Apart from being some of the most reliable, versatile, and rugged action cameras, GoPros provide you endless possibilities of things you can do with them. If you want to create a vlog to share some tips or to document your own personal experiences or travels, GoPro is the camera you must choose! Many YouTubers prefer GoPros to create vlogs and other videos for their channels. So the question is: Is using a GoPro for vlogging a good idea?

We’ll find it out in this article.

 

Why GoPros Can Be Great for Vlogging


With a wide-angle feature, the nearly endless number of GoPro accessories to enhance footage quality, and the possibility of underwater filming, GoPros provide a truly amazing vlogging experience.

Here are some of the major reasons why we recommend that you use a GoPro for vlogging:

Low Profile Camera

Since a GoPro camera is quite compact, you can use it in public for vlogging without drawing a whole lot of attention to you. Otherwise, attracting unwanted attention is inevitable if you carry a big DSLR camera for shooting your vlogs.

Great Video Quality (4K/5K Capability)

Despite being so compact, portable, and relatively inexpensive, a GoPro supports superb up to 4K/5K resolution videos (5K in the latest GoPro Hero 9 & 10 Black). This is, in fact, one of the most impressive aspects of these action cams… as well as their impressive electronic stabilization feature, which will help you always get stable footage even when walking or moving very fast.

Start Filming with a Single Press

With QuikCapture, it’s extremely convenient to start shooting your vlog even if your camera is off. You just need a single press of the rec button to turn the camera on and immediately begin capturing your video. By pressing the button again, the camera will stop recording and power the camera off.

Plenty of GoPro Mounts for Vloggers

GoPro Mounts and accessories are your best friend as a vlogger because they can help stabilize the camera and ensure that your video looks appealing to the audience. For example, you can create awesome travel or extreme sports vlogs with your GoPro mounted to your helmet, mountain bike, or even your surfboard.

 

GoPro For Vlogging: Drawbacks


Although GoPros are great vlogging cams, they do have a few disadvantages that I experienced and I’d like to share. However, some of these drawbacks can be eliminated by using extra accessories (as mentioned below).

Mediocre Audio Quality

GoPro’s internal mics aren’t ideal for recording your voice if you want to record interviews with clean audio or share something important. If you plan to vlog with your GoPro, you might not get the quality you need from these internal mics. So, you should consider an external GoPro microphone, as this would make a huge difference in the audio quality of your vlogs.

Here are the two GoPro external mics that I recommend:

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  • No battery required (powered by camera plug-in power - min 3V)
  • Includes Rycote lyre shock mount and deluxe furry windshield

While the former (Vlog Setup by VIJIM) has everything required for the great audio quality of your vlogs, you need to get a GoPro Case with a cold shoe and a mic adapter for the latter (Rode Microphone).

Battery Life (Can Be Improved)

You don’t want to be left high and dry if the battery of your camera goes out while you’re in the midst of your vlog. Since a GoPro’s battery life isn’t all that amazing, there is a possibility of such a thing happening. But there IS a solution, thankfully! By simply adjusting your camera settings and keeping the batteries warm, you can extend the recording time by up to an hour.

👉 Have a look at this article for a detailed description regarding how to do it.

No Dual Screen in Older Models

For vlogging, most people look for a camera with dual-screen or a flip screen, because it makes controlling your image much easier. It lets you be aware of how you look or whether you’re in frame or not.

However, before the launch of GoPro Hero 8 Black – the first GoPro camera built with the vlogging aspect in mind – no GoPro model had a dual-screen. Even on the GoPro Hero 8 Black, there’s no dual screen, but you get the option of using a flip screen by attaching the media mod to it. All the later GoPro models – including the GoPro Hero 9 & 10 sport dual-screens.

But, there is a solution if the GoPro that you own doesn’t have such a provision. You can “fake” a flip screen on HERO 4/5/6/7 with this accessory (it’s a mirror, basically):

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  • NO NEED TO CONNECT WIFI & BLUETOOTH (This is mirror to reflect picture from rear...
  • THE PICTURE IS NOT DELAYED (This is mirror to reflect picture from rear screen)

 

What’s the Best GoPro for Vlogging?


All GoPros are good for vlogging if you know how to overcome the shortcomings of your model. I have given a few solutions above. But, if you ask me which one is the BEST GoPro for vlogging, then I would say HERO 10 and 9 Black. Why? Here are the reasons:

#1: GoPro HERO 10 Black

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  • Unbelievable Image Quality: Shoot with fine detail, realistic textures and stunning...

The latest addition to the GoPro lineup – the HERO10 is the most advanced action camera so far. Its most amazing feature is the ability to record 5.3K at 60fps, which lets you shoot some beautiful vlogs. Thanks to its ability to record 2.7k at 240fps, you can record slow-motion videos with a speed reduction of up to 8x! This camera features a new processor that makes the camera respond significantly quicker and speeds up the camera boot time.

