Best SD Memory Card for Gopro Hero4 Silver

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Here is a complete list of compatible micro SD memory cards for Gopro Hero4 Silver. See whether you want the best performance or best budget options.

In this guide, first I’ll sum up about the specs of the Gopro Hero4, then I ‘ll recommend some of the best compatible cards. You can skip to the summary sections here if you like: Best memory cards for Hero 4 Silver

It’s always a good idea to have spare cards in the pocket.

I’ll have to admit that I have passions in snowboarding very much, so I tend to use my Gopro to record almost everything. There is a good quote from random person in extreme sports forum:

“Record almost everything is better than not recording your best performing tricks”.

Don’t worry about your hard disk space since you can delete unwanted videos later. However, you can’t get the unrecorded videos!

The only downside of this idea is that, my memory cards will fill up pretty quick.

Gopro Hero 4 Silver Data Rates

Gopro Hero 4 Silver is the second-best of it’s product line. It can record the biggest video at 3840×2160 (2k), but with only 15fps. For most case, you will need at least 30fps or 60fps. So, you will end up most likely to use this Hero 4 Silver at 1080p 60fps. You will need a memory card that writes faster than 5.6MB/s top.

Recording Mode Data Rate (MB/s)
4K 15fps 5.6 MB/s
4K 15fps with Protune 5.6 MB/s
4K 12fps 5.6 MB/s
4K 12 fps with Protune 5.6 MB/s
2.7K 30fps 5.6 MB/s
2.7K 30fps with Protune 5.6 MB/s
2.7K 25fps 5.6 MB/s
2.7K 25fps with Protune 5.6 MB/s
2.7K 24fps 5.6 MB/s
2.7K 24fps with Protune 5.6 MB/s
2.7K 4:3 30fps 5.6 MB/s
2.7K 4:3 25fps 5.6 MB/s
1440p 60fps 5.6 MB/s
1440p 50fps 5.6 MB/s
1440p 48fps 3.8 MB/s
1440p 48fps with Protune 5.6 MB/s
1440p 30fps 3.8 MB/s
1440p 30fps with Protune 5.6 MB/s
1080p 60fps 3.8 MB/s
1080p 60fps with Protune 5.6 MB/s
1080p 50fps 3.8 MB/s
1080p 50fps with Protune 5.6 MB/s
1080p 48fps 3.8 MB/s
1080p 48fps with Protune 5.6 MB/s
1080p 30fps 3.8 MB/s
1080p 30fps with Protune 5.6 MB/s
1080p 25fps 3.8 MB/s
1080p 25fps with Protune 5.6 MB/s
1080p 24fps 3.8 MB/s
1080p 24fps with Protune 5.6 MB/s
1080p 60fps Superview 3.8 MB/s
1080p 60fps Superview with Protune 5.6 MB/s
1080p 50fps Superview 3.8 MB/s
1080p 50fps Superview with Protune 5.6 MB/s
1080p 48fps Superview 3.8 MB/s
1080p 48fps Superview with Protune 5.6 MB/s
1080p 30fps Superview 3.8 MB/s
1080p 30fps Superview with Protune 5.6 MB/s
1080p 25fps Superview 3.8 MB/s
1080p 25fps Superview with Protune 5.6 MB/s
1080p 24fps Superview 3.8 MB/s
1080p 24fps Superview with Protune 5.6 MB/s
960p 120fps 3.8 MB/s
960p 120fps with Protune 5.6 MB/s
960p 60fps 3.8 MB/s
960p 60fps with Protune 5.6 MB/s
960p 50fps 3.8 MB/s
960p 50fps with Protune 5.6 MB/s
720p 120fps 3.8 MB/s
720p 120fps with Protune 5.6 MB/s
720p 60fps 3.8 MB/s
720p 60fps with Protune 5.6 MB/s
720p 50fps 3.8 MB/s
720p 50fps with Protune 5.6 MB/s
720p 30fps 2.5 MB/s
720p 30fps with Protune 5.6 MB/s
720p 25fps 2.5 MB/s
720p 25fps with Protune 5.6 MB/s
720p 120fps Superview 3.8 MB/s
720p 120fps Superview with Protune 5.6 MB/s
720p 60fps Superview 3.8 MB/s
720p 60fps Superview with Protune 5.6 MB/s
720p 50fps Superview 3.8 MB/s
720p 50fps Superview with Protune 5.6 MB/s
WVGA 240fps 3.8 MB/s
WVGA 240fps with Protune 3.8 MB/s

Megabits and Megabytes Difference

Please note that when you read these specs on any brochures or official websites, there will be a bit different in the unit. Megabits (Mb/s) and Megabytes (MB/s) are different.  The only small difference is the case of the mighty B.

