A GoPro is a must-have for any thrill-seeker wanting to record their adventures. Buying the camera is just the first step when it comes to creating awesome footage, the next step is kitting it out. In this guide, we will go through the different accessories you need to really make the most out of your GoPro.
Before you choose a mount, ask yourself: What activity am I doing? How do I want to capture it? Once you have answered these questions, choosing a mount will be easy! For example, if you want to capture POV footage of yourself mountain biking or climbing, then wearable mounts such as the GoPro Helmet Mount, GoPro Head Strap and GoPro Chesty make the perfect choice for hands-free action.
If you don’t want to wear your camera, there are plenty of other options for mounting your GoPro. Whatever the vehicle, you can bet there’ll be a mount for it. The GoPro Handlebar / Seatpost / Pole Mount is perfect for attaching your camera directly to your bike or ski pole, whilst industrial strength suction cups like the GoPro Suction Cup or Joby Suction Cup & GorillaPod Arm can be used to attach your GoPro to cars, boats & motorcycles. There are even Surfboard Mounts available. If you need an extended view without the mount appearing in your footage or follow shots with extra reach; then you can use the GoPro 3-Way.
If you are really adventurous and want a mount for all occasions, then you should consider the GoPro Adventure Kit. This bundle has must-have mounts for all activities, including The Handler for handheld footage in and out of the water, a Head Strap for immersive POV shots and a QuickClip for compact, low-profile mounting.
Getting a spare battery is essential for any adventure! It’s easy to chew up your battery life when making full use of your GoPro and you may be in a place where you won’t have access to a charger. The last thing you want is to run out of juice when you’re in the midst of the action. You can go with the GoPro branded batteries & chargers, however, a less expensive, but equally as powerful option is the Wasabi Power batteries. Alternatively, if you’d rather focus on filming instead of swapping out batteries, the Wasabi Power Clutch is a great option. It functions as a portable power bank, featuring 5200mAh of extra battery storage, ready to go when you need it.
Alongside a spare battery, a spare memory card is a must! The last thing you want when out on a shoot is to mess around having to delete footage or offloading images to free up space. When it comes to action cameras, the speed class of a memory card is very important. If the card is too slow, it may result in errors with video recording. The SanDisk Extreme line is a great choice as they are specifically designed for action cameras with a hardy build that’s waterproof, temperature proof, shockproof and X-ray proof. They provide ultra-fast read and write speeds of up to 160MB/s and 90MB/s, so you can make the most out of your GoPro.
When taking your camera into the water, start with protection! Although the Hero 9 and Hero 10 cameras are waterproof already, adding the extra protective housing will allow you to use your camera for dives up to depths of 60m. Using underwater filters for colour correction is a must when shooting under the sea, as is a waterproof light for dialling up the illumination.
If deep-sea exploring isn’t your thing, but you still want to get those water shots, there are lots of floatation devices such as the GoPro Bite Mount And Floaty. The bite mount is perfect for capturing hands-free footage, whilst having the easy to spot orange floaty for added security in and around the water. There are plenty of grips designed for handheld footage in the water. The GoPole Evo Floating Extension Pole has a lot of great features for a reasonable price. Its two-stage telescopic design extends to 60cm, whilst the transparency of the pole helps it disappear into the background when filming shots of yourself. Additionally, the pole also serves as a floating device in the water and you can attach an optional GoPro Wifi Remote, putting the camera controls at your fingertips.
Vlogging Kits and Accessories
Not only can you use your GoPro for capturing amazing action footage, but you can also use it for vlogging purposes. With GoPro being a low entry price point, small, compact and able to add and use multiple accessories, it’s a great alternative compared to a DSLR vlog camera setup. The latter is normally big, bulky and most importantly expensive. Whether you’re after a full kit or a few GoPro accessories to support your vlogging desires, we have some recommendations for you.
If you are after a vlogging kit for your Hero GoPro, the ones by SmallRig are a great option. The SmallRig Vlog Kit for your Hero 8 is a perfect kit for any vlogger. It includes an aluminium form-fitting camera cage, a tabletop tripod with a panoramic ball head and a mic adapter holder.
GoPro has its own vlogging media kit where you can build your filming set-up. The first accessory is the Media Mod which transforms your GoPro into a production powerhouse. It features a compact wrap-around design with a built-in directional microphone and two shoe mounts for additional accessories. The removable foam cover also suppresses wind gusts up to 32kmph. The next accessory to add to your kit is the Display Mod that connects to the Media Mod and is a flip-up compact screen that lets you see yourself in action. Lastly, you can add the Light Mod, which is a powerful yet compact LED light to illuminate your subject.
Cases and Bags
Lastly, you will need something to carry and organise all of these GoPro accessories mentioned above. Having a bag to protect and keep your action gear safe while on the go is a must. We have a few recommendations, depending on how much you’re needing to hold.
If you’re wanting to start off with something simple and want it to hold just one action camera and a couple of accessories, then the Viewpoint CS40 is a great choice. It has a main compartment with thick interior padding to keep your gadgets safe as well as two dividers for organising. On the other hand, if you’re wanting to store and protect multiple action cameras and accessories, then the GoPole Trekcase is for you. Not only does it fit three action cameras while still leaving room for accessories, but it also fits most extension poles and selfie sticks. This water-resistant all-rounder carry bag can even be rolled up to be even more compact for on the go.
The GoPole Venture Case is another great option for housing two action cameras and is designed with two smaller compartments and one larger compartment. This is to store and protect mounts, clips, remotes, cases and more. It will also help shield your gear from any exposure to rain, snow and dust.
For more information on any of the accessories listed above, contact the team at Rubber Monkey and we can find a solution that works perfectly for you and your budget!