Q&A: What Are The Best GoPro Accessories?

Choosing the best GoPro accessories to purchase isn't always an easy task with so many different options available on the market. As GoPro owners ourselves, we have owned several generations of these portable cameras.

While GoPros offer excellent features and functionality in a stock form, some accessories can take the action cams to the next level by improving on their weaknesses. In the remainder of this guide, we will cover multiple different segments of GoPro accessories.

Keep in mind that not all consumer's needs and budget are the same so take each recommendation into consideration for your own situation. The right accessory for you might not be the same for someone else.

There are many generations of GoPro models on the market at this point, so it is tough to recommend accessories for just one iteration as the design and features often change from year-to-year. 

Our team did our best to round up the best GoPro accessories that covered the entire cost spectrum from low to high to cater to everyone's budgets. 

Due to the incompatibility of some accessories with certain GoPro generations, we have included a small section at the bottom of recommendations which only work with select GoPro models.  

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Mounts

One of the most popular mounts for GoPro users is a chest camera to be able to experience immersive video or photos from a unique perspective particularly useful for capturing hobbies or action sports. 

The Chesty is our top pick for this type of mount and is the official GoPro version. The harness offers excellent build quality and high adjustability to fit nearly any body type. 

Accessory supports: All GoPro cameras


Mounting your GoPro to a car, boat, motorcycle, ATV or other motorized vehicle is another common desire for adventure seekers. The safest and cleanest way to do so is via a suction mount which can hold the camera rigid while remaining easy to remove. 

The official GoPro Suction Cup mount is our top choice for this type of use offering great versatility without breaking the bank. When secured to a compatible surface, the industrial-strength suction cup can withstand speeds more than 150 miles per hour. 

Accessory supports: All GoPro cameras


This two mount bundle includes two official GoPro branded accessories both designed for mounting the action cameras to your head allowing the capture of a first-person point of view. 

The head strap offers an adjustable design and non-slip elements on the inside of the straps to keep the mount from falling off your head during use. 

The quick clip  is a mounting solution that allows you to attach your GoPro to a backward hat or another piece of headwear as long as it is between 3mm to 10mm thick. The result is a compact and low-profile mounting solution.

Accessory supports: All GoPro cameras


While the head strap and quick clip work great for wearing with or without thin headwear, neither option tend to be ideal for helmets or bulky headgear.

In this case, GoPro's official front and side mounts for helmets is our recommended purchase. These mounts use adhesive mounting plates which stick to your helmet, and the camera/rest of the mount can be added or removed when not in use. 

If you require of adhesive mounting plates for a significant number of helmets, then you can purchase aftermarket adhesive mounts from AxPower for a lot cheaper than GoPro, but you'll still need this original GoPro Helmet Mount (or something equivalent) to use with the aftermarket pads. 

Accessory supports: All GoPro cameras


Handles & Tripods

A high-selling accessory from GoPro, this model sports a three in one design offering use as either a camera grip, extension arm or tripod. The versatility allows you to capture a wide variety of shorts without lugging around a bunch of miscellaneous accessories.

The handle can be removed to use on its own and tripod is stored within the handle when not in use. Extending to 20 inches when fully extended, the grip collapses to just 7.5 inches for convenient storage and portability.

Accessory supports: All GoPro cameras


GorillaPods are extremely common accessories for vloggers thanks to the popularity of YouTube stars like Casey Neistat. However, the standard GorillaPods made for DSLRs are bulky, and overkill for use with action cams like a GoPro.

To help ease this issue, Joby created its own 'GorillaPod Action' designed entirely for small, lightweight action cameras and it already includes a quick release and tripod mount.

The benefit of the flexible legs means you can use it as a handle, mini tripod or wrap it around something to capture a unique angle. 

Accessory supports: All GoPro cameras


Made out of polycarbonate with ABS plastic, this grip is designed for water-sports as it is not only waterproof, but it will float when dropped. 

The grip is textured for extra traction, and the removable butt cover opens to a watertight compartment of which you can put cash or a key in for safe keeping while out on the water.

