Camera Mount Guide

We've done our share of video and photo whilst trying to ride a motorcycle ... not to mention we're kind of "gadget experts." So when we couldn't find a camera mount we liked, we thought why not design one?

In our humble opinion, the Swivel-CAM Motorcycle Camera Mount is the most flexible and will give you the BEST video/photos possible from a moving motorcycle.

But you don't have to take our word for it; check out the handy tips below. We hope it helps you find just the right mount for YOU!


Many riders have discovered the possibility of re-living their grand "adventure vacations" through video. The problem is, after a minute or two, an unchanging view from the saddle becomes… well… boring. If you want to make your video as exciting as your ride, here are some tips.

#1: Planning

Think about what to shoot, where and when - before you leave. Do you want mainly the sites along the road? Your riding buddies? Mainly straight ahead? Or even to the rear? What angle do you want the shots from? Your answers to these questions can help you decide what equipment to get.

#2: Equipment: Cameras & Camera Mounts

What we've found is this: the quality of the camera matters. Some cheaper cameras will be susceptible to every vibration, and - let's face it - you can't eliminate vibration entirely when you're on a motorcycle (no matter how great your camera mount). So get a quality camera. Depending on how you're mounting it, the size and weight of the camera matter as well. Which leads me to my next point...

Where/How to Mount? Here are a few of the most common types of motorcycle camera mounts:

  • Helmet Cam (aka Helmet-Mounted Camera): The main drawback to a Helmet Camera is that you can't change the angle of the shot - wherever you are looking, that's what you're getting. If you look down at your gauges, so does your video. If you look behind you to check traffic, guess where the HelmetCam goes? Some helmet cameras won't allow you to zoom in or out; you might find your target turned into a speck on the horizon! All-in-one point-of-view cameras have no viewfinder in which to frame your shot (you gotta just point and hope). Fancier helmet cameras have a remote recorder, but they're expensive and can be intimidating to learn to use - and you've got wires to deal with.

  • Camera Suction-Cup Mounts: These usually stick to the bike's tank or windscreen. We'll be blunt: we're not fans of using suction cups on motorcycles - period. (And if you worked here, and heard how many customers had their phone, GPS, etc fall off their bike, we think you'd feel the same.) The potential for the suction to become loose and disengage with all that road vibration is just too great ... goodbye, camera! Also, some suction cup mounts have been known to scratch paint. And they may not provide as many angles as you might prefer (so we say why settle?).


  • RAM Mount: RAM Mount makes a variety of parts and pieces to mount your camera; but you may feel like you've got to get a PhD before you figure out which parts will work for you. And - as our customers have pointed out many a time - they are not pretty to look at.

  • Swivel-CAM: The Swivel-CAM motorcycle camera mount avoids the issues pointed out above. Check out all the places you can mount it. It's got 360-rotation and Ultra-Swivel at top and bottom to give you a huge range of positioning and angle-ability. The ultra-slim rod gives it the most AMAZING streamlined look (and it's now available in two height options)!

    It's universal; any camera that has the tripod adapter (1/4-20 stud) can be used with the Swivel-CAM (even Go Pro cameras, if you get the $9 adapter plate). It's mounted right at your fingertips so you can change and adjust on the fly. And it has built-in security and Get the Vibe Out features. See actual road video taken with the Swivel-CAM and a simple Flip video camera!

#3: Learn and Test

Learn how to use your camera. Make sure you know when it is and is not recording. (On some cameras it's hard to tell, especially if it's a HelmetCam stuck to your head where you can't see it. I once lost a key sequence because I thought the low-battery light meant the camera was recording.)

Pick a time when traffic is light on your favorite short twisty road. If you can get a friend to help, all the better - you'll find you can use the extra help. Don't be surprised if it takes an entire afternoon to get comfortable with all your motorcycle video taking options.

Speaking of the ROAD... The quality of your video (or photos) is directly proportional to the quality of the road. If you're on a road that looks like this one (like most of the roads near our home!), getting good video is a challenge no matter what kind of camera or mount you choose (but starting with the Swivel-CAM motorcycle camera mount is a good bet)!

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