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Go360 stars in the silliest video Gizmag has ever made ... yet.

Go360 stars in the silliest vi...
Noel McKeegan models the Go360 action camera mount
Noel McKeegan models the Go360 action camera mount
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You need to be sure you've got headspace wherever you use the Go360 action camera mount
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You need to be sure you've got headspace wherever you use the Go360 action camera mount
Noel McKeegan models the Go360 action camera mount
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Noel McKeegan models the Go360 action camera mount
You can lock the rotation with a simple knob, or let the device spin.
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You can lock the rotation with a simple knob, or let the device spin.
Noel McKeegan models the Go360 action camera mount
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Noel McKeegan models the Go360 action camera mount
Noel McKeegan models the Go360 action camera mount
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Noel McKeegan models the Go360 action camera mount
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There's certainly a limited market for the Go360 – it's more or less a single purpose device. But what it delivers is unique enough to make it a great idea.

Effectively, it lets you stick two GoPro cameras on your helmet, which are trained firmly on you at all times but free to rotate around you. You can lock the rotation with a simple knob, or let the device spin.

The footage … well, see for yourself!

Review: Go360 camera mount

In practical terms, the audio from both cameras is more or less useless – the Go360 groans and squeaks as it turns, and those sounds are transmitted up the poles to the GoPro microphones.

It's also, as you can see, quite a cumbersome rig. You need to be sure you've got headspace wherever you use it – so it's a line/ball call whether you'd take it out on a busy road.

Having personally smashed some three GoPro cameras in my video making days, I'd also be a bit wary about using it for anything too strenuous – it takes ripping motorcycle footage, for example, but one heavy dirt bike jump landing and you'd have to ask how long the mount will last. That's not to say the Go360 looks or feels poorly built – but you can really feel the weight of those GoPros on either side of your head, and you're acutely aware that if anything snaps, each of those cameras is worth upwards of 300 bucks.

You can lock the rotation with a simple knob, or let the device spin.
You can lock the rotation with a simple knob, or let the device spin.

You've also got to experiment a bit with exactly how quick you spin the thing around … getting a nice smooth rotation can take some pretty delicate touch from your talent.

If the standard 50 cm each side doesn't suit your creative goals, you can add extra 50 cm segments or cut the tube down to a size you're more comfortable with. All our footage was shot with a standard 50cm per side length.

At AU$299.00 from Go360's Australian website, this jigger has been fun to use, it's delivered unique footage we'd have been unable to get any other way, and it's been reliable so far, wet or dry.

But as I, our esteemed editor Noel and the rest of the goons who appeared in the video above can attest, you do have to be prepared to look like a tool while you're filming. Luckily that's not a problem for this lot.

Here's a slightly more serious video shot by the Go360 guys.

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6 comments
Eric Teutsch
and here's the alternative... http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151244973214541&set=a.92178344540.85321.92108564540&type=1&theater
John in Brisbane
Yep, that is the silliest video I've seen here. Funny/silly/disturbing. One of those rigs with a servo and remote control could be pretty awesome though.
Gene Jordan
They didn't show it, but I don't see why the cameras couldn't be directed facing outwards or to the sides as well, using it as a boom pole. That could make for some interesting shots as well.
Gene Jordan
I can't believe the author didn't mention or the crew making that video didn't take it to the next level by attaching a GoPro 3D action camera to it. If you think that video was extreme, just wait until you see it in 3D!
Gregg Eshelman
Paint the mount green so it can be keyed out and you'd have people wondering how the heck you got that video of your bike ride.
Daishi
I'm going to get some strange looks wearing one of these to bed.