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How (And Where) To Mount an Action Camera (On Anything!)

Photos and video from an action camera can be awesome. But how do you get the best shots? It’s all about the mounting of the camera and we’re going to tell you how to do it.

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How and where do you mount an action camera? The most popular place to mount an action camera is on a helmet using a curved mount. However, you can mount a camera on almost anything that moves.  Read on to find out how.There are different mounts for different camera placement. Tons of unique mounts are on the market. You can also DIY your own mounts. You’ll need the mount and, perhaps, more than one. We’ll run down some of the many mounts you can use with your action camera.

How To: A Guide

The good thing about the mounts provided with your action camera is that you can use them on almost anything. Normally, you have a curved and a flat mount with your camera, as well as a mounting buckle and a mounting frame. It’s a good idea to purchase more of these so that you use them on various surfaces. Detaching them is just a matter of applying a hairdryer or heat gun to the adhesive holding the mount in place.

Here’s how to mount your action camera on a variety of surfaces, including:

Helmet Mount

Skateboard Mount

Surfboard Mount

Soccer Goal Mount

Car Mount

ATV/Boat Mount

Wrist Mount

Fishing Line Mount

Dog Mount

Sword Mount

What If Your Action Camera Has a Different Mount Type?

GoPros use the type of mount with slots and a sideways screw.  Many action camera manufacturers are using the same mount on their cameras to be able to use the same accessories.  However, if your action camera uses a different mount type such as a vertical screw, here is what you need to adapt all the above listed mounts to this type.

 

Mounts

1. Helmet Mount

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This is the easiest and most popular mount to place. Using either the curved or flat mount, depending on where you want your camera, simply attach the base of the mount to your helmet. Give it 24 hours and you’re ready to go.

We prefer the chin mount for the helmet cam. Here are instructions on how to do that:

  • Clean and dry your helmet before placing the mount. You want the adhesive to stick to a clean surface.
  • Remove the adhesive from the curved mount.
  • Place the curved mount below the mouth holes on the helmet. Press down firmly on the mount so the adhesive sticks.
  • Cover the mount with tape. This will help affix the mount properly and keep it in place while it dries.
  • Wait 24 hours to make sure it is dry.
  • Take the tape off.
  • Put the connector (should be supplied) on the mount, using the screw provided with your camera.
  • Attach the camera to the connector using another screw.
  • You should be able to move your camera a bit so that you get the angle you want in filming.
  • Go take some great video.

We have found the chin mount process works best for the action camera, but you could literally place this anywhere on the helmet. Use the flat mount if you want the camera on the side of the helmet and use the curved mount if you want the camera on top of the helmet.

To buy this type of mount click here.

 

2. Skateboard Mount

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You can get some great footage and stills on a skateboard. With an action camera, you could mount the camera on your helmet or your wrist for some action shots, but what if you want the camera on the skateboard itself? That can be a fantastic viewpoint for the camera. Don’t worry. We have you covered:

  • Clean and dry the skateboard area before putting on the mount.
  • Remove the adhesive from the flat mount.
  • Using the flat mount, affix the mount to the bottom of the skateboard.
  • Cover the mount with tape and wait 24 hours to make sure it adheres to the skateboard firmly.
  • Remove the tape.
  • Attach the camera to the mount.
  • Using more tape, run the tape around the skateboard, over the camera, securing the camera in place even further.
  • Make sure the tape doesn’t block the viewfinder on the camera.

To buy this type of mount click here.

Here is another type of skateboard mount.

 

3. Surfboard Mount

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For this mounting you will need:

  • Alcohol Based Liquid
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Flat Mount
  • Mount Tether Piece
  • Tether String
  • Locking Plug
  • Thumbscrew

This is a pretty simple mount. All you have to do is:

  • Remove any wax from the board and clean the area with an alcohol based liquid.
  • Dry the area thoroughly.
  • Remove the backing from the adhesive side of the mount.
  • Attach the mount to the board. Make sure it’s straight and apply some pressure.
  • Remove adhesive backing from mount tether piece.
  • Place the tether piece in the curve of the main mount. Apply some pressure.
  • Feed the tether string through the tether piece and back through the loop. Tighten.
  • Insert your action camera mount.
  • Insert locking plug into space within the action camera mount.
  • Feed the tether string through the action camera housing.
  • Feed the thumb screw through the hole in the locking plug.
  • Leave it for 24 hours.
  • Surf’s Up!

To buy this type of mount click here.

 

4. Soccer Goal Mount

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Did you ever see a professional soccer match on television? You know those goals where they show the ball going into the net and you are given a great view from the back of the net? Well, we’re going to show you how to achieve that with your action camera. For this, you will need a chest strap mount.

