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How To Use Your GoPro as the Ultimate Boat Camera


From wakeboarding and waterskiing to high-speed boating, you need an action camera to capture all the fun that happens on the water, and GoPro has you covered!

In this guide, youll learn firsthand why GoPro is considered the ultimate boat camera and how boaters and water sports junkies can use these marine cameras as creative tools to capture unique footage from all angles. Keep reading to learn more!

What are the benefits of using GoPro as a boat camera?

One of the best qualities of GoPro action cameras is that they are waterproof to 30ft straight out of the box and have a compact form factor perfectly suited for boating.

A smaller form factor means you can mount your GoPro in various, creative positions for interesting perspectives while your boat is out on the water. Whether mounted on the bow, the stern or directly onto the hull, you can rest assured that your GoPro camera is safe with its waterproof capabilities and capturing high-quality video as you cruise along.

Other benefits include various Digital Lens, or field of view, options and advanced HyperSmooth stabilization to smooth out footage despite any wind chop you may encounter. You can also turn a slow cruise into an exciting playback experience by filming in slow motion or using TimeWarp to capture a stabilized time lapse video of your time out in the water.

How to choose the right GoPro as your boat camera

Now, its important to keep in mind that there really is no wrong choice when it comes to choosing GoPro as your boat camera-all models have their benefits and are great for being on the water. However, some models offer different features than others that you might find work better for what you want to do!

GoPro HERO11 Black Mini

Dont let its name fool you-HERO11 Black Mini packs a huge punch in a small form factor, making it a perfect camera for boats.

Overall, Mini is an excellent choice for boaters and water enthusiasts because of its lightweight build and ability to fit anywhere. For example, it has a tough, screen-less outer shell capable of withstanding the extreme force of water and water impacts. Plus, it works with many mounting options, which means you can fit it into small nooks and crannies on your boat where a bulky camera wont fit. Various GoPro boat mounts that work with Mini include a Curved Adhesive Mount, Handlebar / Seatpost / Pole Mount or a Suction Cup Mount (among plenty of others).

Boaters can also enjoy a larger 8:7 image sensor to enjoy an immersive, taller field of view, cinematic 5.3K60 2.7K240 video and Emmy Award-winning HyperSmooth 5.0 video stabilization with Horizon Lock built-in-perfect for sunsets out on the open sea!

Mini is waterproof down to 33ft, and its depth can be extended with an additional HERO11 Black Mini Dive Housing.

GoPro HERO11 Black

For a more traditional form factor with all the best features that GoPro has to offer, the flagship HERO11 Black is a true powerhouse for boaters out on the water.

It features 10-bit color recording capabilities, and it can also shoot 27-megapixel high-resolution photos-that means you can capture even more memories amongst friends and family. Something else to keep in mind is that HERO11 Black also has an improved 8:7 image sensor, which means you can transform your videos from an 8:7 aspect ratio into a wider 16:9 or a traditional 4:3. Also, HERO11 Black features a front LCD screen, making it easier for you to monitor what your filming and capture any selfie videos you may want while youre manning the wheel or getting ready to drop in for an underwater scuba session.


Lastly, for a one-of-a-kind view of your surroundings on the water, GoPro MAX 360 Camera offers an insane video experience by leveraging three cameras in one-a dual-lens 360 camera, a traditional GoPro and a vlogging powerhouse.

Perhaps the best quality of MAX is the versatile 360 camera. Using two lenses simultaneously, you can capture unique spherical footage of your surroundings in up to 6K. But with that, you can also shoot HERO-style videos and photos in HERO mode or use MAX as a vlogging camera-think about it, you could start a YouTube channel from the boat and show viewers what theyre missing! MAXs 360 capabilities also deliver incredible panoramic photos and 360 TimeWarp, too. You get maximum stabilization, premium audio from six mics and a waterproof design up to 16ft.

How to mount your GoPro camera to your boat

When mounting your GoPro boat camera, its truly a matter of preference and what perspective you want to see!

For instance, you can get creative and mount your GoPro camera using the Large Tube Mount around a handrail along the side of the boat for a great landscape shot of the horizon as you sail by.

If you want a more traditional vantage point, you can use the Suction Cup Mount on the stern of the boat to record friends and family members tubing behind or surfing in the waters wake! and extend the arm out over the nose to get a clear view.

Or maybe you want to film the water out front from the bow-mount your GoPro camera using the Boom Suction Mount and extend the arm out over the nose to get a clear view.

You have complete freedom to experiment, so research different GoPro boat mount ideas and have fun!

Tips for using your GoPro camera on a boat

Since youre busy with the water, using your GoPro should be as simple as possible. Thankfully, boaters can take advantage of several tools available for GoPro.

To start recording, Mini, HERO11 Black and MAX all have a large record button fixed to the top of the camera body. This serves as your start and stop function. HERO11 Black and MAX also have LCD touchscreens where you can easily toggle between different camera functions, review content and play around with different filming modes and aspect ratios. For Mini, you can use the mode button on the front of the camera to change se
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