Thanks to the GoPro — the tiny, durable camera with incredible features — it’s now easier and more affordable than ever to shoot professional-quality photos and videos even while moving at high speeds. The GoPro’s small casing makes it easy to bring the camera just about anywhere, from capturing footage while running after your toddler to taking videos while riding down a trail on your bike. The GoPro’s sturdy casing is virtually unbreakable and many models are available in a waterproof option (GoPro also sells cases that make their cameras waterproof). A GoPro can take video, photos and shoot time-lapse, all while fitting in the palm of your hand. But with all the action that the GoPro is able to handle, you’re likely going to want your hands free while using it. That’s why if you’re using a GoPro, it’s worth investing in a GoPro mount.
The best GoPro mounts offer a wide range of options for your favorite outdoor activities. Body mounts make it possible to take your GoPro with you while playing sports, kayaking, cycling or running. A gooseneck mount allows users to safely attach the GoPro to an object and adjust the camera in any direction to capture the best angle. Head mounts are ideal for strapping to a helmet when biking or ziplining and a traditional tripod can be used for group photos or time-lapses.
If you want to get the most out of your GoPro, it’s time to get a mount. Or two. Maybe three. Check out our favorite GoPro mounts below.
1. GoPro Performance Chest Mount
Put your camera in the center of the action with the GoPro Performance Chest Mount. The Chest Mount fits securely on the wearer and is so lightweight and flexible that you’ll likely forget it’s on. The Chest Mount is made using comfortable padding and breathable materials that make it conducive to wearing even in warm weather. A quick-release button makes it easy to access your GoPro even when wearing gloves. The Chest Mount includes a stable platform that cuts down on movement and allows for smooth video capture.
Pros: The straps on the Chest Mount are fully adjustable, can fit most users and even be worn over a thick jacket.
Cons: The Chest Mount is less economical than some others. Customers must wear the straps tightly to cut down on movement.
2. Neewer 50-In-1 Action Camera Accessory Kit
New to the GoPro mount world and don’t know what type of mount you’ll actually use? Test drive all of them with the Neewer 50-In-1 Action Camera Accessory Kit. The affordable kit comes with a huge variety of entry-level mounts, including a tripod, chest mount, head mount, wrist mount, selfie stick, and bike mount. A suction dashboard mount is also included and can be used in a car or on a flat surface. The mounts are able to accommodate GoPros that are using a waterproof case. The kit comes in a convenient carrying case that provides storage when not in use.
Pros: The Neewer mounts can be used with most GoPro models as well as the DJI Osmo action camera.
Cons: The mounts included in the Neewer set are not of the same quality as the other mounts on our list. The Neewer mounts can be used with Nikon and Sony sports cameras, but a conversion adapter is required.
3. Smatree Adjustable Jaws Flex Clamp Mount
The Smatree Adjustable Jaws Flex Clamp Mount makes it easy to move your GoPro in any direction. The mount’s 360-degree rotation allows users to capture every angle and provide a stable tripod even in tight spaces. The mount has a strong clamp that opens 1.8 inches and can be attached to tables, chairs, pipes, boards, light stands and other bases. The gooseneck has a max extension of 13.4 inches.
Pros: The Smatree has a universal adapter that works with any GoPro as well as most digital cameras.
Cons: The Smartree should only be clamped to stable, non-moving objects. It also isn’t waterproof and its screws may rust after being exposed to water.
4. Sametop Backpack Strap Mount
The Sametop Backpack Strap Mount gives users a sturdy place to mount their GoPro. The durable ABS plastic mount clips on to a backpack strap, putting your GoPro directly in the line of action. The built-in nut keeps the GoPro in place and the close to the user and the oversized alligator clip makes it easy to keep the camera securely fasted to a backpack, as well as a waist belt or safety harness. The lightweight mount is small enough to fit in your pocket and is ideal for travel.
Pros: The Sametop can be adjusted 360 degrees to find the perfect angle.
Cons: The Sametop is appropriate for non-impact activities like walking or hiking but isn’t strong enough to be worn while running, surfing or bike riding. Users must use both hands to open the clamp.