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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2008

    POV Cam mounting options

    So far I have the following:

    1) Helmet Mount (Using straps)
    2) Chest Mount
    3) Handlebar Mount
    4) Seatpost Mount

    Here are my thoughts on each of them.

    Helmet Mount (Using straps)
    Pros: Can follow the movement of the head and track the scenery as needed. Closely mimics the perspective of the rider.
    Cons: Can be shaky at times especially if the helmet or straps are not secured tightly to the head/helmet. Doesn't show the trail detail well. The shake can be minimized through software.

    Chest Mount
    Pros: Very stable since much of the camera shake is reduced through the body. Mimic the perspective of the rider very well.
    Cons: Static view from inside the cockpit can be boring after a while. Doesn't show the trail detail well. Doesn't track the trail as well as the helmet mount.

    Handlebar Mount
    Pros: Closely mimics the perspective of the rider. Follows the movement of handlebars. A little better tracking the trails than the chest mount.
    Cons: Shaky as hell

    Seatpost Mount
    Pros: Takes a rear view shot of the trail as the rider is going through the trails. Interesting perspective.
    Cons: Shaky as hell (on a hardtail). Not much to see going backwards.

    I'd like to know if anyone is using any other methods of mounting their POV cameras. I was thinking of getting it closer to the ground maybe on the front fork to get a better visual impact while riding. What other methods are you guys using?

  2. #2
    mtbr member
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    My preference is front fork about axle height. The low mount gives a better perception of speed, it leaves some of the tire, rim, spokes, rotor in the field of view (can get interested strobe effects on the spokes).

    Some of the most enjoyable videos to watch utilize multiple mounts, providing a mix of perspectives.

  3. #3
    mtbr member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    I made a mount out of 1/4" plexi glass that mounts to the water bottle cage bolts. gives this angle

  4. #4
    North Van/Whistler
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Tons of examples in the Sticky re Pinkbike article re GoPro mounts
    Locals' Guide to North Shore Rides

  5. #5
    mtbr member
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    I try to use different parts of the bike for a variety of perspectives.
    In my latest video; I mounted the cam by the rear triangle:

    I'm not a boy:

  6. #6
    mtbr member
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    In this one; I mounted the cam on the fork:

    SET F1RE TO THE RA1N - YouTube
    I'm not a boy:

  7. #7
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    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    I played around with clamping my GoPro on the right seat stay looking toward the rear/cassette. You get to see the tire/wheel a bit, behind you and a cool angle of the chain running through the gears. Just make sure it clears your leg.

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