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Aluminium Frame for GoPro Hero 5 Black



Here is a really interesting accessory for your new GoPro Hero 5 Black. It’s an aluminium frame with a built in cold shoe that can be used to mount a microphone or small LED light on your Hero 5. These frames have existed for previous generation of the GoPro Hero and they are finally now available for GoPro’s newest flagship camera.

The Positives

Some of the features this aluminium frame offers over the stock frame that comes with the GoPro is: Cold shoe mount for accessories. This cold shoe mount can be removed if not needed or it can be mounted at the side or bottom of the frame. It has a very durable feel and rugged design which will offer greater protection for your GoPro if dropped or happens to get a hard knock. It does happen unfortunately! This frame also comes with a wrist lanyard that can be used if desired. The standard GoPro mount on the bottom will connect to the large ecosystem of GoPro mounts, grips and poles, but it can also be removed to reveal a standard tripod thread allowing you to mount it to your tripod without any other adaptors. Another nice feature is the lens cap! it comes with a UV filter pre-installed but can be removed if not wanted and the lens cap with still connect. You can install your own standard 52mm Camera filters with no issues. The manufacturer also includes a cloth bag to store your new Hero 5 aluminium frame.

This is a really sharp looking frame and I love how it looks, I opted to go with the red aluminium as it matches my tripod perfectly. It comes in a variety of colors to suit any taste and mood.

The negatives

The frame is quite a bit heavier than the stock frame so that could be an issue for some. When filming in super wide view mode you may get some slight vignetting in the photo or video. I tested this thoroughly and didn’t really notice anything worth noting but just thought I would mention it. For myself I rarely if ever shoot in superview mode so for me its a non issue. Forget about attaching a floaty to the back or using a floating grip. Due to the extra weight I do believe it would sink like a stone due to it weight however I have not tested that theory!

Aluminium Frame Weight 143g  –  Standard Hero 5 Frame Weight: 26g

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All in all I am quite happy with this aluminium frame, for me the most important feature and why I purchased it was for the built in cold shoe that allows me to easily connect an external microphone. Please feel free to comment if you have any question. You can head over to my YouTube page to watch a video of me unboxing this unit and going over all the features.

Have a great day!!!

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  1. Dave A.

    April 11, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Your GoPro YouTube videos are fantastic. I’m excited that you have a website for product reviews & feature-rich content that’s one stop shopping.

    • The GoPro Guy

      April 12, 2017 at 6:42 am

      Thank You 🙂

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The Complete Beginners Guide for the GoPro Hero (2018) | How To Get Started



If you are a brand new owner of the new GoPro Hero 2018 or plan on getting one soon. Perhaps this is your very first GoPro and you are finding yourself a little overwhelmed on how to get started as GoPro includes very little documentation in the box. I have put together this very detail beginners guide for the GoPro Hero 2018 to help those who are new to get up and running quickly. This easy to follow beginners guide will help you understand the menu system and the different shooting modes. The new Hero 2018 is a great camera for beginners as it has a simplified menu with basic shooting modes. Watch our beginners guide for the new GoPro Hero (2018) on our YouTube Channel or below in our embedded video.

Our GoPro Hero Beginners Guide covers the following topics:

  • Unpacking the camera.
  • Installing the battery and memory card.
  • How to charge your GoPro Hero 2018.
  • Understanding the mounting system for GoPro’s.
  • Powering on for the first time and initial setup.
  • A look at the menu system and various shooting modes.
  • Basic settings for shooting video.
  • How to record video.
  • How to take pictures.
  • How to shoot bursts.
  • How to record a time-Lapse.
  • How to use the GoPro voice commands.
  • How to use quick capture.
  • GoPro gear for beginners.

Best Memory Card for the new GoPro Hero 2018

There are many types and sizes of memory cards on the market that will work with the new GoPro Hero 2018 but to keep things simple I recommend the Lexar 633x it is a great memory card at a decent price and I have always had good luck with them.  You can choose how much storage you would like the most common is 32 GB or 64 GB. This determines how many photos and videos can be stored on the camera.

Lexar 32 GB Memory Card (USA)
Lexar 32 GB Memory Card (CAN)

Lexar 64 GB Memory Card (USA)
Lexar 64 GB Memory Card (CAN)

If you are a first time GoPro owner I have put together a list of GoPro gear that I think every first time GoPro owner should have in their camera kit.

GoPro Hero 2018 (USA)
GoPro Hero 2018 (CAN)

GoPro Camera Case (USA)
GoPro Camera Case (CAN)

GoPro Shorty (USA)
GoPro Shorty (CAN)

GoPro Floating Handle (USA)
GoPro Floating Handle (CAN)

GoPro Dual Charger (USA)
GoPro Dual Charger (CAN)

Manfrotto Extension Pole (USA)
Manfrotto Extension Pole (CAN)

RAVPower Power Bank (USA)
RAVPower Power Bank (CAN)

GoPro Handlebar Mount (USA)
GoPro Handlebar Mount (CAN)

Don’t hesitate to ask question via any of my social media channels or right here on my blog!

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Must Have $10 Upgrade For Your GoPro



If you own a GoPro this is a very inexpensive must have upgrade that everyone needs. One annoyance that I have had with my GoPro is having to remove it from the frame every time I want to charge it or plug in a microphone. With this 3rd party GoPro frame you can open and remove the charging door on your GoPro without having to remove it from the frame, saving a lot of time and aggravation. This frame also seems to be a better build quality than the stock frames, it has a nice rubberized coating. This is such a simple little fix, I wonder why GoPro has not implemented it yet on their official frames. Because they all have the same form factor this 3rd party frame is compatible with the Hero 5 Black, Hero 6 Black and the new GoPro Hero (2018).

GoPro Upgraded Frame:


This 3rd Party frame allows easy access to the GoPro charging door.


You can see the difference in the cutout. Stock GoPro frame on the right and 3rd party frame on the left.


Charging door can easily be opened and removed without having to remove the camera from the frame.


Allows you to easily charge your GoPro or plug in a microphone.

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