The best GoPro accessories to make the most of your next adventure

The best GoPro accessories to make the most of your next adventure

You can use a GoPro to film almost anything, but you’ll need some additional gear to tap into the action cam’s limitless possibilities. That said, the world of GoPro accessories is almost as boundless as the device’s potential functions. While this abundance of accessories — which come from both GoPro and third-party manufacturers — speaks to the company’s immense popularity, it can also be overwhelming to navigate.

Lucky for you, we’ll steer you away from second-rate products that might otherwise impede your adventures. Below are the best GoPro accessories available, all of which will ensure you’re properly equipped to capture the moment — whether it be one defined by a snow-capped ascent or your dog on the couch.

Looking to make the most of your newfangled action cam? Take a look at our roundup of GoPro tips and tricks for some additional pointers and suggestions. And to help you carry all your gear, check out our favorite GoPro bags.

Mounts, gimbals, and more

Fotodiox Pro GoTough Tripod Adapter II ($10)

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If you own a GoPro, it’s likely that you own other cameras. That said, nearly every camera uses a 1/4-20 mount for tripods, and having a 1/4-20 adapter for your GoPro will accomplish a few things. First, you’ll be able to use your GoPro with all the camera accessories you already own. As you acquire gear, you can buy standard camera accessories and then use your GoPro with them, making your equipment more versatile since the arrangement doesn’t really work the other way around. Even if a GoPro is the only camera you own, however, having a 1/4-20 adapter allows for compatibility with even more accessories. While these little gems are available for as little as $1, we like the Fotodiox adapter because the all-metal mount is as durable as it is lightweight. It’s also “soft-treated,” meaning you can hand tighten the screw without needing a fancy screwdriver. The five different colors are a nice touch, too.

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Amazon

GoPro Pro 3.5-millimeter Microphone Adapter ($50)

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It’s not news that GoPro’s onboard microphones leave much to be desired. In fact, GoPro itself has an accessory to help enhance audio capture. GoPro’s Pro 3.5-millimeter microphone adapter plugs into the USB-C port and adds an inline 3.5-millimeter jack for plugging in external microphones (note that the adapters are not supported by the Session models). As for what microphone you use with it, that’s up to you and your needs. If you own a Hero4 or older, GoPro has a different (and less expensive) adapter for those cameras.

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Amazon

GoPole Scenelapse ($35)

GoPro cameras are perfect for time-lapse shots with their wide-angle lens and built-in functionality. The GoPole Scenelapse takes it to the next level though by adding a bit of rotation to your time-lapse shot. Effectively a glorified egg timer with a tripod mount on top, the Scenelapse can be set at predefined intervals where it will slowly rotate as your action cam goes about filming or capturing photos. Every hour, it rotates a full 360 degrees, making it easy to calculate with just a twist how long and how far you want it to pan.

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Amazon

Removu S1 Rainproof 3-Axis Gimbal ($280)

So, you’re looking for a gimbal that can handle the elements like your GoPro? Look no further. The Removu S1 is the rainproof 3-axis gimbal you’be been waiting for. Besides being rainproof, the standout feature of the Removu S1 is its ability to be taken off its wireless joystick remote and be mounted to any standard GoPro clip. At $280, it’s not cheap, but it works with any GoPro going back to the Hero3, so hopefully it’ll last you a few more generations to ease the financial burden.

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Amazon

SplitGadget SplitDome ($100)

You know those cool photos and videos where you see half above water and half below? You can get those those too now with the help of SplitGadget’s Split Dome GoPro port. By putting a large dome in front of the lens of the GoPro, SplitGadget effectively adds a larger front optical element. This makes it easier to get split shots, especially when the water is choppy. It even comes with its own grip with wrist strap for easy handling underwater.

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SplitGadget

Joby GorillaPod ($25)

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Effortlessly wrap your GoPro around any tree or post you want with Joby’s handy GorillaPod. Although it’s not as tall as a standard tripod — it measures a paltry 10-inches, after all — don’t knock it as useless. The device’s flexible legs can wrap around any cylindrical material and objects such as trees and pipes, and its rubberized rings and foot grips ensure that your GoPro will remain stable once affixed. The GorillaPod is also equipped with a ball head, which allows for 90-degrees tilt and 360-degree pans. As an added bonus, it also features a standard 1/4-20 clip, and the bottom of the mount is threaded to fit on any tripod.

