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Best Micro SD Cards for DronesLexar High-Performance microSDXC

Micro Sd, or microSD, it’s all the same. But when it comes to quality, speed, and size, there are a variety of differences and the best micro sd cards for drones will vary depending on a few factors. Whether you’re flying by FPV (First Person View) or plain line of sight, you’re going to need a few microSD cards to store all of the awesome video you’ll be capturing. If you’re using Fat Sharks, or another brand of FPV headsets along with a GoPro Hero 6 or GoPro Hero 5 Black, you’ll want to get a few large micro SD cards that can handle fast throughput and 4K videos.

However, not all micro SD cards are the same, so which type of Micro SD card should you buy for your drone?

Which Micro SD Card Should I Buy for my Drone?

Depending on which drone you own; a DJI Phantom, Parrot, Syma, etc, you will need to check with the manufacturer to find out what is the largest micro sd card you can use with your particular drone model. For example, the DJI Phantom 2 vision only accepts micro SD cards up to 32GB.

The DJI Phantom 4 has a max capacity of 64GB, and a class 10 or UHS-1 rating is required. With that in mind, the absolute BEST card you can buy for the DJI Phantom 4 is the SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB (95MB/S) MicroSDXC (as pictured at the top of this post).

Watch this video to learn why the SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB micro SDXC card is the best for the DJI Phantom 4:

For most drones, I recommend using at least a class 10 micro SD card for your drone, no matter what the model. However, if you have a newer GoPro Hero 6 or GoPro Hero 5 Black that can record in 4k, I recommend getting a faster micro SD card. If you’re wondering, why am I posting about GoPro on a drone website, then you probably haven’t discovered the awesomeness of building your own drone, like the QAV 250. Putting the GoPro Hero 6 on one of these babies will take you to the next level!

What are the best Micro SD Cards for Drones and the recommended sd cards for GoPro Hero 6 Black?

Best SD Card for GoPro Hero 6 Black - anDisk Extreme Pro 128GB SDXC UHS-I Card (SDSDXXG-128G-GN4IN)Because the GoPro Hero 6 Black is capable of recording in 4K at 60fps, and 1080p at 240fps, you will need a fast micro SD card. Using a card that isn’t fast enough can cause your videos to stop in the middle of recording, or cause write errors which will make your videos completely unwatchable. This has happened to me, and trust me, it sucks! After an amazing flight you can’t wait to watch your new awesome video and BAM! – it didn’t save!! Don’t let this happen to you.

I recommend using the SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB SDXC UHS-I Card (SDSDXXG-128G-GN4IN)

To make things simple, here is the Official list of supported and recommended micro SD cards for all GoPro models as of the date this article was posted:

Best Micro SD Cards For GoPro Hero 6 (official) Compatible SD Cards:

Card Name and Manufacturer Part Number HERO6 Black HERO4 (Black & Silver)/HERO5 Black HERO Session / HERO 4 Session / HERO 5 Session HERO3+ / HERO 3: Black HERO+ LCD / HERO+ HERO
SanDisk Extreme/Extreme Plus/Extreme Pro UHS Video Speed Class 30 (V30) – ≥32GB Y Y Y Y Y Y
SanDisk Extreme UHS-I 16GB (SDSQXNE-016G-AN6MA) N Y Y Y Y Y
SanDisk Extreme PLUS UHS-I 16GB (SDSDQX-016G-A46A – 16GB) or (SDSQXSG-016G-ANCMA) N Y Y Y Y Y
SanDisk Extreme UHS-I for Action Cameras 2-pack 16GB (SDSQXNE-016G-ANCAT) N Y Y Y Y Y
Samsung Pro UHS-I 16GB (MB-MG16DA/AM) N Y Y Y Y Y
SanDisk Extreme PLUS UHS-I 32GB (SDSDQX-032G-A46A – 32GB) or (SDSQXSG-032G-ANCMA) N Y Y Y Y Y
SanDisk Extreme PLUS UHS-I for Action Cameras 32GB (SDSDQX-032G-AA4A – 32GB) N Y Y Y Y Y
SanDisk Extreme UHS-I for Action Cameras 2-pack 32GB (SDSQXNE-032G-ANCAT) N Y Y Y Y Y
SanDisk Pixtor Advanced 32GB (SDSDQX-032G-AB46A) or (SDSQXSG-032G-ABCCA) N Y Y Y Y Y
SanDisk Extreme UHS-I 32GB (SDSDQXL-032G-A46A – 32GB) or (SDSQXNE-032G-AN6MA) N Y Y Y Y Y
Lexar 633x UHS-I 32GB (LSDMI32GBBNL633R)  N Y Y Y Y Y
Samsung Pro UHS-I 32GB (MB-MG32DA/AM) N Y Y Y Y Y
SanDisk Extreme PLUS UHS-I 64GB (SDSDQX-064G-A46A – 64GB) or (SDSQXSG-064G-ANCMA) N Y Y Y Y N
SanDisk Extreme PLUS UHS-I for Action Cameras 64GB (SDSDQX-064G-AA4A – 64GB) N Y Y Y Y N
SanDisk Pixtor Advanced 64GB (SDSDQX-064G-AB46A) or (SDSQXSG-064G-ABCCA) N Y Y Y Y N
SanDisk Extreme UHS-I 64GB (SDSDQXL-064G-A46A – 64GB) or (SDSQXNE-064G-AN6MA) N Y Y Y Y N
Lexar 633x UHS-I 64GB (LSDMI64GBBNL633R) N Y Y Y Y N
Samsung Pro Plus UHS-I 128GB (MB-MD128DA/AM) N Y Y N N N

Again, in case you missed it, for most drones I recommend getting at least a class 10 micro SD card for your drone. These are the best micro SD cards for drones that should work across most models, but again, don’t forget to check with your specific drone manufacturer.

Now get out there and take some amazing videos!

Also, if you haven’t already, pick  up a pair of Fat Sharks – The best FPV Drone Goggles!

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