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!
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Looking at the list of GoPro accessories kit purchases, they are all compatible with all model GoPros, so whether you're looking for GoPro Hero 5 accessories, or a general GoPro accessory kit, these are the types of kits you're probably looking for. There were 3 clear winners as far as top purchases goes, and the breakdown by brands in the top 3 is Black Pro – 42%, Lifelimit – 29%, and Nomadic Gear – 29%. While the Black Pro kit is the clear winner overall, it's not like it won by a lot, so lets break down what comes in these kits and what they cost.
Black Pro Basic Common Outdoor Sports Kit for GoPro – $13.50
The Black Pro Basic accessory kit is described as being compatible with Hero 6, Hero 5, Fusion, Session… all GoPro models actually. This particular kit has 4.5 stars on Amazon and has over 1600 reviews, and the description lists the following items as part of the kit:
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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!
So, I'm not a travel blogger at all. Like, not even remotely (see what I did there? #haha). But when the folks over at Veedyou asked for my opinion on GoPro Tips for traveling, I said “SURE!” You can click on the infographic below to get the entire list of tips, but I'll give you a spoiler on my tip first off: learn how to use your GoPro before traveling with it!
They actually asked a bunch of people, so here's a snippet from Christian and the gang, plus and an infographic:
Shooting photos or videos with a GoPro is pretty straightforward apparently. The camera literally has just 2 physical buttons so how hard can it be? Well, even though the camera does a great job at using
the right settings most of the times, there are quite a few tips and tricks that will make your GoPro videos stand out from the crowd.
Over at Veedyou over half of the orders we handle are GoPro video editing services and me personally, I must have zapped through hundreds of hours of GoPro footage. I have come across amazing shoots, I’ll give you that, but most of the times we get really bad looking footage: it’s very shaky, the subject is not in the shoot or the lighting is really poor and the colors are off.
And the blunt truth is that the quality of the final video edit is going to depend a whole lot on the quality of the original footage. So no matter how skilled the video editor is, the end result will be mediocre, to say the least.
So, in an attempt to help everyone out there shoot better GoPro videos, we’ve reached out to some of the most passionate GoPro users and asked them two questions:
What are your top tips to get the most out of a GoPro camera?
Which GoPro accessories should I buy for traveling?
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.
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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.
(The links in this post are affiliate links, and we will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking our links. Read my disclosure policy here.)
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!
GoPro released a new feature called QuikStories, which promises to allow you to spend less time creating your story, and more time living it. It was just announced today, so I haven't tried it out yet, but I'm excited to see what QuikStories has to offer!GoPro's Capture App, which was at one time called the GoPro app, is now, once again, called the GoPro app. If you go to the App Store, you'll see it has been updated to the new name and gives a few details about the QuikStories function.
GoPro's Capture App, which was at one time called the GoPro app (wasn't it?), is now, once again, called the GoPro app. If you go to your App Store, you'll see it has been updated to the new name and gives a few details about the QuikStories function.
You might have also received an email from GoPro letting you know that there is an important update for your Hero5 Black or Hero5 Session. Here's what mine said:
“Tell your story in one tap with QuikStories,” is the premise of GoPro's new feature within its mobile app. In GoPro's release video, QuikStories works with your Hero5 Black or Hero5 Session, and your phone with the GoPro app (formerly Capture app) and Quik app (both apps are free). Here's GoPro how it works, as explained by GoPro:
Follow the steps to connect your GoPro camera to the GoPro app
Update your GoPro's software if the app prompts you to do so (QuikStories will require the latest update so don't skip it)
When you're finished shooting your awesome adventures with your GoPro, pull down from the home screen of the GoPro app, and your footage will copy over to your phone
Kick back as your footage is transformed into a QuikStory, then wait for it…
Your phone will alert you when your QuikStory is finished, and you can view and upload it as is, or edit it with custom titles, change the music, change the style, and adjust the length
Your saved QuikStory will be on the home screen of the Quik app
It's not clear if QuikStories works with older model GoPros, but their messaging says to update your Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session, so it sounds like QuikStories works with newer models only. I'm going to update my GoPro and Quik app now, as well as my cameras, and play with this new function!
When you get your cameras and apps updated and give it a try, let me know what you think of it!