8 Mb/s = 1 MB/s

These numbers are tweaked and misused for a marketing reason, they will sell high spec to the ones who do not actually need it. So, if your camera writes 8 Mb/s (1 MB/s) at max, you will need only 8 Mb/s cards, not the 10MB/s one. This is tricky, even I look over it sometimes. Damn marketers haha!

Don’t worry, to eliminate this confusion, I’ve already converted everything into MegaBytes (MB/s) unit on my blog. If you noticed that some numbers are different from Gopro brochure, take a close look on the units again.

Write Speed is the Most Important

Data rates indicate write speed, which is the most important spec of any memory card. It tells you how fast the memory card can write the video into the card itself. If it’s not fast enough, you will have problem with your video.

Read Speed is Just for Display

There is a read speed spec as well, but it doesn’t as important as the write speed. Since the read speed is always higher than write speed, and many times higher than necessary. The only use of it is marketing purpose. You can simply ignore it.

Knowing these numbers will tell you the most important thing, which memory cards are able to handle this Gopro Hero 4 Silver camera.

One thing I should mention is that Gopro announced that you’ll need at least class 10 which is 10 MB/s read and write. Don’t worry, I only list class 10 or faster here for you.

Gopro’s Official Hero 4 Silver compatible micro SD memory Cards

Memory CardSize (GB)Read Speed (MB/s)Write Speed (MB/s)Price (USD)
Samsung EVO 64GB Class 10 Micro SDHC Card with Adapter64 GB4848$60-ish
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Transcend 64 GB MicroSDXC Class 10 UHS-I/U3 Memory Card with Adapter 95 Mb/s64 GB9585$53-ish
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SanDisk Extreme PLUS 64GB microSDHC UHS-I/U3 Card with Adapter64 GB9590$52-ish
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SanDisk Extreme PLUS 32GB microSDHC UHS-I/U3 Card with Adapter32 GB9595$43-ish
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SanDisk - Pixtor Advanced 32GB microSDHC Class 10 UHS-3 Memory Card - Red/Gold32 GB9595$40-ish
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Samsung EVO 32GB Class 10 Micro SDHC Card with Adapter32 GB4848$38-ish
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Lexar Professional 1000x microSDXC 64GB UHS-II/U3 (Up to 150MB/s Read) W/USB 3.0 Reader Flash Memory Card 64 GB15045$35-ish
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SanDisk Extreme 64GB MicroSDHC UHS-I Card with Adapter64 GB9090$30-ish
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Transcend 32 GB MicroSDHC Class 10 UHS-I/U3 Memory Card with Adapter 95 Mb/s32 GB9585$24-ish
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SanDisk Extreme 32GB MicroSDHC UHS-I Card with Adapter32 GB9090$21-ish
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Lexar Professional 1000x microSDXC 32GB UHS-II/U3 (Up to 150MB/s Read) W/USB 3.0 Reader Flash Memory Card 32 GB15045$20-ish
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SanDisk Extreme PLUS 16GB microSDHC UHS-I/U3 Card with Adapter16 GB9595$20-ish
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* Please noted that the price of electronic devices change everyday. Check the link for the latest retail price.

Best Performance Cards

Here is a list or best performance micro SD memory cards for Gopro Hero4 Silver. Display by memory size.

Best Performance for 32GB cards

Memory CardSize (GB)Read Speed (MB/s)Write Speed (MB/s)Price (USD)
SanDisk - Pixtor Advanced 32GB microSDHC Class 10 UHS-3 Memory Card - Red/Gold32 GB9595$40-ish
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Samsung EVO 32GB Class 10 Micro SDHC Card with Adapter32 GB4848$38-ish
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Transcend 32 GB MicroSDHC Class 10 UHS-I/U3 Memory Card with Adapter 95 Mb/s32 GB9585$24-ish
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SanDisk Extreme 32GB MicroSDHC UHS-I Card with Adapter32 GB9090$21-ish
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Lexar Professional 1000x microSDXC 32GB UHS-II/U3 (Up to 150MB/s Read) W/USB 3.0 Reader Flash Memory Card 32 GB15045$20-ish
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* Please noted that the price of electronic devices change everyday. Check the link for the latest retail price.

Best Performance for 64GB cards

Memory CardSize (GB)Read Speed (MB/s)Write Speed (MB/s)Price (USD)
Samsung EVO 64GB Class 10 Micro SDHC Card with Adapter64 GB4848$60-ish
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Transcend 64 GB MicroSDXC Class 10 UHS-I/U3 Memory Card with Adapter 95 Mb/s64 GB9585$53-ish
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SanDisk Extreme PLUS 64GB microSDHC UHS-I/U3 Card with Adapter64 GB9590$52-ish
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Lexar Professional 1000x microSDXC 64GB UHS-II/U3 (Up to 150MB/s Read) W/USB 3.0 Reader Flash Memory Card 64 GB15045$35-ish
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SanDisk Extreme 64GB MicroSDHC UHS-I Card with Adapter64 GB9090$30-ish
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* Please noted that the price of electronic devices change everyday. Check the link for the latest retail price.

