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    What SD card to use with GoPro HD?

    I just got a GoPro Hero HD for Christmas and it did not come with a SD card. I know some people have had trouble with certain cards and I am wondering what is the best card for the money (brand and size) that will work well. I have seen 32gb cards ranging from $75 to $400???

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    I just ordered the slightly less problem prone contour HD. Just search the threads and on line support forum---I remember it being mentioned somewhere which brands had been officially tested. I thought maybe Kingston is one of them.

    I sent a email to VIO and received a reply today that HD is definately "in the works", that they are paying attention to customer feedback, but development and timeline has not been cast yet....argh...could be a year, could be 3 years---they're holding their cards close.

    Quote Originally Posted by jrob1775
    I just got a GoPro Hero HD for Christmas and it did not come with a SD card. I know some people have had trouble with certain cards and I am wondering what is the best card for the money (brand and size) that will work well. I have seen 32gb cards ranging from $75 to $400???

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    Now using a Patriot 16GB SDHC Class 6 and a Maxflash 4GB SDHC Class 6 with no issues. Had trouble with Transcend 16GB SDHC Class 6.

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    I am using a Kodak 8GB 2 class without issue and ordered a Kingston 16GB 4 class.
    I also used a Kodak 4 GB 4 class and had no issues - I'm not sure what the class differences mean in terms of actual camera performance.
    a 16GB card can be had on Amazon for less than $40 with free shipping. 32GB cards will outlast your battery and you can get 2 16's for less $$. That way if 1 card fails, you have a backup.

    What are some of the issues being reported with SD cards? Aren't they all the same except class?

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    I may have a defective unit, or old firmware, but so far my experience has been problematic.

    The freebie MaxFlash SDHC 4GB class 6 card would only record 3 minutes or so worth of video at a time. Admittedly, the video was very nice at the 960p setting.

    I thought the memory card was at fault, so I ordered the Kingston Ultimate 133x 16GB SDHC. With this card, I could not even get the camera to record video. When I initiated the video, it would simply beep and immediately stop. After inspecting the file system on the PC, no video files were created. I know the card works because I can copy files back and forth with the camera plugged into the USB port.

    I'm waiting to hear back from GoPro, but I'm starting to wonder if a lot of these memory card issues might actually be operating system glitches with the camera rather than hardware related.
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    This "SD CARD INCOMPATIBILITY" issue is turning out to be a royal PITA!!!

    I had issues with a card that works perfectly in several devices I own and then in the GoPro HD it recorded 1 video then nothing. I reformatted and still nothing. This is a GOPRO issue that appears to be a problem they are working on with a firmware update. Luckily I remembered I had a SD card in my cell phone and used it with success on a recent ride in a GoPro HD.

    I feel really bad for people that are spending good money on quality memory cards only to find out that their camera finds it incompatible.

    So to contribute to the list of cards that actually work in the GoPro HD camera I can confirm that the following card is GOOD.

    Core Micro - Micro SD HC 4GB Class 6 (Micro SD Card used in an adapter within the GoPro HD)
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    I will add to the "so far, so good" cards. Just got my GP HD today and did some testing. So far I'm impessed. I have the GP Wide and liked that, but the HD is very nice. So far, have only used a SanDisk Extreame III 4gb / class 6 and have had not problems while testing (shooting several times to a full card).
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    Definitely don't seem to be having much luck with a 16GB Transcend card. The first video attempt on power-up results in a few seconds of what appears to be video recording, but nothing actually gets saved to the card. After that, any shutter click just causes three beeps and the number on the front indexes by one. Off in search of a Kingston card...

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    I'm using a Kingston 8 GB SDHC card.

    It works well.

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    adata class 6 8 gb works fine. 24.99 at fry's electronics

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    No problem with my Kingston 16GB SDHC class 4. Bought for £25 on ebay.
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    Kingston 16GB Class6: Only records about 4GB on r5 1080

    I'm looking for class4 on ebay

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    SD Cards seem to be hit and miss, my Transcend 16GB has worked like a charm? I wouldn't bother with a 32GB unless you have 2 battery packs.

    Note: all of the sport cameras will only record at a max of 4GB files, and then they start a new segment/file, so if you are recording constantly you will see files like this...3.84GB, 3.83GB, 3.84GB, etc.

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    What kind of batteries are you guys using with the GoPro?

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    gopro hd comes with its own rechargeble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fux
    gopro hd comes with its own rechargeble.
    I won mine in a contest so I'm not really sure what model it is. There is no reference to model name anywhere on it, or the packaging.

    It did come with a surfboard mount and I know it takes AAA batteries. I took a minute long test video and it seems to be a standard aspect camera (no wide-screen, no hd).

    Also I had an extra 8GB SD card lying around from my Canon camera and that worked fine. I thought this camera can only use 2GB according to their website.

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    I only use Sandisk SDHC cards in my GoProHD and my Nikon D90 and have never had a issue in either camera with any of my 5 cards.

    I use the Sandisc Extreme 30MB/s cards. they're Class 10. One thing I've found over the years is the higher end brand name flash memory products whether it be a USB stick CF, or SDHC are more reliable.
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    I got the 16GB card that expires at around 2.5 hrs of recording time on a single battery charge.

