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.
Pros:Great battery lifeLightweight design makes it a joy to lug aroundEnhanced connectivity to the Wi-Fi Remote (included) and GoPro AppArguably the most trusted name in outdoor photographyAutomatically works better in low-light conditions
Cons:ExpensiveNice image quality, but may not be up to some exacting standardsmicroSD card sold separatelyDepending on your settings, you can only expect one or two hours of recording timeContent 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.
Pros:Provides flotationBright color is easy to spotCompatible with all HERO3 and HERO3+ camerasComes with two anchors and two tethersSo inexpensive, it’s almost stupid not to buy it
Cons:May require additional mounting, particularly for those who are surfingLens points straight down when floatingCase alignment can be trickyFoam won’t work as a “lift-float” for when you lose the camera underwaterOrange 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.
Pros:Supports HD Hero 1,2 3, and 3+Designed to hold camera and accessories securely in various cutouts and pocketsInexpensiveDecent impact protectionPortable
Cons:Small case, not ideal for people with a huge array of bulky accessoriesCase won’t fit suction cup mount accessoryOnly comes in blackSelf-customization of the case with a penknife is possible, but cumbersomePrice 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.
Pros:Compatible with all HERO3, HERO2, and HD HERO camerasFits around your head, or around a helmetAlso works for underwater divesSturdy materialsMade by GoPro
Cons:Manufacturer does not recommend for use during high-impact sportsNewer model, while more expensive, has added benefit of Quick ClipCan only be shipped within the USStraps can be uncomfortable over long periods of usageToo 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.
Pros:Compatible with all new BacPacsShould work with all GoPro accessoriesWon’t break the bankBattery door is also accessible without having to remove the camera from the caseWorks with car chargers
Cons:Only for HERO 3 and 3+ camerasNot waterproofOnly has a one-year warrantyNot the most protective optionBest 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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