How to attach a GoPro to a car

Getting a car POV angle gives you unique and awesome perspectives of a car. Today anyone can create videos like this, thanks to resistant and small cameras such as GoPro, but how can you attach a GoPro to the outside of a car without risking losing it or breaking it?

An action camera can be attached to a car with a high-quality suction cup mount. A suction cup attaches firmly to a flat surface of the car and with the GoPro mount, you can attach the GoPro on it safely.

A good quality suction cup is important since a low-quality one could fall out when driving. If you plan on driving at high speeds, the suction cup could fall off as well.

How to attach a GoPro with a suction cup

To attach the GoPro suction cup first find a flat location on your car where the plastic suction is well placed, try and find a rigid, clean, dry, smooth, and non-textured surface, this way your cam will be safer.

To install the suction cup press down on the button, then press the small lever down on the back to create suction. Try to keep the suction cup flat, and after you have installed it make sure it’s well placed.

When you have installed the suction cup you can then install the GoPro onto the GoPro mount on the top, to have extra security I recommend using adhesive pads.

To remove unlock the lever and pull down on the tab below on the suction cup, the suction cup arms can be swapped up quickly by loosening and removing the thumb nut, sliding in the arm, and replacing the thumb nut.

How does a suction cup work?

A suction cup squeezes the air out of the cup which creates a low-pressure zone, thanks to this the pressure outside presses down on the suction which creates suction and sticks to the surface.

Suction cups can work on a lot of different surfaces, you can attach them easily in cars, boats, motorcycles, windows, and many more. 

The suction cup accessory is used to mount your action camera somewhere where it can stick, most commonly used onto a car, boat… And get great POV footage from it. Good quality suction cups can resist speeds of 160km/h (100mph).

Are GoPros on cars dangerous?

Items that can fall when driving fast on cars can endanger yourself as well as others, this is why getting a high-quality suction cup for your GoPro is important since low-quality suction cups can fall off at high speeds. Hitting flying solid objects at 100km/h (62 mph) is not just scary, but frankly life-threatening.

The official GoPro suction cup claims it can be attached to a car with speeds up to about 240km/h, it’s not recommended to go faster especially in public places where you could cause an accident.  

Adhesive pads will make a recording on cars be safer. These adhesive pads are a must-have to mount for an action camera, they can attach firmly on almost any surface. Perfect for skiing, mountain biking, motocross, water sports, climbing, and other action sports.

These tether straps and adhesive anchors are used to further secure your GoPro camera in extreme conditions. These are strong 3M Adhesive Curved & Flat Mounts. They kind of like insurance of your action camera in case it fell.

They attach firmly to almost any surface and are removable from the surface by applying heat.

Best GoPro’s to record car POV

When searching online you can find hundreds of different sports cameras with different specifications, different brands, etc. It can be easy to get confused or get tricked into getting a camera that isn’t as good as you thought it was.

In this section I’ve put together the 5 best action cameras perfect for filming on cars, each camera is similar but has some different specifications, features, prices, and more. This small guide will help you choose which is the best for you.

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The Hero 10 is capable of 5.3K resolution with 60fps and 4K 120fps, the best specs on any sports cam, and great image quality which makes it the best cam

With up to 5K resolution, excellent video quality, and the best action camera stabilization the Hero 9 is a great action camera

Excellent video quality with up to 4K resolution, the DJI comes with “RockSteady” stabilization and 12MP pictures

Super 5.7K 360° action camera makes the One R a special camera. In addition, it is water-resistant up to 5 meters without the need for housing

The SJ8 Pro is a great GoPro alternative recording with great video quality up to 4K resolution with stabilization, and 12MP pictures

Which action camera to pick?

If you want to record high-quality videos and take good pictures from a car’s POV it’s important to choose the best camera for you. Most cheap sports cams don’t offer good quality and bad stabilization. Stabilization is an important thing to think about when choosing a camera to film, good stabilization will give you smooth footage. The framerate can also be important if you want to film in slow-motion.

The best sports cam you can choose is the GoPro Hero 10, it offers the best stabilization available and great image quality, it can also record videos with high frame rates such as 5K up to 60fps and 4K 120fps, which is very impressive. A negative side to GoPro is their high price, an alternative would be going for a bit cheaper camera such as the DJI Osmo or SJCAM SJ8 Pro, also very impressive sports cams but not as good as GoPro cameras.

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