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Q&A: Can You Use a GoPro without a SD Card?

GoPros are different than most cameras, so they often come with a lot of questions. In this Q&A, we take a look at recording without an SD card on the GoPro.

Question:


I am new to the GoPro world. Can you use a GoPro without an SD card?

Answer:

​In short, no!

Some cameras allow you to shoot without an SD card because they have built-in memory. The GoPro does not have built-in memory recording capabilities.

Without an SD card, there's no place for the GoPro to put the data. One of the sacrifices made to keep the GoPro camera small is the exclusion of built-in memory.

Even when pairing the GoPro with a smartphone and the GoPro app, the camera needs to record to the SD before transferring the files to your phone.

If you have an SD card but it's full, you can transfer the files to your smartphone, then delete them from the SD card to free up space and continue recording.

When you buy a GoPro, you need to buy a micro SD card too. Don't just settle on the cheapest one you find, however. Cards need to have a high read and write rate in order to work with the GoPro.

Before you buy, make sure the microSD card you are considering is on GoPro's list of recommended cards, check here.

​Also, you may find some of the following GoPro articles useful.

About the Author Hillary Grigonis

Hillary K. Grigonis is both a tech writer and photographer. As a reviewer for Digital Camera HQ, she gets hands-on experience with dozens of different cameras and camcorders every year. She owns both a GoPro and a few Nikons and she’s lost without without her iPhone.

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