9. GoPro Head Strap And QuickClip
The GoPro Head Strap And QuickClip (around $11) go exactly where you think they do: around your noggin. It’s a great selection for shooters looking to create a first person point of view in their videos, and to capture feats of athleticism.
- Fits over many helmets
- Surprisingly comfortable
- Difficult to tighten completely
8. Smallrig Ball Head Cool
Ideal for attaching things like small camcorders, action cams, and monitors to rails, tripod legs, and table edges, the Smallrig Ball Head Cool (around $14) opens up to encompass 54 millimeters and tightens with the help of a strong metal screw.
- Weighs just 200 grams
- Also supports cold shoe attachments
- Pads fall off too easily
7. Neewer Articulating Magic Arm
The Neewer Articulating Magic Arm (appx. $28) is a great choice for podcasters looking to add a video element to their productions. It attaches easily to the edges of desks, and uses a reliable elbow joint to maximize your positioning options.
- Anti-slip rubber padding
- Rugged aluminum build
- A bit short at 11 inches
6. GoPro Suction Cup
The GoPro Suction Cup (around $33) might seem a bit small, but that’s because it’s really only meant to work with action cams. It can resist wind speeds of up to 150 MPH, though, making it suitable for use on any exterior flat surface of a car or motorcycle.
- Convenient quick-release base
- Comes with a drawstring carrying bag
- Not terribly adjustable
5. Delkin Fat Gecko Triple
The addition of a third mounting foot makes the Delkin Fat Gecko Triple (about $69) a little more difficult to set up than some of the company’s simpler offerings, but it also adds another level of security when deploying it on uneven surfaces.
- Six angle adjustment points
- Hefty three-inch suction cups
- Two-year warranty
4. Proaim Grip Master
Rather than relying on suction cups to support a lot of heavy equipment, the Proaim Grip Master (appx. $1466) uses magnetic connections to attach to your vehicle. That reduces the overall number of surfaces you can set it up on, but it dramatically increases its stability.
- Isolates gear from vibrations
- Works well with arms and gimbals
- Very pricey option
3. Neewer Video Shoulder Kit
The Neewer Video Shoulder Kit (around $149) is a smart choice for filmmakers looking to add a little stability to their handheld shots. It comes with a lot of useful accessories, like an integrated matte box designed to cut down on lens flare.
- Follow focus unit included
- Handles tighten reliably
- Counterweight at the back end
2. Pedco Ultraclamp
If you’re looking for something with incredible versatility in a decidedly small package, the Pedco Ultraclamp (around $24) is likely it. You’ll find yourself setting up a number of things on its 1/4-20 screw head, from GoPros to speedlights.
- Very easy to adjust
- Safe to use on windows
- Durable aluminum components
1. Delkin Fat Gecko Double
The Delkin Fat Gecko Double (about $56) uses a pair of big, reliable suction cups to adhere rigs weighing up to eight pounds to everything from tabletops to car windows. It’s made predominantly from anodized zinc, ensuring its durability.
- Two 360-degree ball joints
- Cold shoe adapter
- Good height for a variety of uses