3 Things You Should Know Before Buying a GoPro Dome

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If you want to get those epic shots over and under the water, then you need a GoPro Dome! The domes are awesome and easy to use – but to get great photos, follow the guide and photo tips.

To make sure you get the GoPro dome that will take the photos that will make your friends jealous make sure to get the best GoPro Dome for your model of camera, our favorites are below.

Our Pick for Best GoPro Dome

Let’s cut to the chase for those looking to get your dome in the water ASAP – After testing lots and lots of domes we have settled on one that has the best image quality and ease of use. So if you are looking for the best dome for the money this is what you need.

Best Dome for GoPro Hero 5, Hero 6, Hero 7 – PolarPro FiftyFifty Dome

Why we love it:

  • Full access to all controls
  • Easy to use
  • Great dome finish/quality
  • Compact for travel
  • Tested to 40M (131ft)
  • See all specs 

If you aren’t convinced keep reading for more domes and tips to get the most out of your GoPro and your underwater dome.

1. Choosing the Best GoPro Dome – Comparisons

There are many GoPro Domes on the market many of them look almost identical, some competitors are even made by the same factories.

The only three things that really matter are the compatibility, quality of the GoPro Dome, and how easy it is to use underwater.

Best GoPro Domes 2021

Brand GoPro Dome TypeCompatibilityRatingPriceCheck Availability
PolarPro PolarPro FiftyFifty DomeHero 5/6/74.4$49.98Check Prices
TelesinTELESIN 6″ Underwater Shooting T05 Dome PortHero 5/6/74.2$49.90Check Prices
Telesin6 inch Underwater Dome Port Diving LensHero 3, 3+, Hero 44.1$38Check Prices


Hero 5/6/74.9$58.50 – 10% off for our readersCheck Prices
SHOOTUnderwater Dome 6 inch Diving Dome PortHero 5/6/74.1 $55.99Check Prices
SHOOTUnderwater Dome 6 inch Diving Dome PortHero 3+ & Hero 44.1$35.99Check Prices
Amazon Basics6 inch Underwater Dome Port w/ floaty handleHero 5/6/74.1$44Check Prices
Amazon Basics6 inch Underwater Dome Port w/ floaty handleHero 3+ & Hero 44.1$55.99Check Prices

New GoPro Dome fit guides and FAQ:

Q: What underwater dome should I buy for the GoPro Hero 7? 

A: The Hero 7 (all – Black/Silver/white) is the same dimensions as the Hero 5 & Hero 6, you would need a dome the fits the GoPro Hero 5/6/7.

Q: What GoPro Dome should I buy for the 2018 Hero+?

A: The mid-2018 Hero GoPro Camera takes the same dome as the Hero 5, Hero 6, and Hero 7.

The dimensions and buttons on the GoPro Hero 5, Hero 6, and Hero 7 are identical making the GoPro Domes for the Hero 5 compatible with the Hero 6, Hero+, and Hero 7. We have this Telesin GoPro dome, we purchased it for our GoPro Hero 5 black but it also fits our brand new GoPro Hero 7 black. We’ve had our dome for over 2 years and it’s traveled all over the world with us.

Old models of GoPro require a different dome because the buttons are in different locations on the camera. Choosing a quality GoPro dome for Hero 4 and older is much more important because they are not waterproof without the original GoPro case, but Hero 5, Hero 6, Hero+, and Hero 7 are waterproof to 33 feet / 10 meters. See More Domes Here

Woman swimming in front of a sail boat in anfuilla captured by a GoPro Dome photo hal under and half over the waterline

2. GoPro Dome Photo Tips

Make sure there is something cool above and below the waterline – Just using a dome on your GoPro does not guarantee a good photo. A GoPro dome for your Hero 5 or 6 is a great tool for epic underwater photos, but you need something eye-grabbing above or below the surface to make a great photo.

