5 Ways To Prevent Water Drops on GoPro Lens

GoPro Accessories, GoPro Tips, GoPro Underwater

What is the best way to prevent water drops on GoPro lens?

How-to-prevent-gopro-water-dropsWith photos like this, you're going to want to try something.

Water drops will cling to the lens after the GoPro has been splashed or put underwater. When you bring it up out of the water, you may just assume the GoPro is good to go. If that happens, your video/photos may be messed-up by water drop distortion on the lens.

To help prevent this from happening to you (and us), we've done the research and come up with five options.

This list is about preventing water drops on the outside of your GoPro. Eliminating fog on the inside of your GoPro requires something different.

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5 Ways to Prevent Water Drops on GoPro Lens

All of these ideas are applied to the outside of the waterproof housing, on the lens area. The lens area on the GoPro waterproof housing is made of glass. Keep that in mind as you read instructions for applying products.

1) Lick the Lens

This is really popular and works well, although it has to be repeated frequently. It looks super funny when you see someone doing it – and when you see the playback.

It's recommended to wipe down across the lens with your finger or thumb after licking, and then again after splashes.

In the following video, you'll see a demonstration.

Anthony Walsh Demonstrates the GoPro Lens Lick:

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This next video shows the only type of lens-lick that you probably wouldn't want to edit out. 🙂

Baby Thijn Shows us the GoPro Lens-Lick Trick:

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Licking the lens works great if you're holding the GoPro in your hand. But when it's mounted out of reach, you're going to need to try something else.


2) Use Rain-X Glass Treatment

This is a product used on the outside of car windshields to increase visibility in wet weather.

Apply it according to instructions on the packaging. Be careful to only apply it to the glass lens area, it may damage plastic.

One application will last for a number of uses, just keep checking how well it's working and reapply when needed. For a 7 oz bottle, you'll pay around $8.00.rain-x gopro lens drops


3) Spit On The Lens

This sounds gross. But if you've done any snorkeling or diving, you've probably already done this. Put a little spit on the inside of your mask, rub it around, and then gave it a dunk before putting it on. I know I have and it really helps.

Well, spitting on the outside of the waterproof housing lens works in a similar way. It gives you a slimy layer that helps the water drops roll of. Just like licking the lens, you would need to keep spitting on it every few minutes, and wiping down with your finger or thumb after splashes. Licking it is weird, but a little less gross than spitting on it all the time – or at least I think it is. 😉

Don't forget to edit the spitting parts out… after you've had a good laugh at yourself.


4) Apply GoClear Hydrophobic Lens Protectors

Available for Hero 3, 3+, Hero4, and Session. These are little clear protectors applied to the lens area of the waterproof housing.

They can last between 4-6 months and also protect against scratches.

Update (October 19, 2016): They are working on a new version for the newly released Hero5 Black.

How to Apply GoClear Hydrophobic Lens Protectors

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5) Use JetDry

This is the same stuff you use in your dishwasher. For a 32 oz bottle, you'll pay around $12.00.

It seems logical that Jet-Dry would work to prevent water drops on GoPro lenses. And it's at least a little better than spitting or licking. It keeps glasses streak-free out of the dishwasher, so why not your GoPro waterproof housing lens?

I assume (haven't tried this yet) it would need to be reapplied often, so just keep an eye on how well those drops are rolling off.

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This last video is an option that isn't available yet. It's called GoSpot, and it looks great. They didn't ask us to include it, I just thought it looked like a great product. What do you think?

GoSpot: Prevent Water Spots On Your GoPro Lens

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We've also tried blowing the drops off. While this is just a temporary fix, we've had good success with it, and it makes some hilarious blooper-type shots…

A Couple of My Favorite Water-Drop Blowing Blooper Shots…

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More reading: How to use GoPro underwater

Your Turn

Do you have any tips to prevent water drops on GoPro lenses? Please share by commenting on this post.

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I'm an amateur photographer and Canadian entrepreneur. Since moving to South America in 2009, we have made our living as content creators. I'm a partner at Storyteller Media, a content marketing company for Canadian travel brands. I am co-founder of this site, and our Nova Scotia travel site WiseGuides.ca.

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  • Nick Pierno Jun 6, 2016, 9:40 pm

    Hey Dena, awesome post! I think you nailed it 🙂

    We also have a product that helps prevent those water droplets. For folks located in the US and Canada, it might even be a bit easier/cheaper to get their hands on ours (free shipping in the states).

    Any chance you might add our product to your list here? We’d be honoured if you considered it!

    Here’s our site: https://gohydrophobic.com/

    Thanks so much!

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