We have our GoPro camera a little over year. We used it almost everywhere to capture our family adventures like hiking, camping, playground fun, indoor activities and also playing in the water (ocean or pool fun). I noticed that some cool shots made in the water were almost useless because of clearly visible water drops there.
Before our pool season started this year I looked around for the solution. Accidentally, one company asked me to review their product called GoClear which should reduce water drops and blur. I happily accepted and couldn’t wait to try it. Today I am going to share detailed review and video showing how it worked.
Unpacking of GoClear
GoClear product arrived in an envelope containing a polishing cloth and transparent protective foil:
Application of GoClear
Application of protective layer to the GoPro housing took just a couple minutes. First you need to clean and polish your GoPro housing (the part covering the lens).
In the second step simply peel the foil away and put GoClear by sticky side on the GoPro housing.
Finally, you must peel away also the front side of the foil – this was a little bit harder.
That’s it. You will see all these steps in the video below.
Testing of Hydrophobic Protection
I prepared small pool for our kids and together we performed four different tests of GoClear hydrophobic protection.
Test #1: Fully Submerged Camera
I submerged my GoPro camera and then emerged again above the water level. I didn’t see any drops on the lens at all. This test went very well and I was fully satisfied by the result.
Test #2: Big Wave
In the second test I simulated a big wave – simply huge amount of water going over the whole camera. The result was similar as in previous case. No drops, no remaining water on the lens, shots clear. Results were satisfactory too.
Test #3: Splash Made by Palm on Water Level
After this smooth testing came the moment of true. My daughter used her open palm to smash water level so small droplets landed on the lens of the camera. Honestly, I was disappointed at first because most of these small droplets stayed on the lens. At that moment I was thinking that this solution simply doesn’t work.
Later, when I reviewed the shots on my computer, I realized that those small droplets are barely visible. That was a relieve. However, in a few cases bigger drops didn’t go away and they were visible in the video. This test shows that no solution is 100 % perfect but fortunately this didn’t happen often.
Test #4: Water Pistol
Then I tried one another test – my daughter used a water pistol against our GoPro camera. Results were similar to the previous test. Many small droplets remained on the lens but almost weren’t visible in the video. Rarely some bigger drops stayed on the lens (smaller amount than in previous test).
Video – Let’s See Tests
OK, let’s see all four tests in the video now:
Where to Buy and Price
Where you can get it? Unfortunately, it is not available on Amazon (I know I am spoiled 🙂 So you need to go to manufacturer’s website and order it there. Price in British currency might be a bit confusing (5.99 GBP is $8.69 now) but they send it to USA too. Shipping costs to the countries other than Great Britain are 1.5 GBP which is $2.18 today.
Is It Worthy?
GoClear hydrophobic protection helped to get water away and reduce water drops in most cases which we tried. Sometimes it wasn’t perfect but I think it was still much better than using nothing. I am quite curious how long this thing will do the job. Manufacturer promised it should work up to 5 months which would be great. We will see after our pool season ends. I plan to update this review then.
Disclosure: As I mentioned, GoClear was sent to me by the manufacturer and I am thankful for it! But it didn’t affect my opinion on their product at all. You read what I think about it, honestly.