Portable Camera Mounts

By: Derek Ward, Published on Aug 20, 2013

When doing temporary deployments or testing out cameras, using portable mounts can make setup easier and quicker, especially when trying different spots or angles. At IPVM, we use a number of them as Nasty (Mod) Clamps [link no longer available] , Gorilla Pods, and Ram Mounts. This note reviews these portable camera mounts including their applications, tradeoffs and price.

Below is a picture of all three mounts set up in our office:


Tools such as these portable mounts save time in preparation for testing and installation, such as being able to:

  • Gather baseline measurements
  • Switch between cameras
  • Change angle of cameras to best fit the scene (Is it better to have this panoramic camera on the wall or ceiling?)

Another great aspect about these portable mounts is that you need no additional equipment to use them (such as screws, bolts, drills, etc). Form factor varies significantly between mounts, which offers the user a variety of options for a given task. Important to note, each manufacturer offers a wide variety of mounts and accessories, along with different package deals.

Below is a video overviewing the form factors of each portable mount.

Gorilla Pod

  • The gorilla pod is comprised of 3 sets of 10 rubber ball joints that terminate to a ~2in. mounting platform with a 1/4"-20 tripod screw.
  • GorillaPod SLR [link no longer available]: ~$30 USD online
  • Below is a picture demonstrating it's use in a real-life scenario:

Get Notified of Video Surveillance Breaking News
Get Notified of Video Surveillance Breaking News

Nasty Clamp (Mod Clamp)

  • The Nasty Clamps (or Mod Clamps) are metal spring clamps that attach to a flexible "appendage" that ends with a 1/4"-20 tripod screw.
  • The heads of the Nasty Clamps can hold roughly 1lb" (~452 grams) outstretched, and more when the arm is underslung or straight up.
  • Single Nasty Clamp [link no longer available]: $44.00 USD [link no longer available] online
  • Below is a picture demonstrating it's use in a real-life scenario:

Ram Mount

  • The ram mount we are using has a twist lock suction cup base, double-socket arm, and a rubber ball mount with a 1/4"-20 tripod screw.
  • Ram Twist Lock Suction Cup Mount:  [link no longer available]~$30 USD online
  • Below is a picture demonstrating it's use in a real-life scenario:


In our experience, these portable camera mounts have been helpful in short-term setups and tests, but we are unsure of their application over a long period of time (i.e. a few weeks/months). These are likely not suitable for permanent commercial installations, but if you want a quick look at what a certain scene looks like, these mounts can prove useful. Also, these mounts offer great versatility, such as being able to mount to an outside pole, window, or hangover ceiling or roof, lending for quick scene previews prior to proper installation.


Given that pricing is roughly the same for all three portable mounts, knowing which mount works best in a given situation becomes key. Here are their comparative strengths.

  • Gorilla pods are mini tripods that allow for versatile mounting on a variety of terrain and surfaces. Small spaces (such as the one shown in the gorilla pod image) are handled well by the gorilla pods, as you can wrap the legs around an object, rather than having to stick or clamp to it. Prefered choice for unusually shaped objects.
  • Nasty Clamps (Mod Clamps) are suited for edges and poles that fit the space in the clamp mouth. With the ability to stretch the "arm", and add or remove sections as needed, Nasty Clamps usability excels when used on edges.
  • Ram Mounts are useful for sticking cameras to windows or flat surfaces when an edge is unavailable. Just note that the surface has to be flat, as a textured surface will not work with the suction cup. 


Security installers can find value in portable camera mounts. If an installer has to place cameras in an awkward or unusual location, these mounts are helpful. You do not need to be an expert to use any of these tools, which lends to residential use as well. These may not make for permanent solutions, but the time you save during setup and preliminary testing justifies the price tag.

Comments (0) : PRO Members only. Login. or Join.

