Top 5 GoPro Accessories
So you’ve just dropped $400 on a new GoPro Hero3. Well played. Take it everywhere and test it like crazy. But first, get ready to swallow this pill — they haven’t taken your last dollar yet. While great out of the box, a GoPro — like any camera, really — requires a few add-ons to make it a truly trusted tool in the arsenal of the adventure storyteller. Consider:
1) Battery BacPac. Technology has opened a million doors for us creatively, but it has also made us slaves to the battery. I lessen the pain of that shackle by carrying extras…a lot of extras. The Battery BacPac essentially doubles your battery life, letting you grab those time-lapse shots or capture long sequences without interruption. It doesn’t mean you won’t run out of juice, and it still pays to know exactly how much battery life you have left, so test this appropriately ahead of time.
Add’l Upgrade: Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Panel. Why buy? If you’re setting up your GoPro for a time-lapse and you’ve got some sun to work with, you can plug the Nomad 7 directly into the GoPro and be charging throughout the shoot. Portable, light-weight and dependable.
2) Suction Cup. Getting there is often half the fun. It’s also an integral part of the story. Tell this segment of the tale by mounting the GoPro onto the vehicle that’s getting you there. It’s a great way to show passage of time + distance while taking in the landscape. (Disclaimer - I do NOT recommend affixing to the fuselage of a commercial airplane. The suction cup is only rated for 150+ mph. Plus this will get you arrested.)
3) Mounting Frame. Those who want to play around with mounting options will soon grow frustrated with the limitations of the GoPro housing. Consider an upgrade, like Unruly’s Headgear or Headcase frames, which add a slew of 1/4″-20 mounting point options. The Headgear is designed to work with the existing GoPro housing; the Headcase replaces it. (Note: Unruly’s current options cover only the GoPro and Hero 2. You can make reservations to purchase the upcoming Hero III Headgear.)
4) Filters. If you’re doing underwater shoots or ski/snowboard stories, you’ll want some filters. A red filter is crucial for heading deeper than 10 feet, where you need to filter out the blues. A solid polarizer filter is essential for any sort of shooting where glare is an issue (snow + water). PolarPro has a pretty comprehensive collection of filters worth checking out.
5) Telescoping Pole. Ah, the selfie. I’m as guilty as anyone of turning the camera on myself from time to time. There’s a definite skill involved in performing a stunt/sport/activity one-handed, and to be quite honest I sometimes question the wisdom of using these things while, say, tooling around crowded streets on a motorcycle, but there’s no question they provide a unique perspective and one that has become synonymous with the GoPro. You’ll want one that extends, is light and ideally will float when the camera is attached. Durability is a must, as this thing will likely get banged up. This is another accessory category filled with options, but Go-Scope ticks all the boxes for me.
Got any must-haves on your list? Shout ‘em out in the comments below.
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