Since getting my GoPro last year I’ve become obsessed! I can’t believe it took me so long to get one, but at the same time I’m happy it did, because by then the Hero4 Silver was out. What’s so great about this GoPro is it’s the one with the (touch)screen on the back. Even with the now newer one out, I LOVE the screen! A word of warning with GoPro’s though, you literally have to purchase every little thing, even down lens covers. I’ve actually purchased them twice now, because I already lost the first set! GoPro, please come out with a cap that attaches to the housing for hot messes like myself!
Also, just a note, I’m including the official GoPro links to most of these items, but definitely check on Amazon.com before you purchase, as sometimes their prices are slightly less (i.e. GoPro sells the remote on their site for $80, but I got it on Amazon for $60)!
Okay, so, my must have GoPro accessories include…
1. The battery life is pretty horrible, so right off the bat you’re going to want to get a second battery, the dual battery charger, and the wall charger. The wall charger is cool because it comes with adaptors, so it’s travel-friendly.
1. The Handler. I’ve also been through two of these, as I use the crap out of it. When snorkeling especially, people like to use the snorkel or body mounts. I prefer this because you can get much closer to your subject.
See more here and here. The Handler is great because it floats, so your camera won’t ever sink, and at the same time it has a really comfortable grip. Our entire Disney video was shot with the GoPro on this (you can check out the video here). It’s versatile, both in and out of the water.
2. The Head Strap + QuickClip. This fits around your head and can even extend around a helmet. For me this accessory is sort of a pain, but necessary for hands free, like when you’re on an ATV or jet skiing. But then it sort of sucks when you’re off, or simply just want to turn the camera on/off to preserve the battery life, or change the settings. When not riding around, I like to hold the camera to film, rather than it being “whatever I shoot with it on my head,” or do things like take a picture of us together. Maybe I’m just not used to it enough yet, but putting the strap and aligning everything correctly again and again was tedious. Still, this is what you need to go hands-free.
While there’s no solution to the on/off helmet thing, there is when it comes to easily changing the settings or power while it IS on you/your helmet…
3. The Remote. I didn’t have this for the longest time and it seriously has made a word of difference, especially, like I said above, when using the head strap. It’s great to keep the head strap on as is and just keep the remote in my pocket to start/stop, turn on/off, which you really want to do since the battery life is pretty terrible. Also, if we ever get a tripod or something, this will be a great asset to have as well.
4. Snorkel Filter. I’m not a professional photographer. I don’t know the rhyme or reason behind it, but this filter helps maintain the true color of what you’re seeing vs what appears on the camera. It just clips onto the front and it really does work. There’s one for shallow water and one for deeper water.
5. Anti-fogging. Gosh I run into this problem all the time with my regular camera. It’s humid out, or I go from really cold to really hot climates and want to take a picture and the lens just FOGS. And it takes FOREVER to de-fog. These are great because you just slide one into the housing and you never have to worry about it being an issue.