Friday, 28 August 2015

How to make a GoPro HERO lens protector

Introduction

I have the entry level +GoPro HERO camera and I love it. It certainly has got me much more interested in making more than just "helmet cam" videos about commuting. Here's my favourite cycling and non-cycling videos I have produced.

The point of this post?

Well, the GoPro HERO is a camera that is fixed into it's housing, which is a bit of a downside. If the lens becomes scratched, the camera is pretty much ruined. So with that in mind, you need to look after your camera at all times.

+MicBergsma has a fantastic YouTube channel which has helped inspire and educate me going forward with my GoPro experience. I came across his video which shows how to make an easy and cheap method of protecting that valuable and exposed lens. You can see the video at the end of this post and I will state that I am not trying to rip Mic off; indeed if you watch Mic's video, the idea came from another guy called Honza - so thanks Honza!

All I'm doing here is help spread the word!


Materials needed

  • GoPro HERO entry level camera
  • Said camera's packaging
  • Sheet of micro fibre cloth
  • Elastic band
  • Scissors
  • Adult to use scissors :-)
What you'll need (scissors and responsible adult not pictured)

What to do

1) First off, make sure that your micro fibre cloth is a suitable size and trim it to cover the front face of the camera with some overlapping. My piece was the right size from the start.
2) Take out the blow moulded plastic part of the packaging. This is all you will need from the packaging, so either keep it in the attic or recycle the rest of it.

3) Take the scissors and carefully cut away the edges of the of the blow moulded plastic. All you need is the shape of the camera.

Carefully cut around the shape of the camera
4) When you have the excess plastic removed, you will end up with something looking like this:


5) All that is needed now is to put the micro fibre cloth between the camera and the plastic and keep it in place with the elastic band.

Conclusion

That's it! Very easy, very cheap and very practical. It will help to keep the camera in a good condition when not in use, rattling and rolling around in a backpack between adventures.

Below you can find the video tutorial from Mic:

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