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GoPro Mounting Tips & Tricks

GoPro has changed action photography forever with their continually evolving HERO line of digital cameras. They may not have been the first to innovate this market segment, but they are far and away the most successful and most used today. To see this, all one need do is visit the GoPro website and have a quick look over the many user videos posted to the site – some are mind-bending, others seemingly impossible, but all demonstrate why the GoPro HERO is so exceedingly popular - it is easy to use, lightweight and is so small, it can go almost anywhere.

Getting those shots with the HERO does present one important question for the new owner or user; how is the camera mounted in order to be able to gather these images and videos? GoPro has answered this query with a large selection of customizable mounting options which allow budding cinematographers to put their HERO in almost any location on the body or a vehicle. In fact, taken together, no place is safe from having a GoPro camera mounted to it, be it a person, an animal or vegetable, or a high-performance race bike. GoPro HERO cameras have been everywhere.

To make mounting the GoPro HERO a bit simpler, knowing which mounts are available and just how flexible they are can be helpful. Below are several of the mounts made by GoPro for the HERO which most users have found to be the most useful and flexible. Also included are some tips on how these may be used for purposes other than for what they are explicitly designed.

Underneath are mounts from the HERO aftermarket which are designed to work with other mounting systems. Some of these are proprietary, so alternate uses with such items will be confined a bit compared to GoPro’s offerings. However, the majority of these aftermarket mounts add to the many uses of the HERO camera.

Finally, at the bottom are some tricks concerning employing these mounts for those uses which are far outside of the norm. Some of these can involve actually designing and making custom assemblies, while others are simply combining existing mounts.

In the end, the mount for the GoPro HERO camera is only a means to an end. What everyone wants from this incredible visual recording device is stellar images, exciting videos, and the ability to show others the experience the user has while doing whatever thrills him or her. Get the mount correct, and capturing the perfect action shot becomes so much easier – and the user need only focus on the fun!

GoPro HERO Mounts

GoPro Flat and Curved Mounts

These are the most basic mounts available for the GoPro HERO camera and are the same as those which come with the HERO camera at purchase time. They are used as the base for some of the other mounts listed here (i.e. Helmet Front Mount and Side Mount) and hook into the default GoPro mounts that ship with the HERO. These can be mounted to any flat (with flat mounts) or curved (with curved mounts) surface allowing a GoPro HERO to be securely mounted at that location. Having several of these, given the semi-permanent nature of their adhesive, will make moving the HERO from one mounting area to another a simple plug-and-play affair. Affix them to the areas where the HERO will spend most of its time. When it comes time to remove one of these mounts, a hairdryer or heat gun (set on Low) will allow them to be collected.

Flat and Curved Mounts

GoPro Flat + Curved Adhesive Mounts

Price: $19.99

Features:

  • Attach your GoPro camera to flat and curved surfaces
  • Industrial-strength, waterproof adhesive mounts
  • Can be removed when heat (from a hairdryer) is applied
  • Compatibility: HERO3, HERO3+
 

GoPro Roll Bar Mount

The Roll Bar Mount allows the GoPro HERO to attach to any bar with a diameter of between 1.4 to 2.5 inches. When combined with the HERO’s stock mount, this flexible system is perfect for use in any situation where a surface mount is not possible. From ATVs and karts to rock-crawlers and sand-rails, the Roll Bar Mount provides a secure connection with the vehicle for getting those amazing shots. One favorite use of this mount is to affix the camera to the frame or fork downtubes for street / dirt-level filming.

Roll Bar Mount

GoPro Roll Bar Mount

Price: $29.99

Features:

  • clamp to bike frames, bumper bars, ski/surfboard racks and more
  • Pivoting orientation arms allows for 3-way adjustability
  • Compatibility: All GoPro cameras
  • Clamp Diameter: 1.4" to 2.5"
 

GoPro Jaws Flex Clamp Mount

The Jaws Flex Mount is the ultimate in multi-purpose mounting options for GoPro’s HERO cameras. The clamp will fit any location with a thickness between ¼ and 2 inches. This means that the HERO can be put on nearly any vehicle area, and the adjustable neck which comes with it adds even more possibilities. Clamp it to a handlebar crossmember, a windscreen, or to the outside of a fairing – anywhere the clamp can grab. Ensure, though, that it is connected to a location which will not allow the clamp to rotate or move around or all images and video may be compromised.

Jaws Flex Clamp Mount

GoPro Jaws Flex Clamp Mount

Price: $49.99

Features:

  • Jaws securely grips irregular shapes and super slim objects
  • Clamp your GoPro to objects ranging in size from 0.25" to 2"
  • Camera can be attached directly to clamp for low-profile mounting
  • Compatibility: All GoPro cameras
 

GoPro Suction Cup Mount

The Suction Cup Mount is designed to affix to flat or mostly flat non-porous surfaces where the suction cup will be able to establish solid footing. Experienced action photographers and videographers will be very familiar with this mount as it is a common method of attaching a camera. It will work very well on a fuel tank, a windscreen, and even some well-maintained fairings, provided that there is a clean expanse of real estate for its approximately 3 inch diameter size. Cleanliness is important in ensuring that the mount is secure.