Related Reports on Tools

Installation Course - Last Chance - Register Now on Sep 12, 2019
Last Chance - Register Now - September 2019 Video Surveillance Install Course. Thursday, September 12th is your last chance to register for the...
US State Department: "Chinese Tech Giants" "Tools of the Chinese Communist Party" on Sep 12, 2019
The US State Department has called out "Chinese tech giants" for being "tools of the Chinese Communist Party" in a blunt new speech that makes...
RaySharp Revealed - Major China OEM For Western Consumer Video Surveillance on Jul 02, 2019
RaySharp is mostly unknown, even among people in the video surveillance industry, though it is a major supplier of OEM surveillance equipment such...
Security / Privacy Journalist Sam Pfeifle Interview on May 24, 2019
Sam Pfeifle is best known as the outspoken former Editor of Security Systems News. After that, he was publications director at the International...
Access Control Job Walk Guide on May 22, 2019
Significant money can be saved and problems avoided with an access control job walk if you know what to look for and what to ask. By inviting...
Camera Configuration Manager Shootout - Avigilon, Axis, Bosch, Dahua, Hanwha, Hikvision on May 01, 2019
Which camera manufacturer has the best management tool? We tested 6 manufacturers - Avigilon, Axis, Bosch, Dahua, Hanwha, Hikvision to find...
Locking Down Network Connections Guide on Apr 23, 2019
Accidents and inside attacks are risks when network connections are not locked down. Security and video surveillance systems should be protected...
Pole Mount Camera Installation Guide on Apr 11, 2019
Poles are a popular but challenging choice for deploying surveillance cameras outdoors. Poles are indispensable for putting cameras at the right...
Silicon Valley Cybersecurity Insurance Startup Coalition Profile on Mar 20, 2019
Many industry people believe cybersecurity insurance is not worth it, as the voting and debate in our Cybersecurity Insurance For Security...
Large US University End-User Video Surveillance Interview on Mar 18, 2019
Schools have become targets in modern days of active shooters and terrorist fears. The need for video and access security is high. Universities...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Axis HD Analog Encoder Tested on Oct 11, 2019
Two years after declaring "Everything is IP", Axis has released their first HD analog encoder, the P7304, with support for AHD, CVI, TVI, and SD...
Dahua Celebrates PRC 70th Wearing Communist Party Hammer and Sickle on Oct 11, 2019
Dahua celebrated the PRC's 70th anniversary with a video of various Dahua employees wearing China Communist Party hammer and sickle pins as shown...
Last Chance - Register Now - October 2019 IP Networking Course on Oct 10, 2019
Last Chance - Register Now - Fall 2019 IP Networking Course. The course starts next week. This is the only networking course designed...
Network Optix NxWitness 4.0 Tested on Oct 10, 2019
Network Optix released Nx Witness 4.0, proclaiming new features like a deep learning analytics metadata SDK, increased H.265 support, and UX...
HID Fingerprint Reader Tested on Oct 09, 2019
HID has released their first access reader to use Lumidigm optical sensors, that touts it 'works with anyone, anytime, anywhere'. We bought and...
ONVIF Suspends Dahua and Hikvision on Oct 09, 2019
Dahua and Hikvision have been 'suspended', and effectively expelled, from ONVIF, immediately following US sanctions being placed on the 2 mega...
Hikvision And Dahua Sanctioned For Human Rights Abuses on Oct 07, 2019
In a groundbreaking move that will have drastic consequences across the video surveillance market, Dahua and Hikvision have been sanctioned by the...
Avigilon H5A Analytic Cameras Tested on Oct 07, 2019
Avigilon has released its H5A analytic cameras, claiming to "detect more objects with greater accuracy even in crowded scenes." We tested the...
Crisis At China's Largest VMS Provider, Netposa, Now State-Controlled on Oct 07, 2019
NetPosa, which bills itself as the PRC's largest VMS provider, is in a crisis. The firm is pursuing huge unpaid bills from clients, and its...
Knightscope Sells Just 1 Net New Robot In 6 Months on Oct 04, 2019
For the first half of 2019, US government records show that Knightscope has sold just 1 net new robots ('machines-in-network'), inching up from 52...