Since the advent of affordable action cameras with underwater housings, it’s become easier than ever for the average diver to capture quality images and video footage of their submarine adventures. There are even plenty of options for mounts that allow for hands-free filming, but they’re not without their limitations. Chest mounts can restrict perspective to what’s immediately below a diver, and head mounts result in footage periodically interrupted by clouds of bubbles. Even wrist mounts require a fixed arm position—and most of these designs obscure the view screen, so often you’re just pointing and hoping that the camera is picking up the images you’re seeing live.
At the Blue Wild Expo this weekend, we came across the Reg-Mount, a camera mounting system that attaches your action camera directly to your second stage. It’s easy to install, doesn’t interfere with your purge button, and since it’s positioned in front of the exhaust, your shots will no longer be spoiled when you exhale. Best of all, since the camera is directly in front of you, you’ll have a clear view not only of the screen but also indicator lights so you can be sure the camera’s on and rolling when that once-in-a-lifetime shot comes along.
The unit can be positioned in a couple of different ways, either directly in front of your second stage, or offset so that it sits alongside. It will even accommodate a separate light. In order to neutralize the weight of the equipment and prevent jaw fatigue, there’s a buoyancy assistance device that fits like a sleeve over your regulator hose and a small foam buffer that rests against your chin under your lower lip. This also functions as an image stabilizer so your photos are sharp and your videos are smooth. And once it’s mounted, you can adjust the angle of your camera for maximum versatility.
The Reg-Mount is compatible with the GoPro YS mount or a standard ¼” tripod screw mount. A basic model will set you back $34.95, but for $46.95 you can upgrade to the Universal model which offers both YS and tripod options. If you don’t need to mount your camera, but still want the jaw fatigue reducing benefits of the buoyancy assistance device, it’s available as a standalone product.
For more information visit www.regmount.com to take a look for yourself.