Use a high frame rate for GoPro Dome video – Over Under split shot video looks great in slow motion. Real-time (not slow motion) footage from a GoPro dome can look too busy and distracting. In order to get the smooth slow motion on your underwater shots, you need to record at a higher frame rate like 60fps or 120fps and then slow the footage down when you edit it later. For high action shots like someone jumping in the water you should use 120fps or for video of a person swimming 60fps can work well.

Use the level line on the back of the GoPro Dome – Most domes have a line on the back indicating where the halfway point is on your dome. Use that line to level shots and to gauge how much of the shot is above the water and below the waterline especially if you can’t see the screen on your GoPro.

Balance your shot – Try and “balance” your photo with equal objects in the frame either right to left or top to bottom of the photo. This will help you make stronger photos with your dome.

Woman sitting on the Balcony of an Overwater bungalow taken using a GoPro Dome over under photo
Use time-lapse or burst mode to catch the perfect waterline in rough water

Use time-lapse mode for great photos in rough water – The best place to use your dome is calm clear water, but sometimes that’s not an option. If the water is rough increase your odds of getting a good photo by taking more of them.

Set your GoPro to “Time-Lapse Photo” mode at the shortest duration which for most cameras is .5 seconds. This will have your GoPro take a photo every half second and you are almost sure to catch at least one photo with a nice water line even in rough conditions. You can also try the burst mode to catch a nice photo with a clear water line also.

Use burst mode to catch jumping shots – Don’t miss the shot of your friend doing an epic cliff jumping backflip, they will probably hate you forever, or at least not trust you to get their GoPro photo again.

Instead use the burst mode to ensure you catch all the action of the jump, or another great alternative is to take video at 120fps and grab a still picture in the editor later – you’re guaranteed not to miss the shot then.

Try and keep the GoPro dome dry on the top half – This can be harder than it sounds but the best photos with the dome are when the top half doesn’t have any water spots. The water spots will distort details and just look ugly.

Unfortunately, once you get the top wet you have to wait for it to dry or deal with the water drops. Take the photo you really want to take first with the GoPro dome.

Man fishing shot using a GPro Dome releasing a Northern Pike
Water Spots, Scratches, and reflection will all show up when you photograph toward the sun

Don’t Shoot into the Sun – If possible keep the sun at your back this will help the photos be brighter and more colorful. If you are facing into the sun the GoPro will see the bright sun and make the rest of the picture darker making the underwater portion of your photo way too dark.

Also if you have any scratches or water drops on your GoPro dome the sun’s light will bounce off of these creating ugly spots in your photos. Lastly if shooting into the sun you can get reflections of the GoPro in the dome that will show up in the picture, see above for all things that can go wrong when pointing the camera toward the sun.

Set Your GoPro to Take RAW Photo Files – This will help get more detail and quality out of your photos. The half of the photo under the water will always be darker and the RAW photo files will help you bring back the details both above and below the waterline for better pictures with your GoPro dome.

Always use anti-fog strips or pads inside your GoPro Dome – Nothing ruins a dome photo faster than a fogged-up dome. These are even more important than using them inside of a normal GoPro case because they are much larger and hold more air inside that can condense if the conditions aren’t right.

Also, avoid keeping your GoPro dome in a cold place (like your air-conditioned hotel room on vacation) this will help it fog up less if you don’t have anti-fog strips, but you should just buy them, they are cheap – Find them here!

3. How to Care for Your GoPro Dome

Like other underwater camera equipment, your GoPro Dome needs just a little bit of care after use to ensure it lasts a long time and doesn’t leaks and damage your GoPro. We’ve had lots of friends that have had their GoPro dome leak and ruin their GoPro. Keep your dome and GoPro working properly with these simple tips.

How to care for you GoPro Dome after using it in Salt Water - Aruba Natural Pool woman swimming
Swimming in the saltwater of the Aruba Natural Pool

Always rinse off the GoPro Dome – Rinse it thoroughly with fresh water after uses, especially after using it in saltwater. Saltwater will leave water spots and can make the dome hazy and less clear if not cleaned properly long term. Saltwater can also deteriorate the seals if not rinsed off, leading to potential leaks in your GoPro dome.

