Best Places to Mount Cameras for Kayaking

Getting great videos from your kayak is possible with the range of HD cameras and devices on the market. Take viewers along with you as you hit the water and soak in the scenery!

Shooting amazing video starts with knowing where to place the camera. Positioning will determine what you take photos and videos of, how easily you can reach your device to change settings, how smooth the video is, and even how well-protected your camera stays.

Where Your Kayak Camera Goes: Types of Mounts & Shots

Here are our picks on where to mount your camera in order to capture the action:

  • Kayak camera mounts: Some kayaks have gear tracks or accessory mounts that can accommodate some camera mounts. Using a kayak mount allows you to place the camera at the front or rear of the kayak and lets you easily reach it. You can capture your entire trip, from launch to return, and during your adventure, you can swivel the camera or change the video recorder’s position to capture either yourself or the scenery. You can get terrific action video shots with a camera mount while also maintaining smooth shots.
  • 360-mounts: This is a type of mount that allows the camera to easily move around, so you can switch back and forth between images of yourself and images of the water and scenery.
  • Clamp mounts: If your kayak does not have accessory mounts or gear tracks, you can get clamps designed to hold video cameras. These lock securely to your kayak so you can use them just like cameras in a kayak mount. They can also be a smart option if you want to position your camera somewhere other than your gear track or kayak’s built-in mount allows.
  • Suction cup mounts: If you don’t have gear tracks or accessory mounts, quality suction cup mounts let you attach your camera anywhere on your kayak without causing any damage to the surface. They are also easy to change if you decide to reposition your camera mid-trip.
  • Backpack mounts: Mounting your camera on the straps of your backpack lets you keep your device close so you can make adjustments. You can also get optimal audio if you’re speaking to your audience.
  • Helmet mounts: These mounts fit right on your helmet and offer excellent first-person shots. You can capture all the big moments of your trip. One of the big advantages of helmet mounts is ease of shooting. You can capture videos wherever you turn your head. If you spot an eagle or an animal, you can capture it quickly and naturally just by turning to look. Helmet mounts also create a very natural “in the moment” feel, if you want viewers to feel they’re right in the kayak with you.
  • Body mounts: These mounts use a harness to attach your camera to your body or an article of clothing. You can place the camera at your chest level or at your shoulder. A shoulder mount can offer some of the immediacy of a helmet mount, but with smoother movement in the shots. A chest-level camera captures everything just below your vision. With body mounts, you can continue taking footage even if you leave your kayak for a hike.

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