A roundup of some of the best GoPro cases out there.
GoPros are remarkably rugged, especially with the standard housing. But you’ll still want to add some protection if you’re traveling or storing your camera. It’ll help prevent the lens from getting scratched and minimize the chance of a knock doing some damage. And it’s a way to keep all those accessories that seem to pile up, like spare batteries, remotes, mounts, bolts, cables, and memory cards all together and organized so you can find them quickly when the action’s heating up and you need them fast. It also keeps all those fiddly GoPro adapters separate from your other camera gear so you don’t end up grabbing the wrong thing when you’re trying to get the shot.
There are all sorts of options for cases for your GoPro. Here are some of the best ranging from simple and inexpensive to practically indestructible.
With the new HERO9 Black just released, GoPro is running a great deal on the previous model, the HERO8 Black. You can get it for $299.98, and that includes a 1-year subscription to GoPro as well as a 32GB SD card.
The subscription to GoPro gives you unlimited cloud storage, discounted no-questions-asked camera replacement, and up to 50% off GoPro accessories.
You can find the deal at GoPro.com.
All of these cases are compatible with all of the recent GoPro cameras, including the GoPro HERO4 Silver and Black and the GoPro HERO.
The pre-cut EVA foam is designed to fit one camera, but you can fit two if you need to by giving up some of the space for accessories and mounts. There are spaces cut out for a couple of spare batteries and other miscellaneous mounting clips, but this is a small case, and there’s definitely a limit to how much you can fit in it.
The lid has a mesh pocket for cables and memory cards. It closes with a zipper, and the outside case is semi-rigid and pretty strong. There’s a cloth handle on the outside and a lightweight carabiner clip. There’s also a choice of colors. And if you want something even smaller, there’s a G75 model that is a bit smaller.
This is a good option if you want to keep things simple and inexpensive and will most likely be putting your case inside another bag or luggage. Available at Amazon.
But this CamKix case is more flexible because you can customize the recesses in the interior foam yourself to whatever layout takes your fancy. Have one camera and lots of accessories? No problem. Just want to carry half a dozen GoPro cameras? That’s fine too. It comes in three sizes–small, medium, and extra large–with the amount you can fit in each one being different, of course.
This is a good option if you want simple and inexpensive but also want more flexibility in the interior layout or need a larger case. Available at Amazon.
The light blue interior is more than to look pretty, too–it helps the black mounts etc stand out better, so you’re not trying to find black accessories on a black background in low lighting. The lid pockets close with zippers and are transparent, making it easier to find things while also keeping them stashed safely away.
There are two sizes. The smallest, the TLGC-101, is pretty small and is designed for one camera and a handful of accessories. A bigger (and a bit more expensive) model, the TLGC-102, offers quite a bit more room.
This is a well-made case that shows the thought and care that’s gone into designing it, and it offers better protection than the models above. Available at Amazon.
But if you’re after simple and inexpensive and plan to spend a lot of time at the beach or boating, this is a good option. Available at Amazon.
You can find them at Amazon.
It offers excellent protection, but that comes at the expense of bulk, so it’s not as easy to just throw in your bag. On the positive side, you can fit quite a bit in this, with the top shelf coming out and exposing a storage tray underneath. The foam is pre-cut to shape.
This is a good option if you’re after top-shelf protection and want plenty of room for accessories. Available at Amazon.
Pelican cases come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. They have a range of different sizes with precut foam designed for GoPro cameras. For a GoPro, 1200 is a good place to start. If you need bigger, the 1400 works well. They come in a variety of colors from discrete black to high visibility orange. They’re sold with or without foam that you can customize, so make sure it specifies in the product description. You can also buy the foam separately if you decide later you want to use a different layout. And customizing the interior is easy thanks to the foam being perforated into small blocks that you can easily pull out to create all sorts of recess shapes.
They don’t come with many bells and whistles–just a rock solid case and a foam interior. If you want the best protection for your GoPro, the Pelican cases are hard to beat, and the can be surprisingly cost-effective. GoPro-specific cases are available at Amazon and B&H Photo. The standard customizable versions (Amazon and B&H Photo).
It has a number of nicely thought out features. The interior is bright orange, which makes finding black accessories quickly much easier. The roll-out section has all sorts of different sized pockets and elastic holds for mounts, cables, memory cards and even special slots for the bolts. But you can’t fit larger accessories like spring clamps. There’s a hook on one end, so you can hang the whole thing up in the same way you can hang some toiletry bags. And there’s even a slot to hold an extension pole (like the company’s signature GoScope) or bobber, which is something I’ve not seen on any other cases.
I like this case for everyday convenience and versatility. If I’m going somewhere that I need something really rugged, I’ll reach for a Pelican 1200 or 1400. But for day-to-day travel and use, I like this one. It’s available at Amazon.
It fits 3 GoPros, and there are pockets and loops of various sizes and it offers a lot of versatility in what you put in there and how you arrange it. And once you get on site, you can lay it all out so it’s all in front of you.
It’s available at B&H Photo.
This post was last modified on October 9, 2020 2:48 pm