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Warning! NOT for GoPro 3
on 3 October 2013
I bought this genuine GoPro HD Skeleton Housing for my GoPro 3 so that I could add an external microphone and also charge the battery without taking the camera out of the housing each time.
The housing arrived in a few days and all was going swimmingly until I tried to fit my GoPro HD 3 camera into the housing - the camera's just a bit too large to fit.
The penny dropped that all GoPro 3 housings have a *square* window; earlier camera versions have a *round* porthole (look at the picture).
I felt pretty stupid for not spotting this beforehand but wished the Amazon description had very clearly pointed out that this housing is ONLY suitable for versions 1 and 2 of the camera, but not version 3. I tried to get Amazon to put '(Not for GoPro HD3)' in their product title but they said they couldn't because it didn't follow their guidelines for the wording of titles.
Credit to Amazon, they took the unused housing back and refunded me completely immediately (on the condition that if anything is wrong with the returned item, then they will bill me again).
I then couldn't find, on Amazon, a skeleton housing suitable for my camera (maybe you can now), so I had to buy one online from a cyclist's shop, SingleTrack Bikes (be prepared: 45 pounds!).
For information, if you also wish to add an external microphone and also charge the battery without taking the camera out of the housing, then you will need a unique GoPro accessory called a Combo Cable which I had to buy from yet another cyclist's shop (Evans Bikes) for 27 pounds. The cable also gives composite video output (via the old RCA red/white/yellow connectors, so not HD). Overall a pretty expensive initial outlay but it's versatile and a one-off purchase.
Bear in mind, the skeleton housing makes the camera NOT waterproof or dustproof but does help with cooling. The battery and camera electronics reach 50 degrees C during an hour of non-stop video recording.
Learn from my mistake regarding the housing!