When it comes to action footage, GoPro is the first name on everyone’s lips. But the deceptively small and unassuming camera is only the starting point if you’re looking to get serious. To maximise its smooth 4K resolution picture capabilities, you’ll probably need some accessories, too, so we’ve put together a handy list of the best below.
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Being waterproof is one of GoPro’s biggest selling points, so we’ve put the GoPro Handler Floating Hand Grip at the top of our list. The device helps to capture stunning underwater footage by allowing you to angle and aim in the waves. It also keeps your GoPro afloat, which is pretty handy if you’re taking it out to deep waters.
Aside from that, what do you use your GoPro for? Serious action shooters should consider the GoPro Karma Grip, while park enthusiasts should consider the GoPro Jaws Flex Clamp for hooking up to park rails for that low angle shot or your skateboard itself.
GoPro actively encourages users to experiment and find new ways to film using accessories, so what are you waiting for? Read on below for our pick of the accessories that'll help you get the best out of your camera, and get shots no one else can.
1. GoPro Handler Floating Hand Grip
Whether you’re looking to capture incredible holiday footage to show off to your friends and family at home or you’re a watersports enthusiast looking to get more out of their action videos, the Handler Floating Hand Grip has to be at the top of your list. The device mainly consists of a comfortable, non-slip handle, which, in addition to helping you shoot footage from a range of different angles, keeps your GoPro afloat so you don’t need to worry about dropping it when you’re in deep water.
2. Manfrotto Off road ThrillLED Light & Bracket
Attaching your GoPro to your bike or helmet is great for getting point of view shots of any extreme sport or even just a leisurely cycle. This bracket from Manfrotto also includes an LED light to attach to the top of your GoPro, meaning this accessory is perfect for when it gets dark and you want to continue filming.
3. GoPro Karma Grip
Perhaps you’re cycling down a dirt track but instead of catching the smoothness of your drift, all you get is the shaky rumble of your bike covering the ground. There is nothing worse than knowing how the footage could have been, so save yourself the disappointment by investing in the Karma Grip, which works to ensure calm, shake-free footage. After all, a good deed (buying the device) will by the law of karma, lead to a reward (incredibly awesome footage).
4. Off Road Stunt Backpack
If you're out adventuring, you'll most likely have more than one camera with you. Manfrotto has you covered again with their Stunt backpack that includes room for up to three cameras and is made of a waterproof material for added durability. This bag also includes a mount on the front for your GoPro allowing you to get a first person shot while you're exploring.
5. Knog Qudos Action Video Light for GoPro
Sometimes the most magical shots are filmed in the dark but you’ll need to make sure that you capture the essence of it correctly with the right background lighting. This is where the Knog Qudos comes in. With three light modes, including Target Spot, Action Sports and Ambient, this GoPro accessory will give your footage some serious ‘kudos’ whether you’re shooting a dark, tree-lined dirt track or a moonlit swim in the sea.
6. Birdie GoPro Flight System
With more and more people getting their hands on action cameras, shots can start to look similar to one another. This all changes with the Birdie GoPro Flight System that gives you an entirely new way to capture your experiences and even gives you a little game to play too.
The Birdie is essentially what would happen if a shuttlecock and a parachute had a child. The accessory allows you to hurl your GoPro as high as you can to take unique pictures and video. Throwing it between you and your friends can make for some great footage too.
The design ensures your GoPro will float safety back down to earth afterwards unharmed. The Birdie works great when filming in water and you won't be losing your GoPro anytime soon as the accessory floats. The Birdie gives you amazing shots and is practical too; the whole thing can be taken apart and transported around in the provided bag.
7. GoPro Fetch
If you’re always wondering what you dog gets up to in the undergrowth, now you can catch their shenanigans on camera. Whether it’s capturing them digging up a treat you buried in the garden or filming an over-the-head shot of them dashing after a tennis ball with a jump catch at the end, this GoPro accessory will ensure you capture the full essence of your animal. The Fetch comes with a comfortable harness with two mounting locations (so you can put it either the top of your dog or on their tummy) and is suitable for both small and large furry pals.
The harness is also fully adjustable, meaning it can fit any dog from weights 7-54kg. It's also fully washable for the times your dog runs through that muddy field you told them not to.
