I recently took delivery of the awesome new GoPro Hero2 Motorsports 1080P
digital sports camera.
I'll review that at another time, but I just went through the options of what I
need (or want) in the way of GoPro accessories for my particular use of the
camera - which is mainly for mounting to a motorcycle or motorcycle helmet.
The main things to be concerned about in general with ANY digital video camera
is the quality of video and audio, and with my application for the camera, a
longer battery life would be good too.
So, to that end, the following are the accessories I highly recommend you
consider purchasing along with your GoPro Hero2 HD camera. All
accessories and the GoPro are available online from
This is an easy-to-attach plug in LCD screen which not only allows you to play
back video or still
images, it also helps you to set up the right angle for your GoPro Hero2. In
addition, the LCD BacPac displays the GoPro camera settings (resolution, frame
rate, video, still, etc) in a much larger and easier to read screen than the
small one provided on the front of the camera.
The original battery lasts for about 2.5 hours, depending on how you use your
camera. The Battery BacPac just about doubles this, which is important if, for
example, you wanted to go on a half day motorcycle ride somewhere and record the
whole run - or most of it. The Battery BacPac also doubles as a USB charger for
any spare GoPro batteries you may have.
An absolute necessity if you are going to use a tripod with a standard ¼"
thread. The GoPro tripod mount is perfect in conjunction with the next
16GB Lexar Platinum II SDHC Card
Sure, you could buy one big 32 gig SD card, but buying 2x16 gig cards will
ensure you have a backup card if something goes wrong with one. The Lexar
Platinum II SDHC Card seems to work very well with the GoPro, unlike one or two
other brands which seem to suffer from a few "technical difficulties". The Lexar
Platinum II card is a high-speed, high-capacity card designed for sustained
rapid-fire picture-taking and full-motion video with SDHC-enabled digital
devices. Speed rated up to Class 10, the card has a transfer speed up to 100x
HD Skeleton Housing
The "skeleton" housing is ideal for a couple of reasons. It allows you access to
the jacks on the camera body to plug in an external microphone, as well as a
mini HDMI cable. It also allows for much more ventilation around your GoPro
Hero2 - important (eg) on a hot, sunny day when the camera is on for extended
For general use these probably wouldn't be needed, but if you like to film in
extremes of weather, for example snow, or maybe you're a "storm chaser", you may
need anti-fog inserts slotted into the GoPro case to eliminate fogging.
A functional (albeit hairy) little accessory which reduces wind noise
dramatically over your GoPro built-in microphone.
Neutral Density/polarizer filter
Just as in normal video or photography work, the easy to install polarising
filter for GoPro makes blue skies sharper, reduces water reflection and glare,
but also gives moving objects, such as wheels, a more realistic blurring effect.
This is my pick of the mounts on the market. It's well built, suits various
handlebar sizes, and is connected at the base by a rubber ball, thus helping to
absorb the vibration which is inherent in most Harleys.
Sports Camera trigger mount
This is a handy little mount which has been design by my friends at
SportsCamera.com.au. It includes a stainless steel trigger system to use on the
GoPro when it is in single button mode. Perfect for shooting video when not
mounted to your bike or helmet.
The monopod extendable camera arm reduces down to pocket size (22cm), but
extends to about 90cm. Again, this accessory is very handy for capturing video
when you need extra reach.
GoPro Hero2 and GoPro accessories are available from www.sportscamera.com.au - you
can't beat them for service and reliability.
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