10 Action Camera Body Mount Types

An action camera body mount is a compact, lightweight gadget that can be attached to your body to capture first-person video and photos. Action camera body mounts are becoming increasingly popular among adrenaline junkies and outdoor enthusiasts, as they allow you to document your adventures in a unique and immersive way. 

10 Action Camera Body Mount Types

If you’re thinking of getting an action camera or are simply curious about how they work, read on for a beginner’s guide to body mounts.

Action Camera Body Mount Types

No longer will your views be limited to following your friends as they climb mountains, jump off cliffs, and swim in rivers. Action camera body mounts allow you to capture video from a perspective that’s hitherto been impossible: your own.

Here are some of the most popular mount options:

1. Action Camera Chest Mount

This type of mount attaches directly to your chest, allowing you to capture footage from your upper body, so you can get an up-close look at what it feels like to be in the middle of the action. 

You can use this mount for activities like hiking, climbing, skiing, or racing. The most important thing is to ensure you don’t tighten the grip too much, so you can still breathe easily.

Amazon Basics Adjustable Chest Mount Harness for GoPro Camera (Compatible with GoPro Hero Series), Black

The Chest Mount is by far the most popular way to use your GoPro, and it’s easy to see why. The main advantage of a chest mount is its versatility: you can use it in almost any situation where there’s some kind of movement involved.  The greatest part is that the body acts as a stabilizer, ensuring smoother footage and better details.

GoPro Performance Chest Mount (All GoPro Cameras) - Official GoPro Mount, Black
Amazon Basics Adjustable Chest Mount Harness for GoPro Camera (Compatible with GoPro Hero Series), Black

2. Action Camera Helmet Mount

If you want to capture footage from a first-person perspective while riding a bike or motorcycle, this mount is perfect! The camera attaches directly to your helmet, giving you an unobstructed view of what’s happening around you. 

Action Camera Helmet Mount
Action Camera Helmet Mount

There are two types of action camera helmet mounts:

  • Straight mount – more appropriate for smooth surfaces
  • Curved mount – because of its curvature, it ensures better protection for your head

These are the perfect accessory for extreme sports where a helmet is absolutely necessary. You also have the option to position your camera which way you want on the helmet.

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3. Action Camera Magnetic Mount

Magnetic mounts are lightweight, compact, and easy to use, so they’re ideal for people who don’t want to deal with complicated straps or other types of mounts.

You don’t have to let your camera cling to the back of your shirt or fall off your head when you’re on the move. Using a magnetic action camera body mount for your action camera will keep it secure and steady during more mellow sports. 

SNAP Mount – Magnetic Action Camera Mount for GoPro Compatible with GoPro Hero, GoPro Max, DJI Osmo Action

Thanks to its dual magnetic design, the magnet will hold on tight to your bag, clothes, or hat. If you need to adjust the angle of view, you can just move it around with ease!

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4. Action Camera Bite Mount

If you’re into adventure sports and want to capture the experience of your thrills, then a bite mount is an excellent camera accessory to add to your kit.

Bite Mount + Floaty (HERO10 Black/HERO9 Black) - Official GoPro Accessory (ASLBM-003)

The bite mount is a unique type of accessory that goes directly into your mouth and is designed to fits comfortably there. If you’ve ever wondered how action photographers can hold their cameras while doing things like surfing or skydiving, this is the answer! In addition, the bite mount comes with Floaty protection for diving into the water – this accessory will prevent your camera from sinking.

We can definitely say that this is a mouthful of a mount. 

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Sale Bite Mount + Floaty (HERO10 Black/HERO9 Black) - Official GoPro Accessory (ASLBM-003)

5. Action Camera Mask Mount

If you want to capture that POV effect and take others on a journey with you underwater, this mask mount may be a good option for you. Given how close it is to the face, the action looks like it’s happening right in front of the viewer’s eyes. The mount is formed out of a form-fitting silicone mask with a thumbscrew on top where you can place your camera so it won’t fall off when submerged in water. 

OCTOMASK - Low Volume Dive Mask w/Mount for All GoPro Hero Cameras for Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Freediving (Clear)

Ottomask from GoPro is one example of a popular diving mask that makes it easy to film while scuba diving or snorkeling.

