Finding joy in the outdoors since 1988
It's Pretty Sweet
I'll be honest, I got this one as a gift. If you know me then you know I'm too cheap to fork much out for things like this. But now that I have acquired GoPro's new sportsman mount, I'll tell you about the other side of the fence.
All in all it's a pretty sweet deal. As always GoPro loads the box with the mount plus other gadgets. You actually get two different mounts in the box. You have the standard single camera holder as well as an attachment that allows for camera placement on both sides. You get skeleton and waterproof backdoors, all the screws you need, they load you up; 70 bucks doesn't sound so bad now huh?
This was the reason I wanted the mount to begin with; really cool viewpoints. You get to add that cinematic touch when you strap this thing the barrel of your gun, your rod, a tree branch, steering wheel, baseball bat, frog gig, spear, ice auger, or whatever. I'll show you a couple pictures I've taken so far.
Don't worry about breaking this thing. It's constructed out of some industrial plastic and feels very strong. It's good for taping action when firing the gun; the recoil really doesn't distort the video quality. Your investment isn't breaking anytime soon. The clamping mechanism works by threaded screw and lever action. Once you tighten and clamp the mount it remains where you put it. It features some dense plastic material that protects the clamps and the gun barrel. Your not going to scratch or hurt your baby. (the gun)
Does it affect your shooting ability?
I have been using the mount for about a month now and have taken it out 7-8 times so far, and I don't see much of a difference. The mechanics of shooting don't changed because of the added weight, theres just added weight. You may feel your gun is a little "lunky" compared to it's un-mounted self but it hasn't bothered me much at all. Depending on how you mount the gun it can be close to the sites. You can decrease this by placing it totally up-side down on the barrel. You can put the camera in up-side down mode or edit it later which is relatively simple. I really don't notice it after I get to walking the field. Unless your OCD totally kicks in you should be fine with the extra the mount adds.
Versatility (you can mount it to other stuff too)
Though I haven't tried them all yet there are many uses for this mount. I have tried all these but here is a list of what I'm planning to use it for:
Weighing the hefty price tag
As far as mounts go, this one is pretty pricey. I don't blame you for turning away from the price tag, remember, I did the same thing. It retails at 70 bucks right now. If you plan on using this mount alone to film your hunts I say go for the head mount or chest mount. Your not going to carry your gun in firing position all day so most of the building action of your video would be lost. It also can give viewers a headache trying to track with the screen while your gun is bouncing around and moving at irregular angles. It's much better to use the head mount to get the shots of walking and tracking game.
This mount is awesome for the shot scene. For example, you should use this mount for only clips that are very short (1-2 seconds) just to get the shot on the pheasant. Its a really cool bit to see your face or the gun barrel swing up and shoot at game. Above all it adds a professional cinematic feel to your videos which is what I love about it.
Buy the mount if you need to add the unique shots to your videos to make them stand out, not for long clips of you walking and talking while hunting, switch to head or chest mount for that, plus they're cheaper. This is the next step after using the head and chest mounts.
Is the sportsman mount absolutely necessary for filming my hunts?
It depends on your style of video. For me I use it to shoot videos in which I might play music or edit the video into a series of different shots and angles. The sportsman mount provides me with really cool angles and perspectives (as noted in the pictures above). No other mount can really give you those sorts of shots. However on videos where I'm walking and talking and shooting isn't the focus, I go with the head or chest mount if I'm using the GoPro. Those mounts give you the feel of first person and they're great for explaining a how to video while keeping your hands free. The sportsman comes in when the action goes up.
In summary I love the mount. I usually save money and buy generic mounts made for my GoPro online, Amazon holds tons of them, but for this one I specifically wanted GoPros to aid with recoil of my 12 gauge. It's been a fun mount to play around with and some of the shots you get are unlike the others. The mount is solid and the package truly does come with a lot. If you own more than one GoPro then it would be of great use with the double-header fitting. Don't feel too ashamed spending the 70 it takes to grab this mount, it can add the extra edge to your GoPro videos.
Stay tuned to my youtube channel for my actual footage to come out. (Rabbit hunting has been slow this year)
UPDATE: GoPro equipment I use the most: