Top 10 GoPro accessories
26th Dec 2013 | 01:00
If you received a GoPro action camera this Christmas you might want these accessories
The GoPro's simplistic design and high quality photographic results have made it the action camera of choice for many extreme sports enthusiasts. It boasts one-click button operation and an ultra wide-angle lens that together make it easy to capture the action.
But what really sets it apart from its rivals is the huge array of mounts that enable your GoPro to go with you anywhere… Keep reading as we take a look at 10 of the best GoPro mount accessories available.
1. DJI Phantom
The Phantom quadcopter (£450) is a lightweight craft with a GoPro mount on its underbelly that cuts out the need to jump from a plane to get impressive aerial footage. Controlled remotely, the quadcopter takes a bit of practice to fly well, but the sophisticated technology at its heart helps to produce stable flight, whoever is at the controls, including beginners.
It even features a clever position-hold feature that utilises the built-in GPS and autopilot to suspend the craft in a seemingly stationary fashion in the air. Couple this with the GoPro wireless app and you can monitor what you're going to film, at least for as long as the connection between camera and iPad holds out.
2. Fat Gecko Kaboom
Essentially the Kaboom (£114) is a pole that can be either handheld or attached by a couple of sticky pads to a bike helmet (for example), enabling new and interesting shooting angles.
Constructed from five separate ultra lightweight carbon fibre sections, its length can be adjusted from 50.8cm up to 152.4cm, with a grip at one end and standard quarter-inch thread at the other. Everything else you need to attach your GoPro to the boom is also included.
Using just two of the sections and the sticky pads to attach to a full-face bike helmet, we found the additional weight is noticeable at first, but quickly forgotten, and it produces an excellent angle of view.
3. Fotodiox Pro GoTough Camera Tripod Adapter
The Fotodiox Pro Tripod adapter ($15) is a high quality tripod mount for GoPro that enables you to attach your camera to a standard photographic tripod. Despite there being a good selection of similar adapters out there, this GoTough version has the edge over much of the competition, with its all-metal construction.
Machined from high impact, lightweight aluminium and available in a selection of coloured finishes, it feels far more durable and attractive than its plastic equivalents. This is a handy mount that would be a perfect partner for the Manfrotto Pixi.
4. K-edge Go Big Pro
This mount is beautifully designed and enables you to mount your GoPro directly to your bike's handle bar. Consisting of two pieces of machined metal that are secured in place by two Allen key bolts, the grip provided by these bolts holds the GoPro firmly with no chance of movement.
While there are plenty of bar mounts out there, including one from GoPro themselves, the K-Edge's Go Big Pro (£40) has been exceptionally well thought through. It doesn't just hold the camera on the bar, it also provides a short reach away from the bar so the camera is clear from the cables.
5. Jaws flex clamp
This flexible mount enables you to attach a GoPro quickly and easily to almost anything you can clamp. What sets the Jaws (£46) apart is that it clamps without the need for the usual bolts and sticky pads used with other mounts. Both the grip and flexible neck have a decent amount of resistance, so while they require a bit of strength to use, once attached or moved in to position they hold firm.
The clamp itself has a reach of between 0.6cm and 5cm so is easily attached to all manor of equipment, especially anything that is of an odd shape or another mount has yet to be designed. The flexible neck also makes positioning easy, making this one of the most versatile mounts available.
6. Fotodiox Pro WonderPana Go Essential Kit
Want to bring an element of pro photography to your GoPro shots and footage? This essential photographic filter kit includes three glass filters; a UV (Ultra Violet) to protect the lens, CPL (Circular Polariser) to boost clouds and contrast, and an ND8 (Neutral Density 8, 3-stop) for shooting in bright conditions. The Kit ($40) also comes with a handy case to keep the filters safe and a special bolt-on mount that replaces the standard GoPro case's protective lens covering.
Attaching the mount takes a couple of minutes and is easy enough. Once in place, the threaded filters simply screw in place. All three have the desired effect, with the CPL being the star of the show, making a big difference to footage by increasing contrast and really helping to stylise the footage.
For the price, this set offers outstanding value and quality, and even retains the waterproofing qualities of the standard case.
7. GoPro suction cup
This compact suction cup enables you to attach your GoPro to a car, window, boat or anything that the sucker will clamp to. The simple plastic design works well, with the suction mechanism providing a powerful grasp onto almost any smooth surface. A central button and lever clamp down to provide the suction - a small tug of the tag on the rubber sucker and the cup releases.
The suction pad holds well and does its job. At this price (£45), the added flexibility it offers when mounting to smooth surfaces makes it an excellent accessory.
8. LCD Touch BacPac
The LCD Touch BacPac (£90) clips directly to the back of the GoPro and instantly adds a clear live view picture to your camera. Not only that, you can also play back the footage and hear what's going on through the small built-in speaker or through the headphone socket. But this isn't just a viewing screen, it's also touch sensitive.
This enables you to navigate through settings, playback and manage footage, all of which is handy. And while the touch surface might seem a little primitive and unresponsive when compared with the touch screens of an iPhone or Samsung S4, it does make using the GoPro more like a standard camera. There's even a waterproof back to add to your case, available separately.
9. X-Sories Kite line Mount
Attached to your four- or five-line kite Depower (brake) control, the XS Xsories Kite line mount (£40) enables you to get a bird's eye view of your kiting. You attach your GoPro to the mount, then to the lines. A bit of wiggling is needed to get the bolt holes to align, and for the placing of the rubber securing plugs, but once they're all in place it does hold the camera securely. Bear in mind that despite the seemingly simple design, it can be a fiddly process. The bird's eye view gives a great angle and the mounts leave enough space for the floaty backdoor to be fitted, giving extra piece of mind to kite boarders.
10. GoPro Harness
One of the most popular mounts for extreme sports, the harness (£37) literally clips around the body, positioning the GoPro in the centre of your chest. The harness has plenty of room for adjustment, so will fit most people and adjusts to give a good tight fitting, which is important if you want to capture smooth footage.
The simple strap design makes the harness relatively comfortable to wear and as there is no bulky padding or clips it doesn't obstruct clothing or backpacks. One of the best mounts for getting impressive footage and now also available for kids.