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17 accessories that make the most of your GoPro

Rachel Grozanick
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You can use a GoPro to film almost anything, but you’ll need some additional gadgets to tap its limitless possibilities. The world of GoPro accessories is almost as boundless as the cam’s potential functions, however. While this abundance of accessories — both from GoPro and third-party manufacturers — speaks to the company’s popularity as the go-to adventure cam, it can also be overwhelming to navigate.

More: 6 great backpacks for hauling GoPro cameras and accessories

Luckily, we’ll steer you away from second-rate products that might otherwise impede your adventures. Below are a few accessories that will ensure you’re equipped to capture the moment — whether you’re filming your snow-capped ascent or just your dog on the couch.

Mounts, filters, and more

Fotodiox Pro GoTough Tripod Adapter ($10)

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If you own a GoPro, it’s likely that you own other cameras. That said, nearly every camera uses a 1/4-20 mount for tripods, and having a 1/4-20 adapter for your GoPro will accomplish a few things. First, you’ll be able to use your GoPro with all the camera accessories you already own. As you acquire gear, you can buy standard camera accessories and then use your GoPro with them, making your equipment more versatile since the arrangement doesn’t really work the other way around. Even if a GoPro is the only camera you own, however, having a 1/4-20 adapter allows for compatibility with even more accessories. While these little gems are available for as little as $1, we like the Fotodiox version because it’s made of aluminum, meaning it’s more durable than plastic and features threading that won’t strip as easily over time. The five different colors are a nice touch, too.

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GoPro 3-Way ($70)

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There are a ton of GoPro sticks (we recently rounded up some of our favorites) but GoPro’s official 3-Way is particularly handy due to its multi-functionality. You can use it as a basic handle for your GoPro, as an extendable arm, or simply as a tripod. Though it doesn’t extend as far as some telescoping sticks – it moves between 7.5 and 20 inches – that actually makes it less cumbersome and lighter. The grip is also comfortable and can be detached to become an even smaller handle to your camera.

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PanaVise ActionGrip 3-N-1 Suction Cup Camera Mount Kit ($45)

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This kit lets you quickly set up the exact mount you need for whatever situation you find yourself in. Not only is it the most versatile suction cup mount available, but it’s also incredibly secure and easy to use, thanks to the embedded ball head. It’s perfect for attaching a GoPro in or outside of a car, or even to rocks, boats, small watercraft, or anything with a relatively smooth surface. Suction cup mounts like the ActionGrip 3-N-1 really shine in high-speed situations, too, where a typical clamp just won’t hold the camera steady enough. The last thing you want is for your expensive Hero5 Black to go flying.

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Polar Pro GoPro Filter 3-Pack ($50)

PolarPro Filter and Lens Pack

Filters and lenses can greatly enhance your photography with minimal effort. Polar Pro’s three-pack is a bargain, too. The commendable bundle includes a polarizer (for filming around reflective surfaces like snow and water), a macro lens (for filming up-close), and a neutral density filter (which slows down the shutter speed for smoother motion in bright lighting). All three are a snap to attach to and remove from the camera.

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Knog Qudos Action Video Light for GoPro ($120)

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We love Knog and we love nocturnal activities, so it only make sense that we turn on our Qudos action light to illuminate our filming when the sun goes down. The mighty little light is waterproof up to 131 feet (40 meters) and features different light settings that allow the output to fluctuate between 70 and 400 lumens. It’s powered by a rechargeable battery and comes bundled with a camera mount bracket, meaning you don’t have to buy a separate gadget to attach it to your camera.

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EVO GP Handheld Gimbal ($279)

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Ever wonder why amateur action-cam videos make you feel sick? It’s because older cameras like the Hero4 lack any software or hardware image stabilization (the new Hero5 Black introduces electronic IS). The EVO GP is a powered, three-axis gimbal that uses high-torque motors to keep your GoPro steady as you move. The buttons on the handle allow for smooth control over pan and tilt, too, so you can keep the camera aimed where you want it. You can also use the GP’s internal battery to extend your GoPro’s battery life up to seven hours when connected via Mini USB. While $280 certainly isn’t cheap, keep in mind that this is similar to technology used to stabilize cinema cameras in Hollywood productions.

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TurnsPro ($99)

The TurnsPro mount helps with more dynamic time-lapse shots by adding some motion into the mix – think of the opening credits of House of Cards. You can set the mount on a sturdy surface, like a table, or use it with a tripod. You can also adjust the settings to accommodate for how you want to film, whether for 20 seconds or 10 hours, and how much you want the camera to rotate. The TurnsPro is reasonably priced, too, and can work both vertically and horizontally if attached to a tripod. Plus it can be used with your DSLR and mobile phone as well as your GoPro. For a simpler time-lapse mount that’s even easier to use, we like the Scenelapse from GoPole.

