Whether you want a camera that can keep up with your adventurous lifestyle or one that will commemorate life’s biggest moments from a point-of-view angle, we love using GoPro cameras for both video and photos.
GoPros have a long list of, well, pros. So much so, it could even be where the brand got its name. The company makes cameras at various price points and with varying features, but they all have in common their small size. Designed to be handheld or mounted on anything from a helmet to a snowboard to a selfie stick, GoPros are ideal for anyone concerned about weight. Whether you don’t want to weigh down your suitcase with a bulky camera or change the balance of your snowboard, there is a GoPro for you.
With so many models, it can be difficult to tell them apart. Fortunately, GoPro offers a handy comparison tool on their website. We’ve also done the work for you and rounded up some of our top picks for GoPro models, as well as some accessories worth considering. If you’re ready to capture your next adventure, we’ve got the action camera that will help you do it.
1. GoPro – HERO9 Black
The HERO9 is the latest offering from GoPro’s main line of cameras, and it has several key features that are an upgrade over the previous model, the HERO8. Several of the critical upgrades are designed to make it easier to capture what you want to see without constantly monitoring the record button. Arguably the most significant upgrade is the live preview screen that lets you view what you’re recording. Other features include hindsight, which allows you to save footage 30 seconds before hitting the record button to avoid missing a special moment. Scheduled capture enables you to pick the start time of your recording in advance, while duration capture makes it easy to set how long the camera records before automatically stopping.
2. GoPro MAX 360 Action Camera
The average GoPro allows you to enjoy and relive the action. The GoPro MAX will make you feel like you’re actually in the moment. That’s because of the unique front- and rear-facing cameras that let you capture panoramic views of your adventures. Or, you can switch to the regular front-facing camera. With six built-in microphones, you’ll hear all of the excitement, too. Horizon leveling reduces choppy and bumpy shots for a smooth, cinematic feeling.
3. GoPro HERO8
The GoPro HERO8 has all the bells and whistles you want and some you didn’t even know you needed. It comes equipped with three different levels of stabilization, expandable mods for vloggers and the like, live-streaming in 1080p, TimeWarp 2.0 time-lapse videos, LiveBurst photos, and SuperPhoto +HDR still-image capture. You can take spectacular photos and videos no matter where you are or how fast you’re moving and share them almost immediately with your loved ones.
4. GoPro HERO7 Black Bundle
As one of the older models, the GoPro Hero7 is relatively easy to find at a value price. Take this option from B&H Photo and Video, which includes a bundle of the Hero7 Black with a handgrip, head strap and 32GB microSD card. The Hero7 Black is a slightly more advanced model than the HERO7 Silver, with a 240 fps frame rate than the Silver’s 60 fps.
5. GoPro HERO7 Silver
The GoPro HERO7 Silver camera is a great travel and adventure companion for capturing your most precious moments right there in action. It’s got 4K30 video and time-lapse recording capabilities, so you can quickly turn whole events into short, shareable clips. It has a rugged and waterproof design, and you can easily navigate between capturing modes on the intuitive touchscreen. Stay in the moment and use your voice to order your camera to start recording, take a picture, or stop recording.
Best GoPro Accessories
While the GoPro is quite durable, it can be worth getting accessories such as waterproof cases and padded travel pouches. Plus, a range of accessories makes filming more straightforward, such as a hands-free mount. These are some of the best official GoPro accessories to buy.
1. GoPro Protective Housing – HERO9 Black
BEST FOR DIVING
GoPro built this official case specifically for protecting the GoPro HERO9 Black. The protective housing is waterproof down to 60 meters, while the transparent build allows you to view the camera’s LCD screen.
2. GoPro Chesty Performance Chest Mount
BEST FOR MOUNTAIN BIKING
Whether you’re running, cycling or kayaking, there are a ton of situations where you might want to keep your hands free while using a GoPro. This mount is worn as a chest harness, and it clips in to make it easy to take on and off. Best of all, this mount is compatible with all GoPro Hero camera models.
3. GoPro Casey Semi Hard Camera Case
BEST FOR TRAVEL
Unless you’re shooting all of your footage in the backyard, you might want a way to get your camera from point A to point B. Fortunately, GoPro’s Casey camera case is a great way to do just that. It features modular cells, which make it easy to organize your camera and accessories. The semi-hard case is durable but not so stiff that you can’t pack it.
4. SanDisk – Extreme PLUS 128GB
BEST MEMORY CARD
It should go without saying that you need a way to save your footage, and the Extreme Plus memory card from SanDisk is a great way to do it. It has a sizable 128GB capacity, and it’s capable of supporting 4K UHD video recording, allowing you to make the most of your GoPro camera.