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.
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GoPro Action Cameras and Mounts
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.
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.
GoPro Hero7 (Newest Model)
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.
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.
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.
On this page, you'll find the following GoPro mounts and accessories:
Camalapse 4: Time Lapse Mount
Create 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: Amazon.com
GoPro Floaty Door
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.
Action Camera Selfie Sticks
There is an endless list of selfie stick options. Some are good – most are crap. Here are the two we use:
Selfie Monopod 15″ – 47″ (Heavy Duty):
This isn't a pocket size – but it does easily fit into a backpack. There is no flex or give in the pole. Even though it isn't the smallest stick, it is my favorite.
This pole comes with a GoPro adapter and has a rotatable head. With three extending/locking sections, it's easy to get the right length.
XShot XSP2 Pocket Camera Extender (Light Duty):
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 GoPro.
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
Pedco Camera Mounts and Clamps
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.
Pedco produces a number of versatile camera mounts for action, point-and-shoot and DSLR cameras.
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
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.
Pedco UltraPod II Lightweight Camera Tripod
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.
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
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.
Joby Gorillapod Original Flexible Tripod (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.
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.
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.
Please note: The Hero7 Silver and White do not have removable batteries.
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