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GoPro Chesty ($40)

GoPro Chesty

When you want to take POV shots from a lower angle without using your hands, the Chesty is your best bet. Helmet mounts (included with GoPro cameras) are great, but not all activities require one, and sometimes you don’t want footage that swivels and turns along with your head. This adjustable chest contraption is ideal for highlighting your hands, whether you’re playing piano or biking, allowing you to capture actions shots from the center of your chest. We’ve even seen these at food and wine fests, which is a testament to their versatility and comfort. The Chesty is available for kids, and there’s an alternative body strap that goes over your head.

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GoPro Fetch ($39)

If the Chesty is for humans, then GoPro’s Fetch is for man’s best friend. The Fetch is one of the coolest mounts for dog owners, as it gives you a look at the world from your dog’s point of view. The contraption allows you to place your camera either on your dog’s back or just below its chest, depending on how you want to arrange things. The harness is also washable, so Fido can roll in the mud all he likes. Finally, you get to see what your dog has been up to when you aren’t around.

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Clamps, battery packs, etc.

GoPro Jaws Flex Clamp ($50)

Jaws Flex Clamp

This flexible clamp can quickly latch on to almost anything, so long as it’s no thinner than a pencil and no thicker than two inches. You can either attach the camera directly to the clamp or use the flexible gooseneck to pivot your camera where you want it. The clamp is also as secure as a snapping turtle’s jaw – once it clamps on, it’s not letting go. It’s simplicity makes it incredibly versatile.

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GoPro Battery BacPac ($20+)

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Let’s face it: GoPro cameras aren’t known for their long-lasting battery life. In normal use, you’ll probably get an hour and a half of recording time before having to switch to a new battery. Swapping batteries isn’t always an option, however, especially if you’re dangling from a parachute or in the ocean wearing full scuba gear. That’s where the Battery BacPac comes in. The device provides extended life and doesn’t require you to swap out multiple batteries. GoPro doesn’t document the BacPac’s lasting power, but it does say the latest version is 15 percent better than the previous model, and users appear to be getting close to three hours of recording time. It also doesn’t increase the overall size of the camera too much and comes with two waterproof backdoors, each of which is compatible with the standard GoPro case. Note: the Battery BacPac only works with Hero cameras with a connector.

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Backcountry Target

3DR Solo ($267)

3DR Drone

If you like love aerial videography, GoPro and drones are a perfect match. The Solo from 3DR is one of the easiest we’ve used. You can control it manually with your smartphone or set for automatic follow, or set flight points for autonomous “virtual cable” maneuvers that guarantee absolutely smooth shots, thanks to the onboard gimbal. The drone is also one of the smartest, with two onboard computers to handle its advanced functions. While it may carry a $1,000 list price, you can get it for much cheaper. Read our full review here. Note that the company is shifting away from the consumer business, and although we don’t anticipate the Solo to remain on our list in the next update, it’s a machine that’s still fun to fly. If you’re looking for something newer, GoPro’s Karma drone offers features similar to the 3DR Solo’s, starting at $800.

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Polar Pro PowerGrip H2O ($100)

PowerGrip H2O

Need a waterproof selfie stick? Why not get one that can charge your GoPro six times over? And, if you’re really adventurous, why not get one that, with a small addition, can even charge your camera beneath the water? The PowerGrip H2O meets all this criteria. It comes with two 11-inch, extendable arms that telescope out and create a joint when attached. The grippy base also features a built-in tripod mount that’s perfect for creating time-lapses, or for other situations that call for steadier shooting. The bundled phone mount and add-on kits are just as excellent, too, allowing you to charge your GoPro underwater or outfit it with a 450-lumen light.

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GoPro Floaty ($20)

Your GoPro might be waterproof, but that doesn’t mean it’s capable of floating on its own in the event it gets lost at sea. Thankfully, GoPro makes Floaty, an apt-titled accessory that’s designed to make sure your GoPro acts more like a bobber than an anchor. It’s not cheap, especially when you consider that it’s basically a glorified piece of foam, but it’s still cheaper than a new action cam.

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Monoprice Camera Skate Dolly ($40)

Remember roller skates? Now, imagine one of those, except with a tripod mount in place of the shoe. What you have is Monoprice’s Skate Dolly, a clever gadget that outfits your GoPro with its own set of wheels. You can even custom-align the wheels to capture curved shots when filming that epic, wraparound shot of your hermit crab.

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GoPro Remo ($80)

If you weren’t already aware, GoPro’s latest action cams respond to voice commands. The problem is, you aren’t always next to the camera and sometimes you might not want to shout across the room to start recording. Enter the GoPro Remo, a wireless remote that offers integrated voice control. Like the GoPro, the waterproof Remo can be worn or mounted using a handful of compatible accessories, and works up to 33 feet away from your Hero5 Black or Hero5 Session.

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AirDog Drone ($1,599)

AirDog

Drones take action cameras to the next level, and the AirDog does the same for drones. As the name might suggest, the AirDog functions as your faithful companion, one that follows you around on a wireless tether called an AirLeash thanks to a comfortable armband with built-in controls and Bluetooth capabilities. You can control the quadcopter from your arm with the band for times when the simple auto-follow function will not do. You can also tuck the AirDog in your backpack when folded down, and while it may be pricey, frankly, it isn’t any more so than most drones. This one at least delivers on the asking price.

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