It’s every adventurer’s slash photographer’s dream to own a GoPro camera. This high-tech device is ideal for taking shots mid-action and with its water and weatherproof characteristics, it’s great for filming even in the rain or snow.
But the camera alone doesn’t give the entire experience. You need some additional accessories to make the most out of your GoPro. If you already own the GoPro camera, don’t hesitate to give it some extra boost. Here’s a list of some of the best and most useful GoPro accessories in the market to give you an idea of what to add next to your cart.
1. AmazonBasics Carrying Case for GoPro (US $12.49)
Starting off with the basics, like any other portable gadget the GoPro too needs its own special bag that you can safely carry around. The bag can house any version of the GoPro Hero series, a microSD, smart remote control, batteries, housing and LCD. There are pockets where you can keep your USB cords and wires and on top of that it’s pretty economical!
2. GoPro 3-Way (US $70)
This multifunctional accessory functions as an extension arm, a handle and a tripod all in one. Sure, these functions aren’t the best in the 3-way but they do the job and are a good, compact buy. It’s detachable and water-proof so you can take it along with you on your more thrilling travels.
3. Joby GorillaPod Action Tripod (US $40)
What’s a camera without its tripod? If you’re a serious, professional photographer, you’d know how crucial a tripod can be. This flexible tripod by Joby is perfect to mount anywhere during your action shots. The legs of the tripod can bend around trees or concrete and take shots from any angle from your GoPro. It’s a little more price than some other tripods like eCost version but it’s definitely worth the buy!
4. Knog Action Video Light (US $160)
The Knog Action Video Light is a great accessory to use when you’re taking shots at night time when the light outside just isn’t sufficient enough to make your pictures or footage look good. The Knog Action Video light comes with waterproof Cree LED lights and works on your average DSLR as well. It has a long battery life and in addition, the batteries are rechargeable.
5. GoPro Chesty (US $22.99)
This one’s for all the adventurers out there. The GoPro chesty is a comfortable, wearable accessory that straps your GoPro on your body so you don’t have to go through the trouble of carrying it for example when you’re on a hike and climbing a dangerous mountain. This keeps your camera safe and saves you the worry of damaging your gadget and enjoying the adventure you’ve embarked on. Arguably, it’s not an accessory but a necessity for more serious travelers.
6. PolarPro GoPro Filter 3-Pack (US $50)
It’s a well-known fact that more important than the camera is the lens. This GoPro accessory comes with not one but three lenses which makes the purchase pretty smart. There is a macro-lens that’s good for zooming in on your shots, a polarizer that works great on water or snow, and a density filter for a smoother footage in bright light.
Similar to this accessory is the PolarPro Aqua Filter 3-pack that is especially designed for swimmers or scuba drivers. The Aqua filter pack comes with color correcting lenses of Snorkel, Red and Magenta filters. Priced at only US $50, it’s a good alternative to the PolarPro GoPro Filter 3-pack if most of your footage is taken underwater.
7. GoPole Floating Extension Pole for GoPro (US $25)
This extension arm is great for taking selfies during your travels and adventures. It can extend up to the length of 14 to 24 inches and is light in weight. It is a selfie stick made just for the GoPro with a pocket to keep your GoPro smart remote.
8. GoPro Smart Remote (US $80)
Speaking of the smart remote, this one is an essential accessory for your camera. The smart remote is virtually capable of completely controlling your camera with a few buttons. It is especially handy when long range shots have to be taken. The WiFI connectivity it offers allows you to take shots from your GoPro camera even when you’re 180 meters away from it.
9. TurnsPro Mount (US $100)
The art of time-lapse videos has been praised among photographers for years. And although you can make a time-lapse video with your average DSLR too, the TurnsPro Mount is a good accessory to make the entire process easier and more professional. The TurnsPro Mount can be fixed on a tripod and can be used over 10 hours for a time-lapse footage. To put the cherry on the top, it can also rotate so you can make a more dynamic time-lapse video than a normal static one.
10. GoPro Battery BacPac (US $20)
The Battery BacPac elongates the battery life of your camera by several hours and is pretty useful if you’re out on a long adventure and have no resources to directly change in new batteries. The only catch is that it works with the Hero series only.
11. The Tool (US $5)
Think of it as a more sophisticated, smarter wrench. This handy tool can help you tighten the screws on your mounts or other accessories. It’s cheap and should be in the pocket of every GoPro owner. What’s more? It even works as bottle opener!
12. GoPro Floaty Backdoor (US $19)
This is another accessory made especially for swimmers. The Floaty Backdoor helps to keep your camera afloat and safe so there’s no risk of losing it when you’re diving in the deep waters. It’s waterproof of course and is priced decently.
13. GoPro Jaws Flex Clamp Mount (US $30)
The Jaws flex mount is another bendable accessory that’s great for taking more angled shots without the risk of damaging your camera. In addition, the mount has an inbuilt optical neck adjustment system that makes this accessory more versatile.
14. Joby Action Battery Grip (US $70)
Another accessory from Joby is its Action Battery Grip. On first sight it might just look like ordinary hand grip to make your camera more stable, but there’s more to it than just that. On the top is a battery pack that provides a battery life of up to three times the normal battery life of the camera. It also has USB ports as a bonus.
15. 3DR Solo (US $270)
Last but not least… drones! In an earlier article we discussed how the invention of drones was taking over the filming industry. Combine that with a super sexy GoPro camera – a masterpiece. For aerial shots, a 3DR drone or even a DJI Phantom work great with your camera. You can mount your device to the drone and get the best mid-air action footage ever.
These fifteen accessories are only the tip of the iceberg. The GoPro accessories are huge in number and if you’re serious about your love for action photography and filmography, there’s no harm in adding more and more accessories to your collection.