TOP 5 ACCESSORIES FOR GO PRO 5

MY FAVOURITE ACCESSORIES FOR GO PRO 5

Last month I got myself the Go Pro Black Hero 5. I love this camera! I’ll keep my review of the Go Pro itself brief and bullet pointed as there are tons of reviewers elsewhere who understand tech much better than I do! But living in a van, with no fixed address, I had a really limited timeframe whilst I was back in the UK to sort all the accessories and realised I had absolutely no clue where to begin.

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This was my first Go Pro purchase and although I absolutely knew I wanted the camera, I was totally confused about all the optional extras! Go Pro and non Go Pro companies alike make an absolute ton of these. A month on and a heap of accessories later I wanted to put together a little blog post on my top 5 travel favourites. From mounts and sticks to tethers and handles, if this is your first venture into the world of Go Pro, here are my top five favourite accessories for Hero 5. Let me know your favourites in the comments below.

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FIRSTLY THE CAMERA ITSELF – GO PRO HERO 5 – WHAT IS THERE TO LOVE?

  • Wifi and bluetooth – connects your camera wirelessly to your laptop, mac or smartphone. This allows you to download your pictures and videos as well as control your camera and take pics using your mobile
  • 4K video @ 30FPS – 4K is a video specification that literally just means ‘4,000’. It gets its name from the approximately 4,000 pixels of width of the footage. This is much more detailed than anything you’re likely to have seen before.
  • Simplified touch screen menu – control your camera easily with simple swipe and press selection options.
  • Waterproof – The Hero 5 is waterproof as standard which means that no external waterproof case is required for depths of up to10m
  • 3 microphones, including noise cancelling – which means audio sounds fantastic without having to plug in an external mic
  • Customisable voice control commands in several languages – talk to your Go Pro! With your camera clipped to the end of your surf board simply ask it ‘Go Pro take a photo’ and it should oblige. I say should because I’ve found it a little hit and miss depending on surrounding noise and proximity.
  • Field of view options; Medium, Linear, Wide, Super Wide & Narrow – to get your perfect picture
  • Image stabilisation – so that the bumpiest of bike tracks or choppiest of seas still result in a perfect picture
  • User-swappable batteries – essential for a day of filming as the battery life is only around 2 hours

Micro SD

sd-cardsYour Go Pro needs a micro SD card to record as there is zero built in drive space, so you will definitely have to get one. This is non negotiable and does not come included in the pack. The good news is that you won’t need to overthink it or trawl through tons of options, you’re pretty much limited by the Go Pros incredible resolution. No all SD cards are created equal and great resolution means you’re need a fast Micro SD card. The most highly recommended is the san disk extreme. John Lewis sell them and will no doubt offer to add one to your shopping basket in store or online, but if you have the patience to wait 24 hours for Amazon to deliver you can probably save yourself a tenner.

The micro SD card comes in three options 32GB, 64GB or 128GB. It also includes a standard SD adapter so that you can pop the card in there to download your images – although if you’re solely using it in the Go Pro 5, the cameras wifi technology means you can retrieve your pics wirelessly without ever removing the card. I used the 64GB card in my

Micro SD Card 32GB

Micro SD Card 64GB

Micro SD Card 128GB

Optional Extras

Your decision on accessories will in most instances depend on what it is you want to use your Go Pro for. Naturally if you’re never going to go deep sea diving it would be completely pointless to buy the underwater housing! The Hero 5 is fully waterproof as standard. In the past, if you wanted to take your Go Pro out for a surf or to find nemo, you would have to pop it inside a clear case. Now you can simply clip it to your paddle board, take it for a snorkel or strap it to your kayak and capture those moments on the water without having to waterproof it. If you’re wanting to dive deeper you will need to buy the housing however as the Go Pro is only guaranteed to keep the water out to a depth of 10 metres.

1. SUCTION MOUNT

Whether you’re tearing along a coastal road in the sunshine, or filming along a steep mountain track with your Go Pro mounted to the windscreen, the last thing you want to worry about is it falling off! No matter which car mount you choose to use, it’s essential to use a safety wire to strap the camera itself onto something solid (the wing mirror is a good choice). That way, if the mount loses suction or comes lose, your camera is not going to end up crushed into a zillion pieces beneath your car tyres!

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I chose the GOMA Industries Suction Cup Car Mount because it had such great reviews on Amazon. Recommended for speeds of up to an impressive 140mph. I tested it out on a snowy mountain road in Sierra Nevada, Spain. It’s super easy to use, the suction feels amazingly strong, even after being repeatedly attached and removed from the window, and the hinge mechanism allows the angle of the camera to be adjusted to achieve the perfect shot. As an added bonus the kit also comes with a little travel bag and a 4 foot long tether line to make double securing it to your vehicle simple.

A great little piece of kit for a fantastic price. Perfect for filming those dreamy road trip shots.

