GoPro Memory Card Size vs Recording Time (2017)

A Guide to choose the right memory card size for your GoPro Action Camera. Wonder how long you can record 1080p video using 64GB or 128GB memory cards? Here are the answers. Don’t bother with calculations you are unfamiliar with, I’ve already done that! Here is my cheat sheet.

I’ve been asked this kind of question from new GoPro owners a lot. It is not something at a calculus level nor too advance. All mechanics behind this is simple base calculations and that’s it. Here you go, my friends.

Memory Card Recording Time in Common High Definition Resolutions

Here is the list of most common HD resolutions. More than 99% of the times your video will be under this section. Higher resolutions and frame rates give you a big larger videos, and take more space on your memory cards.

VDO Resolution Memory Card Size Recording Time

4K

24-30fps
(7.5MB/s)

16GB 0:35 Hours
32GB 1:11 Hours
64GB 2:22 Hours
128GB 4:44 Hours

2.7K

48-60fps
(7.5MB/s)

16GB 0:35 Hours
32GB 1:11 Hours
64GB 2:22 Hours
128GB 4:44 Hours

2.7K

24-30fps
(5.6MB/s)

16GB 0:47 Hours
32GB 1:35 Hours
64GB 3:10 Hours
128GB 6:20 Hours

1080p

80-120fps
(7.5MB/s)

16GB 0:35 Hours
32GB 1:11 Hours
64GB 2:22 Hours
128GB 4:44 Hours

1080p

60fps Protune
(5.6MB/s)

16GB 0:47 Hours
32GB 1:35 Hours
64GB 3:10 Hours
128GB 6:20 Hours

1080p

24-50fps
(3.7MB/s)

16GB 1:12 Hours
32GB 2:24 Hours
64GB 4:48 Hours
128GB 9:36 Hours

720p

240fps
(5.6MB/s)

16GB 0:47 Hours
32GB 1:35 Hours
64GB 3:10 Hours
128GB 6:20 Hours

720p

120fps Protune
(5.6MB/s)

16GB 0:47 Hours
32GB 1:35 Hours
64GB 3:10 Hours
128GB 6:20 Hours

720p

120fps
(3.7MB/s)

16GB 1:12 Hours
32GB 2:24 Hours
64GB 4:48 Hours
128GB 9:36 Hours

720p

50-100fps
(3.7MB/s)

16GB 1:12 Hours
32GB 2:24 Hours
64GB 4:48 Hours
128GB 9:36 Hours

*Numbers are just rough estimated, with the error room of 5%.

*Protune is a feature that enables you to tweak some manual settings. Read more about it here.

Memory Card Recording Time in Other Resolutions

Not everyone will record video with these non popular resolutions. However, if you end up record in these resolutions, here is the chart.

VDO Resolution Memory Card Size Recording Time

1440p

80fps
(7.5MB/s)

16GB 0:35 Hours
32GB 1:11 Hours
64GB 2:22 Hours
128GB 4:44 Hours

1440p

60fps Protune
(7.5MB/s)

16GB 0:35 Hours
32GB 1:11 Hours
64GB 2:22 Hours
128GB 4:44 Hours

1440p

60fps
(5.6MB/s)

16GB 0:47 Hours
32GB 1:35 Hours
64GB 3:10 Hours
128GB 6:20 Hours

1440p

48-50fps Protune
(5.6MB/s)

16GB 0:47 Hours
32GB 1:35 Hours
64GB 3:10 Hours
128GB 6:20 Hours

1440p

24-50fps
(3.7MB/s)

16GB 1:12 Hours
32GB 2:24 Hours
64GB 4:48 Hours
128GB 9:36 Hours

1440p

24-30fps Protune
(3.7MB/s)

16GB 1:12 Hours
32GB 2:24 Hours
64GB 4:48 Hours
128GB 9:36 Hours

960p

120fps Protune
(5.6MB/s)

16GB 0:47 Hours
32GB 1:35 Hours
64GB 3:10 Hours
128GB 6:20 Hours

960p

120fps
(3.7MB/s)

16GB 1:12 Hours
32GB 2:24 Hours
64GB 4:48 Hours
128GB 9:36 Hours

960p

50-60fps
(3.7MB/s)

16GB 1:12 Hours
32GB 2:24 Hours
64GB 4:48 Hours
128GB 9:36 Hours

480p

240fps
(3.7MB/s)

16GB 1:12 Hours
32GB 2:24 Hours
64GB 4:48 Hours
128GB 9:36 Hours

*Numbers are just rough estimated, with the error room of 5%.

*Protune is a feature that enables you to tweak some manual settings. Read more about it here.

Pro Tips:

  • Avoid using single large memory cards, carry multiple smaller ones. It’s risky to have all of your video in just only one memory card. If that one card is lost or failure, you lost everything. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket!
  • Carry different color cards, used up then switch to the next card. This way so you can tell which one is already used, and how many cards are still available.
  • Label your card. This is similar to previous tips. I’ve always labelled my cards with number “1”, “2”, “3”, and so on. You don’t need to label just like me,  be creative!
  • Don’t record long video. Instead, take shorter clips and edit them in post production. You will save storage space in your computer too.

Author: Kain Harvey

I'm a photographer based in Tokyo, Japan. My background is engineering, so I'm good with numbers and settings. I try to focus on my strong point and give it my all. I hope you will find the benefits of my skill.

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