The 22 best GoPro accessories in 2018

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GoPro cameras may seem like pretty self-contained packages, but in truth there are plenty of useful extra accessories that can augment and improve your GoPro shooting.

We’ve compiled a complete guide to the world of GoPro accessories, from the essentials that will improve anyone’s GoPro experience, to the high-end tools for pro filmmakers, to the optional extras that’ll just make your experience that little bit more fun. Tripods, cases, mounts, grips, harnesses, memory cards, microphones... and much more. 

Let’s get started to our guide to the very best add-ons for your GoPro...

Best GoPro essentials

1. GoPro Super Suit

The best waterproof housing for deep diving

Compatible with: Hero 7 Black, Hero 6 Black, Hero 5 Black, HERO (2018)

 Significantly deeper diving possible 
Bulks out camera

While GoPro has started adding native waterproofing to its more recent Hero cameras, the deepest they’ll go is 10m. If you plan on diving and shooting deeper than that, you’ll want to get hold of a waterproof housing, and currently your best bet is GoPro’s own Super Suit. Its included Waterproof Backdoors allow for diving down to up to 60m (196ft), and it has a flat glass lens to deliver maximum sharpness. The case also serves as protection against dust and flying debris. The Waterproof Doors can be swapped out for Skeleton Doors to allow for use of the touchscreen, though this will make the case no longer waterproof.

2. SanDisk Extreme 64GB microSDXC Memory Card

A tough SD card for your tough camera

Compatible with: all

Hardy and waterproof, like your GoPro 
Cheaper cards available

SanDisk’s reputation for high-quality SD cards is well-deserved, and the Extreme series pair lightning fast read/write speeds with a hardy build that’s waterproof, temperature-proof, shock-proof and X-ray proof. These cards are 4K-ready, with UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) and Video Speed Class 30 (V30) ratings, so you can be confident in capturing even the highest quality of footage.

3. GoPro Casey

The universal GoPro case, with space for extra accessories

Compatible with: all

Handy, customisable case 
Durable hard shell 
Not fully waterproof 
Really needs additional backpack or other bag 

Casey is a simple, straightforward semi-hard case designed to keep your GoPro and all its ancillary accessories safe in one place. It’s got a customisable interior with adjustable dividers, so you can make the space your own, and there’s also a removable pouch insert that’s great for small bits like SD cards. The hard shell protects against shocks, while the weather-resistant design adds a layer of protection for inclement weather.

4. GoPro Screen Protector

Keep your screens smudge- and scratch-free

Compatible with: Hero 7 Black, Hero 7 Silver, Hero 7 White, Hero 6 Black, Hero 5 Black, HERO (2018)

Reliable screen protection 
Incomplete back compatibility 

It was an extremely welcome move when GoPro started introducing touchscreens into its Hero cameras, but screens of course do need to be looked after, and this is doubly true for action cameras that are thrown into tough situations. GoPro’s screen protector set is a simple, inexpensive solution, not only safeguarding your screens from scratches and smudges but also reducing glare on sunny days, making the screen easier to see and use.

5. GoPro Dual Battery Charger + Battery

Grab a spare and keep it charged

Compatible with: Hero 7 Black, Hero 6 Black, Hero 5 Black, HERO (2018)

Useful, fast charger
Pricey for what it is

Spare batteries are a must for any serious shooter – you don’t want to take your GoPro out for a day only to discover you forgot to charge it the previous night and are now toting a stylish but functionless brick to the beach. The Dual Battery Charger from GoPro allows you to charge two batteries at the same time, and comes with a spare in the box, meaning it’s easy to make sure you’re gassed up and ready to go.

6. Manfrotto Off Road Stunt Backpack

Manfrotto quality, specialised for action cameras

Compatible with: all

Durable and weatherproof 
Less cost-effective if you only have one GoPro camera

This bag from Manfrotto is specifically designed for users of GoPros and other action cameras. While it’s small enough to take as carry-on luggage, it can hold up to three action cameras with accessories, and even comes with its own GoPro mount on one of its straps, making it great for recording your travels. There’s also space for a tablet and a holder for a tripod, making it a great all-in-one travel bag for the adventurous photographer.

