Getting the right number and type of GoPro accessories will help you to shoot some great footage for that holiday edit. But you need it to be fairly compact, usable and add value to the camera. Carrying loads of gear ‘just in case’ is counter productive as you’ll probably not even use it anyway. It’s all about keeping it simple.
All of these suggestions will happily work with the entire GoPro range including the Hero 4 and Hero 4 Session.
Lowe Pro Dashpoint AVC:
Firstly if the main items of my gear don’t fit in a Lowe Pro Dashpoint AVC it isn’t going. The case is designed for one camera but will happily take two GoPros.
The LCD BacPac is designed to give extra functionality to the GoPro series of cameras. This includes the Black, Silver and White 3 series cameras and the Hero and Hero 2 cameras (but without the touch screen functionality).
The LCD BacPac is a small unit that clips onto the back of a camera and is powered from the camera itself. It allows you to edit the cameras settings, frame your shots and replay video.
The long awaited App for the GoPro Wifi Bac is now avilable on iTunes. The App is free but requires you to have a GoPro Hero 2 and Wifi Bacpac kit or a Hero 3 (Wifi is built in). A firmware update is required before you attempt to connect the App.
With the GoPro App you can now control your GoPro camera remotely using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Features include: full control of all camera settings; live, remote viewfinder/preview of your iPhone/iPod or iPad for easy shot framing, and more.
In my case I have connected my iPhone to the camera so will refer to iPhone throughout this write up with the understanding that other iOS devices can be connected.
To connect the iPhone to the GoPro I switched on the GoPro/Bacpac and navigated to the Wifi settings on the camera menu and selected the Phone/Tablet option. On my iPhone I went to settings, switched on the Wifi and connected to the GoPro Wifi network. A password is requested. The default password is “goprohero”.
I have been able to try a GoPro LCD BacPac for the last few weeks and it certainly has its advantages in certain conditions. If you are on the bank and filming then I think the LCD is a pretty good accessory to own. Or if the camera is used as a digital stills camera then I can also see that LCD BacPac has its place for framing pictures etc. However, if your GoPro spends most of its time on top of your lid then I don’t think that it would be a wise investment.
I have recently bought the wifi BacPac which promises to be able to stream live action from the camera directly to an iPhone or iPad. If the app is released soon I can’t personally see the need for the LCD BacPac.
Just ordered a GoPro Battery BacPac from Amazon, 41% off. It will happily work with both the 1080p HD and HD2 cameras.
– Attaches to the back of the 1080p HD HERO camera
– 2X (approx) extended recording time
– Plugs into any USB charging source to charge your spare HD HERO batteries
– Charges 960p and 1080p HD HERO camera batteries
– Built in LED lights indicate battery power status