I remember buying my GoPro and being overwhelmed by all the accessory options! Which do I really need? Which are the most versatile?
I want to keep my travel camera gear as minimalistic as possible, both for flight weight considerations, as well as because I'm a serial over-packer, and I want to break that habit. (It's going ish-well at the moment). These are the absolute must-haves to get your started with your new GoPro.
There's a few accessories which come included with your GoPro. See those at the bottom of this list!
This is an item on the list that I didn't buy but wish I did. I got a GoPro POV pole from SP Gadgets which truly is a fantastic accessory, but it's not as versatile as the 3-Way Grip, Arm and Tripod. The beauty of the 3-Way is that you can take videos facing yourself without getting the pole in the shot. It also can act as a tripod which the POV pole can't. This 3-Way Grip, Arm & Tripod is likely to be your most used accessory of all.
One of the main benefits of opting for the higher end GoPro models (the Silver + Black) is that their batteries are not built-in, and therefore they can be swapped out when one battery dies for a fresh fully charged one. This will keep you shooting all day, without needing to stop to recharge. The ability to swap batteries give you the control over your GoPro instead of the other way around. The dual charger can plug into the wall instead of your laptop, so you aren't filling up your USB slots unnecessarily.
This little beauty has ultra flexible legs. It may be used as a little tripod to stand your GoPro up on, or it may wrap around things to hold your GoPro in place. Want to connect your camera at eye level around a tree as you mountain bike past? Want to get a shot of you on a bike, in a car, heck, even paragliding? The GorillaPod makes it possible to attach your GoPro to just about anything. It is possible to get little sticky pads which can attach your GoPro places, but this requires you to attach the sticky pad to the item 24 hours in advance. Not ideal for say a rental bike you're using for a couple hours.
If you're ever going to take your GoPro into the water, you'll want something floaty attached to it, incase it takes a tumble in the water, you don't want your beloved camera to sink to the bottom. This hand grip is BRIGHT yellow, meaning if it floats away, it will be easy to spot. The yellow color is why I suggest the XCSOURCE version over the black GoPro version here, that and it's 1/4 the price.
There is also an option to get a floaty back door to keep your GoPro afloat, but this covers over the display screen meaning to change settings you'd need to take the GoPro out of it's waterproof casing while in the water which is risky, or make your way to land. It's also not possible to see what you're shooting in the moment with the floaty back door. Not to mention I find holding the GoPro in your hand directly a little annoying, I much prefer to have a handle to hold it by. Therefore, the Floaty Bobber Hand Grip is the clear winner of all the floating options here!
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This headstrap will make you look 100% dorky and hardcore, but also get great shots, so who really cares? It may be worn on your head normally, or also adjusted to easily fit over a helmet. The headstrap has sticky stripes on the inside of the strap so it won't slide on a glossy surface (such as a helmet). This headstrap is prime for action sports where your hands are occupied, eg, skiing, surfing, rafting, kayaking, biking, etc. Or you know, if you're just too lazy to hold a hand grip and want to walk around with a funny looking thing on your head. It's all good, everyone's doing it.
You'll need to purchase a micro SD card when you get your GoPro. Buying them online (Amazon is my go-to) tends to be much cheaper than in store I find. People most often choose between a 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB. The difference in price when buying on Amazon doesn't vary much between the different capacities, so I suggest going for the largest, the 64 GB, and being safe in knowing you'll have enough room for everything you'd like to shoot. I'm yet to run out of space when filming for a day yet. Psssst - this comes with a Micro SD adapter, so you can fit it into your computer's SD slot!
What accessories come with the GoPro?
- 1 clear case with 3 doors (1 waterproof and 2 others)
- 1 rechargeable battery
- 2 quick release buckles
- 2 sticky pad mounts (curved & flat)
- 3-Way pivot arm
- USB cable
- GoPro stickers (super important of course)
Alright, now I give you complete permission to go wild with shooting EVERYTHING in your life with your new GoPro. I am absolutely guilty of this on trips, to the boyfriends ever constant annoyance... It just never gets old, both the shooting fun and annoying him.
So, you're asking, what do the GoPro videos come out looking like? You can also visit both Harry Potter World in Florida & a ski trip in Mt. Tremblant, Quebec with me by paroosing a couple videos I shot recently with my GoPro here. They were both shot with the GoPro HERO4 Silver.
Now tell me, what are you going to shoot first with your new teeny tiny GoPro action camera?
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