must be a class 10 to record full high-definition video or 4K footage. My personal preference out of the brand race would have to be SanDisk, as I find them highly reliable when compared to other brands. Second on the list would be Lexar microSD cards.
I mentioned class 10 before, so let me explain what it means and why it makes a difference.
It’s important to use a class 10 memory card as they have a minimum transfer rate of 10 MB/s. This means that the video will be able to record ‘in real time’ to the memory card without slowing down. If you use a slower speed card (lower than class 10) the video won’t be able to keep up with the recording process at the highest quality.
The other weird-looking code on memory cards is ‘UHS Class 1’. Translated into real world talk this means “Ultra High Speed Bus,” umm excuse me what bus? There’s no reference to transportation here, rather a reference to transfer speeds. UHS Class 1 just means you can record real-time broadcasts and large HD video files.
To sum up what memory card is best for your GoPro Hero 3+, just select one of the cards I mentioned earlier. It will handle all of the internal works, which free’s you up to focus on capturing the moment.
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