Which GoPro HERO4 Accessories Will Work with the GoPro HERO6 Black and HERO5 Black?

Wondering which of your HERO4 accessories will work on the new GoPro HERO5 Black? Here's a rundown of what will and won't work.

GoPro have made a number of changes in the HERO5 Black. Some of these changes have to do with how things fit onto or plug into the camera.

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So here’s a rundown of the types of accessories that you might already have on hand for the HER04 line that will and won’t work on the new HERO5 Black.

In general, anything that attaches via the distinctive GoPro mounting clip system is fine. That part hasn’t changed. So bobbers, handles, tripod adapters, suction cups, chest harnesses, etc, will all continue working just fine.

But the HERO5 has done away with the mini USB port and the docking port on the back panel. And the size and shape of the camera is a bit different.

So here’s a rundown of some that are more problematic.

Housings

NO. The new model is a slightly different size and shape and won’t fit in housings designed for the HERO4 or HERO3+ cameras.

The good news, though, is that in many cases you won’t need a replacement for the Standard Housing. The HER05 models have waterproof casings built-in. While not quite as rugged or strong as the old Standard Housing, it’s good enough for many uses. If you’re Scuba diving with it, though, you’ll want to pick up a new “Super Suit” Dive Housing for the HERO5.

Batteries & Chargers

NO. The new models use a new battery with the connectors in a different spot. So you’ll need new batteries and battery chargers designed specifically for the HERO5.

Of course, standalone, external power bricks that connect via USB will continue working just fine–so long as they’re not ones that clip onto the camera housing (like the Brunton All-Day 2.0 Extended Battery).

Memory Cards

Yes. There’s a lot of overlap between the video modes of the HERO4 Black and the HERO5 Black. And the top-end video modes of both models max out at 60 megabits per second. So you’ll need a memory card that can handle a fast write speed, but if you’ve already got that for the HERO4 Black then you should have no problem using the same card/s in the new model. There are also faster, bigger memory cards coming out all the time, and many of those will also work.

I’ll be posting a detailed breakdown of recommended memory cards for the HERO5 Black very shortly–stay tuned!

Clip-On Batteries and LCD Screens

NO. The new model doesn’t have the attachment point on the back panel that earlier models had. So there’s no way to clip on accessories like the BacPac Extended Battery or the BacPac LCD Touch Screen. That also goes for third-party variations like the Brunton Battery Pack.

The partial good news is that the HERO5 Black has a built-in LCD screen and it’s better than the previous LCD screens GoPro has used.

External Microphones

YES, but. Most external microphones will work, but you’ll need to replace the adapter. GoPro has done away with the mini USB port of older models and now uses a USB-C port instead. To connect an external microphone that uses a 3.5mm plug you’ll need the new GoPro Mic Adapter.

An exception is any GoPro-dedicated microphone that had the mini-USB plug hardwired onto the microphone cable. You’ll need a different adapter for those, from mini-USB to USB-C.

GoPro Smart Remote

YES. The Smart Remote will work. GoPro has also released a new remote, called the Remo, that integrates voice-recognition controls and is waterproof.

Filters

PROBABLY NOT. The lens port on the HERO5 Black is smaller than with the HERO4’s Standard Housing, so any clip-on filter designed to go over the housing’s lens port won’t fit. GoPro has released their own line of HERO5 underwater filters.

Similarly, filters that attach onto the naked camera lens without a housing won’t work because the shapes are different (round for the HERO4 models and square for the HERO5 Black).

There’s also no practical way to insert a filter gel between the lens and lens port, so internal filters aren’t really a viable option either (technically you can remove the lens port and replace it, but I’ll need convincing that it’s practical to insert a gel in there).

The only reason I’ve qualified this one as probably not rather than a flat no is that there’s are multiple different third-party approaches to filters, and some of them can work independently of the lens port or housing. But those are minority cases.

Anti-Fog Inserts

DEPENDS. The HERO5 Black’s own case is now an integrated waterproof housing that’s rated down to 33 feet. Because you’re not opening up the area in front of the lens and potentially trapping moisture in there, there should be no need for anti-fog inserts. And there wouldn’t be anywhere to put them if you did.

But that only holds true for the integrated housing. If you’re going deeper and using the Dive Housing then anti-fog inserts can still be very useful.

GoPro HERO5 Session

The Session models, retain the same form factor, so HERO4 Session housings and floats should work just fine.

Compared with HERO4 Black

If you’re looking for a visual reference, here are some side-by-shots comparing with a HERO4 Black.

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This post was last modified on July 10, 2019 10:50 am

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  • I have a Feyutech G5 3-Axis Gimbal I use with my HERO4 Silver. The manual says it works with the HERO5; they've even included an attachable counterweight for balance. Have you,or anyone you know, tried it?

    • It depends on the specific gimbal. In general, no, but it's not impossible if the gimbal has some flexibility. The two main things to look for are the frame that physically holds it in place and the power/USB connection. The body shapes are a bit different, so frames and housings for the 3/4 models won't work with the HERO (2018). And the 3/4 models use a micro-USB connection, whereas the HERO (2018) uses a USB-C.

    • I got gopro hero 6 and it seems like I can't easily find accessories. Does hero 5 accessories fits hero 6?

      • Yes, in nearly all cases you can use HERO5 Black accessories with HERO6 Black accessories--off the top of my head I can't think of any that don't. The problem is mostly about product listings at retailers (and packaging) not being updated for the HERO6 Black, but the camera's shape, case, battery, and connectors are the same.

  • Hey. Im looking to buy a case for my hero 4 silver with screen atback. but cant find it anywhere, will hero 5 water proof case work?

    • No, it won't work. What you want for the HERO4 Silver is the standard housing. That has a clear back that you can see through, but if you want to be able to use the touch controls on the back, you'll want the touch back door for it. Those are included with the GoPro-branded housing or you can pick up third-party versions separately.

  • Hei, did bye GoPro sportsman for my gun, but don’t fit with my
    New GoPro 5 black case
    what do I do

    • The housings that fit the HERO5 Black will also work on the HERO6 Black, but neither of them need a separately housing for basic use because the waterproof protection is built into the camera's own body. But if you're talking about the SuperSuite dive housing or any of the frames, then yes.

  • is the hero 4 dive housing filters and the hero 5 super suit filter similar ? I have the hero4 dive housing , and i am having trouble finding red filter that fit it (its phased out)

  • i want to give Go Pro 6 as xmas present to my bf and would want to add some accesssories to it ! i am planning to buy it on line , but will the chest strap for go pro 4 fit the go pro 6 camcorder ? please advise

    • The chest strap (and most of the other mount systems) will work because they all use the same standard GoPro mount system.

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