The GoWorx FreeRide Review

goworx freeride review

I and most people that visit this site love GoPro cameras, but smartphones have, of course, gotten to the point that they take very good video. GoWorx’s new FreeRide mount takes advantage of this with a mount that attaches to their handle (my review), the included tripod mount, or a standard GoPro quick-disconnect clip.

They were nice enough to send me one to try out, and it seems to work as advertised with my Moto G phone, securely cradling it in a foam-lined clamp. I attached the phone with a relatively thin case still on it, and that didn’t seem to cause any issues. Honestly, I imagine you could mount some point-and-shoot cameras in it as well, but that would be of limited use these days.

Looking at the design, it does seem solid, and something that would definitely be useful. One minor issue I noticed is that the where the prongs insert into the tripod or quick-disconnect adapter, it seems a little tight. Not a big deal, and some of that could be a matter of which adapter you’re using. The other thing that might annoy some is that the plastic tensioner on top needs to be gripped securely to tighten or loosen. Again, not a big deal, and in the grand scheme of things, I’d rather have those two parts too tight rather than too loose!

You can of course get these at the link above, or they’re also available on Amazon, if you prefer that method of procurement! If you’re wondering about the mount in the first photo, more info on how to make one of those egg timer panning devices can be found here.

Creative Mounts of the GoPro HERO4 Session at the Beach

I recently got a GoPro HERO4 Session camera for Christmas, which was certainly a great gift. As I was also at Clearwater Beach in Florida over the holidays, I naturally decided to try it out. Here are the quick mounting solutions that I came up with:

HERO4 Session SandalSandal Mounted HERO4 Session. This would have worked quite well except for the fact that it was very low and the dune blocked the actual beach.

HERO4 Session SockOf course, if you’re transporting your HERO4 Session around, you really don’t want the lens to get scratched. An old sock makes a nice holder, and you can even loop it around your belt if you don’t think that looks too weird. Maybe if you have a bunch of them, you could wear your sock-mounted ‘Sessions around your chest like a bandoleer.

HERO4 Session GoWorxBack at the hotel, I used my GoWorx Original Handle+ (also available from Amazon) to capture a time-lapse of the setting sun. I suppose I could have used a sandal here as well, but the ‘Handle+ seems a little less likely to plummet to the concrete below.

Be sure to check out the results of my balcony time-lapse after the read more link. I’m very happy with the results! Continue reading

The Original Handle by GoWorx GoPro Mount Initial Review

The Original Handle by GoWorx Review

GoWorx, a manufacturer of GoPro acessories and DIYTripods newest sponsor, was nice enough to send over “The Original Handle by GoWorx” (pictured above) to review. I should note that even though I have a “floatie backdoor” attached, it’s unlikely it would float the whole assembly.

The mount is made out of a sturdy plastic material, and, as seen above, doubles as a good static mount, or “tripod” if you use the term very loosely. This use reminds me of the hockey puck GoPro mount featured on DIYTripods, but with a convenient carry handle.

This brings us to the main feature of this device, to help hand-carry your GoPro camera. It seems most natural to use this handle in a similar manner to how one would carry a suitcase for low shots. The camera could also be tilted down to hold in a pistol-grip. The velcro strap that you see is to hold a WiFi remote, which makes sense from an ergonomic standpoint, though the battery drain usually makes me avoid this control method.

Although there are certainly all kinds of ways to use this mount, using it while on some sort of smooth moving surface like a skateboard (as seen in the second video after the “read more” link) would be ideal. I tried the Original Mount out in the first video walking our family’s dog Evie. The video turned out much better than I expected; apparently even something as mundane as walking the dog can look exciting with the proper camera angles and 5x speed video! Continue reading