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GoPro HERO3 Skeleton Housing

Sugg Retail Price: $49.99
Product Highlights
  • Equipped with Open Side Panels
  • Provides Access to All Cable Connections
  • Supports Connection for Live-Feed Video
  • Supports Enhanced Audio Capture
  • Works for Charging & Cooling Camera
  • Intended for Use in Dry Environments
  • For GoPro HERO3
  • Can Be Used with HERO3+

The GoPro HERO3 Skeleton Housing is similar to the regular GoPro camera housing, but it has open side panels that provide access to the HERO3 cable connection points. It can be used for live-feed video, charging while recording, keeping the camera cool during shoots and more. It's also the GoPro camera housing best suited to capture enhanced audio if you're recording at low speeds where wind won't be an issue. The housing is compatible with the GoPro HERO3 only and it's intended for use in dry environments only since it is not waterproof.

This housing can also be used with the HERO3+ in situations where you want to use an accessory that requires the HERO3 Skeleton Housing.

The HERO3 Skeleton Housing features open sides for access to all cable connection points
Supports live-feed video, charging, camera cooling and enhanced audio for low speed action
Compatible with the GoPro HERO3 - can also be used with HERO3+ when you need to use accessories that require the HERO3 Skeleton Housing
Environment Requirements Use in dry environments only
Skeleton Housing is not waterproof
Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
GoPro HERO3 Skeleton Housing
  • Skeleton Backdoor
  • Quick-Release Buckle
  • Long Thumbscrew
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    GoProHERO3 Skeleton Housing
     
    4.6

    (based on 21 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (12)
    • Durable (11)
    • Easy to use (11)
    • Highly compatible (6)
    • Reliable (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Shooting outdoors (7)
      • Shooting indoors (5)
      • Travel (5)
      • HD shooting (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Tech savvy (5), Enthusiast (3), Film professional (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (16)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great and Useful

      I bought this so that I can have another housing. One that is waterproof and one that is not so that I don't have to keep switching the backdoors which makes me feel like...Read complete review

      I bought this so that I can have another housing. One that is waterproof and one that is not so that I don't have to keep switching the backdoors which makes me feel like it might break if I keep pulling it out. The great thing about this product is that when I first tested it out, the audio is good. It sounds like a bit more sounds enter cause the sides are opened up. It also allowed me to access the ports, the wifi button, and the microSD without taking out the housing. The things that aren't so great about it is nothing! It is really good. When I first got it, the toughest part was trying to remove the quick release. It is pretty tight and really hard to remove it by hand. The best way to remove it is to use a philip screwdriver.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not quite a skeleton

      I'm not quite sure how they can call this a skeleton housing when it still covers up the microphone. The entire reason I wanted a skeleton housing is so that you could pick up...Read complete review

      I'm not quite sure how they can call this a skeleton housing when it still covers up the microphone. The entire reason I wanted a skeleton housing is so that you could pick up audio with a gopro. Unfortunately, this casing still covers it. So, my only choice now is to manually route out a hole in the casing over the microphone. I could've done this with my pre-existing case, eliminating the need to buy this in the first place. Lesson learned.

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      4.0

      Another Great Product

      By Harrison

      from Kansas City, MO

      About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • HD Shooting
        • Home Movies
        • Shooting Indoors

        Comments about GoPro HERO3 Skeleton Housing:

        We got this housing so that we could plug in our GoPro while recording for long periods of time. We know this obviously isn't waterproof but it allowed us to plug in the camera and then mount it to a tripod.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Unnecessarily expensive but it works

        By Huntson

        from Rockville Centre, NY

        Comments about GoPro HERO3 Skeleton Housing:

        Another gopro product that is solid, proprietary and expensive.

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        5.0

        Skeleton Case

        By Pcbrown

        from Michigan

        About Me Film Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Highly Compatible
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • HD Shooting
          • Shooting Indoors
          • Shooting Outdoors
          • Weddings

          Comments about GoPro HERO3 Skeleton Housing:

          Good case, easy to put on, keeps the camera from fogging up.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great for Aerial

          By Redboy

          from Bloomington,IL

          About Me Photographer, Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Shooting Outdoors

            Comments about GoPro HERO3 Skeleton Housing:

            This case worked great for mounting to my quadcopter. It let me plug in my onboard FPV system without drilling holes in my other case.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Excellent.

            By Gordon

            from ithaca, NY

            Comments about GoPro HERO3 Skeleton Housing:

            This housing is excellent. Recorded sounds are actually quite good, even though the housing goes directly over the microphone on the camera.

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            4.0

            Must have to long drives

            By Marcelo

            from Brazil

            About Me Casual Driver

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel

              Comments about GoPro HERO3 Skeleton Housing:

              This case is a must have if you want to use your GoPro in long drives, because it lets you to charge the camera during use. I leave it attached to the suction cup at my car's windshield and only take the camera with me, so the recording position is always set (I have no LCD at GoPro). When I take the camera with me I use the original case to protect it.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Recomend

              By walt

              from cape cod

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Shooting Outdoors

                Comments about GoPro HERO3 Skeleton Housing:

                This item is exactly as advertised... great company to deal with.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Just bones! Just right!

