GoPro Accessories OEM VS Cheap Knock off Version

Should you buy OEM or cheap knock off parts for your GoPro Hero camera? What’s the difference? In all honestly not that much. You’d actually be surprised at the quality of the knockoff parts available for your hero camera.

I’ve purchased a lot of OEM accessories and have little to no complaints about the fit and function. On the other hand the only real complaint I have about knock off parts is the build quality. The quality of the materials used is not as nice as OEM parts. The knock off parts still work as designed they just don’t have the same build quality of their OEM counterparts.

I would not hesitate for a minute to purchase and use more knock off parts. I recommend parts to friends and family that do not want to pay often times the extremely high prices for OEM parts. 

Have you purchased knock off parts? Have complaints? Love em? Let us know which parts you’ve purchased and hate or love..

Top 5 GoPro Hero Accessories (GoPro Tips)

I’m always on the look out for the best or coolest accessory available for my GoPro’s. If you’re also always on the look out for the next best accessory, read on I’ve put together a list of my top 5 GoPro Accessories.

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  • I use a pelican case that fit’s two GoPro cameras and also several accessories. One key feature I look for in accessories is compactness. I like everything to fit into one case. That way I don’t have to carry multiple things and everything is right there when I need it. It also helps when leaving or going to the next place to film that I don’t forget anything.  gopole.com  has just released their compact tripod.

Compact GoPro Tripod

 

 

This thing is bad ass. It’s compact and fit’s in my case along with two hero 4’s and several other accessories.  How sweet does this tripod look? Not only does it look really cool, it’s sturdy as heck and functional. It has 6 different locking positions and can also be used as a support base for gopole.com products.

Gopro Hero 3+ Must Have Accessories (Video)

What accessories are a must have for 2014? For me an extra battery and a good SD card are a must.

The video below gives you a good idea of what you need in your EDC go pro case.

From mounts to SD cards check out the video below to see what you should have in your go pro aresenal.

What do you have in your GoPro every day carry case? If it was one of the items in the video or even if it wasn’t post your comment in the comment form below.

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GoPro Hero 3+ Should I Purchase The Floaty Back Door

A couple weeks ago I was on a fishing trip and I had my GoPro Hero 3 mounted to the top of a 225hp jet motor. I was trying to think outside the box in regards to video angles. I wanted to get some video from the top of the motor looking backwards and at us as we were flying down the river. I thought it would look cool thrown into a fishing video. Well the raw footage turned out pretty sweet.

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I had an unfortunate incident occur while my $400 camera was mounted to the top of the motor using the suction cup mount and the floaty backdoor. I had the GoPro mounted to the motor facing backwards I turned around to make sure it was still there and the angle was good well the camera wasn’t there!! Yes I freaked out thinking that my GoPro Hero 3 was gone for ever at the bottom of the river.

I had just recently purchase the suction cup mount and  a floaty back door. Well I assumed that the floaty back door would float the camera and mount. It doesn’t! But by the grace of God the camera somehow fell back into the sled and didn’t go into the river. Yes I was just as surprised as you.

After this incident I realized I should have tested the GoPro suction cup mount and floaty back door before I put my camera on top of the motor. When we stopped I took the camera and mount down to the bank and checked what would have happened if the camera would have went over board. Well the outcome wasn’t good! It sank right to the bottom.

After this happened it got me thinking about what can the floaty back door actually “Float”? After some googling around the net I found this video by MicBergsma. he shows exactly what will and won’t float using the floaty back door accessory.

Have you had an incident like this while using your GoPro Hero 3? If so I’d like to hear about it. Use the comment form below and let me know.

GoPro Underwater Dive Housing Filter??

Did you know there was such a thing? I didn’t but sure am glad I do now. Wonder what this GoPro dive housing filter is for? Let me try to explain.

You can use these filter to correct exposure issues with the GoPro underwater and also create some pretty cool special effects with the small filters available on the market. There are several different dive housing filters on the market but two of the most popular filters are the red and polarized filters. Both are fairly cheap and worth buying if you use the camera for a fair amount of underwater video.

Red GoPro Filter: The red filter was designed to improve the auto white balance. The red filter will also help improve the vibrant underwater colors especially near coral reefs. The red filter helps cut down on the blue tone you get when shooting underwater video with the camera.

Polarizer Filter:  The Polarizer filter will obviously reduce glare and also at the same time help with above water saturation color of object in focus. This filter would work great if you shoot or take a lot of videos when it is really sunny out or if you are shooting video or using the camera to take pictures near water. I have used the polarizer filter for a few trips to the mountain snowboarding and have had good luck with the glare being knocked down from the snow with this small filter in the housing.

Installing either the Red filter of the Polarizer filter is actually very straight forward. It does however require one semi special tool. The tool is a T6 star bit screwdriver. You can get the T6 bit or T6 screwdriver at any local hardware store most will stock it. Once you have the right tool the job is quite easy. There are 10 screws that go around the lens. All that is needed it to remove the ten screws and pop the filter into the GoPro’s housing. Most of the newer filters are made for the dive housing or hero 3 housing.

In the last few months multiple companies have started to sell these small filters. Most companies that sell them are reputable I have heard of some knock off filters that have been going around especially in some of the dive forums. A lot of people who scuba dive use these filters to help improve their footage. Just make sure the company you buy the filter or filters from offer a good warranty and are reputable.  Check for on line reviews of the GoPro filters and even the better business bureau before you make a purchase.

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