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.
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.
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.
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.