Because they’re small, light, relatively inexpensive, and come standard with a waterproof housing, GoPro cameras can go in places many other cameras can’t. If you’re holding or wearing the camera, you can get great POV footage. But sometimes you want the camera to stay put. And for that, you’ll need to create a secure mount.
If you’re looking to mount your GoPro to a flat surface like a car windscreen, surfboard, jet ski, or kayak, there are several different options for suction cup mounts depending on your needs. Here are some of the best.
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GoPro Suction Mount
Delkin Fat Gecko Mini Suction Mount
RAM MOUNTS Twist Lock Universal Suction Cup Mount
One of the things I particularly like about this unit is that it’s very easy to position at all sorts of different angles with one locking mechanism locking both ends of the shaft at once. That makes it ideal when mounting on hard-to-reach surfaces. I use this suction mount for more serious installations where I need both a very secure grip and maximum flexibility in adjusting the angle–it’s the suction mount I use most often. I also use non-suction cup RAM mounts when installing long-term time-lapse cameras outdoors where they’re exposed to all kinds of weather. They stay locked in wind and changes in temperature and don’t corrode easily.
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Joby Action Series
I have a detailed review of some of the mounts in these series, including the suction cup, here.
Cinetics miniSquid + Joby GP3 GorillaPodCinetics miniSquid is a kit of three suction attachments that attach to the legs of a Joby GP3 GorillaPod.
The miniSquid part is a scaled-down version of the original CineSquid system that is more appropriate for something of the GoPro camera’s size. When used in combination with the GorillaPod it some rather unique features that can come in very handy.
Firstly, and most obviously, it has 3 small suction cups. That can be very useful on surfaces that aren’t perfectly flat.
Secondly, there’s a lot of maneuverability because of the long flexible legs. This adds versatility.
But with that flexibility comes a downside: those flexible legs aren’t quite as rigid as some of the other options above, meaning that in some uses like high winds there might be a bit of camera movement. So it all depends on whether flexibility or rigidity is more important to you.
You’ll have to buy the miniSquid and the GorillaPod separately. And it doesn’t come standard with a GoPro tripod mount, so you’ll need to get one of those as well. And as an alternative, you can replace the GorillaPod with a Cinetics SkatePlate.
Delkin Fat Gecko Dual Suction Mounttriple suction cup mount. The standard unit does not include a GoPro attachment, but you can add a GoPro Tripod Mount easily (and it means it will also work with your other cameras).
When Not To Use a Suction Mount
When using any of these suction cup mounts, there are some things to keep in mind. The most important is that the strength and durability of the suction depends on several factors.
The mounting surface should be flat and smooth. Even slightly textured surfaces, like you often find on kayaks or surfboards, can reduce the effectiveness of the suction.
It should also be clean–bits of dirt or dust can break the seal.
The suction strength is also affected by changes in temperature. For example, if you mount it on a cold piece of glass and then move that glass into the sun, the sun’s warmth will affect the small amount of air still left between the cup and the glass and could easily weaken the seal. In general, suction mounts are often not suitable for long-term mounting, especially outdoors.
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