Learn How to Replace the Lens on Your GoPro Camera in These Tutorials

Speaking of action cameras -- there are still plenty of GoPros out there, but many of them are unusable for certain situations because of distortion or the lenses have been cracked (which would certainly render them useless). Instead of buying a new camera, there are a lot of third party manufacturers that make lenses that will fit these tiny cameras. Not only that, but the process is relatively straightforward, as you can see in the tutorial videos embedded below.

These both originally appeared on FilmmakerIQ. The first is a Sunex lens and the second is a Rage lens:

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With the new crop of action or POV cameras, it's likely that modification will become more and more difficult as the hardware becomes more specialized and expensive. GoPro has a wide range of third party accessories and modifications that can help take your camera to a whole new level. You'll have to make sure that you buy the right lens for the right model, as there are a few differences between models and the specific lenses they can accept. Here's an example of the GoPro with a new Sunex lens:

As you can see there's a lot less distortion. These cameras are mainly designed to be mounted on people, which is why their lenses are so wide. If you want to use them just to take advantage of their small size, it helps to have a lens that won't exaggerate unnecessarily. There are many places to find these online, but you can check out which lens you'll actually need from the links below.

Links: Sunex - Optics Online & Stuntcams GoPro Lenses

[via FilmmakerIQ]

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Nice video. Good tip. A b it tricky though, but I will try it.

July 5, 2012 at 10:46AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Did it and got BRICK !
The second one I will do it differently.

The problem is focusing the lens and NOT to screw it in all the way to the sensor thus damaging it. It's a very delicate operation.
You may CRACK the plastic lens holder over the sensor as I did, because the lens was GLUED in to the plastic. It would still work in some cases if it did not damaged the sensor of something on the PCB.
It's a hit and miss and even if you do everything correct, you may still end up with a brick.

July 5, 2012 at 4:37PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Cool thanks, cracked my on the rocks... looks like I'm going to attempt to open it up later... : )

December 3, 2013 at 8:05AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Where did you buy your lens? I bought one from amazon and it came from china. I couldn't focus it at all. I ended up just putting the old lens back in.

June 17, 2014 at 6:10AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM