I've been looking at some wearable camera mounts, and I get the impression that GoPro mounts are different from the standard tripod mount point.

Can I use my video camera with its standard screw-in tripod mount with a GoPro mount?

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GoPro cameras do not have a built in tripod mount(1/4-20). They actually have a more specialized quick release clip built into the waterproof housing. To attach a GoPro unit to a tripod mount, you need the GoPro Tripod Mount which runs about $8 these days.

To answer your question, if you want to mount a GoPro camera to a tripod, you need the Tripod mount accessory. The various other mounts that you can get will allow you to mount the GoPro to things like a flat surface, curved surface, pivot arm, or a leather leash. You can pick these up in its "grab bag" mount kit as shown here. Note - this does not come with the tripod mount.

If you are asking about a video camera in addition to the GoPro, that will not work with any of the GoPro mount accessories, because it will not have the quick release GoPro mount.

Here is an image of the GoPro standard housing with built in quick release clip and currently attached to the flat adhesive mount:

GoPro with standard housing and quick release clip

This is an image of the GoPro standard housing with the Tripod Adapter mounted to a tripod:

GoPro standard housing with the Tripod Adapter

Finally a closeup view of the tripod adapter:

GoPro Tripod Adapter Mount

  • Hi. Thanks for answering, but I think you've answered the opposite question. My camera is a Sony, not a GoPro. Can I stick that camera (with its standard screw-hole mount point) on my head with a GoPro helmet mount? – billpg Aug 21 '11 at 22:40
  • Your title and your body conflict in the question, so I tried to answer both. The answer to if you can stick a sony camcorder onto a gopro mount is no. – dpollitt Aug 21 '11 at 22:44
  • You're right. I've rewritten the title to be less ambiguous. – billpg Aug 21 '11 at 22:51
  • @billpg - Finally got myself a GoPro, ready to answer any future questions here :) – dpollitt Jan 8 '12 at 21:22
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    @dpollitt glad you took one for the team. ;) – Sean Jan 9 '12 at 0:27

For attaching a regular camera onto a GoPro mount, you can get an adapter. ie something that screws onto the 1/4" tripod mount, and provides a GoPro style "two-prong" attachment.

For example:

K-Edge Go Big Universal Adapter

Drift Mount Adapter

  • Or there are plenty of cheap, generic versions available on Ebay. Search for something like gopro universal mount adapter

generic mount adapter

These should work with any action camera that has a standard 1/4" tripod screw, including the Sony action cameras. Or you could use it with a regular compact camera - but it depends on the strength of the mounts and adapters, they may not be strong enough for a much heavier camera.

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