Always store and transport the GoPro dome with a soft protective cover – Most domes include this, if not you can buy universal dome covers here for $5. Most GoPro domes are plastic and scratch easily, scratches can make your GoPro dome photo look blurry or unsharp, especially when it’s sunny out.

Before using your GoPro dome check the rubber seals on the back of the dome – Make sure there is no sand anything else on the seal or the surface the seal presses up against, this can cause leaks which can run your GoPro, especially on the Hero 4 GoPro domes and older models.

Periodically apply some seal lubricant – This applies mostly if you use your dome a lot or plan to. Over time and more so when you use it in salt water, the seals can “dry out” causing them to leak. A small dab of silicone lubricant like this (under $6) will keep your seals working well.

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GoPro Dome Tips Girl Swimming at Universal Orlando Volcano Bay Woman in the ocean splashing turquise colored water for the pinterest pin for best GoPro Dome

Do you have a GoPro dome? Share your favorite shot in the comments and any tips you have!


64 thoughts on “3 Things You Should Know Before Buying a GoPro Dome”

  1. This was super helpful, we are looking at buying a dome and this made it easier! Heading to Belize next month and want to bring it there. Thanks!

    • Belize would be an awesome spot to try out a GoPro Dome! It’s seriously one of my favorite gadgets we travel with! Have an awesome trip and let us know if you have any questions when picking out a dome!

  2. I have a gopro dome for hero4 silver and I am wanting to upgrade to the hero7 silver, will I need to get a new gopro dome to fit the hero7?

    • Yes, you will need a different dome. Hero4’s buttons are in a different location than the hero7 and the dimensions are a little bit different.

  3. I’m searching for a Dome to purchase, would it fit the GoPro 7 white I believe the lens is slightly bigger on the black?

  4. Hello, really useful information. I recently got a gopro 7 and I’m going snorkeling with Orcas, fingers crossed, in Norway. Would you recommend the Dome or traditional underwater housing? I was thinking of the dome because I’m snorkeling and trying to get a shot of an orca half and half at the surface.

    • A dome will be necessary for a over-under shot. The GoPro 7 is waterproof so you won’t need an additional underwater housing unless you going more than 30 feet under. We think spending $50 on a dome is worth it, the photos are some of our favorites.

  5. wow thanks for the most useful article I have read in a long time.
    I am buying a dome for my daughter for xmas and was really struggling with what to buy. read all the comments and replies and it was super helpful !
    Thank you !

    • According to the specs the Telsin could handle diving depths, however, I personally don’t trust my dome for diving –> https://amzn.to/2Db7dqz. I use the GoPro Brand Supersuit rated to 40 Meters, they are small and not too expensive, not worth risking the GoPro IMO.

  6. Thank you for this excellent review. I’m thinking of getting the Telesin dome port for my new GoPro Hero 7 Black, for my upcoming trip to Turks and Caicos. Do you know if it allows access to the touchscreen? It looks like the trigger may cover it up. I realize the touchscreen may not work under water, but if we’re on a paddleboard or something, it may be worthwhile having an accessible touchscreen. Alternatively, if the touchscreen is in fact obstructed by the trigger, is the trigger easy to remove and reattach without opening up the whole thing? Greatly appreciate your advice!

    • Hi Sam, the only GoPro Dome that I know of that allows you access to the touch screen is the PolarPro dome. However, you are right that you really are not going to be able to use the touchscreen underwater. However, there are ways to adjust the settings using the other buttons on the GoPro. You don’t have to install the trigger on the domes, I personally never use them, but they do come in handy for surf photography. The telsin is also a good option because the door that houses the GoPro opens up really easily and you can change the settings at the surface relatively easy, but it does not have direct access to the touchscreen. Hope that helps.

    • I would love to know which one Sam purchased (PolarPro or Telsin) and how he liked it. We too are headed to Turks and Caicos. I’m curious what was more helpful … The PolarPro’s access to the touchscreen or the Telsin’s easy accessibility to change settings via the housing’s quick access door.