Best Performance for 128GB cards

Memory CardSize (GB)Read Speed (MB/s)Write Speed (MB/s)Price (USD)
SanDisk Extreme PLUS 128GB microSDHC UHS-I/U3 Card with Adapter128 GB9590$90-ish
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Lexar Professional 1000x microSDXC 128GB UHS-II/U3 (Up to 150MB/s Read) W/USB 3.0 Reader Flash Memory Card 128 GB15045$80-ish
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* Please noted that the price of electronic devices change everyday. Check the link for the latest retail price.

Best Value Cards

Here is the list of the best bang-for-bucks micro SD memory cards for Gopro Hero4 Silver. All cards below are faster than Hero4 Silver’s maximum data rate (5.6MB/s).

Best Value for 16GB cards

Memory CardSize (GB)Read Speed (MB/s)Write Speed (MB/s)Price (USD)
Transcend 16GB MicroSDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card with Adapter Up to 60MB/s16 GB4520$11-ish
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Transcend Information 16GB High Endurance microSD Card with Adapter16 GB2120$11-ish
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Lexar High-Performance microSDHC 633x 16GB UHS-I Card w/SD Adapter16 GB9510$11-ish
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Kingston Digital 16GB microSDHC Class 10 UHS-I 45MB/s Read Card with SD Adapter16 GB4510$8-ish
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* Please noted that the price of electronic devices change everyday. Check the link for the latest retail price.

Best Value for 32GB cards

Memory CardSize (GB)Read Speed (MB/s)Write Speed (MB/s)Price (USD)
Transcend 32GB MicroSDHC Class10 UHS-1 Memory Card with Adapter 60 MB/s32 GB4520$15-ish
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Kingston Digital 32GB microSDHC Class 10 UHS-I 45MB/s Read Card with SD Adapter32 GB4510$13-ish
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Lexar High-Performance microSDHC 633x 16GB UHS-I Card w/SD Adapter32 GB9520$13-ish
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Toshiba Micro 32GB Secure Digital Micro SD Class 10 UHS-I Memory Card32 GB3010$12-ish
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* Please noted that the price of electronic devices change everyday. Check the link for the latest retail price.

Best Value for 64GB cards

Memory CardSize (GB)Read Speed (MB/s)Write Speed (MB/s)Price (USD)
Lexar Professional 1000x microSDXC 64GB UHS-II/U3 (Up to 150MB/s Read) W/USB 3.0 Reader Flash Memory Card 64 GB15045$35-ish
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Transcend 64GB MicroSDXC Class10 UHS-1 Memory Card with Adapter 60 MB/s64 GB4520$30-ish
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SanDisk Extreme 64GB MicroSDHC UHS-I Card with Adapter64 GB9090$30-ish
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Lexar High-Performance microSDHC 633x 16GB UHS-I Card w/SD Adapter64 GB9520$25-ish
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Kingston Digital 64GB microSDXC Class 10 UHS-I 45MB/s Read Card with SD Adapter64 GB4510$24-ish
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* Please noted that the price of electronic devices change everyday. Check the link for the latest retail price.

Best Value for 128GB cards

Memory CardSize (GB)Read Speed (MB/s)Write Speed (MB/s)Price (USD)
Transcend 128GB MicroSDXC Class10 UHS-1 Memory Card with Adapter 45 MB/s128 GB4520$58-ish
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Kingston Digital 128GB microSDXC Class 10 UHS-I 45MB/s Read Card with SD Adapter128 GB4510$51-ish
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Lexar High-Performance microSDHC 633x 16GB UHS-I Card w/SD Adapter128 GB9520$50-ish
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* Please noted that the price of electronic devices change everyday. Check the link for the latest retail price.

I hope this write ups will provide you some benefits. If you have any experiences using Gopro Hero4 Silver with any of the cards, please share us at the comment section.

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.

3 thoughts on “Best SD Memory Card for Gopro Hero4 Silver”

  1. Hey Kain,

    Nice work bro, I appreciate all this work backed by technical information,

    One question. Why don’t you recommend any Toshiba’s Sd card? Are they not good? I’m pretty sure Toshiba is quite popular in some states.

    Cheers

    Shane Watson

    1. Hi Shane.

      Toshiba is indeed a popular brand. However, their spec sheet is very ambiguous. They published that their micro SD cards have speed both read and write UP TO 90MB/s. “Up to” doesn’t mean that the cards operate at that rate. It’s more like high number tested in a lab. Too bad, there didn’t include anywhere exact data rates their cards can handle.

      To me, these numbers are crucial. Without the numbers, I couldn’t tell their cards are good or bad. Therefore, I don’t include micro SD cards from Toshiba in the list.

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