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Best GoPro accessories in 2021

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The best GoPro accessories will help you get the most from your GoPro action camera. Every accessory listed here will improve your shooting experience in some way — whether by letting you use your GoPro in more extreme environments, by giving it extra power so you can film for longer or simply my making it easier to carry around.

Many of the best GoPro accessories listed here will work with all models of GoPro cameras, however, there are some that will only work with specific versions; we've noted their compatibility in each case. 

What are the best GoPro accessories?

When picking the best GoPro accessories, the first place we'd look is the Neweer 50-in-1 accessory kit. This has just about all the straps, mounts, floats, poles, and attachments you could want for connecting your GoPro to your body, your car, your bike, your motorcycle, and much more. It even comes with a case; not bad for less than $30.

Next, we'd think about power and storage. While these might not sound very interesting categories, they are pretty important — after all, you don't want to run out of juice or storage space when you're halfway up a mountain. With that in mind, we'd suggest getting an extra GoPro battery and the SanDisk microSD card. A good microSD card is undoubtedly one of the best GoPro accessories: you'll want one that has a high storage capacity and a fast write speed suitable for recording 4K video. The SanDisk Extreme microSD card is a UHS Class 3 card, capable of storing UHD video, and is available in several capacities. If you have an older-model GoPro, you'll want to make sure it's compatible with 128- and 256-GB microSD cards, though. 

Another crucial accessory for your GoPro is a spare battery or two, plus a charger. Depending on the features you use, as well as the resolution you film, your GoPro's battery could last an hour, tops. So if you're out for an entire day of filming, you'll want an extra battery or two to keep your camera rolling. 

The best GoPro accessories you can buy today

best GoPro accessories: Neweer 50-in-1 kit

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1. Neewer 50-In-1 Action Camera Accessory Kit

Works with: Hero9 Black, Hero8 Black, Max, Hero7, Hero6, Hero5

Wide array of options
Works with lots of GoPro cameras
Inexpensive

While many inexpensive GoPro knockoffs include dozens of mounts and accessories with their cameras, GoPro unfortunately does not and it can be costly to purchase piece by piece. 

Fortunately for you, Neewer has just the solution, with its 50-in-1 piece accessory kit, which provides an assortment of standard and conversion mounts to make it easy to attach the camera to a variety of surfaces for just about any situation. From riding a bike or motorcycle to skiing or snowboarding and everything in between, you should be able to find a mount to suit your needs. Whether that requires the included head and chest mounts or handlebar mount or the miscellaneous assorted sticky mounts and suction mounts for helmets, windshields or other surfaces, you should be covered. Given its great value, the Newer kit is a clear top pick among our best GoPro accessories.

best GoPro accessories: SanDisk Extreme

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2. SanDisk Extreme microSD card

Works with: Hero9 Black, Hero8 Black, Max, Hero7 Black

Fast write speed
High capacity
Affordable

With the Hero9 Black's ability to record 5K video, the Hero8 Black and 7 Black’s 4K output and the Max's 360-degree 6K video, you'll certainly want more storage than the 32GB or 64GB card that comes standard with the camera (depending on model) when purchased from the company’s site. The Hero9 Black, Hero8 Black and Max can accept up to a 256GB microSD card and SanDisk makes some of the most rock-solid products out there in a variety of sizes. 

For the ultimate in reliability, pick up two cards so while one is offloading footage, you can keep shooting epic videos. Make sure it says UHS Class 3, which guarantees the card can write data to it at a high rate for 6K, 5K and 4K footage. This is another must-have on our list of Best GoPro Accessories.

best GoPro Accessories: AmazonBasics Carrying Case

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3. AmazonBasics Carrying Case

Works with: Hero9 Black, Hero8 Black, Hero7, Hero6, Hero5

Excellent value
Lots of space

If you buy any of our suggestions contained in this list of the best GoPro accessories, you'll certainly need some way to store and transport them all. 

