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11 accessories that make the most of your GoPro

From extendable arms to suction cup mounts, these 10 accessories help you shoot all the action.

While you can use a GoPro Hero to film literally almost anything, you’ll often need some extra gadgetry to enable those limitless possibilities. The world of GoPro accessories is almost as boundless as the camera’s potential functions. While this abundance of accessories — both from GoPro and third-party manufacturers — speaks to GoPro’s popularity as the go-to adventure cam, it can also be overwhelming to navigate.

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Never fear, we’re here to be the trusty Sancho Panza to your daring Don Quixote, and steer you away from pesky second-rate accessories that might otherwise impede your adventures. Below are a few essential GoPro accessories for those who really want to expand their filming capabilities, so you’ll be best equipped to capture the moment whether you’re filming your snow-capped ascent or just your dog on the couch.

Mounts, filters, and more

Fotodiox Pro GoTough Tripod Adapter ($15)

Fotodiox GoTough Tripod Adapter

If you own a GoPro, it’s likely that you might own some other cameras. That said, nearly every camera uses a 1/4-20 mount for tripods, and having a 1/4-20 adapter for your GoPro will accomplish a few things. First off, you’ll be able to use your GoPro with all the camera gear you already own. As you acquire gear, you can buy regular camera gear and then use your GoPro with it, making your equipment more versatile since the arrangement doesn’t really work the other way around. Even if a GoPro is the only camera you own, however, having a 1/4-20 adapter allows for compatibility with even more accessories. While these little gems are available for as little as $1, we like the Fotodiox version because it’s made of aluminum, meaning it’s more durable than plastic and features threading that won’t strip as easily over time. The five different colors are a nice touch, too.

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Amazon Fotodiox B&H Adorama

GoPro 3-Way ($70)

GoPro 3-Way

There are a ton of GoPro sticks out there, but GoPro’s official 3-Way is particularly handy due to its multi-functionality. You can use it as a basic handle for your GoPro, as an extendable arm, or simply as a tripod. Though it doesn’t extend as far as some telescoping sticks — it moves between 7.5 and 20 inches — that actually makes it less cumbersome and lighter. The grip is also comfortable and can be detached to become an even smaller handle to your camera.

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Amazon GoPro B&H

PanaVise ActionGrip 3-N-1 Suction Cup Camera Mount Kit ($45)

ActionGrip-3-N-1-Suction-Cup-Camera-Mount-Kit

This kit allows you to quickly set up the exact mount you need for whatever situation you find yourself in. Not only is it the most versatile suction cup mount available, but it’s also incredibly secure and easy to use, thanks to the embedded ball head. It’s perfect for attaching a GoPro in or outside of a car, or even to rocks, boats, jet skis, or pretty much anything with relatively smooth surface. Suction cup mounts like the ActionGrip 3-N-1 really shine in high-speed situations, too, where a typical clamp just won’t hold the camera steady enough. The last thing you want is for your $400 Hero4 Silver to go flying

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Amazon PanaVise B&H

Polar Pro GoPro Filter 3-Pack ($50)

PolarPro Filter and Lens Pack

Filters and lenses can greatly enhance your photography with minimal effort. Polar Pro’s three pack is a bargain, too. The commendable bundle includes a polarizer (for filming around reflective surfaces like snow and water), a macro lens (for filming up-close), and a neutral density filter (which slows down the shutter speed to motion blur). Moreover, all three are a snap to attach to and remove from the camera. Literally.

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Amazon Polar Pro B&H Adorama

Knog Qudos Action Video Light for GoPro ($99)

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We love Knog and we love nocturnal activities, so it only make sense that we turn on our Qudos action light to illuminate our filming when the sun goes down. The mighty little light is waterproof up to 40 meters and features different light settings that allow the output to fluctuate between 70 and 400 lumens. It also features a rechargeable battery and comes bundled with a camera mount bracket, meaning you don’t have to buy a separate gadget to attach it to your camera.

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Amazon Knog B&H

Tiffen Steadicam Curve ($29)

Tiffen Steadicam Curve

Ever wonder why amateur action cam videos make you feel sick? It’s because cameras like the Hero4 lack any software or hardware image stabilization. Do what the pros do and use a stabilizer, like the Steadicam Curve. The device comes from the same company that makes expensive stabilizers for professionals, yet is surprisingly affordable, lightweight, and effective. The Curve, available in four colors, is best used with a GoPro BacPac accessory attached to the camera, for balance.

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Amazon Tiffen B&H

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