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Amazon

GoPro 3-Way ($70)

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There are a ton of GoPro sticks (we recently rounded up some of our favorites) but GoPro’s official 3-Way is particularly handy due to its multi-functionality. You can use it as a basic handle for your GoPro, an extendable arm, or simply as a tripod. Though it doesn’t extend as far as some telescoping sticks – it moves between 7.5 and 20 inches – that actually makes it less cumbersome and lighter. The grip is also comfortable and can be detached to become an even smaller handle to your camera.

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Amazon

PanaVise ActionGrip 3-N-1 Suction Cup Camera Mount Kit ($45)

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This kit lets you quickly set up the exact mount you need for whatever situation you find yourself in. Not only is it the most versatile suction cup mount available, but it’s also incredibly secure and easy to use, thanks to the embedded ball head. It’s perfect for attaching a GoPro in or outside of a car, or even to rocks, boats, small watercraft, or anything with a relatively smooth surface. Suction cup mounts like the ActionGrip 3-N-1 really shine in high-speed situations, too, where a typical clamp just won’t hold the camera steady enough. The last thing you want is for your expensive Hero5 Black to go flying.

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Amazon

Knog Qudos Action Video Light for GoPro ($100)

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We love Knog and we love nocturnal activities, so it only make sense that we turn on our Qudos action light to illuminate our filming when the sun goes down. The mighty little light is waterproof up to 131 feet (40 meters) and features different light settings that allow the output to fluctuate between 70 and 400 lumens. It’s powered by a rechargeable battery and comes bundled with a camera mount bracket, meaning you don’t have to buy a separate gadget to attach it to your camera.

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B&H

EVO GP Handheld Gimbal ($280)

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Ever wonder why amateur action-cam videos make you feel sick? It’s because older cameras like the Hero4 lack any software or hardware image stabilization (the new Hero5 Black introduces electronic IS). The EVO GP is a powered, three-axis gimbal that uses high-torque motors to keep your GoPro steady as you move. The buttons on the handle allow for smooth control over pan and tilt, too, so you can keep the camera aimed where you want it. You can also use the GP’s internal battery to extend your GoPro’s battery life up to seven hours when connected via Mini USB. While $279 certainly isn’t cheap, keep in mind that this is similar to technology used to stabilize cinema cameras in Hollywood productions.

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Amazon  B&H

TurnsPro ($100)

The TurnsPro mount helps with more dynamic time-lapse shots by adding some motion into the mix – think of the opening credits of House of Cards. You can set the mount on a sturdy surface, like a table, or use it with a tripod. You can also adjust the settings to accommodate for how you want to film, whether for 20 seconds or 10 hours, and how much you want the camera to rotate. The TurnsPro is reasonably priced, too, and can work both vertically and horizontally if attached to a tripod. Plus it can be used with your DSLR and mobile phone as well as your GoPro. For a simpler time-lapse mount that’s even easier to use, we like the Scenelapse from GoPole.

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Amazon

GoPro Chesty ($40)

GoPro Chesty

When you want to take POV shots from a lower angle without using your hands, the Chesty is your best bet. Helmet mounts (included with GoPro cameras) are great, but not all activities require one, and sometimes you don’t want footage that swivels and turns along with your head. This adjustable chest contraption is ideal for highlighting your hands, whether you’re playing piano or biking, allowing you to capture actions shots from the center of your chest. We’ve even seen these at food and wine fests, which is a testament to their versatility and comfort. The Chesty is available for kids, and there’s an alternative body strap that goes over your head.

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Amazon

GoPro Fetch ($40)

If the Chesty is for humans, then GoPro’s Fetch is for man’s best friend. The Fetch is one of the coolest mounts for dog owners, as it gives you a look at the world from your dog’s point of view. The contraption allows you to place your camera either on your dog’s back or just below its chest, depending on how you want to arrange things. The harness is also washable, so Fido can roll in the mud all he likes. Finally, you get to see what your dog has been up to when you aren’t around.

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Amazon

Published at Wed, 06 Dec 2017 21:58:03 +0000

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