Intrigued by all the buzz GoPro has gotten lately? We’ve got a buyer’s guide with our favorite GoPro cameras and accessories.
1. GoPro HERO3+: Black Edition
There have been many GoPro models over the years, but the GoPro HERO 3+ is definitely the top dog. True, it is a big of a splurge, but that extra dough buys you an extra-reliable camera. Even if you’re scrapped for cash, this model is worth saving up for. The GoPro HERO3+ offers a lighter housing, improved image sharpness, better battery life, and faster built-in Wi-Fi.
Great battery life
Lightweight design makes it a joy to lug around
Enhanced connectivity to the Wi-Fi Remote (included) and GoPro App
Arguably the most trusted name in outdoor photography
Automatically works better in low-light conditions
Nice image quality, but may not be up to some exacting standards
microSD card sold separately
Depending on your settings, you can only expect one or two hours of recording time
Content playback, sharing and access to the camera’s memory card is not available on Windows Phone
2. GoPro Floaty Backdoor
If you plan to use your GoPro while surfing, swimming, diving, or sailing, you need some sort of floatation device to keep your GoPro from sinking to the murky bottom. Not only does this floaty backdoor provide flotation, but it also makes the GoPro a lot easier to spot in churning water. For GoPro users that get anywhere close to a body of water, this is kind of a must-have accessory.
If you don’t go near the water, you might prefer the LCD Touch BacPac.
Bright color is easy to spot
Compatible with all HERO3 and HERO3+ cameras
Comes with two anchors and two tethers
So inexpensive, it’s almost stupid not to buy it
May require additional mounting, particularly for those who are surfing
Lens points straight down when floating
Case alignment can be tricky
Foam won’t work as a “lift-float” for when you lose the camera underwater
Orange is an awesome color, but neon yellow, red, or green would also be nice options
3. POV Case 3.0 Small GoPro-edition Black
This handy case from SP Gadgets lets you keep your GoPro safely tucked away, alongside all of your various accessories and peripherals. The case holds your camera, battery, up to two BacPacs, SD memory card, housing doors, and cables. If you need a rugged case to hold all your gear, this is a pretty decent option.
Supports HD Hero 1,2 3, and 3+
Designed to hold camera and accessories securely in various cutouts and pockets
Decent impact protection
Small case, not ideal for people with a huge array of bulky accessories
Case won’t fit suction cup mount accessory
Only comes in black
Self-customization of the case with a penknife is possible, but cumbersome
Price difference between the large and small is high, makes it hard to choose which case is right
4. GoPro Head Strap Camera Mount
If you need to go hands-free, this head mount for the GoPro is great for running, cycling, parkour, and other outdoor pursuits where you need full use of your hands. One of the best features of this one-size-fits-all mount is that you can wear it directly on your head, or wrapped around a bulky helmet.
Compatible with all HERO3, HERO2, and HD HERO cameras
Fits around your head, or around a helmet
Also works for underwater dives
Made by GoPro
Manufacturer does not recommend for use during high-impact sports
Newer model, while more expensive, has added benefit of Quick Clip
Can only be shipped within the US
Straps can be uncomfortable over long periods of usage
Too much movement with your head will impact image quality
5. GoPro Frame Mount for HERO3 and HERO3+ Cameras
This handy frame mount comes with a standard frame, BacPac frame, lens cover, flat adhesive mount, curved adhesive mount, and some assorted mounting hardware. If you’re looking for something with a lot of functionality, this is a GoPro accessory worth investing in. Best of all, it is rather inexpensive.
Compatible with all new BacPacs
Should work with all GoPro accessories
Won’t break the bank
Battery door is also accessible without having to remove the camera from the case
Works with car chargers
Only for HERO 3 and 3+ cameras
Only has a one-year warranty
Not the most protective option
Best used for on-land, limited impact photography pursuits
Don’t forget to grab a selfie stick! There are lots of great options out there that are compatible with the GoPro, including some that have backup batteries built right in.
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