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6. Action Camera Head Mount

They say the best way to capture footage is from the eye of the storm itself, but you can’t use your hands to get that perspective. Enter head mounts – a mount that wraps around your head.

GoPro Head Strap with QuickClip - Official GoPro Mount,Black

The head mount is ideal for capturing first-person perspectives while practicing easy activities (e.g., hiking) where helmets are not required.

Head mounts are different than helmet mounts in that they attach directly to the head by using straps – that’s why they’re also called Head Straps. The only thing to consider is buying one with adjustable straps for ensured comfortability and grip.

Sale GoPro Head Strap with QuickClip - Official GoPro Mount,Black
Amazon Basics Head Strap Camera Mount for GoPro

7. Action Camera Wrist Mount

There is a mount that’s perfect for capturing action from different angles while still being able to move around freely like someone who isn’t holding any equipment! The wrist mount is good if you’re looking for a camera that will let you capture those candid moments on the go, thanks to its point-and-shoot functionality.

GoPro Hand + Wrist Strap (All GoPro Cameras) - Official GoPro Mount

This model gives you control over where the camera goes and allows you to move the angle easily from wherever you are—whether at a party or while skydiving!  Given how easy it is to change perspectives, you can easily take selfies with just a quick move of the wrist.

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GoPro Hand + Wrist Strap (All GoPro Cameras) - Official GoPro Mount

8. Action Camera Shoulder Mount

If you’re sick of having your arms in the way of the action, then this is the solution for you.

Pellking Single Shoulder Strap Mount Compatible for GoPro AKASO or Other Action Cameras

The shoulder mount allows you to film from a perspective that’s closer to your body than traditional camera mounts, so it gets rid of the problem of blocking your view with your arms and hands—and it also gives you an immersive shot that feels like you’re right in the action. 

You can film both front and back with it; we promise you won’t feel like someone’s watching over your shoulders.

Visionkids Shoulder Mount Compatible with GoPro Hero 10/9/8/7/6/5 Other Action Camera and Cell Phone for Video Shooting Shoulder, Waist, and Chest Immobilization with Cell Phone Holder
Pellking Single Shoulder Strap Mount Compatible for GoPro AKASO or Other Action Cameras

9. Action Camera Backpack Mount 

A backpack mount also functions similarly to the shoulder mount, except that it’s fastened to the strap of your backpack. 

Professional GoPro Mount for Backpack Strap ,Adjustable Camera Shoulder Mount Compatible with GoPro Hero 9 8 7 6 5 4 Black, Session, Insta 360 One R, DJI Osmo Action and Most Action Camera

This option has several advantages over other types of mounts:

  • It allows for multiple angle changes (you can take it off and put it on the backpack easily without unfastening the harness).
  • It frees up your hands so you can carry other items while filming.
  • The lack of a harness means more ease of use.
  • It has no restrictive belt around your chest area, so it doesn’t constrict your breathing when moving around..

And for minimal extra weight, it’s worth the investment. 

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10. Action Camera Clip Mount 

Sometimes you just want to film yourself, but finding a suitable place to put your camera can be challenging.

Backpack Strap Mount Quick Clip Mount, 360 Degree Rotation Backpack Clamp Mount Compatible with Gopro Hero 11/10/9/8/7/6/5 Black, Session, Fusion, Xiaomi Yi, DJI Osmo Action and Most Action Cameras

A clip mount is exactly what it sounds like: a mount with clips on either side that you can use to attach your camera to any surface using its high-tension jaws. These are easy to carry around and great for when you’re on the go and need to find somewhere secure to attach your camera quickly.

A clip mounted can turn any surface into an ideal mounting area.

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Action Camera Body Mount Types | Conclusion

As you can see, there is no shortage of options for mounting your action camera; this may cause some headaches when trying to pick the perfect mount for your needs, as there is no definitive “best” option. 

See also: GoPro Voice Commands

It’s always a good idea to think about what you’ll use it for first.

We can definitely say that buying an action camera mount is worth the investment – it keeps the camera out of harm’s way and allows you to focus on what matters most: your performance!

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by Viktor Elizarov
I am a travel photographer and educator from Montreal, Canada, and a founder of PhotoTraces. I travel around the world and share my experiences here. Feel free to check my Travel Portfolio and download Free Lightroom Presets.

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