Accessory supports: All GoPro cameras


If you just need a cheap tabletop tripod for use with your GoPro, then this model from Fungetek should suit you well without breaking the bank. It doesn't have any crazy bells and whistles, but you can't expect all that much at a price-point in the $10 range.

Keep in mind, you'll need a tripod mount adapter like the Smatree listed below to use this accessory natively with a GoPro's mounting system. 

Accessory supports: All GoPro cameras (tripod mount adapter required)


There are a lot of cheap tripod adapters for use with GoPro's mounting system, but often they are made from cheap plastic and therefore prone to breaking or cracking during regular use.

The Smatree differs from these cheap mounts as it is crafted from high-quality aluminum. It also offers an integrated threaded on the end which eases the worry of losing the nut a frequent issue with the plastic versions.


Motorized Gimbals

Electronic gimbals are all the rage for capturing action cam footage mainly because most activities that you'd to film with this type of camera involve a lot of movement which results in shaky footage. 

GoPro's Karma Grip is one of the best in its class offering superb image stabilization with native support for the HERO6/HERO5 Black. The built-in battery powers both the grip and your GoPro for up to an hour and 45 minutes. 

Comfortable in hand, the Karma also offers convenience features like built-in camera controls including power, start/stop recording and HiLight tagging. Some people even mount the Karma to their chest to achieve mounted shots with minimal shakes. 

Keep in mind, this mount does not allow you to use external microphone inputs plus the gimbal's motors during operation will be audible from the internal microphone. Due to this, we don't recommend the Karma for shooting video where the audio will be needed.

Accessory supports: Harnesses are included for HERO6 Black & HERO5 Black, optional harnesses available for purchase for HERO4 Black & Silver


FEIYUTECH is a Chinese based accessories manufacturer which is known for their line of motorized GoPro gimbals. The G6 is their sixth generation model offering the same great features and performance as their top-selling G5 with some added bells and whistles. 

Due to the design of the harness, you can utilize this gimbal for any of GoPro's HERO lineup in addition to their Session cameras which means excellent versatility should you ever change models. 

The handle has built-in WiFi+Bluetooth allowing you to connect to the GoPro HERO5/6 for live viewing via smartphone and changing camera settings like modes, frame rates, resolution and view width. 

There is a built-in time-lapse mode which can be configured to take images at specific intervals along with auto-rotation mode for capturing time-lapses that come to life.

The integrated large capacity battery offers runtimes up to a staggering 12 hours with support for charging the GoPro camera during operation. Comes with a mini tripod and branded carrying case.

Accessory supports: All GoPro Hero & Session models


Batteries & Power

One of the most obnoxious aspects of buying a GoPro is the lack of an included charger. Instead, you are forced to plug a USB cable directly into the camera's body and wait for the charging process to complete. 

This is the official GoPro Dual Charger + Extra Battery for their newest HERO5 Black and HERO6 Black camera models. Purchasing this charger will allow you to charge two batteries simultaneously.

Accessory supports: GoPro HERO5 Black & HERO6 Black


Buying OEM batteries may be the preference for some consumers, but the truth of the matter is you can purchase third-party batteries that may only perform at 85% of the performance of an OEM battery at 50% of the cost.

For us, we understand how expensive camera gear and filmmaking can be so we support choosing quality third-party accessories especially batteries and are big fans of Wasabi's products. 

Over the past five years, our team has purchased and actively used Wasabi batteries in our DSLRs, mirrorless, point-n-shoot and cinema cameras.

Their GoPro bundle includes two batteries and a charger for half of the cost, and the charger is compatible with OEM batteries (like the one that was included with your GoPro).

Accessory supports: GoPro HERO5 Black & HERO6 Black for the linked model, Wasabi batteries for older generations of GoPro are available for purchase through Amazon


More than just a handle, the Wasabi Power CLUTCH offers an integrated battery that harnesses a whopping 5200mAh of extra battery life which will increase your battery life by 4-5x.

The grip is comfortable with a rubberized silicone handle and wrist strap. It includes a mini-USB cable, micro-USB cable and tripod/smartphone adapters. 

Keep in mind, the CLUTCH is not waterproof nor can older style GoPro models be mounted to the CLUTCH with their waterproof harness (USB port wouldn't be available) so don't buy this if you intend on using it in wet environments.