  7. Great info Adam. I have just gotten a Hero7 Black and am looking at the SHOOT Upgraded 5.0 Version Stabilizer Tray Dome. I will be taking my GoPro diving and saw in a previous thread that the Super Suit is not a compatible housing with the Shoot, needing to use the housing that comes with the dome. Have you heard of any leaks with the Shoot housing? Are any of these domes compatible with the Super Suit? – I take your point about trustability! Also is it possible to use a Red Filter with any of the Domes. Rgds Mick

    • Hi Mick – These domes aren’t really for diving, while they can be used for diving, the pictures and videos are going to look just the same as if you used a super suit. The domes are really just for taking over/under photos and video at the surface. I don’t know of any domes that are compatibles with the super suit because most of them use a variation on the super suit to integrate into the dome. If you really want something for diving I would suggest to skip the dome and get a tray and some lights instead you’ll get better results.

  8. Hi Adam, Great tips for someone who is only now discovering the use of domes in a GoPro.
    I would like to know if the Telesin 6″ T05, which is indicated for the Hero 5/6/7, can also be used with the GoPro Hero+LCD.

    • Hey Alberto, Yes any of the Hero 5/6/7 Domes will fit the Hero+ that was released in 2018. The Telesin is a great option, its the one I use most often, super easy and reliable!

    • Hi Stephanie, if you are referring to the Hero camera released mid-2018, then yes it is compatible with any GoPro Dome made for the Hero 5/ Hero 6 and now Hero 7 as well. If that’s not the camera you are referring to if you could send me more details on the model and I will help you find the proper dome.

  9. Hi there!
    Thanks for sharing this information.
    I want to buy a dome for my gopro hero 2018.
    Do you know witch dome is compatible with this gopro?
    Thanks for helping👍🏽

    • For the GoPro Hero (2018) model you would use a dome built for the Hero 5/6. The Hero (2018) is identical to the Hero 5/6 dimensionally on the outside.

  10. Hey, thanks for this great post. I plan on getting a TELESIN dome for my hero 5. I was wondering where you use the anti fog inserts as you know the hero 5 downstairs have an extra housing.

    Thanks in advance!

    • There is are a few small gaps that they can slide into. There is generally enough room on the side or bottom of the portion of the telsin dome to side the fog inserts into. Just remember they are in there when you take the GoPro out so they don’t end up inside the dome portion because they can leave some dust inside the dome.

  11. Hi ! I bought a GOPOLE GPDO-H5B-34 and as soon as I went deep like 2 mt some water get into the border of the dome port .. like between black and transparent plastic near by the screws 🙁 Is it a brand problem or is not supposed to dive ?

    • If it did not get inside the dome that is totally normal. What I think you are describing is on the outside of the seal and is not an issue. Each dome is rated for a certain depth but all should be able to handle 2 meters.

  12. Hi, great post! Thanks for sharing! I am in the market for a dome for my Hero 4 Silver for my trip to the Greek islands at the end of the summer. I looked at the Telesin but am worried about the number of reviews I saw that said they had an immediate leaking problem (which is obviously a bigger concern for the Hero 4). Have you actually used the Telesin model for the Hero 4? If so, have you had any such issues? I don’t see a website for Telesin anywhere, they only appear to be available on Amazon (which also is a bit of a red flag). Thanks!

    • Yes, I use a Telsin brand dome frequently for my Hero 5 & 6 and have never had any leaks. It is always good practice to submerge the dome without the GoPro in it to test it, especially when you first get it or after being stored for a long time. Also to help avoid leaks you should check the small gasket around the door where the GoPro goes into. Make sure there is no sand or anything else on the gasket, and use a little bit of silicon lubrication on the gasket periodically.

  13. Hi, thanks for your post. It’s my first gopro, I bought the gopro 6 and I want to acquire the dome to take some pictures here in Cozumel. My question is if it causes some vignetting since I read in amazon a user complain about it.
    Greetings and thanks.
    My English is bad.

    • I use a Hero 6 with my domes and do not get any vignetting, even on the widest setting. However, if it was reported with that particular dome, it may be an issue specific to that brand of dome. However, with the ones I have listed above, it should not be an issue.