Suction Cup Mount

GoPro Suction Cup Mount

Price: $39.99

Features:

  • Attach to cars, boats, motorcycles and more
  • Adjustable arms allow for ultra-compact mounting
  • Industrial-strength Suction Cup mount is proven at speeds of 150+ MPH
  • Compatibility: All GoPro cameras
 

GoPro Helmet Front Mount

When combined with either the Flat or Curved adhesive mounts, the Helmet Front Mount is perfect for mounting a HERO on a safety helmet of any kind – motorcycle, bicycle, hard hat, etc. This mount is designed for headwear, but it may be used anywhere the adhesive mounts will affix. The only limitation is the angled arm coming from the base to the first adjustable arm, and that is very minor.

Helmet Front Mount

GoPro Helmet Front Mount

Price: $12.99

Features:

  • Allows for low-profile positioning of your camera on the front of your helmet
  • extends the camera out in front of the helmet for self-portrait videos and photos
  • Polycarbonate construction
  • Compatibility: All GoPro cameras
 

GoPro Side Mount

If the Helmet Front Mount is too perfectly centered for the HERO shots required, the Side Mount can solve that problem. This mount allows the HERO to be mounted to one side or another of an affixed Flat or Curved adhesive mount (required for this mount; one Curved mount is included). There are two lengths of adjustable arm as well, allowing the distance from the mount point to be varied somewhat. The camera can also be pivoted around the mount point 360 degrees so that nearly any angle is possible. The Side Mount can be placed anywhere the adhesive mounts can be applied.

Side Mount

GoPro Side Mount

Price: $12.99

Features:

  • Attaches to the side of helmets, vehicles, gear and more
  • 3-way pivot adjustability
  • Includes side mount, curved adhesive mount, and mounting hardware
  • Compatibility: All GoPro cameras
 

GoPro Handlebar/Seatpost Pole Mount

Affixing the GoPro HERO to handlebars or any round bar measuring between 0.75 and 1.4 inches in diameter with available space is what this mount is made to do. The connection point need not be round, but this mount works best when it is. The included three-way adjustable arm allows the camera to move along only one axis, though, so this mount does have its limits.

Handlebar/Seatpost Pole Mount

GoPro Handlebar/Seatpost Pole Mount

Price: $19.99

Features:

  • Attach to handlebars, seatposts, ski poles and more
  • Clamp diameter: 0.75" to 1.4"
  • Pivoting arms allow for 3-way adjustability
  • Compatibility: All GoPro cameras
 

GoPro Chest Mount Harness

If having the GoPro HERO attached to a vehicle, helmet or other object is too limiting, attaching it to the person him or herself at chest level may allow the ultimate in flexibility. The Chest Mount Harness will work with any of the other GoPro mounts to be used, but it is most often used with the stock mount. Keeping the camera on the user with this mount provides images from a lower position than what a helmet mount provides, keeps the camera looking where the body is pointed, and makes the camera easily available for adjustments. It will also make gathering video and images of happenings away from the action easier for a more encompassing, almost documentary style of filming. If multiple vehicles are used in an event to be recorded, this is the easiest way to capture it.

Chest Mount Harness

GoPro Chest Mount Harness

Price: $39.99

Features:

  • Capture immersive video and photo footage from your chest
  • Get a "lower than the helmet" view of the action
  • See more of your arms, knees, poles, and skis while skiing, or your arms and handlebars while riding
  • Compatibility: All GoPro cameras
 

Other HERO Mounts

RAM Mounts GoPro Hero Adapter With Short Suction Mount

RAM Mounts’ Suction Cup Mount uses the proprietary RAM Mounts ball-and-socket design to allow for almost unlimited positioning of the HERO camera. These have a slight advantage over the GoPro mounts due to this nifty design – most of the GoPro mounts only move along one axis – making this line the most flexible available. As with other suction-based mounts, this one’s 3.25 inch diameter base can be affixed to any clean and relatively flat non-porous surface.

Adapter With Short Suction Mount

RAM Mounts GoPro Hero Adapter With Short Suction Mount

Price: $35.99

Features:

  • Attaches directly to the under-side of the camera
  • Replacing the factory mounting bracket
  • Suction cup, twist-lock base holds on glass and non-porous plastic surfaces
  • Compatible with HD HERO, HERO2, HERO3 and HERO 960
 

RAM Mounts GoPro Hero Adapter With U-Bolt Mount

RAM Mounts’ U-Bolt Mount is available with two different lengths of double socket arm so that the user can decide which is most appropriate for the intended purpose. It also uses the incredibly flexible ball and socket design to allow for almost infinite positioning of the HERO camera. The U-bolt does give some limitations, but any bar with a diameter between 0.5 to 1.25 inches is perfect for it. This means that handlebars, frame rails and even crash bars may be prime locations for placing the HERO for great shots.