Accessory supports: all GoPro models that offer a skeleton or frame housing with USB access


Designed for the newest GoPro HERO 5 & HERO6 models, this extended battery pack improves the recording time to over four hours. 

Included with this extended battery is a frame mount that allows you to mount the camera as you would with the standard GoPro frames while experiencing increased battery life. 

Accessory supports: GoPro HERO5 or HERO6


Displays

If you have an older GoPro that (3/3+/4) that doesn't have a rear display then you can purchase an LCD Touch BacPac. This affordable accessory adds touchscreen control and functionality which greatly increases the convenience of use. 

This helps if you don't want to rely on your phone for wireless monitoring. Being able to frame your shots, replay captured footages or view photos and change camera settings with your finger is well worth the small investment. 

Accessory supports: GoPro HERO4, HERO3+, HERO3


Memory Cards

Buying the newest GoPro's that shoot 4K UHD video and high-speed slow-motion is useless without a proper memory card that can handle the increased data speeds required for this type of footage.

SanDisk's newest Extreme microSDXC is the best option for GoPro owners though slightly pricier than some slower cards. Before buying, be sure it is the UHS-3 version and that it isn't counterfeit.

Accessory supports: All GoPro HERO & Session Models


A similar microSD card as the SanDisk regarding overall performance and capabilities including 4K and slow-motion. Compatibility works with all of the latest GoPro HERO and Session models, but do note that it isn't officially supported on the HERO3 and older generations.

Accessory supports: All GoPro HERO & Session Models except the HERO3, 3+ and original (2014)


PNY is not as commonly known brand in the world of memory cards and data storage as SanDisk or Lexar, but they have been involved in the industry for quite awhile. Their Elite-X microSDXC cards offers similar performance to the competing models listed above at a slightly lower price.

Accessory supports: All GoPro HERO & Session Models


Cases & Skins

If you will be traveling often or are just looking for an ample place to store your GoPro and various accessories then this Case Logic bag may be the perfect solution.

Priced affordably, this case is designed specifically for action cameras with plenty of room for the GoPro body, a charger, extra mounting hardware and plenty of room for spare batteries and memory cards. Read our full review.

Accessory supports: Any GoPro HERO or Session model


While the GoPro is already designed to be rugged, the front lens and back screen are still susceptible to accidental scratches or cracks especially when used in extreme sports.

Due to this, purchasing cheap screen or lens protectors can help extend the lifespan of your GoPro as well as keep it in pristine condition for resale down the road. While these aren't a must-have, spending a few extra bucks to protect your camera even further will never hurt.

Accessory supports: GoPro HERO5 & HERO6


Rugged design is one of GoPro's greatest strengths to ensure the longevity of their cameras, but some people still purchase a protective skin. Most people would invest in this to keep the GoPro in excellent condition for resale down the road.

In some cases, people will purchase a dark skin like this to help keep the attention off the action camera itself such as in a public setting. The downside to a matte black skin is that it attracts more heat in sunny environments and can lead to increased overheating during use. 

Accessory supports: GoPro HERO5/6


Remote Controls

A remote such as the official Smart Remote allows you to power, record or change your camera settings without needing to be within an arms reach of your GoPro. 

While this model is on the pricer side of GoPro remotes, this model offers an LCD screen which gives you a heads up on important camera settings, battery life and Wi-Fi signal.

Accessory supports: GoPro HERO4/5/6


Another remote control accessory from GoPro, but this time the design and functionality are wildly different. Instead of offering an LCD screen and an assortment of buttons, they included a single button.

This button can be pressed for a single pre-programmed command like start/stop the video or to take a screenshot. Additionally, the remote accept voice commands for more in-depth control. Best of all, it is waterproof.

Accessory supports: GoPro HERO5/6


A simpler and more affordable GoPro remote is this model from WOAFLY which offers wireless control up to 100 meters.

 With no LCD display, you won't be able to see any current camera settings or info, but there is an assortment of buttons for multiple control options. This model is also waterproof. 