  14. Hi!
    Great article!
    I’m trying to find a dome for a hero3 – would a hero3 fit a 3+ dome? As I cant find this info anywhere!!!

    • From what I can tell it would work. The camera dimensions are the same and button placement should be as well. A Hero 3+ Dome should work for your Hero 3. Let us know which one you go with and how it works out.

    • The GoPro domes DO NOT work with super suits on your GoPro. Some of the domes act similar to a super suit like the Telsin brand, while other domes only make a seal at the front of the camera, which would mean you could only go as deep as the GoPro is rated for which is 10 meters or 33 feet for the Hero 5 and Hero 6. Several of the domes I have recommended are rated to dive depths, however, I personally don’t use them for that. I only really trust a GoPro brand super suit while diving. These domes are great at the surface and have not had a problem with leaks, but 100 feet down for me I don’t have enough confidence in them to risk my GoPro personally.

  15. Hi. Great article. Do you know where I can purchase the hydrophobic towel that come with some domes? I got one a new dome and am having spot issues.

    • Hydrophobic means it repels water, I am not sure there is a towel like that or how it would help. I would make sure you start with a clean GoPro dome and you can try and use dish soap just before using the dome to help repel the water. There are some sprays (like rainx) that can help but some domes are not compatible with these chemicals and can cause hazing, this should be a last resort.

  16. Hi have been using domes for a few years we use plain dishwashing liquid straight on the dome before a swim rinse it off on your way down to the beach no droplets on the dome surface for hrs after full submerge

  17. I have a hero 5 black. What would be the easiest way to get both video clips and stills in the same swim? Will voice commands work while the camera is in the case?

    • Amir, all of these domes have buttons to take photo/video (top button) and to change modes (side button) so you can easily change between photo and video on the same swim. One thing to note is you should have your settings set before going in the water (4k/1080 wide/liner) just to avoid opening the dome while swimming. With some domes you have access to the touchscreen, but the touchscreen doesn’t work well when it is wet. Hope that helps.

  18. Why is the PolarPro rated better than the Telesin? I noticed you mentioned that you own the Telesin…which do you prefer and why? Have you used both?

    • This is based on overall reviews from around the web. I have used both and prefer the style of the Telsin, but the dome finish and quality are better on the PolarPro.

  19. Excellent post:

    Do you know what is the maximum depth of the gopro official dome? We are certified divers, we can go down to 18 meters deep and we do not know if we can use it at that depth.

    Thank you

    • Hi Alex, GoPro does not make a dome like discussed in this article. However, if you mean their ‘super suit’ as they call it, the clear plastic case for diving, that is rated for 40 meters/131ft. Most of the GoPro domes we have listed in this article are rated to 30 meters/98 feet, but if you are going to be frequently diving with it I would recommend the Telsin or Shoot brands, they have the deepest ratings per the manufactures specs.

  20. Thanks for you info as I am about to buy a dome for my Go Pro 6 that I purchased yesterday.
    Going to be using it in the lovely clear waters of Vanuatu.

    • Generally, I would always use the wide setting when taking photos or videos with a GoPro dome so you get the more above and below the water line. When using wide you’ll need to be closer to your subject, but it should make for a better dome photo/video.

  21. Hi there!
    Great info, thanks! 😃
    I’m looking at getting a dome for a new Hero 6 Black. Do you have an opinion on 6″ vs 4″ domes? I can’t find any info on comparisons, and I’ve never used one before. The 4″ would be more convenient for travel purposes, but I’m not sure if there are any drawbacks. Any thoughts, by any chance?
    Many thanks! Cheers, Emily. ☺️🙏🌺

    • The biggest drawbacks to a 4″ GoPro dome is that there will be less surface area on the dome so you may have trouble getting over-under shots, it wouldn’t be impossible but you’d have to be more precise with your shots. Also, for whatever reason, I haven’t been able to find anyone that makes a 4″ for the new style GoPros. The 6″ really are that big and the handle comes off to make it smaller for travel. Hope that helps.


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