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DIY Camera Chest Harness/Mount (GoPro Inspired)

For an upcoming snowboarding trip, and after watching some pretty awesome GoPro footage on YouTube, I decided to try to build my own chest harness / mount for my digital camera.

Here's some of my inspirations for the project:
- DIY Camera Chest Mount by SnapShot83
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fcbTzLFsIs

- GoPro HD HERO camera: The Snowboard Movie
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rs_wKkXCwDw

UPDATE - The snowboarding trip has now passed and here's the video shot mostly with the harness:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvduK7asOPY

Step 1: Materials & Tools

You will need the following things to build the basic harness:
- Two 1" wide, 36" long nylon straps with adjustable buckles (I bought mine at Academy for like $1.99 each)
- 2 yards of 1-1/2" wide elastic strap (Joann's Fabric - ~$4)
- 1-1/2" adjustable plastic buckle (Joann's Fabric - ~$2)
- 5" x 5" piece of hard plastic (I used an Ikea Legitim chopping board - $1.99)
- 1/4" - 20 x 3/4" long screw
- 2 fender washers
- 1 friction washer
- Small Piece of craft foam

You will also need the following tools:
- Drill
- Utility knife
- Scissors
- Staplers
- Lighter
- File / Sandpaper

I used the following additional items to complete my setup:
- Pedco Ultramount - Universal Ball Head (Amazon.com - $12)
- Opteka 0.43x HD² Full Fisheye Lens 37mm (Amazon.com - $30)
- Zeikos Universal Adapter for 37mm Lenses (Amazon.com - $19)

 
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Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I am a wheelchair user and have been working on a "Mobile Phone" mount/harness so that I can use my phone whilst using my chair without having to keep stopping! I will take a couple of your steps and add it to my prototype if you don't mind? With most modern phones now having the ability to use "voice recognition", I should have a stop free journey!
killshott2 years ago
It looks like the camera is mounted upside down. Won't your videos come out upside down?
fefillo (author)  killshott2 years ago
Yes, upside down seemed to make it more stable the way the camera "hangs" vs having it above the mounting plate if mounted right side up.

I just flip the videos on the pc when I edit them. If you use a GoPro, there's a setting to tell the camera which orientation it is mounted and it flips the videos for you.
Ok, just making sure I saw that correctly; it makes sense. Do you think it reduces shakiness that way?

I am just using a small hi-res digital camera with a helmet mount made from the top piece of a Dollar Store mini tripod mounted to a piece of plastic, which is attached via Zip Ties to my helmet. Primitive but solid.

Anyway, I want to make something like what you've presented so I can see which will produce the smoother video on the bumpy hills I ride. Good job on your Instructable.
jfoster172 years ago
I found this to be very useful. Thank you for such an awesome Instructable.
Schorte2 years ago
Amazing Instructable!

Nicely laid-out and very easy to follow - thanks for all the detailed instructions and photos. I have a Contour HD Camera and was looking for something just like this. I hope to use your plans sometime this Spring. Are you still happy with the design? Any mods?

All the best, Paul.


fefillo (author)  Schorte2 years ago
Thanks for your comment, glad you liked it.

Yes, I like the design very much, although since getting the GoPro I don't use it as often. I like to mix camera mounts (helmet, pole, chest) to keep the videos interesting so this gets less use now. I did get the tripod mount adapter for the GoPro and it works pretty well with the harness.

The straps, staples and the plastic are still holding just fine.

With the Ultramount, I have a lot more options in terms of where I want the camera to point than with the normal GoPro mounts, which may be similarly limited for the Contour with the factory hardware.

I think it's important to use the thick elastic (1-1/2" in my case) because it makes everything more stable around your body and keeps the harness from moving around.
Hi, would you buy a Gopro camera again.?
i am going on a trip and wonder if it would be good for video and stills at various tourist places.
regards
colinColin30
fefillo (author)  colincolin302 years ago
Colin,
First of all, that is not a GoPro in the instructable, but I do happen to own one. I think it's a great camera for action sports, self shots and hooking up to strange places. I don't think it's the best option for everyday shooting: no flash, no LCD screen (unless you buy the add-on) so you can't see what you are shooting, no zoom...