How to Buy a Case for Your GoPro

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How to Buy a Case for Your GoPro



A GoPro camera is an innovative kind of camera specifically designed to be used on the move. This type of miniature camera, known as a POV (Point of View), is aimed at adventure sports enthusiasts and can be attached to the chest, helmet, wrist and even drones, allowing the camera to be used while taking part in the activity. GoPro cameras are shockproof, can be made waterproof, and some enthusiasts have several cameras allowing shots to be taken from different angles.
The Hero range of GoPro cameras can take photos, HD video, and even 3D video.

GoPro Accessories

Because of their nature, there is a huge range of accessories to accompany the cameras, which need to be housed in a case for transportation. Accessories can be bought as a set, designed for particular activities such as motor sports, outdoor pursuits, or surfing, or they can be bought separately.


Transparent housing
 

Protects the camera and can be made waterproof.

 

Interchangeable doors
 

Fitted to the housing, e.g. can make the housing waterproof or can be a skeleton door to allow sound recording.

 

Batteries
 

For powering the camera

 

BacPacs
 

Can be worn for additional batteries, LCD, or Wi-Fi

 

Mounts
 

Many different kinds, e.g. chest mount, helmet mount, clip mounts, adhesive mounts

 

USB car charger
 

For recharging via a car battery

 

Other fittings
 

Includes pivots, vibration plugs etc

 

Leads
 

Many different kinds

 

Specialist accessories
 

Designed for specific purposes, e.g. rotor blades to allow the camera to be flown

 

GoPro Cases

Naturally, with so much variety and the likelihood of users owning more than one camera, there is an extremely wide range of cases available for GoPro cameras. Some cases are specifically designed for the GoPro range, while others are universal cases for POV cameras. Therefore, buying a GoPro case depends on the number of cameras owned, the number and kind of accessories, and the kind of activity to be photographed. Cases range from very small and affordable cases to large expensive options.

Small GoPro Cases

Small cases have space for 1-3 cameras and also a few accessories. The transparent housing is standard with all GoPro cameras, so small cases include space for it as well as space for a few other accessories.

Small Soft Shell Case

This case is very small and light, making it ideal for those travelling light or with limited space.

Size
 

About 22cm X 17cm X 7cm

 

Construction
 

Single layer case, foam-lined, with foam recesses in top and bottom to hold items. Zip closure.

 

Number of cameras
 

1

 

BacPacs
 

1 or 2

 

Housing
 

Housing plus small number of doors

 

Mounts
 

Space for a very limited number of mounts

 

Other accessories
 

Batteries, SD card.

 

Leads
 

Space for a small number of leads

 

Mid-Sized Soft Shell Cases

This larger style is shaped like a small toolbox.

Size
 

17cm X 10.5cm X 9cm

 

Construction
 

Foam-lined, with a removable foam tray and space underneath for larger items, e.g. leads, mounts. Zipped cover.

 

Number of cameras
 

1 camera

 

BacPacs
 

Can be stored under the tray

 

Housing
 

One housing plus small number of doors

 

Mounts
 

Space for a few mounts

 

Other accessories
 

Batteries, SD card,

 

Leads
 

Space for several leads

 

Soft Fabric Roll Case

This case consists of flat fabric fitted with pockets, which can be rolled into a cylinder. It is very light and ideal for camping.

Size
 

Flat: 55cm X 55cm X 23cm. Rolled: 23cm X diameter 9cm

 

Construction
 

Opens flat to access equipment. Rolls up for transportation.

 

Number of cameras
 

Up to 3

 

BacPacs
 

Up to 3

 

Housing
 

Space for housing plus a range of doors

 

Mounts
 

Up to 3 mounts

 

Other accessories
 

Batteries, SD cards, thumb screws, pivots, vibration plugs, USB car charger

 

Leads
 

Space for several leads

 

Mid-Sized Cases

Mid-sized cases are usually hard shell and constructed with more than one removable layer housed in a carry case. They are stronger and more durable, with clip closures and a strap or handle for carrying. There are several sizes available.

