12 Best Ways to Mount an Action Camera to Your Body in 2022
Capturing the right angle while focusing on not getting hurt while getting some air is probably the hardest thing about using an action camera. Sure, there are selfie sticks, or just holding the camera, but all too often they get in the way more than they help to accurately frame that selfie from a third-person perspective.
But whether the content creator is in the shot or not, there are several ways to mount the action camera on the body to capture a unique and compelling camera angle. Here are 12 of the best ways to mount an action camera to your body in 2022.
1. The Classic Helmet Mount
Even though helmet mounts have been around since Nick Woodman sold GoPro cameras out of the trunk of his car, there’s a reason they’re still popular. They work. And since most action geeks wear a dome anyway, a good helmet mount will keep the camera out of the way, while the user can focus on getting the best worthwhile ride.
The helmet mount usually comes in two forms, a straight mounted adhesive and a curved model that conforms more closely to the curvature of the helmet. The straight mount is actually better suited for mounting a camera on a flat surface, so opt for the curved helmet model for a more secure fit.
2. The Hat Rack
If you like hats, there’s also a clip-on hat mount (called Quick-Clip) that will hold the camera at eye level, but make it easier to remove by simply sliding the mount out of the hat bill.
3. The head strap support
An elastic headband support is an option for times when a helmet or hat is not preferred or needed. But the elastic can be uncomfortable around the area where the hard plastic camera mount sits, especially when adjusted to fit snugly. And after a crash, it can be a guaranteed headache. Yet it works.
4. The mask holder
Very similar to the Headstrap, the Mask Mount is popular with divers looking to mount a camera for first person POV. One of the most popular is the OctoMask, the design of which places the frame at the top center of the snorkel mask.
5. The Bite Holder
The bite mount comes right after the helmet mount to capture a true first person point of view. The mount was developed as a way to put the camera in the mouth and bite down to hold it firmly in place. The Bite Mount has been popular with surfers and skydivers since its inception, and when in the water there is a floating mount that can float the camera after the surfer crashes into a big wave when it breaks. Although when erasing, chances are that the camera will take some time to locate it. But at least with a bite gel fitting protector there is little risk of damaging a dent.
6. Chest Support
Known as “The Chesty”, a chest mount is a little more complicated, as the athlete must wear an elastic harness around their torso, which will house the action camera on the chest. It will work, but it’s a lower angle than the first person viewpoint, and the camera doesn’t point exactly forward when snowboarding with your side feet. The chest support can also be hidden by additional arms or harnesses. A parachute harness, for example, makes the chest support a poor choice than, say, a backpack support.
The chest support can also be restrictive, although some come with a pad that makes the hard plastic part of the support at least a little more comfortable to wear.
7. The shoulder support
A better option than the chest support is the shoulder support. Similar in design to the chest mount with a chest strap harness, the camera mount is located on the shoulder, keeping it pointed wherever the shoulder faces. Again, snowboarders probably won’t use this often, but a motorcyclist certainly would. The downside is that it’s just as constricting as the chest support.
9. The backpack stand
There is also a backpack mount that works the same as the shoulder mount, except it attaches to the strap of a backpack. This is similar to the chest support but is a better option as the backpack support is usually easier to remove without having to remove the harness. The backpack option also means not having a tightly tied harness around the torso, which could be constricting when looking for a tail hold.
10. The wrist (or hand) support
The wrist support is interesting for a variety of reasons, the main one being its purpose and shooting. Wherever the hand points, that’s where the camera goes. The wrist mounts also have a 360 degree rotating platform, so not only can the hand direct the camera, but with a quick turn it also becomes a selfie camera. This also makes it ideal for skydivers looking to capture that selfie from a natural position while diving.
11. The Finger Grip Holder
A finger grip mount is very similar in design to pulling the trigger on a gun, but instead the finger holds the camera. With a circular grip that also has a half-round clip for support, the grip mount allows you to point the camera anywhere, safe in the knowledge that the camera won’t slip out of your hand or slip out of your hand. where it is pointed. The handle typically has an articulation range of around 120° as well, for precise angle adjustment. The only downside is that the grip only works with Sony’s line of action cameras, but it can also come with an optional LCD screen.
12. Magnetic support
Not exactly ideal for extreme action-oriented applications, but if the goal is to capture a relaxing day by a lake or in a park, then the magnetic mount is a good choice. Comprised of two magnetic plates, the Magnetic Mount can stick to just about anything, from clothes to a bag, or even a cap. The dual magnetic design also makes it secure, although the lightweight action camera is unlikely to weigh things down much.
With so many options for mounting an action camera to your body, there are limitless angles to capture the moment, especially from a first-person perspective. And over time there is sure to be a mount that will keep the action camera secure no matter where it is on the body.
Picture credits: Header photo by Voorpreth Lam.