WHAT YOU GET

1 GOMA Solid Gopro Suction cup, travel bag, 4-ft long Gopro tether, 100% money back Lifetime guarantee

WHAT IT COSTS

£12.99

WHERE TO ORDER

Order on Amazon

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2. FLOATY BACK DOOR

If you’re regularly taking your Go Pro into water, this bright orange beauty could save it from a watery grave at the bottom of the ocean. The Go Pro, whilst waterproof, does most definitely not float! But add the floaty back door and in theory your camera will bob back up to the surface where you at least have a chance of retrieving it. Great for snorkelling, surfing, wake boarding and lots of other in water activities, the adhesive back door is easy to spot and even easier to fit. It’s only downside is that by attaching it you naturally obscure the rear screen, so you can no longer see exactly what you’re filming.

go-pro-doorMake sure you get the kit for Hero 5 – John Lewis initially sold me the kit the only version they had in stock which was the older model designed for Hero 4. It took me a few attempts to attach it and forum searches to finally realise the problem. You need the kit which comes with The Frame Backdoor (HERO5 Black). If you’re a seasoned Go Proer with existing kit, there are some interesting and innovative You Tube vids offering suggestions on adapting your older floaty to fit the 5.

WHAT YOU GET

Floaty, The frame backdoor (Hero5 Black), Standard Backdoor (Waterproof housings for Hero4 Black / Hero4 Silver and earlier), Adhesive Anchor

WHAT IT COSTS

£19.95

WHERE TO ORDER

Order at John Lewis

3. SPARE BATTERY

2-dual-battery-chargerThe most frustrating thing about high resolution, high tech gadgets is undoubtedly their dreadful battery life. Hero 5 is no exception. There are some tips and tricks for conserving power – turning off wifi, reducing film quality, setting the screen to switch off after a short set time – but I hate buying toys that do all these incredible things, only to have to switch all the amazing things they do off, or at the very least limit them a little to get a few more mins of filming.

The Hero 5 charges pretty quickly. It has a removable battery but it’s charged simply by plugging the camera itself into a USB cable. This is great if you’re filming in blocks throughout the day and have time to stick it on charge in between. If you’re on a ski slope however it can be really frustrating having to trudge back to your hotel at lunchtime to get a quick charge in. I find the Go Pro struggles even more in sub zero temperatures.

The good news is that spare batteries, even authentic Go Pro ones, are actually pretty reasonably priced. A single replacement battery will set you back 20 quid or combine it with a dual charger which allows you to charge two batteries independently whilst you’re still using your camera for £44.95.

WHAT YOU GET

Authentic Go Pro 1220mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery as a spare or replacement battery for your HERO5 Black.

WHAT IT COSTS

£19.95

WHERE TO ORDER

Order at John Lewis Battery Only

Order at John Lewis Battery and Charge Pack

4. THE MEGA BUNDLE

If you’re a bit unsure as to which accessories you’re going to find most useful on your Go Pro adventures, this bumper Accessories Bundle Kit for GoPro Hero 5 from Zookki is a brilliant starter kit. The assortment is huge and a bargain at £21.99. It comes with tons of sticky pads for fixing your camera to boards and helmets, a chest harness for filming at body level, a wrist strap, bike mount, clip mount, floating handle grip, pivot and lots more! I usually avoid these bumper packs, especially when the deal seems too good to be true. The plastic is often very thin or flimsy and I find I tend to struggle to get suction and sticky pads to suck or stick! But this kit is really decent especially for the price and very definitely worth shelling out £22 to establish which bits you’re going to make most use of.

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WHAT YOU GET

Tons! Screws, bolts, buckles, straps, pads, links, mounts, chest harness, wrist strap, floating handle grip, head strap mount and more.

WHAT IT COSTS

£21.95

WHERE TO ORDER

Order at Amazon

5. GO PRO 3 IN 1 MOUNT

3waymount_pdp_1Yes, on the surface it’s expensive for what is – essentially a selfie stick – but the 3 in 1 mount is most definitely more than that. Stored inside the handle is a lightweight, mini tripod that can be removed and used on its own or combined with the handle. The handle itself can be detached from the arm and used as a camera grip. 

My favourite feature when comparing this piece of authentic Go Pro kit with the cheaper alternatives on the market, is the folding system which makes it simple to capture selfies without the mount appearing in the shot. At just over 50 quid it’s most definitely pricey, but perfect for selfie shots on the slopes and filming talk-to-camera shots which allow the flexibility of switching to show the viewer what I’m seeing, it’s also the most used Go Pro accessory I own.

WHAT YOU GET

A lightweight, waterproof folding arm

Measures 20in (50.8cm) when fully extended, collapses to 7.5in (19cm)

WHAT IT COSTS

£51.99

WHERE TO ORDER

Order at John Lewis

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