8. GoPro Jaws Flex Clamp
If you’re feeling adventurous, buy the GoPro Jaws Flex Clamp. Whether you’re shooting super high or super low angles, you can attach your GoPro to pretty much anything to achieve the footage you want; and when you’ve mastered a cool trick or landed a jump you’ve been wiping out on for the last week, you’ll want to catch it in all its glory. With a neck attachment to shoot a wider range and a quick release base to easily transition the camera between shots, if you’re looking to really play with your GoPro, this is the accessory to get.
9. StrapMount GoPro Backpack Mount
For those of you that don't want to spend over £100 on a new backpack with a pre-installed mount, you should go for the StrapMount backpack mount instead. It allows you to attach your GoPro onto any bag you own, and the mount gives you the freedom of movement that a head or chest harness doesn't.
The mount is made of bombproof glass filled nylon, not only does that sound cool, but it also means the mount will easily survive the toughest conditions the world can throw at it.
10. SHOOT Underwater Dome
Whether you’re cruising around a bay on a stand-up paddle board or shooting down a grade 4 rapid, there’s no denying how cool a half and half shot is. By moving the water line away from the lens, you can achieve a better defined picture of the world above and below water. The SHOOT Underwater Dome features a smear-free cover so you don’t need to worry about anything distorting your shots, while the non-slip floaty grip will enable you to play around with camera angles and not lose your GoPro in the process.
11. PowerVault GoPro battery integrated travel case
Rugged storage and the ability to recharge your GoPro batteries up to five times on the go; that's what the travel case by PowerVault is all about. There are two slots to put the batteries for the GoPro Hero 4 and two for the Hero 3/3+ batteries. There's also a USB port on the power supply itself, allowing you to charge a bunch of other devices on the go too.
The case is made up of a water-resistant material and is large enough to house your GoPro and all its accessories. The case ensures your camera stays safe and charged during all your adventures.
12. Joby GripTight GorillaPod
The outside world is unpredictable and there’s nothing more annoying than finding that something like an uneven surface will prevent you from achieving the best shot. The GorillaPod can literally evolve to make the most of every surface, whether its adjusting the legs over an uneven cluster of rocks or twisting it around a fence post. It features quick release clips, 360 degree flexibility and rubber feet for grip, making this GoPro accessory your most reliable companion when you’re out and about.
13. Fat Gecko Mini Camera and Camcorder Mount
This mount by Fat Gecko allows you to attach your GoPro to any smooth surface. The Fat Gecko is designed to stand in conditions where any other tripod or camera mount would fall. The mount has no problem sticking on anything from your car to surfboard, resulting in some of the most unique footage possible.
14. Bobber - Floating Hand Grip for GoPro® HERO Cameras
Getting footage underwater seems to be a trend at the moment; the Bobber by GoPole ensures the safety of your GoPro if you accidentally drop the camera you've just spent a pretty penny on. The hand grip beats out its competitors with its ability to float. You wont struggle to find it at night either with its high visibility design.
15. Smart Remote
The Smart Remote accessory by GoPro allows you to control the camera from up to 180 meters away. The remote is essential for starting and stopping recording at just the right moments when you might not always be able to reach the GoPro itself. The settings of the GoPro are also able to be adjusted on the fly via the handy screen on the remote itself.
The remote provides quick and easy access to everything on your GoPro without having to be in close vicinity. A key ring and wrist strap is included with the device to make sure you never loose it. It's also as rugged as the GoPro itself by being waterproof and fully mountable.
16. GoPro Chest Mount Harness
The GoPro Chest Mount Harness is the perfect accessory for when you want great point of view shots without having to attach your camera to a backpack. The chest strap is extremely tough and is ready for any extreme sport and gives a perfect view of the action below eye level. This angle can be more immersive and will certainly differentiate your footage from everything else out there.
17. 3DR Solo SA11A Smart Drone
This is certainly the big one. Yes, it's a drone built with your GoPro in mind. This is essential for getting incredible aerial footage. The game type controller allows for ease of flying, even for newcomers and the mobile app allows video to be streamed straight from your GoPro to your tablet or phone.
Although this doesn't come cheap, the shots you can get are nothing short of stunning. This is the only way you're going to get footage up high. The GoPro slots in easily underneath the main chassis of the drone and won't be going anywhere during flight.