GoPro, Sony and Kurgo are making action-camera dog harnesses
Do I really need video from my dog’s perspective? Companies such as GoPro and Sony seem to think so. They both make dog-camera harnesses for their action POV (point-of-view) cameras.
It’s certainly no surprise, because there seems to be no shortage of action-camera-owning dog lovers.
Years ago, I tried to make one myself, but this led only to a shaky, unusable result. The mixture of a dog’s collar and gaffer’s tape wasn’t a great option.
Professionally made dog-camera harnesses have come to the rescue, offering much better stability, a much more solid mount and adjustable straps. Even though my dog is small, he didn’t seem to notice the harness when chasing a tennis ball.
Though shooting video from your dog’s perspective may seem like a new idea, it’s been around for some time. Former President George W. Bush’s dog, Barney, became a mega-star in the pre-YouTube era as he was followed around by White House staffers carrying a video camera at a low angle in 2002. The videos were posted on the White House website.
The new GoPro Fetch dog harness, which is priced at $59.99, features camera mounts for the chest and back, allowing two camera to be attached at the same time for two different views. Using two cameras mounted to your dog might be a little overboard. I seemed to garner enough attention using one camera attached to the harness. I removed the front part of the harness to accommodate the small size of my dog.
The Sony Dog Mount for Action Cam, priced at $44.99, was a little easier to attach, but only features one mount for the dog’s back. It’s probably enough for most people. It also accommodates their action cameras.
Another company, Kurgo, which makes a variety of products for dogs, has the Tru-Fit Smart Harness with Camera Mount, priced at $35. Kurgo uses a different approach. Its harness has a flat surface mount for the chest and back. You need to use an adhesive mount included with most action cameras. This gives you more possibilities about which camera to use, but depending on how your camera attaches, the back mount might be the only option. Also, the company makes the harnesses in a variety of sizes from small to extra-large, which should make for a tighter fit.
Because you are relying on the adhesive mount to hold your camera, I would advise a backup tether to hold the camera to the harness if you’re working near an ocean or lake. Action cameras don’t float well unless you use a floatation device.
Deciding on whether you really need one of these dog-camera harnesses is up to you. I did have fun trying it out, and my dog was happy to participate with a trip to the park and beach to help out.
It does seem like the perfect Christmas give this year for the dog-action-camera enthusiast in your life.
Photo credit: Sony, GoPro and Kurgo
December 29, 2014, 7:56 pm
In your point of view, which dog harness is the more stable ?
March 31, 2015, 12:27 am
well I think the GoPro Fetch is stable, don't know about the others.. https://www.kaze.co.il/brands/8/gopro
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