Will the video quality be noticeable worse with tempered glass lens protectors on GoPro ? if so, is it better to use housing for protecting the lens and display?

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If you use lens-protection of any kind, same with autocue or eyedirect, the additional glass in front of your camera will have some effect, yes. The magnitude of which will vary depending on your uses. Autocue glass usually has a slightly murky / milky look to it and the image might seem a little but soft upon close inspection - I assume the same will go for GoPro lens-protectors, since they are made of similar transparent material. The absolute worst that could happen is to get your protector dirty. If you have splotches of water or dirt on that protector, they will be very visible and distracting.

tl;dr: If you keep the lens-protector clean, you should experience very little effect. If absolute sharpness is a must for you (when you're filming with green-screen for example), then I would not recommend using it.

  • Chromatic aberration will also be a factor particularly with the GoPro's wide lens. This will show up as purple and green fringes more pronounced towards the corners of the frame.
    – stib
    Dec 9, 2019 at 23:54
  • I don't think that a lens-protector will strengthen chromatic aberration though... (as far as i know) Dec 10, 2019 at 8:36

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