Using an action camera body mount is the best way to keep your hands free while capturing fantastic video footage.
While a helmet mount and chest mount harness are some of the most popular, there are tons of creative body mounts for the best action cameras for you to choose from – let’s take a look.
8 Action Camera Body Mount Ideas for Great POV Movies
1. Helmet Mount
Helmets are required for many extreme sports – that makes them the perfect place to mount your action camera because you don’t need to add extra gear to capture some amazing POV footage.
Another advantage of the helmet mount is that you can choose different positions. You can use a front-facing mount, a chin mount, a strap mount to position the camera on top, or a side mount.
A versatile option is an adhesive flat or curved mount. This way, you can easily change the camera’s position on the helmet or even change helmets according to the sport that you’re going to do. All you need is to heat the adhesive – with a hair drier, for example, to detach it and reposition it.
If you don’t feel confident in the adhesive holding up the camera, you can go for a strap helmet mount.
2. Head strap
If your activity doesn’t require the use of a helmet, you can still benefit from the same point of view by using a head strap.
You can get a head mount with adjustable straps to make it comfortable and secure your action camera.
If you have a GoPro Hero, you can buy the GoPro Head Strap and get the Quick Clip, allowing you to easily mount your camera into baseball caps as well.
These mounts might be compatible with other brands of action cameras too, but check this before you buy them.
3. Chest Mount Harness
The chest mount is another popular choice to capture hands-free pov footage. One of the advantages is that it provides more stability than having the action camera on the head. It’s also quite comfortable to wear with most sports clothing.
On the downside, it’s not suitable for all sports and activities because the view can be easily blocked with your hands or gear that you’re holding.
Also, if you’re doing water sports that require you to use a life jacket, it’s more difficult or even impossible to wear a chest mount harness.
So, while the chest is one of the most steady parts of your body, it won’t provide you with the greatest angle of view. Make sure it’s made from breathable materials, especially if there’s warm weather – otherwise, it will make your back and chest sweat.
4. Backpack Mount
Technically speaking, this isn’t a body mount – but it’s close enough so that you can consider it as an option.
Mounting your action camera to the backpack can be pretty convenient because you don’t have to add extra straps on your body that might feel uncomfortable.
Depending on where you attach it, you can have the point of view of a shoulder mount or a chest mount harness.
Also, by attaching it to the backpack itself instead of the straps, you can film what’s behind you – or take a third-person perspective, for example, if you’re climbing with a partner.
5. A mask mount
Finding a body mount to take your action camera underwater isn’t always so easy – you’re already wearing special suits, carrying oxygen tanks on your back, etc.
6. Bite Mount
A bite mount goes on your mouth – literally, you bite on it to carry your action camera. It’s often used while surfing – in fact, GoPro sells it together with Floaty, a case that keeps your action camera afloat.
It’s also used for parachuting or skydiving, and more recently, by cyclists on Youtube who need to keep both hands on their handlebars while still getting an exciting POV for their video footage.
7. Magnetic Mount
This is one of the most versatile action camera body mounts available. It consists of two magnetic parts that allow you to clamp your action camera to your clothes, baseball cap, gear bag, etc.
This way, you can easily change the angle of view of your footage.
A magnetic action camera body mount – also called snap mount – is comfortable to wear while riding, skiing, biking or climbing.
SNAP Mount is a great brand, but you can also find others on the market, just make sure its lightweight and the magnets are strong enough to support your action camera.
8. Hand and Wrists Straps
Hand and wrist straps are some of the most common action camera body mounts. There are floating ones, rotating ones, with adjustable bands and many other variables.
Hand and wrist straps are the perfect body mount to wear your action camera during most outdoor adventures – from hiking to biking, from skydiving to surfing.
Action Camera Body Mount FAQs
Do all action cameras have the same mount?
Not necessarily, most action cameras have a 1/4″ mount, but it’s better if you double-check before you buy anything. Keep in mind that the mount size is not the only thing to consider when purchasing a body mount because different brands and models have different designs. Always check which action cameras are compatible with the mount you’re planning to buy.
How do you mount a GoPro without a case?
You can buy an adaptor for mounting your GoPro without the plastic case. There are also frame mounts available on the market to use instead of a case, or you can follow any of the multiple tutorials for DIY mounts published online.
Can I mount a GoPro to a tripod?
Yes – GoPro has a Tripod Mount and a Quick Release Tripod Mount. You can find adapters from other brands and various GoPro alternatives too.
Choosing the right action camera body mount can be almost as difficult as deciding on a camera!
You’ll need to consider the type of sport or activities you want to capture, the angle of view that you’re after, your body type, and of course, make sure it’s compatible with your camera.
Fortunately, body mounts are pretty affordable in most cases, so you can buy a different one for each need.
However, if you’re on a tight budget, I recommend you buy only one that’s more versatile, and one that’s high quality instead of multiple cheap ones.
After all, it’s going to be protecting an expensive camera – you don’t want it to be flying off on the first jump or dive!
An action camera body mount is a key accessory to capture fantastic video footage. I hope you found something suitable for your next adventure on this list – please let us know which one is your favourite in the comments.