The GoPro is a fantastic action cam: it goes anywhere, films anything, and does it in style. And it comes with almost everything you need. Almost. There are a few accessories that will take your GoPro to the next level.
We’ve scoured the internet to find the best accessories for your GoPro action cam. We’ve included a range of different accessories for every activity and budget. No matter what you’re filming, and no matter what you want to spend, we’ve got you covered.
1. GoPro Chesty
If you’ve ever seen a GoPro mountain bike or ski video, there’s a good chance it was filmed using a chest harness. This mounts the GoPro on your chest instead of on your helmet, bike, or elsewhere. And while you can find cheaper mounts, the GoPro Chesty is the industry standard.
The front plate is made of very solid plastic, the buckle is bombproof, and the straps are adjustable. No matter how big or small you are, this will work for you. And it comes with a mounting bracket that lets you easily adjust the angle of the camera (we recommend mounting it upside down to get the best angle).
If you want professional-quality video, you’re going to need a gimbal. This is a small device that contains stabilizing motors for your camera. It gives you the smooth footage you’re used to in high-end GoPro videos. A nice gimbal isn’t cheap, but it’ll make a world of difference in your footage.
The EVO GP-PRO 3 gimbal even includes a cable that’ll keep your GoPro charged while you’re using it. This particular gimbal won’t work with a chest mount, but there are some, like the WG2 PRO, that are wearable.
Action cameras might be known for point-of-view video, but that doesn’t mean they can’t do other things too. With a solid tripod, you can position your action cam to get a more stable shot. You can even use this for non-action filming, as well.
GorillaPod is known for their great go-anywhere tripods. The ball mount on the top of the tripod lets you get the perfect angle on your shot. The bendable base makes it easy to balance on any surface, and it folds up flat so you can easily stash it in a backpack or purse. All that’s left to is find the perfect spot for filming!
Want to make epic time-lapse photos and videos? This mount will help you do it. Just mount your GoPro (or your DSLR or smartphone), set the amount of time you want the mount to turn, and let it go. The built-in motor will slowly turn the base over the specified period of time.
The fact that you can use the mount with so many different cameras makes it versatile, and the relatively reasonable price point (at least compared to similar mounts) means you can start taking awesome time-lapse panoramas without breaking the bank.
This three-function device is a great way to add versatility to your GoPro. You can use it for selfies, follow cams, stationary shots, and more. Because action cameras are rather difficult to hold without any sort of grip, this is great for anyone who wants to use a GoPro as a non-action-cam, too.
Like some of the other items on this list, there are cheaper versions available. But the one made by GoPro is very solidly built, positively reviewed, and made for heavy use. You could certainly find a less expensive option, but you’ll pay for it in durability.
There are plenty of carrying cases out there, but it’s tough to beat the HSU option. Many of the cases available are big and bulky, but provide room for two GoPros and a variety of tripods, mounts, and other accessories. Most people aren’t likely to need all that space. The HSU case is compact and filled with impact-protecting foam for your gear.
Of course, if you need more storage space, there are plenty of great options, including the GoPro Casey and the more affordable AmazonBasics equivalent. One of the nice things about the HSU case is that it has a slot specifically for a GoPro battery charger. Speaking of which…
GoPro’s action cams don’t have stellar battery life, but you can easily extend your recording time with another battery. And with the dual battery charger, you can charge both batteries at once from any USB port.
Running out of juice when you’re about to film something awesome is the worst. Make sure it doesn’t happen with this combination.
GoPro’s Karma drone is the biggest and baddest GoPro drone you can buy. It’s also the most expensive by a long shot. The Solo is a great alternative, usually running a fraction of the price. You can fly via the iOS or Android app, and stream HD video directly to your phone.
If you add the Solo gimbal, you’ll get even better footage. And you still won’t even be close to the cost of the Karma. For an introductory GoPro drone, the Solo can’t be beaten.
This pack of lens filters includes a polarizing filter, a neutral density filter, and a graduated neutral density filter. The polarizer will help cut down glare and add pop to your colors. The neutral density filter keeps the sun from blinding your camera. And the graduated filter tames the sky while leaving the foreground intact.
These lenses have some mixed reviews, but in general, if you’re careful with them, they’ll help you capture better video.
Kit Out Your GoPro
There are tons of GoPro accessories out there, but these nine are some of the best you can buy. You’ll be biking, skiing, kayaking, skydiving, and drone-flying with your GoPro — and grabbing fantastic footage of your adventures.
What are your favorite GoPro accessories? What’s changed how you use your action cam? Share your thoughts in the comments below!