Fat Gecko Mini-Mount

Over the holidays, I got to check out a friend’s Go Pro HD which really blew me away since you can put it just about anywhere thanks to its numerous mount options, waterproof housing and wicked wide angle lens. Unfortunately it’s about $300 and I just can’t justify that right now but I still wanted to be able to have some fun with the cameras I already have and attach them to different things to shoot HD and timelapse videos.

So this weekend, I picked up a Delkin Fat Gecko Mini-Mount (Amazon link although I bought mine from London Drugs):
Fat Gecko camera mount
It’s a beefy suction cup mount for attaching your camera to all kinds of things…like your car:
The video turned out awesome - will post it later

I know what you’re thinking…but this mount is much more robust than the $12 mount I found on ebay (which I overloaded).

I wanted to try it out with some ‘safer’ positions first that I could keep an eye on but after spending some time today with it stuck all over my car, driving at different speeds (including taking it on the highway) I trust it to carry my smaller cameras like the Kodak Zx1 and even my trusty Nikon P6000 pretty much while attached in any position to my car, inside or out. Driving from my home to downtown (about 30 minutes on the highway) over all kinds of turns and bumps resulted in no problems with the mount…it’s solid.

Here’s a video showing some of the different angles I shot during my ‘test drive’ today:

The mount also comes with an extension arm which lets you get out and away from the attach point better so I’ll be trying that next. I also need to dig out my wide angle and fisheye lenses to make the field of view on the Zx1 even wider.

UPDATE: Found my fisheye lens and added the extension arm to the Fat Gecko….the results are pretty awesome:

9 Comments

  1. That’s pretty awesome. Amazing how stable a shot like that is on playback.

  2. Michael Kwan says:

    Wow. This could make for some crazy videos. Looks really stable.

  3. Kyler says:

    Fun fun.
    Did you get any strange looks from people? I wonder what the Police were thinking (beside you near the end of the video).

  4. John says:

    Yup….lots of looks while driving around downtown Vancouver :)

  5. Ryan Dempsey says:

    Pretty cool. Gutsy trusting your expensive gear to a suction cup. It does look pretty stable, I must admit.

  6. Tyler Ingram says:

    Awesome! I like the track you picked for the video too!

    Love when your tire reaches the point of the illusion of spinning the other way around ;)

  7. Tod says:

    Please stop blogging.

    You are making me buy things.
    ;-)

  8. VancityAllie says:

    Wow this looks really cool John! Looks super stable too.

    I do love my GoPro but this seems like a much better way to attach to a car.

  9. Matt says:

    I think I’m going to get this for my next road trip. Thanks for sharing!

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