From dog mounts to head mounts, we list some of the best accessories you can buy for your GoPro to make sure you’re capturing life’s most exciting moments.
The wonderful thing about GoPros is that you’re able to mount them in all manner of ways. Their small size and waterproofing take them places no regular camera would ever dare go, meaning you can get innovative, exciting angles that make even the most mundane footage more captivating. The only problem is knowing what mounts and accessories you need to get the job done.
Out of the box, GoPros only come with basic adhesive mounts for flat or curved surfaces. This means you’re able to attach the GoPro to something like your helmet or the hood of your car, but anything else will probably require some additional accessories to hold your new camera securely.
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GoPro sells a whole raft of official accessories but there are also plenty of options available from third-party accessory manufacturers as well, often at a much lower price than the official offerings. Still, with official GoPro accessories you can rest assured they’ve been tested thoroughly and come with guaranteed compatibility.
But which GoPro accessories to get? It’s all a bit confusing really, so we thought we’d run you through some of the best accessories you can buy for your GoPro camera, and how you can use them – whether it’s the new and shiny GoPro Hero 6 Black, GoPro Hero 5 Black and Hero 5 Session, or older cameras like the Hero 4 and Hero 3. Most of these accessories will work across different cameras unless we say otherwise.
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One of the headline features of the Hero 5 and Hero 6 range of cameras is the voice activated controls. These let you give commands such as ‘GoPro start recording’. The only problem is the camera hearing your voice in noisier environments.
For this reason, GoPro has released the Remo, a waterproof voice-activated remote. It clips to your clothes or can be worn on your wrist. A built-in microphone will pick up your voice if the camera is mounted out of sight, such as on your head, and there’s also a one-button recording option for when you don’t want to use your voice.
Compatible with GoPro Hero 5 and GoPro Hero 6 models.
GoPro Quik Key
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If you want a quick (geddit) way to transfer footage from your GoPro to your smartphone or tablet, one of GoPro’s Quik Keys will do the job. These come in either Micro USB, USB-C or Lightning variants, so be sure to pick up whichever your device uses. Then, plug one in and insert the microSD card from your GoPro and you can transfer your media through GoPro’s Capture app. A carabiner clip is included, so you can attach it to your keychain for easy access.
At about £20 (or £30 if you need the Lightning model) the Quik Key is a little expensive, but if you’re constantly editing on the move it’s far quicker than having to transfer footage over a Wi-Fi direct connection. This is especially the case if you’re shooting 4K footage that’s resulted in large file sizes.
Compatible with all GoPro models (via the microSD card)
GoPro Jaws: Flex Clamp
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This particular GoPro accessory has gotten me out of a pickle on more than one occasion. Put simply, it’s a really strong clamp that can clamp onto a number of surfaces. Be that fences, poles or the edge of a desk. It’s great if you need to take timelapses, too.
The Jaws: Flex Clamp technically comes as two distinct pieces, the clamp and the goose neck. The gooseneck bends and flexes, letting you adjust the angle. You can also combine the gooseneck with other accessories as it’ll mount happily with GoPro chest or head mounts, letting you get even more clever with camera placement. You can also mount your GoPro directly to the clamp if you don’t need the extra reach of the gooseneck.
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Ever wondered what it would be like to see the world from the perspective of your pet? Wonder no more with the GoPro Fetch harness. This harness attaches securely to your pet with a GoPro mounting point on the back and chest areas. Then all you need to do is mount your GoPro of choice and you’re away. Perfect for capturing footage if your pet has more Instagram followers than you.
The GoPro Fetch is compatible with all GoPro models.
AmazonBasics Head Strap Camera Mount for GoPro
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Proof that you don’t need to pay the big bucks for GoPro’s own accessories in every instance, Amazon’s cheap and cheerful head strap mount does a perfectly good job for a fraction of the price. Head strap mounts are great for first-person perspective video where you want to keep your hands free.
The AmazonBasics Head Strap Camera Mount for GoPro is compatible with every GoPro model.
Sametop Backpack Strap Mount
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Perfect for travellers or hikers who are always wearing a backpack, the Sametop Backpack Strap Mount is an inexpensive way to attach a GoPro without feeling like you’re encumbered even further. It simply clamps onto your backpack using an alligator-style clip and then you can rotate the GoPro to the correct perspective. These aren’t designed for use during high-intensity activities, though.
PolarPro FiftyFifty Over/Under Dome
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If you by chance follow National Geographic on Instagram, you might have come across some of their excellent ‘Over/Under’ water shots. With the PolarPro FiftyFifty Over/Under Dome, you can achieve similar photos and video with your GoPro Hero 5 or Hero 6 Black cameras.
These domes essentially let you hold the GoPro at water level so that half the frame captures the underwater scene, while the top half captures everything above. It’s a particularly eye-catching shot made easy. The shape of the dome pushes the water away for these dramatic split-level shots.
As well as the dome you also have a convenient hand grip making holding the camera more comfortable.
The PolarPro FiftyFifty Over/Under Dome is compatible with the Hero 5 Black and Hero 6 Black.
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The PolarPro Trippler is similar to GoPro’s own Shorty mini tripod, but this one does so much more. Aside from being able to hold your GoPro like a tripod, perfect for stationary shots or timelapses, it also telescopically extends much further than the GoPro Handy. This will let you use it as a more effective selfie stick.
It also has a standard tripod thread, so you can use it with your regular camera, and a phone mount is also included. This lets you mount a whole range of video and photo-capturing devices. The Trippler is also more robustly made than the slightly plasticky GoPro Shorty so it’ll survive your travels without any problems.
The PolarPro Trippler is compatible with all GoPro models.
PNY PowerPack Outdoor Charger
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While you can carry a spare battery for many GoPro models, there are times when you’ll want to charge or power your GoPro directly. During a long timelapse for example.
The PNY PowerPack Outdoor Charger can safely follow your GoPro to harsher conditions thanks to its IP65 dust and water resistance. You won’t have to worry about it on your next boat trip. The rubberised shell is also shock-resistant.
There’s a 7800mAh capacity, so will charge your GoPro a good few times. As it has a USB port, you can also charge your other devices such as your smartphone, making it a great gadget for the field. A carabiner makes it convenient to carry around.
The PNY PowerPack Outdoor Charger is compatible with all GoPro models.
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GoPro Chesty Chest Mount
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Perfect for whenever you want a first person view of your adventures, the GoPro Chesty is a convenient way to hold your GoPro hands-free. It’s particularly useful for getting an interesting viewpoint when on a bike as it means getting the handlebars in the frame or when skiing. There’s no shortage of other scenarios where the Chesty is a handy mount, though.
The Chesty is fully adjustable so will fit most adults. The elastic straps won’t prove uncomfortable either.
The GoPro Chesty is compatible with all GoPro models.
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