Yes, at least in the newer models. You can use 128GB microSD cards in these models:
- HERO7 Black
- HERO7 Silver
- HERO7 White
- HERO6 Black
- HERO5 Black
- HERO5 Session
- HERO Session (2018)
- HERO4 Black
- HERO4 Silver
- HERO4 Session
Sequential Write Speed
Not all 128GB and 256GB cards are fast enough for the high-end video modes of these GoPros, and using a card that's too slow can lead to unstable and unexpected behavior such as video recording stopping unexpectedly or error messages. Specifically, you want SD cards that have fast sequential write speeds, which is the spec that's relevant to recording video or using the buffer photo modes on GoPros.
If you're looking for some guidance on which SD cards are fast enough for the various GoPro models, I've put together some recommendations for specific models:
microSDHC vs microSDXC
The 128GB and 256GB cards you see will all be labeled as microSDXC. Only cards 32GB and smaller will have the microSDHC label. You won't find any 128GB cards sold with microSDHC labeling. The distinction is one set by the SD Association's specification.
The difference between them is in the filesystem formatting used. microSDHC cards use FAT32 filesystem. microSDXC cards us a newer and more flexible exFAT filesystem. While it's technically possible to use a computer to reformat the card with the other filesystem, it's not recommended, and the next time you reformat the card in the camera it will revert to the expected filesystem.
Common GoPro Questions
Here are some common questions I get from GoPro users.
How to Maximize a GoPro's battery life
There are several factors that influence how long the GoPro's battery life lasts. Among them include what mode you're recording in (4K uses more power than 1080p30, for instance), the health of the battery, and even the environmental temperature (lithium batteries don't perform well in very cold temperatures). But there are some things you can do to maximize battery life. Not every GoPro has all of these features, but start with these:
- Minimize use of the back screen
- Turn off wireless
- Turn off voice commands
- Turn off GPS
- Turn off Protune
- Use QuickCapture mode
Is it normal for GoPro cameras to get hot?
Yes. Depending on the model and the shooting mode you're using, it's normal for GoPros to get quite warm while shooting. They can get hot enough to be uncomfortable to touch. It's especially noticeable when shooting high-resolution and high-framerate video. Some newer models have an overheating protection mechanism that will shut the camera down if it gets too hot. I have more details on GoPros getting hot, here.
How can I control a GoPro remotely?
GoPro makes a range of wireless remote controls. They don't all work with all GoPros--for example, the HERO (2018) isn't compatible with this type of remote control. Many of the newer models also work with the GoPro mobile app. Not every model can be controlled remotely, but most of the newer models have wireless compatibility that can be used for at least some methods of remote control.
Can you take pictures with a GoPro?
If you've been using a GoPro for a while, this might seem pretty obvious, but if you've never used one, it's not quite so self-evident. GoPros are best known for dramatic action videos, but they can most certainly take still photos too. In fact, they can be a very interesting alternative to a traditional camera so long as you work within its limitations. I have more more details here.
Do GoPro wireless controls work underwater?
No. You can't use the mobile app or a wireless remote control if the camera is fully submerged in water. They will normally work just fine in rain and spray--just not submerged. I have a more detailed explanation here.
Do GoPro touchscreens work underwater?
No. If they're just wet above water, they can work to some extent, although often less reliably. But the touchscreens won't work underwater.