Size
 

About 29cm X 22cm X 13cm

 

Construction
 

Strong plastic with carry handle. Foam lined lid, 2 removable trays. Upper tray with recesses for camera and some accessories. Lower tray has bigger recesses for larger accessories.

 

Number of cameras
 

Up to 3

 

BacPacs
 

Up to 4

 

Housing
 

Space for housing and up to four doors

 

Mounts
 

Space for variety of mounts in lower tray

 

Other accessories
 

3 batteries, 3 memory cards

 

Leads
 

Space for leads in lower tray

 

Larger Cases

There are several larger cases available for GoPro cameras. They have space for many cameras and a vast range of accessories. Some are specifically intended for more specialist accessories, such as the DJI Phantom series (designed to allow the camera to be flown remotely using miniature helicopter-style rotors). Most are weatherproof, and some are even waterproof, which would protect the equipment in case of accidental immersion, e.g. falling in a river.

Standard Larger GoPro Case

Larger GoPro cases have the capacity for many cameras and a huge number of accessories.

Size
 

Up to 51cm X 43cm X 22cm

 

Construction
 

Hard shell, O-ring seal, ABS solid wall, pressure equalisation valve (manual). Weatherproof.
Two foam inserts – upper houses cameras, battery packs, and leads. Lower has larger spaces for other accessories.

 

Number of cameras
 

Up to 12 cameras

 

BacPacs
 

Up to 15

 

Housing
 

Space for housing and multiple doors

 

Mounts
 

Space for many mounts

 

Other accessories
 

12 SD cards, Wi-Fi remote, 3 chargers

 

Leads
 

Space for leads

 

Specific GoPro System Case

Cases designed for specific GoPro systems can vary, but the following is a typical example:

DJI Phantom Case

 

Size
 

20" X 17" X 9"

 

Construction
 

Single layer hard case with carry handle

 

Number of cameras
 

1 camera fitted with the DJI Phantom blades, plus one additional camera.

 

BacPacs
 

2 BacPacs

 

Housing
 

Space for housing and multiple doors

 

Mounts
 

Limited space for additional mounts as this is designed for DJI Phantom

 

Other GoPro accessories
 

Camera batteries, SD cards, chargers,

 

Other DJI Phantom accessories
 

DJI Phantom charger, propellor batteries, radio, spare propellors and motors, spare AAA batteries

 

Leads
 

Space for leads for camera and DJI Phantom

 

Custom Made Cases

For users with a unique range of cameras and accessories, it is possible to have a case custom made to provide the ultimate in storage and protection for a large number of cameras and a wide range of accessories.

Buying a Case for a GoPro Camera

Before buying a case, it is important to take into account how many cameras need to be housed and what additional accessories also need to be included. It is important to decide whether to buy a case specifically designed for the GoPro range or whether to buy a universal case. Some cases are tailored for the GoPro range, and so the foam inserts will fit the equipment exactly, keeping everything safe and secure. Other universal cases are designed for POV cameras generally, so the foam may need to be cut to fit.
Users who have a particular range of accessories may want to buy a case that matches e.g. one that holds everything in the Outdoor Edition range. For those with alternative accessories, ensure that any case has enough capacity to hold everything, and that vulnerable items such as cameras and housing can be held securely.
Although GoPro cases are intended to be used by those who enjoy an adventurous lifestyle, it is essential to think carefully about what kind of case will be best. For example, cyclist or rock-climbers will probably need to carry all their equipment with them, so a small, lightweight case will be easier to fit into a backpack than a large carry case. In fact, several small cases may be easier to carry than one large one. However, for those taking part in activities such as surfing or sky-diving, there is likely to be somewhere to store luggage, so a larger case may be more practical. Campers may find the fabric roll style of case the best, as it is light and easily strapped to a backpack.

Conclusion

POV cameras such as the GoPro Hero cameras offer the chance for users to capture unique and exciting photos of their adventure sport. However, by their nature, these sports are active, and the risk of damage to cameras and accessories is perhaps higher than that for ordinary photographers. It is therefore essential to ensure that a case for GoPro equipment is chosen carefully to keep everything well-protected in transit and ready to take thrilling photographs.

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