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The 10 best GoPro accessories in 2017

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First sold in 2004 as a waterproof 25mm film camera for shooting action sports, the GoPro has gone on to become the world’s best-selling action camera. Current models like the Hero5 Black are small, lightweight and offer up to 4K video recording alongside a host of advanced stills and video recording features. GoPro cameras can be taken anywhere, and attached to almost anything.

Whether you’re a professional videographer, photographer or simply someone enjoying the convenience of a small camera, GoPros have opened up new possibilities thanks to the help of innovative accessories. This means the market for accessories is huge, and the options available potentially more diverse than any other camera system. From camera mounts to lights to microphones to filters to 360° time-lapse and more, there are almost infinite ways to pimp your GoPro.

1. Manfrotto PIXI Xtreme Mini Tripod with head for GoPro cameras

Solid support in a small and lightweight package

Small and lightweight
Affordable price
Low maximum height
Single leg position

The Manfrotto PIXI Xtreme is a version of the popular mini tripod designed for use with GoPros thanks to the addition of a GoPro tripod mount adaptor. The PIXI Xtreme weights just 197g so you won’t even know you’re carrying it, and with a folded length of 21.5cm it will fit into almost any bag or even a pocket. The extended height of the tripod is 16.5cm, with simple ball head offering 360° rotation for positioning the camera. To get the height you need in some situations the PIXI Xtreme will need to be positioned on a wall or table.

2. PolarPro Hero5 Black – Venture filter 3-pack

Get professional results using filters

Comprehensive set
Good value
ND grad is fixed
Polariser doesn’t rotate

The PolarPro Hero 5 Black Venture Filter 3-Pack provides three extremely useful filters for shooting both video and stills with your GoPro Hero5 Black. In the pack there’s a polarising filter, ND filter and a graduated ND filter. The polariser saturates skies and colours in the scene, and also helps to reduce glare and reflections from shiny surfaces. The ND8 filter reduces light enter the lens by three stops so you can shoot video with a slower shutter speed for more fluid results. The ND grad reduces light at the top of the filter and graduates to no effect at the bottom to help maintain sky detail. The filters simply attach to the front of the Hero 5 and come in a handy carry case to protect them when not in use.

3. GoPole Scenelapse

Capture a 360° timelapse with unbelievable ease

Easy to use
Great effect
Limited controls
Best used with a tripod

With the fantastic options shooting timelapse stills and video with GoPro cameras, a simple way to create dynamic results is to make the camera rotate during shooting. The GoPole Scenelapse allows you to do just that, offering a rotation of 360° over the course of 60 minutes. Simply set up your GoPro, wind the unit and let it do its thing. The GoPole Scenelapse is fully mechanical so no batteries are required, and it features a standard tripod screw on the bottom allowing you to attach it to a mini or full size tripod. On the top is a removable GoPro mount with a high torque thumb screw, so you can attach your GoPro or even a small DSLR or mirrorless camera. The small and easy to use unit weighs just 85g/3oz and is compatible with all GoPro cameras.

4. Tenba Shootout 14L ActionPack

Carry your GoPro gear in style with a dedicated backpack

Designed for action cameras
Rain cover included 
No space for a small DSLR or CSC
Limited space for non GoPro items

The Tenba Shootout 14L ActionPack is designed to allow you to comfortably carry a large GoPro system while you’re participating in an action sport or simply exploring the city or countryside. At just 1.4kg the bag is lightweight and the padded straps with waist belt make it comfortable and secure. Inside the bag are four removable pods, and two wallets, so you can organise your kit and gain quick and easy access to exactly what you need. The capacity of the bag allows you to carry up to four GoPros, mounts, batteries, cables and other accessories etc. Plus there’s enough room to carry a small hydration pouch and food. There’s even a tripod attachment at the bottom of the bag large enough to accommodate a travel tripod.

