Introduction: Point & Shoot on GoPro Mounts
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Let me start by saying am very fond of GoPro's, i am not into adventure sport's but i really love the way they have made the camera so small yet so powerful. I dont have enough capital to buy those, and the place wherein i live they are damn costly much more than $500 mark. Few months back even though my parents were not supporting my decision, i made an online purchase with much enthusiasm on Ebay and ordered a GoPro Hero 4 Black (since it was close to $500 which is a rare case down here). Been over excited i bought few mounts and batteries to accompany the action camera and to my dismay i ended up having just mounts and batteries without the camera (order got cancelled, transaction refunded since product was stuck at customs for clearing for more than a month).
After playing with the mounts Jaws Flex with Gooseneck for a couple of days i decided "Forget the gopro, why not make the point and shoot a GoPro!".I own Sony WX150 and i can use it as a somewhat action camera, usable to those mounts. So started searching online for using it on my gopro mounts, it was sheer disappointment, there are parts available for gopro to be mounted on camera mounts but not vice versa. So few days later after brainstorming and couple of drawing's i came with with a simple solution which cost me next to nothing. Its damn simple and would take couple of hours thats it !
Please ogle the pictures, i will tag them with notes and make them more informative.
Now lets get started.
Step 1: Materials / Requirements
Things you will need.
1. Aluminum strip (1 meter will suffice)
2. Plexiglass (can be replaced by some cheap plastic or wood)
3. Padding foam (optional rigged it from old shoes - cushion pad)
4. Glue (Epoxy worked for me)
5. Color of your choice Spray paint (optional)
6. Painter tape
1. Drill with drill bits
2. File for smoothing out edges
Step 2: Prep the Camera
First thing first protect your camera lens and body. When metal and plastic comes in contact the soft shiny plastic takes the beating. In the process i want to be very careful that i don't damage the lens or scratch the body and make it look ugly. So i wrapped the camera with painters tape around the borders as seen.
Step 3: Lets Begin ! Template Basic
Then i took one end of the aluminium strip and started bending around the edges and making a somewhat snug fit. Now i got a decent idea and a template to work on. I made further minute folds and curves to make it fit even snugger, we will add some foam in between to increase the friction and make it more tighter, so that our camera will be super safe. Dont worry if there are some voids in between, try to decrease them, anyhow its going be filled by foam.
Step 4: The Core
Once the template is made we can do some detail work. If we see the Sony WX150 camera does not have sharp edges and flat surface, but they are curvier. So, i too made minute curves on the template using pliers. Once the curves are done one can test fit the camera to check if nothing more is distorted. Now lets drill holes for its legs. I took approximate length and cut the extra legs from the template and after cutting i drilled holes through them to match the holes on the mount. You can see from the pictures i curved the legs of the template. The curved legs are just to make our camera move freely in an angle and smoothes the movement.
Again we do a dry run to check if the holes align perfectly. Now from the pictures you can see there is some gap left between each of the joints in between the mount and legs. To fill those i used a acrylic sheet (one can replace the same with other material freely available like wood) cut those in shape to match the curved legs of my template, glued them using epoxy (2 parts epoxy mix them and they bonds very strong).
Step 5: Optional Detailing & Customising
Now we fit the camera and do a dry run. As you can see the mount is almost in its finishing stage. But we still are not able to use the buttons hidden by our template. So, start drilling and cutting and creating voids so that we can use those buttons (on/off | click | and zooming buttons).
Lastly, we can use foam and lay them inside the template on our newly created mount. This will increase the friction and make our mount more fail safe and sturdy. This will also prevent our camera from getting into direct contact with the metal. Now from where to rig this foam, one can get it from parcels or a most simple is using from shoe soles. I usually keep them from older shoes, so i rigged one of them, cut few long strips and glued inside.
Again we do a dry run and test everything from camera fitting to ease of using buttons to fitting on mounts. Once everything gets a green light we tape the inside i.e. foam and spray paint everything with color of your choice. I have a black camera so i used the but obvious black matte finish spray paint. Paint dried, mount the camera, ready to roll. Use your camera on every mount gopro has to offer suction cups to selfie sticks to clamp and goose neck mounts.
Step 6: Final Results
Now use the best of gopro mounts with your point and shoot.
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