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The 30 best GoPro accessories in 2020: including the latest Hero8 Mods!

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The best GoPro accessories can dramatically extend the range of subjects you can shoot with your GoPro camera, and help you look after it too. We've picked 30 of the best, including the latest mods for the amazing new GoPro Hero8 Black. You should be able to get these in the US right now, but in other territories you may have to hang on just a little longer!

There are lots of action cam brands these days, but 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 new HERO8 Black or GoPro MAX, there are loads of fantastic accessories out there, some of which are tailored to specific cameras while others are general and fit pretty much everything.

You've got microphones, lights, tripods, cases, memory cards, harnesses, clips, protectors, grips and more. All of these are widely available, from GoPro officially or from third-party manufacturers, and can improve your GoPro shooting in all sorts of different ways. 

Some people use their GoPro cameras to explore underwater, others strap them to their helmets when they go cycling. With GoPros proving one of the best travel camera choices, many also simply take them along to capture their adventures. In our guide to the best GoPro accessories, we've got options for every user. 

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

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1. Media Mod for GoPro Hero8

Add a directional mic, HDMI output and two accessory cold shoes!

Compatible with: Hero8 Black

Loads of great features
All in one package
Hero 8 only

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.

Due on sale from December 2019

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2. GoPro Hero 8 Display Mod

Give your Hero 8 a flip-up screen – exactly what you need for vlogging

Compatible with: Hero 8 Black

Useful for selfies/vlogging
Folds away
Hero 8 Black only
Also requires Media Mod

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.

Due on sale from February 2020

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3. GoPro Hero 8 Light Mod

An add-on light (for the new model only) with four power settings

Compatible with: Hero 8 Black

Four brightness levels
Long-life, rechargeable battery
Overdrive mode
Requires Media Mod
Hero 8 only

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.

Due on sale from December 2019

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4. Floaty for Hero8 Black

This buoyancy aid means your GoPro won't get that sinking feeling!

Compatible with: Hero 8 Black

Protective padding
Brightly coloured for visibility
Easy button access
Hero 8 only

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.

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5. GoPro Max Rechargeable Battery

Make sure you've got all the power you need for the Max

Compatible with: Max

Max only

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.

GoPro gadgets

Best GoPro accessories: GoPro Super Suit

6. GoPro Super Suit

The best waterproof housing for deep diving

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

Can dive to 60m
Fits well
Bulks out camera

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 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.

Best GoPro accessories: SanDisk Extreme 64GB microSDXC Memory Card

7. SanDisk Extreme 64GB microSDXC Memory Card

A tough SD card for your tough camera, with a V30 speed rating

Card type: microSD (with SD adapter) | Capacity: 64GB | Read speed: Up to 160MB/s | Write speed: Up to 60MB/s | Compatible with: all

Hardy and waterproof
Cheaper cards available

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.

More microSD card deals

Best GoPro accessories: GoPro Casey

8. GoPro Casey

The universal GoPro case, with space for extra accessories

Capacity: 2 or more Hero cameras, mounts and accessories | Colour: Black | Dimensions: 6.5 x 3.5 x 8.7 inches | Weight: 10.1 ounces | Compatible with: all

Handy, customisable case 
Durable hard shell 
Not fully waterproof 
Better with additional backpack

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.

Best GoPro accessories: GoPro Quik Key

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9. GoPro Quik Key

An easy way to keep a card reader with you at all times

Compatible with: All

Fast file transfers
Attaches to keys
Cheaper alternatives available

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.

Best GoPro accessories: GoPro Screen Protector

10. GoPro Screen Protector

Keep your screens smudge- and scratch-free

Compatible with: Hero 8 Black, Hero 7 Black, Hero 7 Silver, Hero 7 White, Hero 6 Black, Hero 5 Black, HERO (2018)

Reliable screen protection 
Reduces glare when sunny
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.

