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The Fastest Way to Copy Data from a GoPro

GoPro cameras are a great addition to my kit. They allow the capture unique and adventurous angles, but best of all are really small. Just like the camera, the memory card is small – newer GoPros record to a microSD card. On most shoots, I’m filling 32gb or 64gb cards, then backing up and erasing them quickly. But whats the best way to transfer the files?

I’ll give you a hint. . . The included USB cable is not the right way. Let me explain: the USB port on the GoPro is meant for charging. It’s a low capacity port built with USB 2.0 technology. If you’re using a newer computer, you should know that your USB ports are built with USB 3.0. Therefore, transferring via USB 2.0 is painfully slow.

There’s a better way. . . Back when you purchased your memory card, it might have come with a larger SD card holder. You can plug your microSD card into the holder and use it like a normal SD card. Now you can plug it into a USB 3.0 card reader and transfer like you would from a regular camera.

If your microSD card didn’t come with an adapter, you can buy one for under $2 on Amazon or buy a 3-pack by clicking here.

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Need a new microSD card to add to your kit? Amazon sells SanDisk memory cards with adapters. Click here for 32gb cards or click here for 64gb cards.

Want to learn more about GoPro cameras, try the lynda.com 10-day trial and watch these courses.

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