Another important feature on the Hero 10 Black that improves your vlog shooting experience is an improved stabilization system with the HyperSmooth 4.0. In this camera, HyperSmooth works even when capturing video at 5.3k 30fps and below!

#2: GoPro HERO 9 Black

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The GoPro HERO 9 Black is very similar to the HERO Black but comes cheaper. Of course, the HERO 10 is an overall better camera, but there are very few minor differences when you compare the two. First, it can only record 5.3k video at 30fps instead of 60fps and the slow-motion is only 4x with 2.7k at 120fps. Then, the HyperSmooth 3.0 is also the older version that’s not as good at stabilizing the camera as the 4.0 version present in the HERO10 Black. But, it still does a great job and is better than most action cameras around. Lastly, the processor on HERO 9 isn’t as fast as the HERO10 Black.

However, all these differences are very minor. The GoPro HERO 9 is still a vlogging powerhouse! So, before going for HERO 10 for vlogging, consider whether you really want to spend that much more?

4 GoPro Accessories for Better Vlogging


No matter which GoPro you use, here are the four GoPro accessories that will ensure a better vlogging experience:

#1: GoPro Vlogging Kit

This GoPro Vlogging Kit by Telesin provides a simple vlogging setup for GoPro HERO 7, 6 & 5 users. It includes:

  • A Protective Housing Frame Case with Cold Shoe Mount
  • An LED Video Light
  • A Saramonic mini mic
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What we like: This is a great kit that enables you to vlog outdoors or do a live YouTube broadcast. The battery-free mic can be plugged directly into your gear and is highly convenient to use. The lightweight and portable GoPro housing case is ideal for vlogging, video shooting, live stream, and filmmaking. The LED light is also a great addition. It’s equipped with 4 color filters, which means that you can set it up in different environments using different color filters.

What we don’t like: There isn’t any significant drawback of this highly useful product for vlogging.

Similar vlogging setups can also be used with the latest GoPro Hero 8, 9 & 10 Black cameras. Here are the accessories for these cameras to create a full vlogging kit of your own:

– GoPro Media Mod (For HERO 9, 10 Black)

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  • Built-in directional mic highlights voice audio and reduces ambient noise
  • Tough, weather-resistant construction withstands the elements
  • 2 cold-shoe mounts to attach your favorite lights, mics or LCD screens

– GoPro Media Mod (For HERO 8 Black)

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  • 2 cold-shoe mounts to attach your favorite lights, mics or LCD screens
  • 3.5mm mic port lets you add an external mic for enhanced audio

– GoPro Light Mod

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  • 4 levels of brightness—up to 200 lumens—for crisp detail
  • Built tough and waterproof to 33ft (10m)
  • Built-in rechargeable battery with up to 6 hours of runtime

– GoPro Display Mod

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  • 2-inch flip-up screen makes vlogging easy
  • Built-in rechargeable battery and micro-HDMI connector
  • Folding design for easy storage and transport

#2: Microphone

An external microphone is a great addition to ensure a better audio quality of your vlog. To have detailed info regarding different types of microphones for your GoPro, visit this article.

Here are some great microphones in the market that we recommend:

  • Lavalier (attach it on shirt):

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  • Directional (attach it on GoPro):

Rode VideoMicro Compact On-Camera...
  • Compact microphone designed to improve the audio quality of your videos - only 80...
  • No battery required (powered by camera plug-in power - min 3V)
  • Includes Rycote lyre shock mount and deluxe furry windshield

  • GoPro Mic Adapter:

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  • Enables high-quality audio capture when using a pro-level external mic
  • Usb-c power and data extension with 90 Degree connector
  • Connects a wide range of external 3. 5mm mics

#3: Gorillapod / Selfie Stick

Selfie sticks and Gorillapods are great if you want to capture your own footage for the vlog. Have a look at this article for in-depth information regarding some of the best selfie sticks in the market for your GoPro.

Here’s the Gorillapod for your GoPro that we recommend:

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#4: Flashlight

If you own a HERO 8, this GoPro official accessory: GoPro Light Mod is a must-have if you frequently vlog in low light situations.

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  • 4 levels of brightness—up to 200 lumens—for crisp detail
  • Built tough and waterproof to 33ft (10m)
  • Built-in rechargeable battery with up to 6 hours of runtime

What we like: This compact LED flashlight is tough and waterproof (down to 33ft/10m). You get four levels of brightness (up to 200 lumens) for crisp details in different lights. The built-in rechargeable battery provides an impressive 6 hours of runtime.

What we don’t like: There aren’t any significant drawbacks of this highly useful product if you want to shoot your vlog using your HERO 8 cam.

Final Words


So, that’s how you can have a great experience using your GoPro (any model) to capture wonderful footage for that perfect and great-looking Youtube vlog of yours…

Do you already use GoPro for vlogging? Let me know in the comments below, and if you enjoyed this article, please share it with your friends 🙂

 

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