Best GoPro accessories: GoPro Dual Battery Charger + Battery

11. GoPro Dual Battery Charger + Battery

You get dual battery charging, and a spare battery too

Compatible with: Hero 8 Black, Hero 7 Black, Hero 6 Black, Hero 5 Black, HERO (2018)

Useful, fast charger
Charges two batteries at same time
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.

The best camera battery

Best GoPro accessories: OUTXE IP67 Waterproof Solar Charger

12. OUTXE IP67 Waterproof Solar Charger

A power pack that's as weatherproof as your GoPro

Compatible with: all

10,000mAh capacity
LED flashlight for emergencies
Not completely waterproof

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.

Best GoPro accessories: Manfrotto Off Road Stunt Backpack

13. 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

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. 

GoPro mounts

Best GoPro accessories: GoPro Chesty

14. GoPro Chesty

The padded chest mount for capturing your adventures

Compatible with: all Hero cameras and Max (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.

Best GoPro accessories: GoPro Head Strap + QuickClip

15. GoPro Head Strap + QuickClip

Meet your adventures head-on

Compatible with: all Hero cameras and Max (not Fusion)

Versatile combination strap and clip 
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.

Best GoPro accessories: GoPro Helmet Front + Side Mount

16. GoPro Helmet Front + Side Mount

Front or side mounting with a swivel action too

Compatible with: all Hero cameras and Max (not Fusion)

Others 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.

Best GoPro accessories: GoPro 3-Way

17. GoPro 3-Way

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

Compatible with: all Hero cameras and Max (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.

Best GoPro accessories: GoPro Karma Grip

18. 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 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.

Best GoPro accessories: GoPro Jaws Flex Clamp

19. GoPro Jaws Flex Clamp

Get a grip on your GoPro...

Compatible with: all Hero cameras (not Max or Fusion)

Clamps to wide range of objects
Detachable munt

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.

Best GoPro accessories: Joby GorillaPod Action Tripod

20. 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. 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.

Best GoPro accessories: Manfrotto PIXI EVO 2-Section Mini Tripod

21. Manfrotto PIXI EVO 2-Section Mini Tripod

A straightforward but reliable miniature support

Compatible with: all

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.

Best GoPro accessories: GoPro Fusion Grip

22. GoPro Fusion Grip

A grip for the GoPro Fusion, the predecessor to the Max

Compatible with: Fusion

Can be used in three configurations 
Only works with Fusion...
... which has been usurped by Max

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.

Best GoPro accessories: GoPro Suction Cup

23. GoPro Suction Cup

The classic suction mount, tested at more than 150mph...

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.

Best GoPro accessories: GoPro Handlebar / Seatpost / Pole Mount

24. GoPro Handlebar / Seatpost / Pole Mount

A mount for bikes, ski poles and a whole lot more

Compatible with: all Hero cameras and Max (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.

25. 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.

GoPro extras

Best GoPro accessories: RØDE VideoMic GO

26. RØDE VideoMic GO

Get better sound for your GoPro videos

Compatible with: Hero 8 Black, 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.

Best GoPro accessories: Lume Cube

27. Lume Cube

A portable video light that's 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.

Best GoPro accessories: MagiDeal Floating Hand Grip

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28. MagiDeal Floating Hand Grip

FYI, GoPro cameras do not float…

Compatible with: All

Keeps GoPro safe in water
Easy to spot
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 MagiDeal floating handgrip, which not only keeps your GoPro camera buoyant but also provides an easy way to aim your shots and capture stable footage, even while engaging in watersports like windsurfing or wakeboarding.

Best GoPro accessories: GoPro El Grande

29. GoPro El Grande

The ultimate selfie stick

Compatible with: all, including Karma Grip

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.

Best GoPro accessories: GoPro Smart Remote

30. GoPro Smart Remote

Take control from a distance

Compatible with: Hero 8 Black, 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+

Control multiple cameras at a time
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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