Accessories For All GoPro Users
The GoPro action camera has a simplistic design and one button operation but provides excellent action photographic results. The GoPro—indestructible yet small— is perfect for extreme sports but the camera alone is often inadequate for capturing the perfect shot. Having the right accessories is the key for getting the shot and allowing you to get right in the action. Without accessories like the Gimbal and battery packs, my GoPro productions would be impossible.
“What’s the point of GoPro accessories? I can just hold the camera and it works fine.” This may be true, but I would compare that mindset to buying a Ferrari and never driving over 30mph. GoPro makes awesome cameras, but their real attraction comes from all the third party accessories that let you get the most creative shots. Take my summer video for instance, watch what you can do with a GoPro.
My Top 5 GoPro Accessories for 2016
One of the newest accessories for the GoPro is the Feiyu G4-QD 3-Axis Gimbal that stabilizes the camera for action shots when biking, skateboarding and skiing. The Feiyu G4-QD gimbal is easy to clamp and unclamp and too without screws and wires. You can use the gimbal to shoot from various angles and if you throw it on a pole you can use it for aerial videos too. Made for use with the GoPro Hero3, 3+ and 4 cameras once the camera is locked on the three axes it follow as you wish when you pan and tilt the camera.
GoPro footage is notoriously shaky, and combating the natural jitters is a constant struggle. The feiyu gimbal does this exceptionally, giving you the clean shot from your helmet, selfie pole, or surfboard. I could not leave for a film day without the Feiyu Gimbal and this is my top recommended accessory. Get it on Amazon – Feiyu Tech G4-QD 3-Axis Gimbal
#2. GoPro 3-Way Arm
This might seem to be a basic camera stick but the fact is that the GoPro 3-way can be configured in three ways. It is completely foldable so you can shoot handheld or you can extend it to get really close to the subject or use as a selfie stick. The third way the GoPro 3-way works is a tripod. Screwed upside down into the handle the device has a set of three small legs. All you need to do is flip around the legs and twist them back into the handle to get your tripod.
The Grip, Selfie Stick, Tripod Configurations:
Battery Life is one of the hardest things you must overcome using the GoPro. Nothing is worse than running out of battery in the middle of a film day so I always carry 2 extra batteries with me, especially when it’s cold out. Battery life is advertised at 4 hours per charge, but it is actually more around 2-3 hours and even worse with cold. The Wasabi Power Battery 2-Pack is a must have. The batteries are equal to GoPro batteries in terms of battery life, and I couldn’t live without the dual charger that comes with the batteries. I have two batteries always charging so I just switch out batteries super easy. I highly reccomend picking up the Wasabi Power Battery (2-Pack) and Dual Charger.
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The PowerGrip H2O is a cool new product by PolarPro and another battery life solution. We have never seen anything like this before and the possible uses for this grip is limitless. The PowerGrip H2O can charge your GoPro 4X over while you use it throughout the day. The best part? You can be scuba diving, playing in the pool, or filming in the rain and this grip can still charge your camera. In addition to all these features, the PowerGrip is my go to GoPro mount because it functions as a selfie stick as well as grip and has extra feature options like LEDs that make it a very versatile accessory.
Both the accessories allow you to film in any environment. The Jaws flex clamp from GoPro allows you to quickly reposition your camera. I like the Jaws clamp because I can put my GoPro almost anywhere and it allows for some easy, creative shots. The tips on the simple tension clamp move slightly and securely grab any irregular shapes like your skateboard, bicycle handle or even the golf bag. The GoPro quick-release base on top of the clamp allows you to attach a camera right to it. Since the neck of the neck on the device is flexible you can shoot from a variety of angles.
The suction mount is for use inside or outside the car. It locks onto surfaces in one smooth action. Just push down the big button on top and pull up the handle. It clamps down immediately on non-porous smooth and flat surfaces. On top is a 1/4-20 stud, so anything with a tripod mount can be attached. The metal arm has 140-degree upward movement and the single knob allows you to tilt the camera 210 degrees or rotate it 360 degrees.
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