We recommend AmazonBasics' carrying case, which can hold two GoPros, miscellaneous mounts, a smart remote, filters and cables, all for less than $18. If you got excited when you read this list and started shopping heavily, maybe even consider a second case to house the accessories — at such an affordable price, you really can't go wrong. However, if you are just getting started and have less gear or are trying to keep everything compact, you might prefer the small or extra small versions. 

best GoPro Accessories: Battery Charger

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4. GoPro Extra Battery / Battery Charger

Works with: Hero8 Black, GoPro Hero7, GoPro Hero6, GoPro Hero5

Charges via USB
Can charge two batteries at once
Keeps batteries clean and safe

Without power, there can be no epic footage, making extra batteries a “must have” on our list of the best GoPro accessories. Having extra batteries in your bag makes sure that the red flashing battery symbol is not the reason you missed capturing that once-in-a-lifetime event. 

GoPro sells a dual battery charger that also acts as a case to keep the battery contacts clean when not in use. It comes with one extra battery but has slots to charge two batteries simultaneously — and you can recharge your first battery while using the second. The best part is you can connect the charger to a power bank you have on hand and connect it via USB in your pocket or backpack. 

The newest GoPro Hero9 Black has a battery that's both a different size and capacity to earlier models. As a result, the batteries for the Hero9 Black are incompatible with earlier GoPros, and vice versa. The GoPro9 extra battery and charger is $49.99 on Amazon

best GoPro accessories: Telesin GoPro

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5. Vicdozia Telesin Dome Port Lens

Works with: Hero9 Black, Hero8 Black, GoPro Hero7, GoPro Hero6, GoPro Hero5

Ease of use
Well priced
Compatible with most GoPro cameras

Significantly less expensive than other similar products on the market, the Telesin Dome Port lens is the perfect accessory for those that like to spend time in the ocean or at the lake. With the clear acrylic dome, you can easily get those simultaneous half in, half out of water shots like your favorite Instagram photographers. 

The Telesin Dome Port is also easy to use. Simply mount the GoPro in the back and you're ready to capture some epic water footage; no additional accessories needed. To make it even easier, it even comes with a floating hand grip, inside which you can store things. 

There are three options available; one for the Hero9 Black, one for the Hero8 Black and a third for older models like the Hero5, Hero6 and Hero7.

best gopro accessories: SameTop tripod mount adapter

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6. Sametop Tripod Mount Adapter

Works with: Hero9 Black, Hero8 Black, GoPro Hero7, GoPro Hero6, GoPro Hero5

Sturdy
Works with all GoPro cameras

If you regularly use a tripod to film, a tripod adapter lets you connect your GoPro, either with the newly built-in retractable fingers in the Hero9 Black and Hero8 Black or the non-retractable fingers of past models, to a standard threaded camera tripod mount. 

Additionally, if there’s any reason you can’t find an appropriate mounting device that is compatible with GoPro’s mounting fingers, you'll most certainly be able to find one with a standard tripod screw. With a 4-pack of adapters, you can make sure you always have one in every camera bag or backpack you take with you. 

Best GoPro accessories: GoPro Floaty

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7. GoPro Floaty

Works with: Hero9 Black, Hero8 Black

Could save your GoPro from a watery death
Well made
Inexpensive

Talk to enough people that spend time by the water with their GoPro and you're almost guaranteed to hear horror stories about how they lost their camera while surfing, wakeboarding, boating, fishing or simply capturing footage of fish in a lake. 

If you partake in any of these hobbies or others like it near water, you should consider picking up the Floaty: a removable bright orange foam attachment to ensure the GoPro comes back up to the surface and can be easily spotted. 

If you spend time in or on the water and can’t sacrifice the use of your hands to film yourself or friends, you should also consider the Bite Mount, which can work alongside the Floaty +. Similar to the mouthpiece on a snorkel, the Bite Mount will help prevent those accidents while also allowing an interesting hands-free perspective while surfing, paddleboarding or wakeboarding. The Floaty is available in two versions: one for the Hero8 Black and one for the Hero9 Black.

best GoPro accessories: Kupton Screen protector

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8. Kupton Tempered Glass Lens and Screen Protector

Works with: Hero8 Black, Hero9 Black

Easy to use
Good quality
Inexpensive

When GoPro decided to redesign the Hero8 Black, they eliminated the removable lens that was present on previous models. This unfortunately means that if you happen to drop your GoPro Hero8 Black on some concrete and it scratches the lens, you'll have to pay a pretty penny to replace it — in fact, it'll cost almost as much to replace the whole camera. Fortunately, GoPro brought the removable lens back with the Hero9, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't still get some protection.