                By Jumpbat74

                from Portland, OR

                Comments about GoPro HERO3 Skeleton Housing:

                I wanted a case that gave me access to the USB port so I could capture audio. The case still protects the lens. It's nice to have 2 cases.

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                2.0

                Not quite a skeleton

                By MIKAL Films

                from Michigan

                About Me Film Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Allows Access To Inputs

                Cons

                • Covers Up Microphone

                Best Uses

                • Shooting Indoors
                • Shooting Outdoors

                Comments about GoPro HERO3 Skeleton Housing:

                I'm not quite sure how they can call this a skeleton housing when it still covers up the microphone. The entire reason I wanted a skeleton housing is so that you could pick up audio with a gopro. Unfortunately, this casing still covers it. So, my only choice now is to manually route out a hole in the casing over the microphone. I could've done this with my pre-existing case, eliminating the need to buy this in the first place. Lesson learned.

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                • No

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                5.0

                just what I wanted!

                By Harv

                from Swanton, VT

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about GoPro HERO3 Skeleton Housing:

                      Very fast - great price - it's a go pro not a knockoff

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Enhanced uses

                      By JG

                      from Petaluma, CA

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Better Audio If Needed
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Increased Battery Access
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Non-wet Environments
                      • Portraits
                      • Studio
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about GoPro HERO3 Skeleton Housing:

                      The open sides are great to have. Can use all of the camera ports; especially being able to charge or prolong battery life in the camera is a nice feature.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great Device to protect your investment

                      By Retired SGM

                      from Atlanta Ga

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Home
                        • Landscape Photography
                        • Traveling

                        Comments about GoPro HERO3 Skeleton Housing:

                        I really like this housing. Easy to plug in cables, charge or download without having to completely disassemble the outer housing. well worth the cost.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great product

                        By Go pro

                        from Us

                        Comments about GoPro HERO3 Skeleton Housing:

                        Super fast shipping as always

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                        5.0

                        Nice upgrade

                        By Chris

                        from Florida

                        Comments about GoPro HERO3 Skeleton Housing:

                        was happy to finally get this upgrade for my GoPro Hero 3 its really recommended if you connect external cables

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                        5.0

                        Skeleton Case for GoPro Hero3 Black

                        By PowerVision360

                        from Scottsdale, AZ

                        About Me Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Not Durable

                        Best Uses

                        • Commercial photography

                        Comments about GoPro HERO3 Skeleton Housing:

                        We needed this product to protect the go pro but allow our cables to hook up.It works fine. Just a little skeptical of the overall quality of gopro accessories in general. They seem to be prone to breaking and you need to keep buying little replacement parts like the doors!

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        GoPro is the best sports camera around

                        By bibbster

                        from oklahoma city, ok

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about GoPro HERO3 Skeleton Housing:

                            This camera has lots of features and lots of flexibility.

                            The picture quality is very good, even at 720p. I use the camera mainly to film skateboarding and don't bother with helmet/chest/pole/dashboard mounts really. I build a top handle to hold the camera and a Rode VideoMic Pro, and it works well. The onboard audio is lackluster, but that's to be expected from a camera so small. Getting the audio/mic adapter and a decent external mic is a good solution.

                            The black edition features wifi capability which is a cool addition, it works pretty well with the iPhone app for getting a preview of your shots.

                            The multiple housings/mounts mean you can probably make this work for whatever application you need, and GoPro periodically releases new features for the cameras via software update, which is great.

                            As far as cons, maybe the fact that there ARE so many different mounts/adapters/batteries/lcd backs/etc means you WILL be spending more than the initial investment to get the rig that fits your needs. Also, the fact that the camera doesn't come with the tripod mount really shocked me. I picked one up for under $10 however.

                            I've never used any of the other action sports cameras but in my opinion GoPro is the best and they've done so well for that reason.

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                            5.0

                            Great buy!

                            By SuperHugo

                            from Washington, DC

                            About Me Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use
                              • Home
                              • Portraits
                              • Studio
                              • Traveling

                              Comments about GoPro HERO3 Skeleton Housing:

                              Great option if you need to have access to the output panels such as HDMI and USB-charge ports.

                              Great for Live Recording.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Charge 2 times the GoPros

                              By nreed831

                              from Santa Cruz, CA

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about GoPro HERO3 Skeleton Housing:

                                  I use this for doing timelapse so i dont have to keep changing batteries!

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  They Gotcha

                                  By Neosec

                                  from PA

                                  About Me Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Highly Compatible
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Produces High Quality Film

                                  Cons

                                  • Expensive

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Shooting Indoors
                                  • Shooting Outdoors

                                  Comments about GoPro HERO3 Skeleton Housing:

                                  The quality is excellent. Just like the underwater housing that came with the camera. It's just too expensive. I needed to plug in an external battery for longer recording time so I needed the housing. Works great for it's intended purpose and I recommend if you can get past the cost.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Perfect Deal

                                  By Grymlock

                                  from Upper Chichester, PA

                                  About Me Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Highly Compatible
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Produces High Quality Film

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Shooting Outdoors

                                    Comments about GoPro HERO3 Skeleton Housing:

                                    Item was as advertised and it arrived earlier than promised. Couldn't ask for more...

                                    I was able to mount the camera to my motorcycle and because the case had the openings in the apropriate place I was able to use the USB cable to plug it in and not worry about running out of battery...

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