Accessory supports: GoPro HERO/3/3+/4/5/6/Session


Editing Software

FCP X - best mac accessory

Apple's native video editing software, Final Cut Pro X is ideal for editing video on a Mac as it is highly optimized for performance and compatibility.

For editing GoPro footage, FCP X can natively import and edit 4K video as well as slow-motion thus allowing you to make epic montages or recap videos depending on your subject.

Final Cut Pro X isn't considered a cheap purchase to some, but it is easier to swallow considering it's a one-time fee with unlimited updates.

If you are a student or school faculty, you may also qualify for the educational discount which drops the price a lot.

Accessory supports: Any Apple computer running MacOS 10.12.4 (Sierra) or later that has at least 256MB of VRAM, 4GB of RAM and 4GB of disk space


If you are looking to create a high-end video with your GoPro while editing on a PC, one of the top non-linear editors (NLEs) for Windows is Adobe's Premiere Pro CC. Subscriptions start at $21 a month for a single app like Premiere Pro or $50/month for the entire suite. 

As one of the most commonly used NLEs in professional video production, Adobe has done a great job updating it by adding new features and support. Additionally, the software is closely integrated with other Adobe software like Photoshop or After Effects should you want to take your editing to the next level.

Accessory supports: most modern PCs or Macs (though we recommend FCP X over Premiere Pro CC for Apple users)


For PC users who are looking to go the budget route, MAGIX's Vegas Movie Studio Platinum is a great beginner video editing software that doesn't break the bank or overcomplicate the process. 

The software supports all of the basic editing tools and functionality and even some advanced features. You'll be able to import your 4K files with ease and utilize tools like video stabilization and color correction to make your footage look as best it can. 

Accessory supports: works with all modern Macs running OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or later


One of the perks of being an Apple user is their free software, and iMovie is an excellent choice for a beginner video editing who has a Mac. 

Available for download through the Mac App Store at no cost, iMovie offers a lot of the basic editing functionality you could want and is more like a heavily toned down version of Final Cut Pro X.

It may be enough for professional needs, but it is suitable enough for simple edits of family outings, hobbies or extreme sports.

Accessory supports: works with all modern Macs


Cables & Connections

The built-in microphone on a GoPro isn't terrible, but it is safe to say that it is not ideal to use as the primary source of audio especially for a professional-style shoot.

Due to this, many action cam owners have desired a way to hook up a more capable microphone to source higher-quality audio directly to their GoPro.

The Pro 2.5mm Mic Adapter allows you to achieve this via the USB-C port. Keep in mind, you'll still need a 3.5mm mic paired with this adapter for capturing external audio.

Accessory supports: GoPro HERO5 Session, HERO5 Black, HERO6 Black


If you are using your GoPro or editing its footage on the road, it's probably a good idea to have a spare cable in your camera bag in case you need it for charging of file transfers.

The UGREEN USB-C cable is affordable and works with the two latest generations of GoPro HERO models. Additionally, it doubles for use with certain mobile phones that use USB-C like the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus or Google Pixel.

Accessory supports: GoPro HERO5 Session, HERO5 Black, HERO6 Black


The same cable as listed above, but in the mini-USB version which allows you to connect older generation GoPros to a power source or computer for charging or data transfers. 

Accessory supports: GoPro HERO 2/3/4/HD


Cleaning

If you are using your GoPro often in harsh conditions like rain, snow, dirt or mud, then chances are the lens will get notably dirty quick. LensPens are useful tools for photographers and filmmakers that provide a quick and easy way to clean your lens in the field. 

One side of the LensPen offers a concave tip with an invisible carbon cleaning formula whereas the other end has a retractable cleaning brush. On the side of this cleaning accessory, there is a convenient pocket clip which helps secure it in place in your bag or on your person.

Accessory supports: all GoPro models


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This concludes our product guide for the best GoPro accessories we hope you found it useful!

Colt Agar

Colt Agar

Managing Editor at TheTechReviewer.com
A graduate of the University of Massachusetts and our Managing Editor, Colt loves testing out the newest tech products/services. His goal is to help better educate other consumers to ensure the most satisfying purchases decisions on consumer electronics and web services. When he is not working on creating new content, Colt enjoys spending time with his two Australian Shepherds, Mia and Zoey.
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