Stretch the strap on the chest mount to the back of the net.

Make sure you stretch the strap as tautly as you can across the net. This will help ensure stability for the camera.

You are going to want to check the angle of your camera to make sure you get the best view of the entire net.

To buy this type of mount click here.

 

5. Car Mount

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There are many different places to mount an action camera inside of your car. It really depends on what you want to pick up with your camera. For car mounting, we recommend using the suction cup mounting. You can also use a couple of extender bars to increase the angle of the camera. It’s stable and adheres well to the windshield or other areas of the car.

  • As always, make sure the area where you will place the camera is clean and dry. An alcohol-based liquid and a clean rag will take care of this.
  • To get the driver’s view on the camera, place the suction mount in the middle of the windshield below the rearview mirror.
  • You may want to dampen the suction cup before placing it on the windshield, which will help the mount stick.
  • To see where you’re going AND where you’ve been, place the suction mount on the passenger side window. Position it so that the camera will pick up both the sideview mirror as well as the view out of the passenger side seat.
  • If you have a sunroof, try mounting the suction cup on the inside of the sunroof. With this, you can get a shot of the road as well as your dashboard. For this, you will also need some extender bars.

To buy this type of mount click here.

6. ATV/Boat Mount

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For a tires-eye view of the terrain, you can use a roll bar mount to put your camera directly on the lower part of an ATV grill or winch. The roll bar mount makes this very easy. To attach the roll bar mount, just follow these instructions:

  • Unscrew both thumbnuts until the clamp is at a large enough diameter to fit the intended tubing.
  • Remove bolt and thumbnut together from one open side.
  • Place the clamp on your intended mounting location.
  • Tighten both thumbnuts until clamp is secure.
  • To mount the camera directly to the clamp, use one of the included pivot bars.
  • Adjust your camera to your preferred angle.
  • Tighten all mounting hardware so the camera is secure

There are many places you can place your roll bar mount besides an ATV. You can put it on dune buggy roll bars or boats, as well. Really, anywhere there is a round bar, and you want to take some video or  photos, you can use the roll bar mount and an action camera to get the shot you need.

To buy this type of mount click here.

 

7. Wrist Mount

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The wrist mount is a separate accessory for action cameras but you can use it to create some really great, hands-free shots. This is especially good for underwater activities such as scuba diving or snorkeling, as it is waterproof.

The strap on the wrist mount is adjustable so you can use it on different body parts besides the wrist. Use it on your arm or leg as well, if you want shots from that angle. It’s very adaptable, with a 360-degree rotation and tilt.

To attach the camera to the strap:

  • Place camera in mount on strap.
  • Use provided thumb screw to tighten camera onto mount.

To attach the strap to your hand:

  • With the strap on your hand, adjust the strap on the thumb side first.
  • These are velcro straps so all you have to do is pull and place to adjust the strap.

To attach the strap to your wrist:

  • Take wrist strap and attach it by threading the strap through the rotating mount, hook side down.
  • Place over your wrist and adjust your strap.

The wrist mount also comes equipped with an arm and leg strap. These can give you some different shots you wouldn’t ordinarily get.

To attach the strap to your arm or leg:

  • Thread the arm and leg strap through the rotating mount.
  • Wrap around your arm or leg and pull both straps until it tightens.
  • Use the velcro to stabilize the straps.

The wrist strap is a versatile, hands-free way to take your favorite action shots.

To buy this type of mount click here.

 

8. Fishing Line Mount

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Want some cool underwater fishing video? We can help with that. For this, you will need some heavy-duty fishing line and a tool that allows you to string two action cameras together. One item you can use would be a Mule Mount and you can find those at the link below.

Use these DIY instructions to mount a camera to your fishing line:

  • Take the floating back door off the action camera.
  • Attach the camera to the mule mount using the thumb screws.
  • Using the heavy-duty fishing line, run line through the Mule Mount.
  • Put a weight on the other end of the line and Mule Mount.
  • Add the fishing hook to the end of the line you ran through the Mule Mount.
  • Go Fishing.

You’re going to want to be careful with this mount. Make sure everything is attached tightly. Do not go fishing in murky waters where you can’t see underwater. Do not go fishing where your line is liable to get tangled. With some consideration, you can take some great underwater video of fishing.

To buy this type of mount click here.

 

9. Dog Mount

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Do you wonder what your dog does when you’re not around? Does your dog get out of your yard and you want to see where he/she goes? Mount an action camera on your dog and find out what your pets do when they’re away from you.