Adapter With U-Bolt Mount

Adapter With U-Bolt Mount

RAM Mounts GoPro Hero Adapter With U-Bolt Mount

RAM Mounts GoPro Hero Short Adapter With U-Bolt Mount

Price: $32.99

Price: $32.99

Features:

  • Adapter attaches directly to the under-side of the camera
  • Replaces the factory mounting bracket
  • Accommodates rails from 0.5" to 1.25" in diameter
  • Compatible with HD HERO, HERO2, HERO3 and HERO 960

Features:

  • Adapter attaches directly to the under-side of the camera
  • Replaces the factory mounting bracket
  • Accommodates rails from 0.5" to 1.25" in diameter
  • Compatible with HD HERO, HERO2, HERO3 and HERO 960
 

RAM Mounts GoPro Hero Adapter With Strap For Rails/Bars

For more flexibility than the U-bolt only mounts provide, this mount comes with both the U-bolt and a strap mount. The U-bolt is limited to bars with a diameter of between 0.5 and 1.25 inches, like the other RAM Mounts U-bolt mounts, but the strap allows for affixing to any shape of rail or bar between 1.57 and 3.15 inches in diameter. The RAM Mounts ball and socket design is employed with this mount as well. Almost any location where the strap can wrap around it is now a viable mounting option.

Adapter With Strap For Rails/Bars

RAM Mounts GoPro Hero Adapter With Strap For Rails/Bars

Price: $37.99

Features:

  • RAM strap mount accommodates most common roll bar sizes
  • Adapter attaches directly to the under-side of the camera
  • Replaces the factory mounting bracket
  • Compatible with HD HERO, HERO2, HERO3 and HERO 960
 

RAM Mounts GoPro Hero Adapter With 2.5" Round Mount

This mount, unlike the other RAM Mount items listed here does require an already existing RAM Mounts base to be installed wherever the GoPro HERO is to be mounted. However, it is available with both the short and standard lengths of double socket arm so that the user can decide which is most workable.

Adapter With 2.5" Round Mount

Adapter With 2.5" Round Mount

RAM Mounts GoPro Hero Adapter With 2.5" Round Mount

RAM Mounts GoPro Hero Short Adapter With 2.5" Round Mount

Price: $25.99

Price: $23.99

Features:

  • Adapter attaches directly to the under-side of the camera
  • Replaces the factory mounting bracket
  • Adapter can be used as a drill-down or a temporary, removable mounting solution
  • Compatible with HD HERO, HERO2, HERO3 and HERO 960

Features:

  • Adapter attaches directly to the under-side of the camera
  • Replaces the factory mounting bracket
  • Adapter can be used as a drill-down or a temporary, removable mounting solution
  • Compatible with HD HERO, HERO2, HERO3 and HERO 960
 

Beyond HERO Mounts (tricks)

Going beyond these mounts is not very difficult as anything exciting that a human or animal can do will be of interest to others and thus is a good subject for the GoPro HERO to capture so that the user can share the adventure. In general, the available GoPro and aftermarket mounts will work for most possibilities, but others will require some combination or modification of the mounts or even custom manufacturing. Since the enormous range of possible uses for the GoPro HERO is essentially unlimited, only guidelines can be established in this space.

Combining Mounts – The GoPro made mounts allow for many different combinations. With the adhesive mounts, any flat or slightly curved surface anywhere may be used for a mounting location when combined with one of the other available mount types – the Helmet or Side Mounts, for instance. The RAM Mounts items up the options somewhat since the 2.5-inch Round Mount can be used with any compatible RAM Mount base – and those options abound – and the Strap Mount will fit any part of a vehicle around which the strap will fit; both of these can be further connected to more RAM Mounts accessories as well.

Modifying Mounts – Some of the available GoPro and RAM Mounts HERO mounts may be modified for specific uses. This is dependent on many aspects and so cannot be fully detailed. Turn to the Internet and the large number of dedicated GoPro HERO websites for help here. Users have done everything from drilling the standard HERO mounts to fit vehicle-specific mount positions to using larger U-bolts for affixing the camera to enormous off-road crash bars.

Making Mounts – Making a customized mount for the GoPro HERO camera has become an industry unto itself recently. Some users have gone as far as using 3D printers to create very specifically shaped designs for some of the wildest mounting locations. Usually, custom mounts will make use of an already existing mount and replace one or two of its parts to make it perfect for its purpose. Anything is possible here, from mounting a HERO camera to a boot or glove to affixing one to a bar end. The imagination is the only limit, and there are numerous websites dedicated to mounting the GoPro HERO where ideas may be gathered and shared. Realistically, the GoPro HERO makes grabbing images and video of anything possible for everyone!

Written By: JC Current

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