    Make sure it's at least a class 4 card or the video can be choppy.

    Class 6 is more ideal and 10 is the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sluflyer06
    I only use Sandisk SDHC cards in my GoProHD and my Nikon D90 and have never had a issue in either camera with any of my 5 cards.

    I use the Sandisc Extreme 30MB/s cards. they're Class 10. One thing I've found over the years is the higher end brand name flash memory products whether it be a USB stick CF, or SDHC are more reliable.
    Please post the specifics of the cards. Size of the card is extremely important for your info to be of any use.

    I'm not trying to be a prick, but its all about the details and its the details that GoPro forgot to check that is causing us consumers these 'issues'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helexia23
    I won mine in a contest so I'm not really sure what model it is. There is no reference to model name anywhere on it, or the packaging.

    It did come with a surfboard mount and I know it takes AAA batteries. I took a minute long test video and it seems to be a standard aspect camera (no wide-screen, no hd).

    Also I had an extra 8GB SD card lying around from my Canon camera and that worked fine. I thought this camera can only use 2GB according to their website.
    You have the original HERO (non HD), and as far as I know that have been no reported SD card issues. Here is a picture of the model difference. Besides the size and back battery area, the most obvious thing is that the HD does not have a viewport.

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    class 4, 6, etc.

    Is there really a difference in video quality when you use a class 4, class 6, or faster data rate card? Does GoPro specifically state to not use a card below a specific data rate?

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    No there is no difference in video quality between a class 4 and class 6. (as long as your video plays back smoothly)

    A class 4 means SD card has a minimum write Speed of 4 MByte/s and a class 6 = 6 MByte/s.

    As the maximum rate of Gopro is 960P at 13min/gb (according to Gopro specs) then a class 4 is more than enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luap
    No there is no difference in video quality between a class 4 and class 6. (as long as your video plays back smoothly)

    A class 4 means SD card has a minimum write Speed of 4 MByte/s and a class 6 = 6 MByte/s.

    As the maximum rate of Gopro is 960P at 13min/gb (according to Gopro specs) then a class 4 is more than enough.
    I'm seeing 15Mbit/sec as the maximum write speed for the GoPro, meaning class 4 (4Mbyte/sec = 32Mbit/sec) is over 2x faster than required. So, why would the video playback ever be choppy if you recorded using a class 4 card?

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    I have now tried a Transcend 16GB Class 6, Kingston 32GB Class 4, and Sandisk 16GB Class 10.

    The Transcend would not allow the camera to record in 960 mode. Kingston and Sandisk have been working fine in all modes. One thing to note...I thought I was having huge framerate issues with the Kingston recording in 1080p, but it was, in fact, down to the QuickTime playback and its weird hardware acceleration issues. Played back using Media Player Classic and it's nice and smooth. Cool!

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    SD cards and old PC

    Just something I discoverd about SD HD cards and Go pro.

    I was having issue with my maxiflash 16 g that I got from point of view cameras
    the video was choppy and sound was off. They replaced the card, but the problem was still there.

    what it turned out to be was more my PC and the mpeg-4 file type.

    My PC being a few years old . this solved the problem

    http://webvideouniversity.com/blog/2...video-cameras/

    If you plan to edit your Go -pro videos, sony vegas 9 does have the ability down downgrade if not for a better word. After conversion. sound and video were perfect.
    I sure there are other software that can also do this. but for me and My older pc. this program is not a hugh memory hog.

    I did buy a kingston 16 g class 4 card though. I will have to do some more testing to see if there is a differance.

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    No problems here regarding 16 GB MaxFlash micro SD (plus adapter) class 4 that came with my camera ordered from PointOfViewCameras.ca. I also have no problems with a 16 GB Kingston class 4 card I ordered from Newegg.ca.

    I do my HD Video editing on Adobe Premier Elements 8. My initial problems (crashing, freezes) turned out more to be issues caused by incompatible Nvidia video drivers, buggy CODEC packs, as well as failing to install Quicktime which I guess Adobe Premier uses when loading GoPro videos into PRE8.

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    I use a 32gb Topram from ebay. Forget what i paid for it. Under 100 if i recall.

    No issues with it. Great memory.

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    I just picked up a HD GoPro and have a SD6/16GB Kingston SD card that wont take video on settings 3-5

    Weak!

    Any know if GoPro has figured this out yet?

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    I just receive the Kingston 16GB Class4 and it works perfect. Before I had the Kingston 16GB Class6 and only records 4GB and mode3 didn't work.

    Now I'm very happy

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    I just got my HD Hero in the mail. I ordered the Kingston 16GB Class 4 card that they had on their website along with the camera. You would think they would sell cards that worked well with their products - I hope I am right on this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lawson Raider
    I just got my HD Hero in the mail. I ordered the Kingston 16GB Class 4 card that they had on their website along with the camera. You would think they would sell cards that worked well with their products - I hope I am right on this.
    That's what I've been using without issue. Shouldn't have any problems.