 Best GoPro mounts

7. GoPro Chesty

The padded chest mount for capturing your adventures

Compatible with: all Hero cameras (not Fusion)

Lightweight, flexible, fully adjustable 
Can be a little bulky on smaller body types

If you’re planning to take your GoPro biking, hiking or on a similar adventure, you’d do well to get yourself the hands-free Chesty mount, allowing you to fully immerse your viewers in the action. Made from lightweight, breathable fabric, the Chesty also sports a quick-release buckle that allows it to be slipped on and off very easily. Its adjustable straps ensure it fits over the vast majority of body types, and even heavy jackets if you’re taking it into the cold.

8. GoPro Head Strap + QuickClip

Meet your adventures head-on

Compatible with: all Hero cameras (not Fusion)

Versatile combination strap and clip 
Head strap not compatible with larger helmets

Sometimes, you want that perfect first-person perspective. The Head Strap + QuickClip is a useful double package that includes both a fully adjustable head strap and a clip designed for quick attachment to caps, belts and similar items of apparel. It’s a useful pairing, especially for the price.

9. GoPro Helmet Front + Side Mount

Because it’s important to protect your head

Compatible with: all Hero cameras (not Fusion)

Versatile
Some other helmet mounts are more specialised

GoPro offers a few helmet mounts for different types of protective headwear, but the Front + Side Mount is the most versatile. As the name implied, you can stick it on the front or side of your headgear depending on what suits you best, and it comes with an included Swivel Mount assembly that makes it easy to adjust the angle.

10. GoPro 3-Way

A tripod, an extension arm and a grip all in one

Compatible with: all Hero cameras (not Fusion)

Huge variety of uses 
Folds up for easy transportation 
Not as stable as dedicated tripods 

The impressive 3-Way is an amazingly versatile piece of kit – you can fully extend it to 20in to use it as an extension arm or selfie stick, or collapse it down to 7.5in and use it as a secure camera grip, or erect it as a tripod to provide static camera support. It isn’t quite as stable as a dedicated tripod, so if you’re likely to be in high winds or on particularly tricky surfaces you’ll want to look elsewhere. For the light traveller, however, this is a fantastic space-saving accessory.

11. GoPro Karma Grip

The gimbal that does it all

Compatible with: Hero 7 Black, Hero 6 Black, Hero 5 Black, Hero 4 Black (Hero 4 Harness required), Hero 4 Silver (Hero 4 Harness required)

Built-in camera controls
Impressively smooth video 
Somewhat redundant with Hero 7
Cheaper options available 

Though GoPro’s Karma drone may not have flown quite as high as the company wanted, the Karma Grip gimbal that formed part of it is still a useful addition to any GoPro setup. It creates smooth footage with a 3-axis stabilisation system that works well even in extreme situations, and the integrated buttons on the grip make it easy to control your camera. It’s worth noting that a lot of the technology in the Karma Grip made it into the new Hero 7 Black, so while it’s compatible with that camera, you very likely don’t need to shell out for it if you’re springing for the latest model.

12. Joby GorillaPod Action Tripod

The legendary grippy tripod, optimised for action cameras

Compatible with: all

Flexible, compact tripod 
Not as ultra-stable on flat surfaces as high-end models 

With its many-jointed legs and grippy, rubberised feet, the Gorillapod from Joby has long been a favourite among photographers looking for a versatile camera support. Wrap it around a tree branch, hook it to a car door, or just rest it on a rough surface, and you’ll have yourself a reliable base. The Action Tripod is specially optimised for GoPro cameras, and its compact form factor makes it a great addition to a GoPro-focused kit bag.

13. Manfrotto PIXI EVO 2-Section Mini Tripod

A straightforward but reliable miniature support

Compatible with: all

Travel-friendly 
Less versatile than others 

If all you need is a straight support, Manfrotto’s PIXI Evo 2 will more than fit the bill. This mini tripod even manages to pack in two leg angles, meaning you’ve get extra support on uneven ground, and its aluminium build combines portability with strength.

14. GoPro Fusion Grip

A grip for the family’s odd one out

Compatible with: Fusion

Can be used in three configurations 
 Fusion only 

In the GoPro family, the 360° Fusion sticks out a little (hence why it doesn’t bear the ‘Hero’ moniker). The reason some of the products on this list specify compatibility with ‘all Hero cameras’ and not the Fusion is because it has noticeably different dimensions to the rest (not to mention lenses on both sides). The Fusion Grip works similarly to the 3-Way – able to function as a grip, tripod and extension pole, with magnetic legs that can lock onto a range of different surfaces – only it’s specifically made for the Fusion.

