You can rent a GoPro with interchangeable lenses from Radiant Images. As described in this Doddle article, Radiant took apart the GoPro, made a new housing, moved the buttons, and put their own optical lowpass filter in front of the sensor to control IR pollution when using ND filters.
The C-mount fits a wide range of lenses, and even wider with C-mount adapters for Canon, Nikon, and other lens manufacturers.
Side by Side Demo shows improvements and some issues
From James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS):
The GoPro Hero 3 is a fantastic camera, which can give action geeks 4K capability. But in addition to snowboarders and surfers getting clips for YouTube, but the Hero has also become a go to production option for television. With everyone from ESPN to The Amazing Race, to even Alton Brown using the Hero to shoot his cooking on Food Network, the high definition action camera provides yet another low cost digital production tool for shooters to use to get the shots they need. But one beef some cameramen have with it is that 170° field of view fixed focus lens. It doesn’t give much in the way of options like depth of field. Radiant Images decided it could take the Hero up to 11 for production work and came up with the Novo GoPro
Nick Lantz demonstrates the groundbreaking Novo digital cinema camera, available exclusively at Radiant Images. It is the ideal solution for cinematographers who are enamored by the capabilities of the GoPro Hero3 but held back by the Hero3’s cinematic limitations.
Read about the whole story at “GoPro Hero 3 Gets Third Party Mod To Take Lenses”
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