For this mount, you can use an adjustable wrist mount:

  • Thread the dog’s collar through the adjustable wrist mount straps.
  • Tighten securely.
  • Put collar on dog with camera facing on side of head.
  • Make sure camera is away from dog’s ears.

With this mount, you should be able to follow your furry friend anywhere.

To buy this type of mount click here.

There is another new option for this now, its an actual dog mount!  If you have the money for another mount, you can find it here.

 

10. Sword Mount

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This is a really fun way to get some incredible footage or shots from the point of view of a sword. For this, you will need the wrist mount and an extender bar.

To attach the mount to the sword:

  • Attach the camera to the extender bar.
  • Attach the extender bar to the wrist mount.
  • Using the wrist strap, wrap it around the hilt of the sword.
  • Pull straps tightly to make sure the strap is secure.
  • Fasten velcro.

This is for sword play, but you could feasibly use this on any type tool, such as:

  • Axe
  • Shovel
  • Nerf Gun
  • BB gun
  • Bow

To buy this type of mount click here.

To get the extender bar click here.

 

Accessories You May Want

Your action camera probably came with only a couple of accessories. Standard action cameras usually only come with a mounting frame, buckle and a couple of mounts. You can absolutely use these for your camera in most situations. However, there are some other mounts on the market that can make your life easier:

Chest Strap Mount

Head Strap Mount

Handle Selfie Stick

Floating Hand Grip

Bike Handlebar Holder

Rotating Adjustable Wrist Mount

Removable Suction Cup Mount

Roll Bar Mount

You don’t necessarily have to have these different accessories, but it does make it easy to mount your action camera. We’ll go through these, so you know their use.

1.Chest Strap Mount

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The chest strap mount is a harness strap belt that gives a steady recording at chest height. The belt is adjustable, and this is a one size fits most design. You can find this mount here.

2. Head Strap Mount

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The head strap mount is a secure headband that wraps around your head for a steady shot or video. It keeps your camera in place and is good for sports like:

  • Zip Lining
  • Snorkeling
  • Riding A Bike

Any sport where you need to use your hands would be acceptable for a head strap mount. You can find this mount here.

 

3. Handle Selfie Stick

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This stick is an extender pole that can extend up to 19 inches. It’s waterproof, so you could use it on a jet ski, and it works with all gopro mount cameras. You can find this mount here.

4. Floating Hand Grip

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The floating hand grip is a great tool for underwater photography. Waterproof, it has a wrist strap design to keep the camera secure while you swim. You can find this mount here.

5. Bike Handlebar Holder

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This nifty tool attaches to your bike’s handlebars. You place the camera on the mount and go for a ride. The camera does the rest. You can find this mount here.

6. Rotating Adjustable Wrist Mount

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The wrist mount is a 360-degree rotating adjustable wrist mount. You can secure your camera flat against your wrist for easy convenience. It’s made for the wrist, but you can actually strap this to anything that will fit, including:

  • Handlebars
  • Arm
  • Steering Wheel

You can find this mount here.

7. Removable Suction Cup Mount

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With the suction cup mount, you can put your camera virtually anywhere suction can take hold. This includes:

  • Windshields
  • Helmets
  • Dashboards

It’s very convenient and easy to move. You can find this mount here.

8. Roll Bar Mount

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This mount fits around any bar from 1.4” to 2.5” so you can get some unusual perspective from your action video. It comes with full rotation for adjustability. Place it on a roll bar or any other bar to mount your camera in place.  You can find it here.

Tips on Taking the Best Video

As much as we love our action camera, we don’t want video that is shaky or unwatchable. To combat that, we have some handy tips for using your action camera:

  • Use a mount. This will stabilize the camera.
  • Find a new angle. Don’t just go for the headshot. Strap your mount to your bumper, roll bar or anywhere else you can find for a new view.
  • Don’t strap the camera to the top of the helmet. This will result in shaky video. Use the chin strap method instead.
  • Use filters, like a red filter for underwater. This will help remove the blue-green colorcast underwater. Use neutral density filters in bright light. Experiment.
  • Try out time-lapse shooting. Your action camera should have a time-lapse mode. This can create some unique shots to add to a video.
  • Plan ahead. Think beforehand of what you want your video to look like and act accordingly.

We hope this handy guide on mounting an action camera was useful to you.  For an article on shooting sports and fast action click the link.

Let us know in the comments if you have found any tricks for other types of mounts.

Nicholas Mitchell

Nicholas Mitchell

Nicholas is a staff writer at Photodoto. His interests include photography, collecting cameras old and new, video editing, and all things 3d. If a new gadget comes out on the market, he's sure to be the first to try it. He enjoys experimenting with low light photography, very long exposures and high speed filming.
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