5. Knog Qudos Action Video Light for GoPro

Add powerful lighting to night and lowlight shoots

Powerful light output
Waterproof to 60m
5-6 hours charge time
Fixed colour temperature

The Knog Qudos Action Light is a rugged light with three XB-D CREE LEDs offering brightness levels between 70 and 400 lumens with a colour temperature of 5000k. There are also three light modes providing six beam settings, allowing you to select the perfect spread and of course intensity of light to suit your needs. This tough light source is waterproof up to a depth of 60m, making it ideal for both action sports and less adventurous shooting. Alongside the Knog Qudos Action Light you also get an Action Camera Mount Bracket to connect the light and your GoPro together, a Cold Shoe/Tripod Adaptor, rechargeable battery and a USB cable for charging. At just 150g this small and highly versatile LED light can be taken anywhere and everywhere you go.

6. GoPro Remo

Voice activation at a distance from your GoPro

Voice activated remote
Small and convenient
Noise can affect voice control

The GoPro Remo is a waterproof (up to 5m/16ft) voice controlled remote for the Hero 5 Black and Hero 5 Session cameras. This means that while both cameras offer built-in voice activation, the Remo is said to improve voice activation in noisy conditions and allows you to activate the cameras from a short distance, or works as a one button remote from up to 10m/33ft away. The Remo comes with a strap allowing it to be worn on your wrist for convenience. It can also be clipped to clothing. With 13 commands available the Remo certainly adds convenience to shooting but it’s not cheap for what it is. And unlike the older GoPro WiFi remote there’s no screen so you rely on voice commands and scrolling through functions.

7. Anker Powercore 20100

A huge amount of power for a small price

High capacity battery
Can even charge MacBooks
Charging time can be slow
Not the most compact

One of the problems of travelling with a GoPro is that battery life is obviously finite. You can of course buy an extra battery or two, but if you’re out in the field and away from a power outlet, charging can be difficult. Plus, if you’re shooting a long time-lapse you can’t change batteries part way through. While GoPro does manufacture its own portable power pack, the Anker Powercore 20100 provides a much higher capacity at a seriously low price in comparison. Anker claim the pack can charge smartphones up to seven times, and can even charge a MacBook using USB-C, so plenty of juice for GoPro cameras and you can even charge up to three devices at once! To ensure the safety of your devices the Powercore features smart-charging PowerIQ and current-stabilising VoltageBoost providing the fastest possible safe charge up to 2.4 A. Then there’s surge protection and short circuit prevention.

8. GoPro Pro 3.5mm microphone adapter

Use professional microphones with your GoPro

Improves sound quality massively
Creates a line input for mic or mixer
Bulky and awkward
Expensive for what it is

The GoPro Pro 3.5mm Microphone Adapter allows you to connect professional microphones with a 3.5mm jack to your Hero5 Black or Hero5 Session camera. This allows you to drastically improve sound compared to the camera’s built-in microphone. So whether you want to use a lapel, condenser or shotgun mic etc. this is an essential accessory. The adaptor connects to GoPros via, and is powered by USB-C, allowing for stereo sound to be recorded. It also features a 106dB stereo analogue to digital converter. With the GoPro Pro 3.5mm Microphone Adapter in use the GoPro side door will be open so the camera will no longer be waterproof, but this accessory is geared more towards vlogging than capturing great action sound.

9. K-Edge Go Big GoPro Saddle Rail Mount

No nonsense under-seat bike mount

Solid bike mount
Simple no fuss design
It fits or it doesn’t
Footage needs flipping

An ultra solid GoPro mount makes a huge difference to the quality of video when shooting from a bike, and the K-Edge couldn’t be more secure. The all metal design is as simple as they come and clamps directly to the rails under your seat where it bolts on tight. The only issue is that the GoPro once attached sits upside down so all footage needs flipping when it comes to editing.

10. GoPro Chest Mount Harness

Get a completely immersive experience

Fully adjustable
Immersive experience
Need to turn whole body
Can pick-up unwanted wind noise

Whether you’re skiing, mountain biking, white water rafting, or any other activity, GoPro’s chest mount is a great piece of kit to not only capture the action. Fully adjustable to fit a wide range of adult sizes, the placement’s great for getting some unique angled shots, though you will have to move your whole body to change the framing.

Source: TechNology

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