When you’re heading out into the great outdoors, a camera alone just isn’t going to cut it. If you want to make the most of your snapper (and photography skills) then you’ll need a little extra help along the way. There are tonnes of action camera accessories out there, so we’ve whittled down a neat little list of the best kit that money can buy right now. Chuck these in with your bag and you can be sure to have every possible scenario covered.
GoPro Helmet Front Mount
You’ve seen the countless YouTube videos, you know exactly how this one works. The mount lets you strap your GoPro to the front of your helmet, so whatever you see, it sees too. It’s a simple piece of kit – and you’ll of course need a helmet to use it – but this little tool will make sure your GoPro never misses a moment. It’s compatible with all GoPro models and rather affordable too.
Delkin WingmanHD Adhesive Helmet Mount
There’s also a good range of mounts that don’t necessarily need a GoPro. Delkin’s is among the best, compatible with both GoPros and other cameras with a 1/4-20 tripod mount. The WingmanHD will keep your device secure and stationary when strapped to your head, and like the GoPro Helmet Front Mount, it’s pretty cheap.
Gorillapod Action Tripod
The gripping legs on this tripod should be able to wrap themselves securely around any surface, be it a street lamp or a tree branch, giving you a tripod that’s both flexible and sturdy. The ballhead and adjustment knob make it easy to fine-tune your composition once the tripod is in place. It also comes with both a GoPro mount quick-release clip and a 1/4-20 quick-release clip, so you’ve plenty of flexibility in camera choice too.
Aquapac camera case
When it comes to picking a waterproof camera case, you need 100% peace of mind. One option is to buy a rigid waterproof case that’s specially designed for your camera, but there are cheaper options out there that won’t sacrifice protection. Aquapac cases are made from a durable plastic that will not only protect your camera from water but also provide buoyancy if you happen to drop it into a river. They’re not made for diving, but if it’s protection from the rain you’re most worried about – and perhaps the odd ravine – then an Aquapac is a more affordably priced solution.
SanDisk Extreme SD Card
When it comes to the memory card, you want something that’s fast and, ideally, as weather resistant as the camera. You’ll be glad to know that this isn’t a big ask. Sandisk offers some of the best on the market right now: the “extreme” memory cards use Ultra Direct Memory Access, making them super fast. They’re also waterproof, shock proof, temperature proof and even x-ray proof. A 128GB-sized one will go far.
GoPro Chesty Mount
Another one for the GoPro-ers. The Chest Mount does a similar job to the helmet mount but this time the action is captured from – yup, you guessed it – your chest. If you’re partaking in an activity where a below-the-helmet view is more advantageous, or you just fancy a different point of view (perhaps you’d like to see more arm action in those skiing videos), the Chesty Mount is easy to strap on and will remain nice and secure throughout its use.
Glidecam’s lightweight HD-Series make shaky camera footage a thing of the past, offering great camera stabilisation whether you’re running up stairs or traversing some rocky terrain. Your camera will always be balanced, free from any unwanted turbulence to give you smooth, uninterrupted footage. Different sizes come in at different prices, so make sure you’ve found the right one before hitting the ‘buy’ button.