To get the most out your GoPro camera, you need to pick the best GoPro accessories. Whether it's a support to balance your camera, a helmet mount to take it on wild rides, a protective housing to take it deep underwater, or an external microphone to capture professional-grade audio, the best GoPro accessories allow you to customize your experience. We've compiled the 30 best GoPro accessories in this guide.
GoPro itself has recognized how pivotal accessories are to the overall action camera experience, and many of the accessories on our list are officially GoPro-branded. This includes the fantastic media mods for the Hero8 Black, which we're planning on reviewing very soon. However, while GoPro does make great accessories, we would always encourage shopping around for the best deals, and accordingly we have included some fantastic third-party options.
The best GoPro accessories can dramatically extend the range of subjects you can shoot with your GoPro camera, and also help you keep your camera in better condition. Many are specifically oriented for travel, while others are especially suited for vlogging or selfies. While there are lots of action cam brands these days, for many people GoPro cameras are still the best action camera options out there. Whether you're still using your trusty Hero 3 or are planning to pick up the relatively new HERO8 Black or GoPro MAX, there are loads of fantastic accessories out there.
If GoPros float your boat, you might also be interested in our guide to the best underwater cameras, as well as the best dash cams on the market right now. So, with all that out of the way, let's get to the accessories! We'll start with a few of the accessories available for the brand new Hero 8 Black and Max...
The best GoPro accessories in 2020
Hero8 and Max mods
While it's been possible to augment GoPro cameras with professional accessories for some time (and you'll see a few on this list), the Media Mod represents GoPro's sustained attempt to bring that kind of stuff in-house. The Media Mod is designed as a one-stop-shop to bump up the production value of videos shot on the Hero 8; it contains a built-in directional mic as well as a 3.5mm mic port; two cold-shoe mounts for attaching other accessories like lights; and an HDMI output for monitoring and playback.
If you're going to be shooting exciting vlogs and selfies of your travels with the Hero 8 Black, then it helps to have a screen that lets you see what you're doing. A clear riposte to the DJI Osmo Action and its front-facing screen, the Display Mod gives Hero 8 users the option to have a flip-up LCD of their own. Worth mentioning that this mod requires the Media Mod in order to work, so it does involve a bit of an outlay, but if you're planning on a lot of vlogging it's a must.
For a little extra light to have in a pinch, the Light Mod for the Hero 8 is an excellent choice. It's got four levels of brightness for fine-tuning the amount of light you want, as well as a 30-second Overdrive mode that puts out maximized brightness for when you need to push a little further. It also has a strobe mode for signaling and visibility, and puts out light with a color temperature of 5700K.
Don't let your brand new Hero 8 Black sink to the bottom of the ocean or a river. Keep it safe and buoyant with this Floaty accessory designed specifically for this particular model of camera. Coloured in bright orange and surrounded by protective padding, this coat provides all sorts of forms of protection for the Hero 8, giving you some real peace of mind especially if you just bought yours for launch price.
It's easy to chew up your battery life when making full use of the GoPro Max's 360-degree shooting capabilities, so make sure you've got all the spare power you need with this extra rechargeable battery. Keep it as a spare and you'll be more than covered for a full day's shooting in glorious 360 degrees.
If you're plotting to take your GoPro Hero 8 Black on some underwater adventures, then this protective housing should definitely be a priority to pick up. It extends the Hero 8's diving range from 10m to an impressive 60m, and is also built tough and rugged to protect the camera from other shocks and bumps. The skeleton back door also improves audio capture. If you don't have a Hero 8 but instead have picked up an older model, fear not: GoPro still has you covered with the Super Suit, which is up next...
Speaking of waterproof camera models, 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 are using a Hero 7 Black or older, 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
If you are using the GoPro Hero 7 Silver or Hero 7 White, then you need to buy this underwater housing if you want to take your action camera deeper than the 10m that the basic camera provides. This Protective Housing offers the ability to go to 40m underwater, making it a great choice for scuba.
SanDisk’s reputation for high-quality SD cards is well-deserved. The Extreme series pair lightning fast read/write speeds with a hardy build that’s waterproof, temperature-proof, shock-proof and X-ray proof. Among the best memory card options on the market, these 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.
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.
Here's an easy way to transfer your files from card to smart device: the GoPro Quik Key, which as the name implies, attaches to your keys and specialises in fast transfers. Simply stick the card in the reader, plug it into your device via micro USB, and you're away, able to quickly share your creations via the Capture app. It's also got a weather-resistant cover, ensuring you can take it anywhere you need to go.
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.
If you're using a GoPro regularly, you're likely to find yourself outdoors a lot more often, and it's worth making sure that your entire accessory setup reflects that. This power pack is not only a great way to provide your GoPro with a little extra juice in a pinch, but it's also thoroughly weatherproofed and will be able to cope in even the most inclement of weather conditions. A handy extra feature is the built-in LED flashlight, which could prove very useful in an unexpected emergency.
There are so many camera backpacks to choose from, but 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 one of the best camera bags for the adventurous photographer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Though GoPro’s Karma may not have flown quite as high as very best drones, 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 Hero 7 Black and models beyond it, so while it’s compatible with that camera, you very likely don’t need to shell out for it if you’re already springing for the latest models.
With the Jaws Flex Clamp, you can securely attach your GoPro camera to objects ranging in size from 0.25 to 2in (0.6 to 5cm) in diameter. The malleable neck allows you to position the camera exactly as you want to best capture what you want it to see, though if you want a lower shooting profile then you can remove the neck and attach the camera directly to the clamp itself. The Jaws are designed to grip irregular shapes and even extremely thin objects of less than a centimetre, meaning you can be sure of a secure on practically anything.
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. Its sheer versatility makes the Gorillapod the best tripod for many run-and-gun shooter, and the Action Tripod is specially optimized for GoPro cameras – its compact form factor makes it a great addition to a GoPro-focused kit bag.
While GoPro-branded accessories tend to be more expensive than third-party alternatives, the Shorty is a really strong product and is definitely worth considering if you're looking for a mini-tripod, handgrip or extension pole – as it's all three! Collapsing down to 11.7cm and extending out to 22.7cm, it covers loads of shooting situations, and its three lags fan out into a stable support for quick tripod shots.
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. With the release of the GoPro Max this is all a little redundant, but if you already own a Fusion this grip is worth picking up.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.