What You Should Know About Neck and Shoulder Camera Straps for GoPros

A strap or a camera mount can be useful when you want to capture action footage with your GoPro even when you need to use your hands. A neck or shoulder camera strap for GoPro cameras can keep your GoPro secure whether you are simply transporting it or are actively taking videos with it. However, there are some things you should know or consider before choosing a specific accessory.

What is the difference between a mount and a strap?

A strap is a long piece of leather or a synthetic material that attaches to your camera. The straps can be hung over your shoulder or around your neck so that you do not have to carry your GoPro in your hands. They leave your camera free to swing, so they may not be appropriate for filming purposes. Camera mounts, meanwhile, can keep your GoPro steady so that you can film while you do an activity like ride a bike, go horseback riding, or go surfing.

What types of GoPro straps are there?

There are three main types of shoulder straps and mounts. They include:

  • Neck and shoulder straps: The straps attach to the camera, allowing to sling it over the shoulder or around the neck when not filming video. This allows you to keep your hands free.
  • Shoulder mount: These mounts wrap around your chest and over one shoulder. The camera is then attached to the mount at the shoulder, allowing you to take video at a higher angle while leaving your hands and head free.
  • Chest mount: This mount consists of a strap across the chest and either a strap over one shoulder or a strap over both shoulders. The accessory secures the camera in the middle of the chest.
What should you consider when looking for a GoPro strap?

There are several things you may want to consider when looking for GoPro accessories depending on what type of action you are planning on filming. Some things you may want to consider include:

  • Adjustments: Some GoPro accessories can be adjusted. This can be a major benefit for those who may have trouble finding one-size camera mounts that fit. The ability to be adjusted may also be a benefit depending on the activity you are doing.
  • Hardware: Some adjustable accessories have different types of hardware or fastening systems. Certain accessories may have Velcro fasteners that make it quick and easy to take the accessory on or off. Chest mounts may have metal hardware fasteners so that you can make the different straps longer or shorter based on your specific needs.
  • Comfort: When wearing an accessory, you may want to ensure that it is comfortable, especially if you are filming an activity. You may want to consider the range of motion you need to take part in your chosen activity.
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