With the launch of the GoPro Hero 8 Black, a whole new batch of accessories was launched alongside it. This is due partly to the new form factor which required new accessories such as batteries, silicon case, floating case and also this new protective housing. GoPro has sold protective/waterproof housing for every generation of GoPro, the last version for the Hero 5/6/7 Black was called the SuperSuit but it is not compatible with the Hero 8 Black due to the new design.
These protective housings are good for a couple of things, first off it allows you to go deeper in water if you take part in such activities such as scuba diving. The Hero 8 Black is waterproof as is right out of the box up to a depth of 33 feet. For most people, this is more than enough but if you do plan on going deeper you must use the “Hero 8 Protective Housing” as it will allow you to go to a depth of 196 feet.
Now for me the Hero 8 protective housing is something that every GoPro user should own even if you are not a scuba diver, and that is for the fact in addition to being waterproof it just adds an extra layer of protection for your GoPro when filming in risky situations. If you have you GoPro mounted in such a way that it could take some hard impacts the protective housing could keep it safe. This year with the Hero 8 Black it is more important than ever now that the lens cover is not replaceable like in past years. After a hard impact, it definitely is cheaper to replace a damaged housing rather than the whole camera. It’s not something you need to use all the time but definitely an accessory you should keep in your GoPro camera bag.
The kit contains both a fully closed back door and a skeleton door. The fully closed door is what you would use for deep underwater activities, the skeleton door is open at the back and allows you to use the touch screen. The skeleton door is best used when utilizing this case just for extra protection and not for extending how deep you can go in the water.
In this video I am reviewing the official protective housing from GoPro, however, there are other cheaper 3rd party alternatives on amazon that would work just as well if you are just using it to protect your GoPro from impacts.
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