Enter the Kupton Tempered Glass Lens and Screen Protector. Just like the tempered glass screen protectors you apply to your phone, this one easily applies to the lens and rear screen while also including a small protective film for the front info screen. It comes as a 2-pack and at less than $8, is definitely worth it and highly recommended as one of the best GoPro accessories. 

The Kupton Screen Protector for the Hero8 costs $8.99; the version for the Hero9 also costs $8.99.

best GoPro accessories: Movo VXR10 microphone

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9. Movo VXR10 External Cardioid Microphone with Windscreen

Works with: All GoPro Hero models (with Media Mod [Hero8] or External Mic Adapter)

Prevents wind noise hitting the microphone
Works with Media Mod
Comes with travel pouch

Depending on your needs and the conditions you're filming in, you may want to consider adding an external microphone for even better sound. The Movo VXR10 is the perfect audio companion while filming on a windy day. It comes with a furry windscreen, commonly referred to as a “deadcat”, which helps prevent both the low rumble and distracting howling as the wind passes over the microphone. 

The VXR10 can significantly improve what your audience hears and it will work perfectly in conjunction with the new Media Mod — which has a 3.5mm jack built in, eliminating the need for the somewhat fumbly GoPro Mic Adapter. It also comes with a handy faux leather travel pouch and a removable cable, as well as a shock mount with a combination cold shoe / tripod adapter. 

Pro tip: try to keep the microphone within a few feet of your subject’s mouth to get the fullest, richest and best sounding audio. 

best GoPro accessories: Gurmoir aluminum alloy housing

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10. Gurmoir Aluminum Alloy Housing

Works with: Hero9 Black, Hero8 Black, Hero7, Hero6, Hero5

Robust, solid construction
Allows for easy fitting of filters

If you prefer using third-party products for lighting and sound, you may want to use a third-party case. The updated Gurmoir housing is the latest version of a product that’s worked well for a while. The new model gets a necessary redesign to take into account the updated positioning of the battery door and power/mode buttons. It doesn’t allow for use of the retractable fingers, but it does come with a set that can be mounted to the bottom of the case to connect any compatible mounting device of your choosing. 

Additionally, the screw on glass filter allows for easy use of UV, ND or polarizing filters not typically available to the GoPro platform. It's available in black or blue aluminum. Also check out the company’s microphone adapter case if you plan on using a third-party microphone. Gurmoir makes specific models for the GoPro Hero 5, Hero 6 and 7, Hero8 and Hero9.

Best GoPro accessories: GoPro Media Mod

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11. GoPro Media Mod

Works with: Hero9 Black, Hero8 Black

Directional mic
Weather-resistant construction
Two cold-shoe mounts
Lots of connections

The Media Mod is the foundation for GoPro’s new focus to make the Hero9 Black and 8 Black as good with audio as they are with video. The biggest feature contained in the Media Mod is a built-in shotgun microphone with wind reduction in an unobtrusive form factor. It's the perfect accessory for when you need better audio in a compact, unobtrusive form-factor. 

The Media Mod also adds a number of connections for those that desire them, including two cold-shoe mounts, micro-HDMI, USB-C, and 3.5mm microphone port, eliminating the need for the previous necessary audio dongle. Whether you want to use GoPro’s other products, the Media Mod adds a platform to connect multiple items including the company’s Lighting Mod and Display Mod — both of which are also in our list of the best GoPro accessories — and gives a convenient place to mount them. 

GoPro makes a specific Media Mod for the Hero8 and Hero9 Black; both cost $80, but be sure to get the one that's specifically for your camera.