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    SanDisk Ultra, SDHC Card, 32 GB works with my GoPro HD with no issues. It is a class 4 card but can take up to 15MB/s

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    my kingston clas6 16gb dont work. can i charge the aku of my gopro hd with charger where need HTC hd2 PDA 220volt switzerland?
    edit: i have now a sandisk class4 16gb and the recording works up to 1hours than the card is full...
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    just got my GoPro HD Hero through overstock. I did a google search for the best card to use and this thread was the top hit (MTBR is a useful resource). Was curious if anyone had any updates to this ~ year-old thread. seems like a good deal of inconsistency. was thinking about picking up a sandisk ultra 32 like oldman has.

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    GoPro recently updated the firmware which seems to have greatly improved card compatibility. They (GoPro) recommend a kingston class 4, but you would probably be fine with the sandisk. Keep in mind that the 32GB will outlast your battery (by far) and you might find that the 16GB are a bigger bang for your buck.

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    cool. thanks for the heads up. I was thinking 32gb bc I might want to run it off USB power for an extended time lapse or something. I think everyone would love to see a sped up 10 hour video of me sitting at my desk eating bonbons wishing i was on a trail somewhere

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    Ah, in that case you would need a bigger card. Make sure to speed that 10 hours up to about 2 minutes - most peoples attention span

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    Run a hero go pro cam(1080p) on an hold computer

    Hi guys,
    i just bought a hero go pro(1080p) camera but for the moment i have an hold computer. I wonder if i'm able to record on 720p or 960p settings and play it on my old computer for the moment. I want to be able to run the camera on my computer

    Maybe next year i'll buy a new one, so i will be able to view it on 1080p.

    So, Am i better to return it (hero pro 1080p) to buy a basic model go pro (960) or simply keep it and enjoy next year the features of a 1080p.

    Thanks in advance

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    Already had a sandisk 16gb class 10 card. It is overkill for the cam but works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yazafoo View Post
    Already had a sandisk 16gb class 10 card. It is overkill for the cam but works great.
    What Sandisk are you using? What speed, name?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by WanderingBob View Post
    What Sandisk are you using? What speed, name?

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    SanDisk 16GB Extreme. Class 10 HD Video SDHC
    30MB/Sec Read Write Speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yazafoo View Post
    SanDisk 16GB Extreme. Class 10 HD Video SDHC
    30MB/Sec Read Write Speed.
    Thanks. Read that you should have a Class 4 or better, which was written when there were only Class 4 and 6 available. Was told by a resaler that the GPH did not like the Class 10's.

    My next DLSR will have SD cards so was trying to get the latest for dual application.

    I'm wondering if the 32GB would work or if that would be pushing it too much? Anyone using a Class 10 32GB?

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    1 more data point

    tried a Centon 32GB class 10 card (purchased at Fry's) in my HD Hero and no functions would work on the GoPro.

    I used an 8GB class 2 sandisk SDHC card and had no problems.

    just another data point.
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    Go pro seems to recommend the ScanDisc 16/32gb class 10 cards on their website:


    16GB SD Memory Card (Class 10)
    SanDisk 32GB SD Memory Card (Class 10)


    I ended up going with a Kingston 16GB class 6 card.. Still waiting for it to come in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by titaniuM3 View Post
    tried a Centon 32GB class 10 card (purchased at Fry's) in my HD Hero and no functions would work on the GoPro.

    I used an 8GB class 2 sandisk SDHC card and had no problems.

    just another data point.
    I have one of these from woot.com

    I have a feeling my GoPro(1)1080 is deffective because the quality started as jaw dropping and is now grainy.

    I just picked up another card, the mentioned Sandisk 16GB class 10 during my lunch break and am going to see if this helps.

    Anyone experience this? I got it from performancebike's website about 2 months ago. Talked to the local performancebike and they said i could exchange/refund it through them via mail out from the store. Problem is, they are sold out and the credit card I think I purchased it with was cancelled out for a newer one.

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    Zombie thread.


    Class 10 for the new HD 2, i've tried pny and sandisk they work fine with no difference. You can skip the 32gb one unless you're carrying a second battery as you'll likely only come close to writing 16gb of recording with one charge.

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    Memory card

    Tried a few brands of cards, had many problems on playback with recordings. Switched to Sandisk Extreme 16gb class 10. Camera(Gopro 960) now works perfectly.
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    Hello,
    just bought Go Pro Hero HD with a kingston 32GB class 6 card. It turns out that camera cannot record more than about 3 GB of video 1080p resolution. Any idea? Do you think is camera's problem or sd's?

    BR

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    I believe the issue you are experiencing applies to all cards. There is usually around a 4GB file size limit. It should continue to record and you can stitch those files back together in an editor without any loss.

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    Apologies for not being clear...I mean it cannot record videos for more than 3 GBs. So after recording several videos equal to around 3 Gigabytes, then MP4 files are recorded but look corrupted. I did not manage to watch any of those. Tried several programs "repairing" MP4 files but nothing. All videos after those 3 GBs are corrupted and only solution is to format the SD card...any ideas?

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