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GoPro Sleeve + Lanyard | Review & Thoughts

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A few weeks back GoPro introduced a new accessory called the GoPro Sleeve + Lanyard. It’s a silicone sleeve with a lanyard attached and comes in three colors, blue, white and black. My first thoughts when I saw this announced was that I really had no use for it. Fast forward a few weeks and now it has become an important part of my every day GoPro camera bag. The reason my thoughts on the silicon sleeve + Lanyard changed was when the need arose for one. Last week I was on holidays in Niagara Falls and I was filming with my GoPro Fusion 360 Camera. However, I still wanted to grab some photos with my Hero 6 Black. I just kept my GoPro in my pocket and would grab it, take a shot and put it back in. After a few hours of this, I realized that the Sleeve and Lanyard would definitely come in hand so I could hang my GoPro around my neck and it would always be easily accessible.

Needless to say, as soon as I got home I ordered the blue and the black version. I have seen silicon sleeves in the past and they always seemed cheap looking but I was quite surprised how sharp the GoPro brand Sleeve + Lanyard looked. The generic ones were really thin almost like a balloon material but the GoPro brand was nice thick rigid silicon that definitely offers up some extra protection as well. You can just tell it is a nice quality build, looks great and a nice way to give you GoPro a bit of a color splash. They Lanyard can be used around your neck or attach to your wrist so you don’t have to worry about dropping it.

The GoPro Sleeve + Lanyard is compatible with the GoPro Hero 6 Black, GoPro Hero 5 Black and the GoPro Hero (2018). Watch our YouTube video to take a closer look at the GoPro Silicon Sleeve + Lanyard.

GoPro Sleeve + Lanyard: https://amzn.to/2tqMLNA

 



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Shark Cage for GoPro Hero 5/6/7 Black

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In this video review, we are taking a closer look at the Shark Cage frame for the GoPro Hero 5/6/7 Black. In the past, I have reviewed several aluminum frames for GoPro’s. These frames are useful for a few different reasons. Firstly they offer great protection. The tough aluminum build protects your GoPro from drops or when filming in situations where the camera may take some knocks. However, the most common reason for using an aluminum frame is the fact that it has a built-in cold shoe and it makes it easy to attach a microphone to your GoPro rig. There is one drawback to these aluminum frames and that is they are heavy, these frames can add a lot of weight to your setup.

This is where the GoPro Shark Cage is different, it is a minimalist aluminum frame that still offers good protection and only weighs a fraction of the others. The GoPro Shark Cage has a cheese plate included in the pack with several tripod connections. You can mount this cheese plate in many different ways on the Shark Cage. There is no cold shoe included in the package and it will need to be purchased separately. I have included links to the products used in the video.

You can watch our full video review of the GoPro Shark Cage below.

Shark Cage for GoPro: https://amzn.to/2TtlmH0
Cold Shoe Mount: https://amzn.to/2KmxepZ

 

 


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GoPro Vlogging Case | How To Connect A Microphone To The GoPro Hero 7 Black

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In this video review, we are taking a closer look at a new style of casie for the GoPro Hero 5/6/7 Black that is aimed at vloggers. This new style of case or as some would call it “housing” has a built-in cavity that can hold the GoPro microphone adapter. When connecting a microphone to the Hero 7 Black you must use GoPro’s microphone adapter which for the most part is a big brick. In the past when you set up a GoPro vlogging rig you would have this adapter hanging off the back and it would always be in the way. There are some DIY methods for managing all these cables and adaptors but they really just were not all that convenient.

A few months ago these new styles of GoPro vlogging cases with a built-in microphone adapter holder started popping up on Amazon and eBay. I ordered one in to take a look at it and I really was quite impressed and wondered why it took so long for someone to come up with this idea. The other necessary component when setting up a GoPro Vlogging rig is you need a way to attach your microphone, most commonly this is called a cold shoe. In the past, there have been many offerings of aluminum GoPro cases that had a built in cold shoe and for the most part, they have always worked well (except dangle mic adapter). The downside to these cases is they were quite heavy and added a lot of bulk to your rig. This new style of vlogging case is made of durable plastic and is significantly lighter. They also feature a raised cold shoe for connecting a microphone, this raised cold shoe helps keep the microphone out of the GoPro’s wide field of view.

You can watch our video review of this new style of GoPro Vlogging case that is compatible with the GoPro Hero 7 Black, Hero 6 Black and Hero 5 Black.

GoPro Vlog Case: https://amzn.to/2CysmeM
Rode Microphone: https://amzn.to/2CxL4TV
Fusion Grip: https://amzn.to/2TZANtE

 

 

 


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