In this post, you'll learn how to make your own speargun camera mount for GoPro. And I include 8 tips for getting great underwater footage.
How to Make a Speargun Camera Mount
Here are 4 speargun camera mounts – 3 are DIY projects. Two of them are permanent mounts (mounted to the speargun permanently) and the other is a removable option. I also include a commercial camera mount you can buy to save some time.
I recommend watching all three videos before getting started. That way you'll get an idea of best placement and figure out which style of DIY fits best with you and your speargun.
Whatever option you go with, make sure you know how to keep lens fog from ruining your footage.
4 Speargun Camera Mounts for GoPro
1. Permanent DIY Camera Mount with Epoxy
The speargun camera mount in the following video is mounted permanently to the speargun. It looks like a solid mount. This is the longest and most involved project of the 3 DIY projects in this post.
How to Mount a GoPro to a Speargun DIY Video
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2. DIY Camera Mount for Barrel-gun (Speargun)
The next video shows another permanent mounting option. It looks easier and faster than the first.
Shane makes a good point when he says that the closer the speargun camera mount is to the muzzle of the gun the better. Your camera will be closer to the action.
GoPro Hero Speargun Mount DIY Video
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3. Removable DIY Speargun GoPro Camera Mount
This next DIY speargun camera mount is removable. It's mounted to the bottom of the speargun keeping it out of the way.
GoPro Speargun Mount DIY Video
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Some of the reviews mention that the clamp does not fit tight enough. This reviewer had a good idea, he says “I had to make a couple changes to the mount to make it right… The tiny foam pieces they use to grip the barrel does not work, I replaced it with a 1″ rubber hose which makes its hold on tight...”
Check out: How to use GoPro underwater (12 Tips)
8 Tips for Great Underwater Footage
All of these tips are best done the night before your shoot. It's easy to be distracted by the excitement of upcoming adventure and forget these basic (but essential) tips.
- Use anti-fog inserts inside your waterproof GoPro housing to eliminate lens fog. The change in temperature from above to underwater shooting will cause moisture inside your waterproof housing. This will create a distracting blurry ring around your footage – that's disappointing!
- Use something to prevent water drops clinging to the lens of your waterproof GoPro housing. When water drops cling to the lens they ruin footage from that point on. It's so easy to forget to clear the lens when you come out of the water. But if you forget, those pesky water drops will distort your footage.
- Clean your GoPro lens and the lens on your dive housing. If your GoPro lens has fingerprints and smudges on it, your footage won't be clear. Same thing goes for the lens on your dive housing.
- Fully charge your batteries. GoPro batteries are notorious for their short life. Make sure they are fully charged so you can get the most out of them before having to switch out. Wasabi batteries last longer and are dependable.
- Format your SD card. It's important to format your SD card each time you reinsert it for a new shoot (just make sure you've saved all your previous footage). The last thing you want is your SD card to run out of space or do something wonky and ruin your footage.
- Use a floaty case or back door. GoPro cameras do not float. It's always a good idea to have some kind of floaty device on your GoPro when filming underwater. If something lets go on your mount, it's a lot easier to find your camera above the water!
- Choose your GoPro settings. When your settings are chosen the night before you'll be sure to get the footage you want. It's disappointing when you realize you had the wrong settings and then have to take the camera out of the dive housing and choose new ones.
- Make sure your camera and mount are stable. This will ensure you get the smoothest footage possible. With everything tight, you'll also have added confidence that your camera is safely attached to your speargun.
What Will You Do?
If you're looking for some great tips for using your GoPro with your speargun, you might want to check out this article.
Do you think you'll try one of the DIY projects? Or will you order your speargun camera mount online Whatever you choose, we hope you'll share your experience with us.
Or, perhaps you've already mounted a GoPro to your speargun and would like to share what worked for you. Please do so by commenting on this post. And please share this post with your fishing buddies.