The GoPro’s simplistic design and high quality photographic results have made the GoPro Hero3+ the action camera of choice for many extreme sports enthusiasts. It boasts one-click button operation and an ultra wide-angle lens that together make it easy to capture the action.
But what really sets it apart from its rivals is the huge array of mounts that enable your GoPro to go with you anywhere… Keep reading as we take a look at some of the top GoPro accessories available.
1. DJI Phantom
The Phantom quadcopter ($500) is a lightweight craft with a GoPro mount on its underbelly that cuts out the need to jump from a plane to get impressive aerial footage. Controlled remotely, the quadcopter takes a bit of practice to fly well, but the sophisticated technology at its heart helps to produce stable flight, whoever is at the controls, including beginners.
It even features a clever position-hold feature that utilises the built-in GPS and autopilot to suspend the craft in a seemingly stationary fashion in the air. Couple this with the GoPro wireless app and you can monitor what you’re going to film, at least for as long as the connection between camera and iPad holds out.View it on Amazon
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2. Fat Gecko Kaboom
Essentially the Kaboom ($80) is a pole that can be either handheld or attached by a couple of sticky pads to a bike helmet (for example), enabling new and interesting shooting angles.
Constructed from five separate ultra lightweight carbon fibre sections, its length can be adjusted from 50.8cm up to 152.4cm, with a grip at one end and standard quarter-inch thread at the other. Everything else you need to attach your GoPro to the boom is also included.
Using just two of the sections and the sticky pads to attach to a full-face bike helmet, we found the additional weight is noticeable at first, but quickly forgotten, and it produces an excellent angle of view.View it on Amazon
3. K-edge Go Big Pro
This mount is beautifully designed and enables you to mount your GoPro directly to your bike’s handle bar. Consisting of two pieces of machined metal that are secured in place by two Allen key bolts, the grip provided by these bolts holds the GoPro firmly with no chance of movement.
While there are plenty of bar mounts out there, including one from GoPro themselves, the K-Edge’s Go Big Pro ($50) has been exceptionally well thought through. It doesn’t just hold the camera on the bar, it also provides a short reach away from the bar so the camera is clear from the cables.View it on Amazon
4. Jaws flex clamp
This flexible mount enables you to attach a GoPro quickly and easily to almost anything you can clamp. What sets the Jaws ($36) apart is that it clamps without the need for the usual bolts and sticky pads used with other mounts. Both the grip and flexible neck have a decent amount of resistance, so while they require a bit of strength to use, once attached or moved in to position they hold firm.
The clamp itself has a reach of between 0.6cm and 5cm so is easily attached to all manor of equipment, especially anything that is of an odd shape or another mount has yet to be designed. The flexible neck also makes positioning easy, making this one of the most versatile mounts available.View it on Amazon
5. GoPro suction cup
This compact suction cup enables you to attach your GoPro to a car, window, boat or anything that the sucker will clamp to. The simple plastic design works well, with the suction mechanism providing a powerful grasp onto almost any smooth surface. A central button and lever clamp down to provide the suction – a small tug of the tag on the rubber sucker and the cup releases.
The suction pad holds well and does its job. At this price ($ 41), the added flexibility it offers when mounting to smooth surfaces makes it an excellent accessory.View it on Amazon