Our Top 5 Essential Must Have Accessories for your First GoPro
So you’ve purchased your GoPro HERO Camera and now you can’t wait to get your hands on your new toy. Before taking it on your next trip, remember that you will need to get some basic accessories for your GoPro. Unlike your traditional all in one camera kit setup, GoPro cameras do not come prepackaged with everything in one box, and for the right reasons - Users will have more flexibility in selecting the gear they want based on their needs. So you are almost expected to figure out your uses and then pairing the right accessories for it.
Our top 5 accessories list aims to cover the most useful accessories that every GoPro user needs to start with after buying their first GoPro.
1. Micro SD Card
Yes, the GoPro does not have built in memory, so you will DEFINITELY need an SD Card for the GoPro to record videos. You may think that you could get away with using your old camera's SD card, but please take precaution, the GoPro requires you to get a high processing SD card (Class 10 microSD with high write speed) to accommodate its high quality recording. You may experience freeze-up or video corruption issues if you use anything less.
Here are GoPro's Recommended list of compatible SD cards:
SanDisk Extreme 32GB microSDHC (SDSDQXL-032G)
SanDisk Extreme 64GB microSDXC (SDSDQXL-064G)
Lexar 32GB SDHC 600x (LSDMI32GBSBNA600R)
Lexar 64GB SDXC 600x (LSDMI64GBSBNA600R)
Delkin 32GB SDHC (DDMICROSDPRO2-32GB)
Delkin 64GB SDXC (DDMICROSDPRO264GB)
The average recording time you get using with a 32gb microSD card is approximately 1.5-2 hours while a 64gb microSD card will give you 3-4.5 hours so remember to select the one that best suits you.
Note: We have received a lot of questions regarding the difference between Sandisk Ultra and Extreme. Both are class 10 SD cards, but the Sandisk Extreme version has a write speed of up to 50MB/s, while the Ultra can only achieve an approximate write speed of 10-15MB/s. Specifically for GoPro recordings, you will need to get the Extreme version to prevent freeze up or video corruption issues especially at high resolution and frame settings.
2. Spare Batteries and Charger
As a GoPro user ourselves, we can’t emphasise the importance of stocking up on at least 1-2 fully charged batteries, especially if you’re using it to film action sports. Depending on your configurations and settings, a fully charged GoPro HERO3+ battery lasts around 1-3 hours each time, which isn’t that much considering that you will usually be filming for at least half a day. Imagine kicking yourself when you lose out on filming that once in a lifetime scene due to power issues!
Another thing to consider with the GoPro is that it only comes with a usb cable, and so most people would opt for an additional wall charger accessory not just to speed up the charging process, it also means that you don’t have to worry about having to power up your car just to charge your GoPro.
There are a lot of brands out there for third party batteries and chargers. So far the one that is most popular and known for its quality is the WASABI Power batteries. We've done some testing ourselves and we're a fan ourselves!
3. Monopod/Pole with Tripod Mount
Poles are the number one third party accessory being sold worldwide. They are great for selfies and can take a great variety of angles. There are a wide variety of poles sold and you could almost fall prey into getting a cheap one. Our word of advice is that while you may be able to get away with stinging on certain accessories, a good pole will bring you a long way. Check our our selection of Poles and Monopods. (Our favourite is the HEROGear Pole 125 for its quality and value)
Remember to note that while most Poles comes with a tripod mount, be sure to check if a tripod mount is included before buying your pole. Tripod mounts are required to connect your GoPro to any tripod.
4. Protective Casing
We all know how expensive your GoPro gear is so it makes sense to protect it well. Depending on your budget and accessories, choose a case that suits your needs. Our selection of GoPro Cases range from small, medium and large sizes.
5. Protective Lens Caps
Most people overlook this accessory but we think its probably one of the most important first accessories to get. You will want to make sure your GoPro lens is protected at all times especially when not in use. It doesn't cost a lot but it brings you a long way!
And there you have it,Our very honest opinion on the 5 essential accessories to get for your new GoPro.
Don't forget to leave some comments and feedback on any essential accessories that we missed!