GoPro Accessories are always a hot topic. We all want the best gear, but we don't want to overpay for it, am I right?! I post a lot of articles on GoPro accessories and I like doing GoPro accessory reviews too. This is where I post about which GoPro accessories I like and recommend, and which ones to avoid.
A GoPro accessories kit is usually a tempting purchase for any new GoPro owner, but which ones are the most popular and how do they stack up?
Yes yes, I know, we all love GoPro accessories. Us GoPro enthusiasts can quickly spend more than the cost of the GoPro camera itself without realizing it! I have purchased quite a few accessories and mounts myself, but do you know what I've never purchased? A GoPro Accessories Kit. Crazy, I know. I explained my thoughts behind accessory kits in my video on the top 5 accessories every GoPro newbie needs, but I recently took a look through the fascinating report of what purchases the VidProMom audience has made through my Amazon affiliate links. Don't freak out–the report doesn't tell me who bought what, so no, I don't who bought a 3-pack of tighty whiteys or what kitty litter your cat prefers. But I do know what the most popular GoPro accessories kits are based on my audience. So let's break it down!
I am not really bothered by handheld style footage for my GoPro videos, so I never really considered purchasing a gimbal for myself. Now. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to have one personally and of course, I’d love to have the opportunity to try out different brands and models to provide reviews here for my audience.
There have been a few ALL new GoPro accessories to hit the shelves during 2017, some of them just in the last couple of months actually so you may have not even heard of them yet!
At the risk of making this video obsolete within the month or two, as black friday, cyber monday, and the new year roll around… look, the holidays are right around the corner, you want to know what's up with the new GoPros and maybe you like to have all the latest and greatest in GoPro accessories, so, let me fill me you in!
Let's say you need to buy a gift for someone you know and love and all they want is GoPro accessories and gear to use with their GoPro camera, or you own a GoPro camera and all you want is accessories and gear to use with your GoPro camera.
$170 for the Seeker backpack, $50 for a Jaws Clip, another $50 for a GoPro Power Pack, $200 for a Tenba… YIKES! It adds up quick.
I totally get it!!
But not every GoPro accessory requires you to sell a kidney, so if your family wants to know what to get you for your birthday or Christmas, or if you came here because you are shopping for a GoPro Enthusiast in your life, let me help you out with some really useful GoPro accessories and gifts that come in under 20 bucks. (more…)
Just before Christmas last year, GoPro sent me their Seeker backpack with some goodies inside and lots of folks in my audience have been curious how I like it. Now that I've had about a year to use it, and compare it to my Tenba 14L ActionPack, I put my thoughts together here in this review and of course, I also published a YouTube video with this GoPro Seeker review as well!
I saw a question in my GoPro Enthusiasts Facebook group earlier this month from Megan, who wrote, “Just bought my first GoPro5! It came with a Floaty, Supercharger, and The Strap. Any recommendations on must-have accessories…”
Well, Megan, and anyone else wondering the exact same thing, it does depend a lot on what you plan to do with your GoPro but there are a few basics that you want to be sure and pick up if you're a brand new GoPro owner, no matter WHAT you plan on shooting.
Have you ever wondered how to get the perfect “half underwater” shot with your GoPro camera? The answer is a GoPro dome port! The dome port is a large (usually 6″), dome-shaped lens cover that covers your GoPro's lens, allowing a perfect over/under split shot. It makes for a really unique photo or video!
There are lots of dome port options on the market, but some are made by more reputable brands than others. I tend not to “cheap out” on GoPro accessories and instead buy from trusted brands, if not from GoPro themselves.
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GoPro makes a lot of good quality accessories, but unfortunately, they don't make their own brand dome port. Here are the top-rated brands for GoPro dome ports, based on my own experience, as well as online reviews.
PolarPro FiftyFifty (for Hero5 Black)
This is the one that I own for my Hero5 Black, and PolarPro graciously provided me with. I've used it in the pool with my kids, and it's very easy to assemble. I had no problems with leakage at all. In fact, the kids love to use it! It comes with a cover to protect it while it's not in use, and I pack and carry it right in the original packaging. It doesn't really fit well into my GoPro Seeker or Tenba 14L, and since it's glass, I don't want to just toss it in the beach bag.
I think the best feature of PolarPro's dome port is that it's easy to assemble. You don't have to remove the Hero5 Lens cover, and you don't need an additional waterproof housing. You literally just pop the Hero5 Lens cover into the opening on the back of the dome, secure it, and you're good to go.
The PolarPro FiftyFifty comes with the dome port itself, a floating grip, a protective cover, a wrist lanyard, and there was also some an anti-water drop wipe in the box too. I haven't used the wipe, so I'm curious to see how that turns out because my footage definitely has waterdrops–though nowhere NEAR as annoying as water drops without the dome.
I will post a full review on my YouTube channel in the coming months, so you can see it in action. Until then, check out these cool shots I got with this dome port!
GoPole Dome H4 (for Hero4 and Hero3+) and Dome H5 (for Hero5 Black)
GoPole makes two dome ports: the Dome H4 is compatible with the Hero4 Black & Silver and the Hero3/3+, while the Dome H5 is compatible with the Hero5 Black. Included with each model is the dome itself, a thumb screw, a waterproof housing, and a soft travel back. Not included is any kind of hand grip, but it's compatible with the GoPole Bobber or any other GoPro-compatible handgrip.
I think this is a fairly new product for GoPole, so I'm not sure what users feedback has been. GoPole has a good reputation though and is one of my favorite GoPro accessory brands. You can pick up the H4 Dome on Amazon for $60 and the H5 Dome on Amazon for $65.
The Knekt brand dome ports are a little different and are compatible with some neat accessories as well. The KSD6ss is compatible with the Hero5 and runs about $230 on amazon.com, while the KSD6 is compatible with the 3+/4 and also runs about $230. I have heard great things about the Knekt dome port, but I've never used one by Knekt, so I'm really not sure why it costs so much more than other domes made by reputable brands!
Have you used a GoPro dome port? Let me know in the comments what brand it is and how it's been working for you… help me keep this post up to date by posting a review of your dome port in the comments!
Sennheiser recently sent me their new MKE 2 elements action mic for GoPro Hero 4 cameras. The MKE2 elements is an external GoPro mic, which is something I'd never tried before, so I was happy to check out the MKE 2 from Sennheiser!
Have you heard of GNARBOX? If you answered no, that's okay… neither did I until recently. GNARBOX was funded by a Kickstarter Campaign, and I'll be honest–I don't follow what's going on over on Kickstarter, so I didn't know much about GNARBOX until recently. As I looked more into it, I could see that this product could be very useful for GoPro users, photographers, and… literally, anyone who shoots video and/or photos out of their house for more than a day (vacation, anyone?).
So this is more than a GNARBOX review; this an overview of how the GNARBOX works and why you might want to own one. (more…)
This is a question the pops up a LOT in my GoPro Enthusiasts Facebook group: Do I need filters for my GoPro? And the answer is always “it depends”. The fine folks over at PolarPro recently sent me a goodie box full of fun new GoPro accessories, and today I want to talk about the Venture 3-pack of Filters they sent for my Hero5 Black. I tried out all three that came in the pack, and also played with the Macro Lens a little bit as well (wait til you see the difference!). And although PolarPro did provide these products to me, my opinions here in this post and my YouTube video are all my own.