GoPro Camera Mounts: Keep the Shot Steady - dummies

GoPro Camera Mounts: Keep the Shot Steady

By John Carucci

The ability to mount your GoPro almost anywhere makes it a pretty remarkable camera. But to capture all that action and those cool perspectives with little worry, you need to keep the camera steady. You can mount a GoPro on a tripod or on any of the dozens of mounts designed for the GoPro.

The GoPro isn’t like any other camera; it’s fairly tiny and, with the exception of one model (Hero4 Silver), doesn’t have a viewfinder. Holding it in your hand to take a picture or make a movie is the textbook definition of haphazard, because you can’t see what you’re shooting or hold the camera comfortably.

Mount your GoPro out of the box

When you take the camera out of the box, you’ll notice that it comes with a bunch of small pieces of hardware:

  • Quick-release buckle: Designed to connect the camera to the waterproof housing horizontally as well as attaching to a wide selection of mounts.

  • Arms: Let you extend the camera and then tilt or twist its position.

  • Flat adhesive mount: Makes it easy to connect your GoPro to any clean, flat surface. When the camera is attached to the quick-release buckle, it slides right into the mount.

  • Curved adhesive mount: Looks a little like the flat mount but is designed for curved surfaces.

Use a tripod (with an adapter)

For a good part of the camera’s 200-year history, the tripod has been the photographer’s best friend when it comes to keep the camera steady and composing the scene.

For almost as long, cameras have had a standard socket for attaching to a tripod. Yep, the three-legged amigo has made all the difference between crisply shot movies and blurry messes.

One problem with the GoPro is that it doesn’t have a tripod socket on its bottom, so there’s no built-in way to secure the camera to a tripod. No worries. You can still mount it with a special accessory that attaches to your GoPro and provides a standard tripod socket.

This accessory also has a quick-release mount that allows you to move the camera conveniently between shots and locations. The GoPro looks comfortable when mounted on a flexible GorillaPod, for example.


The GoPro frame

You can leave your GoPro in its waterproof housing for most situations, but sometimes you may want to shoot outside of the case. The Frame is a cool accessory that allows you to place the camera in a frame, as the name implies.

The open design delivers optimal audio capture, providing it’s not an activity that puts the camera too close to the noise. The integrated latch makes removing your GoPro from the Frame quick and easy. You also have open access to the camera’s microSD, Micro HDMI, and USB ports for easy data offload, live-feed video, and charging.

Here are some reasons for using it:

  • Not bulky: Because it fits around the camera, it doesn’t add size to the camera like the waterproof housing.

  • Better audio capture: Because the microphone is not obscured by the case, you get the clearest sound reproduction.

  • No waterproof housing: Provides immediate access to camera ports for downloading data and live-feed video.

  • Protective glass lens: Prevents the camera lens from getting dirty or scratched.

  • Extendable support arm: Lets you easily attach accessories like the LCD Touch BacPac or Battery BacPac.

Use suction cups

When you think of mounting your camera with suction cups, secure placement isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. The first thing is “I hope it stays on,” as you worry that the cup will lose suction and the camera will fall off.

Not gonna happen. The industrial-strength suction cup mounts attach the camera to almost any flat, clean surface — even the hood of a moving car, a motorcycle, or a boat. How reliable are they? These mounts have been engineered to withstand a broad range of motion at speeds in excess of 150 mph.

Use the Jaws Flex Clamp

“Jaws Flex Clamp” sounds like a sequel to the shark thriller, but this accessory lets you attach your GoPro to anything it can bite . . . err, clip. The mighty little clamp lets you attach the camera to a variety of objects up to 2 inches thick. You can mount the camera directly on the clamp, or attach it to the optional gooseneck to accommodate a wider range of camera angles.