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Recommended Gear (Our Favorite Mounts, Batteries, Cameras and More)

If you find it overwhelming to sort out all the GoPro gear options, you’re not alone. In this guide, you’ll find the gear that we recommend (and use) for shooting with our GoPro cameras.

We’ve been shooting with GoPro since 2012 when we bought our Hero3 Silver. And we’ve bought and tested hundreds of GoPro mounts and accessories. We currently own 6 GoPro cameras – plus a number of other action cameras and many dslrs too.

The following gear isn’t necessarily the most premium items. Some of the best gear is actually the lowest cost. This is the gear we use and recommend.

One more thing: As you might have guessed, this page contains affiliate links. That means when you click on the link and make a purchase we may receive a commission. 

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GoPro Action Cameras and Mounts

GoPro Cameras

Famous for their amazing footage, GoPro has become the standard in action cameras. And while the GoPro takes some incredible thrill-sport footage – it is much more.

You don’t have to jump out of a helicopter to own a GoPro. Everyone can capture family vacations, night lapses, dog point-of-view video and more.

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GoPro cameras are amazing. Their small size make them perfect for travel. The waterproof case makes them versatile, great for mud, dust, and water settings. And, most importantly, the image quality is superb.

Where to Buy GoPro:

GoPro Hero7 

This is GoPro’s flagship camera. It has their best set of features they’ve ever built into a camera. The Hero7  models (black, silver and white) are all waterproof without additional housing and have an ultra-wide field of view.

  • Photo Resolution: 12MP (Black) and 10MP (Silver and White)
  • Video Resolution: 4K (Black 60fps wide, Silver 30fps wide), 2.7K (Black 120fps wide), 1440P (Black 120 wide, Silver and White 60fps wide)
  • Super Slow Mo Video: Black 1080p at 240fps wide
  • Photo Features: The following ratio shows how many images/second
    • Black Burst Rate: Auto, 30/1, 30/2, 30/3, 30/6, 10/1, 10/2, 10/3, 5/1, 3/1
    • Silver / White Burst Rate: 15/1
  • Memory Card: Recommended to use a high capacity and high speed card. The SanDisk Extreme 128GB UHS-1 will do the trick.
  • Battery: All three cameras have a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
    • Black: Removable 1220mAh 4.40V.
    • Silver and White: Built-in 1220mAh 4.40V.

Check current price of Hero7 Black, Silver and White

What you should know: The primary difference between these three cameras come down to resolution and battery. The Hero7 Black has the video and photo features. And only the Black model has a removable battery. And the battery can’t be removed.

Oh – and the Hero7 Black has a little feature known as HyperSmooth.

GoPro Accessories

To get the most out of your GoPro camera, you’ll need some accessories. This page is updated as we test and review new mounts and accessories.

See our Ultimate Guide to GoPro Accessories

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On this page, you’ll find the following GoPro mounts and accessories:

Camalapse 4: Time Lapse Mount

camalapse gopro gorillapodCreate panning time lapse videos with this slick little tool.

This mount rotates a full 360 degrees in one hour. Comes with metal tripod (1/4″-20) adapters on top and bottom.

It works similar to a kitchen egg timer, but has tripod adapters and is marked off in 15-minute increments. This mount will add a new dimension to your time lapse videos.

Image to the right: Camalapse is pictured with the GoPro Hero4 and is mounted on the Gorillapod.

Where to Buy Camalapse Mount:

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GoPro Floaty Door

Don’t worry about losing your camera again. Just swap out your backdoor with this one and your camera will float to the top and be super visible.

The orange floater attaches to the supplied backdoor with 3M adhesive tape. It is enough to keep the camera on the surface of the water. The floater is enough for just the camera. It won’t work (float) with other accessories attached.

And this only works with the external waterproof housing. If you are using your Hero5, Hero6, or Hero7 without the additional housing, this won’t work.

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Action Camera Selfie Sticks

There is an endless list of selfie stick options. Some are good – most are crap. Here’s my favorite pocket selfie stick.

XShot XSP2 Pocket Camera Extender (Light Duty):

This is truly a pocket selfie stick. We used this extender while traveling the Galapagos and it helped us capture amazing wildlife photos.

Every animal (including tortoises, sea turtles, sea lion pups, and marine iguanas) was curious about the GoPro mounted on the end. Because it was 3 feet away from us, they were brave enough to come close for a look.

You’ll need an adapter for your GoPro. These come with many accessory kits or you can order one direct from Amazon.

Moisture Inserts for Waterproof Housing

Avoid the dreaded lens fog by just inserting a couple of these into the waterproof housing before closing it up.