15. GoPro Suction Cup

The classic suction mount, tested at ultra-high speeds

Compatible with: all

Impressive holding strength
Broad compatibility
Needs a clean surface to work best

The classic suction cup. Mount your GoPro onto a car, boat, dirt bike – anything with enough flat surface to make the attachment. The cup’s grip has been tested at speeds of more than 150mph, so feel free to open up that throttle and let rip, safe in the knowledge your adventures will be captured.

16. GoPro Handlebar / Seatpost / Pole Mount

A mount for a range of applications

Compatible with: all Hero cameras (not Fusion)

Secure, non-slip hold 
Specialised and expensive

Useful for bike handlebars, ski poles and other similar applications, this secure mount uses a hinged, non-slip design to clamp on securely. Its 360° base allows for easy changes of angle, and if you’re using it in combination with other mounts like a helmet mount, the mounting buckle allows you to quickly swap the camera on and off.

17. GoPro Fetch

Who’s a good boy?!

Compatible with: all

See the world from your dog’s point of view
There are no downsides to this

The Fetch can be mounted on your dog’s back or chest, providing two different perspectives. It’s comfortable, breathable and also machine-washable, which is useful if (/when) your dog decides to roll in something unpleasant with the camera attached. It’s adjustable to fit dogs weighing 15 to 120 lbs, though if you’ve got an extra-tiny puppy, you can reduce the size by removing the chest mount.

 Best GoPro extras

18. RØDE VideoMic GO

Enable better sound for your videos

Compatible with: Hero 7 Black, Hero 6 Black, Hero 5 Black, Hero 5 Session, Hero 4 Black, Hero 3+, Hero 3

Dramatically improves sound quality
Reasonably priced 
Compromises waterproofing
Some models require adapter

Though GoPro on-board sound recording is getting better and better, if you want maximum quality you’re going to want to spring for a dedicated microphone. One of the most cost-effective is the RØDE VideoMic GO, an eminently capable, high-quality directional video microphone that will dramatically improve the audio you’re capturing. Be aware that some older models won’t have the appropriate jack so you may need an adapter.

19. Lume Cube

A portable video light, built to take a few knocks

Compatible with: all

Rugged and waterproof
Limited physical controls

If you need extra illumination for your shoots then the Lume Cube is a great choice as it’s built from a tough metal shell and waterproof down to 30m, meaning it can take the same kind of punishment as your GoPro camera. It puts out a generous amount of light, especially at short distances, and while its size means it only has one control button (which allows you to power it up and cycle through brightness settings), it also offers Bluetooth control via mobile.

20. GoPro Floaty

FYI, GoPro cameras do not float…

Compatible with: Hero 7 Black, Hero 7 Silver, Hero 7 White, Hero 6 Black, Hero 5 Black, HERO (2018), Hero 4 Black, Hero 4 Silver, Hero 3+, Hero 3, Hero+ LCD, Hero+, HERO (2014)

Easy to spot
Compatible with all waterproof housings
Not compatible with some accessories/mounts

If you’re taking your GoPro into water, and you lose your grip on it, you very possibly won’t ever see it again. Many users have found out the hard way that these little cameras do not float, at all, and if this is something that worries you then it’s worth picking up the buoyant Floaty, which attaches to the back of your waterproof housing and makes your GoPro not only seaworthy but highly visible thanks to the orange colouring, meaning it’s extra-easy to keep track of it.

21. GoPro El Grande

The ultimate selfie stick

Compatible with: all, including Karma Grip

Waterproof
Highly extendable and collapsible
Cheaper options available

Extending to an impressive 38in and collapsing to just 15in, El Grande is a great choice to take on your travels for capturing unique perspectives and getting selfies. It’s got an integrated ball and socket design at the end of the pole for easy camera swivelling, there’s an oversized grip for secure purchase, and what’s more, it’s waterproof.

22. GoPro Smart Remote

Take control from range

Compatible with: Fusion, Hero 7 Black, Hero 6 Black, Hero 5 Black, Hero 5 Session, Hero 4 Black, Hero 4 Silver, Hero Session, Hero 3+, Hero 3 (Settings/Tag button not compatible), Hero+ LCD, Hero+

Waterproof
Control multiple cameras at a time
Expensive
A phone can work just as well

While many GoPro cameras are controllable with your phone, many phones aren’t equipped for the kinds of challenges you might put your GoPro through. That’s where the waterproof (10m) Smart Remote comes in. It’s wearable, waterproof and can control up to 50 GoPro cameras at the same time from up to 180m away. Its built-in LCD can also mirror the camera’s screen for quick confirmation of status and settings.

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