Best GoPro accessories: GoPro Light Mod

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12. GoPro Light Mod

Works with: Hero9 Black, Hero8 Black

Goes really bright
Waterproof to 33 feet
Built-in rechargeable battery

GoPro has finally recognized the need for external light while filming in dimly lit scenes. The Light Mod can be used as both an auxiliary accessory for the Media Mod and a standalone product for the GoPro or other camera system. The GoPro Light Mod is a 10 LED array and varies from 20 to 200 lumens in three user selectable brightness levels as well as strobe function. 

It also comes with a silicone diffuser for washing a subject in soft, aesthetically pleasing lighting when needed. When used in conjunction with the Media Mod, it can attach via the cold shoe but also comes with removable mounting fingers to mount it to any GoPro mount in order to shed some lighting on a subject from a different angle.  

best GoPro accessories: GoPro Display Mod

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13. GoPro Display Mod

Works with: Hero9 Black, Hero8 Black

Flip-up screen is great for vloggers
Rechargeable battery
Fold-up design

To compete with other cameras with a flip-out screen used for vlogging, GoPro has created the Display Mod. Easily paired with the Media Mod, the 2-inch Display Mod plugs in to the Micro HDMI port in the back and can pivot up or down when not in use, allowing you to clearly see what you are filming. 

With its rechargeable internal battery, it doesn't drain the camera’s battery and will last about an hour, making it perfect for recording videos for your YouTube channel. If need be, you can simultaneously charge the Display Mod using an external battery pack while in use. 

best goPro accessories: Movo MTP-20

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14. Movo MTP-20 Programmable Time Lapse Head

Works with: Hero9 Black, Hero8 Black, Hero7, Hero6, Hero5

Offers huge number of options
Includes travel bag and adapter

With the GoPro Hero9 Black’s ability to shoot beautiful photo and video time lapses, the MTP-20 will take them up to the next level. It gives you a way to capture customizable time lapses while panning up to 360 degrees. 

With settings for both speed (from 48 seconds to 2 hours per rotation) and rotation angle (from 10 degrees to 360 degrees), imagine how much better a sunrise or sunset timelapse will look with a little added motion. For those that want to take their video footage up a level as well, set your GoPro to record in 5K, 4K or 1080p and let it take a ride on the MTP-20 to get an epic panning shot. 

The MTP-20 comes with a handy travel bag as well as a tripod adapter for the GoPro and an expandable phone mount, making it even more flexible — but you will need to supply 4 “AA” batteries to use it. 

best GoPro accessories: GoPro Max Lens Mod

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15. GoPro Max Lens Mod

Works with: GoPro Hero9 Black

Provides a wide field of view
Max HyperSmooth stabilization
Can horizon-lock videos

The GoPro Hero9 Black brought back a key feature that was missing on the Hero8: the ability to change the lens. One of the first lens attachments for the Hero9 is the Max Lens Mod, which gives your videos a 155-degree field of view. 

And, because the Max Lens Mod is made by GoPro, it can also talk to the camera so that you can use its Max HyperSmooth stabilization (up to 2.7k/60 fps), and can also horizon-lock your videos along both the horizontal and vertical axis. 

How to choose the best GoPro accessories

After a microSD card and spare batteries, choosing the best GoPro accessories entirely depends upon what you plan to do with it. You'll probably want a good selection of mounts and adapters, so you can attach the camera to your bike or whatever. 

While GoPros are pretty good at cutting out wind noise, you'll want to invest in an external microphone if you want truly good audio. There are plenty of third-party mics, but GoPro also makes its own — built into the Media Mod for the Hero8 and Hero9.

Another one of the best GoPro accessories is a good light, especially if you plan to film a lot at night, or in darkened conditions. GoPro has a Light Mod for the Hero8 and Hero9, but Lume Cube's third-party light is great for all other models.

And, while GoPros are water-resistant to 33 feet, you'll want to invest in a good waterproof case if you're going to use it in the ocean. You'll also want a flotation device, too, to prevent your GoPro from sinking to the bottom of the sea.