They absorb the humidity in the air and keep your lens clear of fog.

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Pedco Camera Mounts and Clamps

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Pedco creates some of the most durable and lightweight camera mounts we’ve seen (and used). We especially love the clamp mount – it is a beast and has never shaken lose.

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Pedco produces a number of versatile camera mounts for action, point-and-shoot and DSLR cameras.

I’m impressed by the strength of their components – their UltraClamp tightly mounted on the front of a tour bus didn’t loosen during a two hour ride over Cuenca’s cobblestone roads.

Pedco UltraClamp Assembly: 2.5″

This is one of our favorite mounts – without a doubt. We have the 2.5″ UltraClamp and find it to be super stable. The 2.5″ size clamps on most objects, including doors, buses, signposts and benches (like the image above).

The clamp is very strong – it won’t budge. The mount also comes with a removable UltraMount (ball & socket head), so you actually get two mounts in one. You can attach the ball and socket head to another mount (like the Gorillapod) for even more flexibility. Read my Pedco UltraClamp Review

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The UltraMount makes it easy to setup your shot. With one twist you can set your angle. As shown in the image below, adjust all angles at the same time. Setup your shot in seconds. This mount is included with the UltraClamp (easily removes from the clamp).

This mount is a must for your gear bag. It easily attaches to your full-size tripod, GorillaPod or smaller camera mounts. It is strong enough to hold a DSLR in a stationary shoot and solid enough to hold an action camera in in motion.

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Pedco UltraPod II Lightweight Camera Tripod

At just 4 oz and a folded size of just 7″, the UltraPod II makes a great addition to your gear bag.

With the technology of the UltraMount (but is not removable on this tripod) you can easily setup your shot and set your angle in one twist.

The low-profile design is great on its own – or use the velcro strip to attach it to a nearby tree or signpost and get a higher perspective.

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Joby Camera Mounts

Joby camera mounts

Joby makes the Gorillapod – the most flexible and stable backpack-sized tripod available. We use it for both the GoPro and DSLR. If you want a stable tripod – choose Joby.

Joby sells a selection of tripods, straps and other camera mounts for both DSLR and action cameras. They are tough – we still have our first one that we bought more than ten years ago!

Joby Gorillapod SLR Zoom Tripod

For Digital SLR cameras up to 6.5 lbs (3 kg). We use this for our DSLR and GoPro cameras.

Comes with a 360° panning bed and 90° tilt and bubble level for optimal position control. Use the built-in bubble level for perfect shots in portrait or landscape mode.

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Joby Gorillapod SLR GoPro

Joby Gorillapod Original Flexible Tripod (Great for Action Cameras)

The original Gorillapod holds up to 11.5oz (326 grams) and is great for action cameras.

Comes with a quick release clip that stays connected to your camera. Use your GoPro either in the skeleton or full waterproof housing.

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For hands free filming, you should consider a GoPro backpack mount.

Wasabi Camera Batteries

We use Wasabi batteries for all our cameras. They are the same quality as GoPro, come with a charger, and are very inexpensive.

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When you’re traveling, having extra batteries is a must. We use Wasabi batteries for all our cameras – action, DSLR and camcorder.

In almost every case, Wasabi has more power and costs less than batteries from GoPro.

Wasabi GoPro Batteries

These batteries fit and work identical to the original GoPro battery that comes with your camera. They are always less expensive and often come with a car and/or USB charger.

Hero5 – Hero7 Black: 2 Pack of 1220 mAh 3.85V batteries. Compatible with GoPro Hero7 Black, Hero6 Black, Hero5 Black, Hero (2018 Model). You can also get a dual charger with a pair of batteries.

Please note: The Hero7 Silver and White do not have removable batteries.

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Here’s what we had in our gear bag when we started this blog (August 2015).

Photography Resources

We wanted to create a resource list of the tools and books we use. The following products are items that we own and use. This will be continually updated as we try and use new items.

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Photography Tools and Apps

DropboxWe manage our photography library with the Dropbox application. The tool both backups our images to their server and sync the library across our two computers. It is fast and seamless. Thanks to Dropbox, we both have access to each other’s images.

Learn how to use your GoPro camera in our new guide.

Your Turn

What’s your favorite piece of gear? Let me know below!


Thursday 14th of December 2017

I would like to buy a gift for a family member, he has a bird feeder and loves to watch the birds at the feeder. I would like to purchase a Go Pro for him he is a novice but very computer handy. Any suggestion for him to watch the action with a Go Pro on what to buy?