June 15, 2024

Comparing Plastic and Aluminum GoPro and Action Camera Tripod Mounts

We've fielded inquiries about why we don't produce aluminum tripod mounts for GoPro or action camera housings. Much of this query boils down to a key factor: aluminum isn't designed for repetitive bending, as it can lead to cracking or breakage. A simple example is an aluminum can pull lid; if you bend it back and forth as it's designed, it will eventually break.

While other manufacturers offer aluminum tripod mounts, reports of some breaking for the above reasons underscore the challenges with this material.

Here are some differences between plastic and aluminum mounts:

  • Lightweight: Plastic mounts tend to be lighter than their aluminum counterparts, which can be advantageous for weight-sensitive activities. However, for a small part like a tripod mount, the difference in weight may be negligible.
  • Cost-effectiveness: Plastic mounts are usually more budget-friendly than aluminum ones. However, aluminum mounts could be a cost-effective and more durable option in the long run.
  • Impact resistance: Both plastic and aluminum mounts can be engineered to be impact-resistant, ensuring durability in demanding conditions.
  • Corrosion resistance: Plastic mounts typically incorporate stainless steel nuts, while aluminum mounts are threaded, eliminating the need for additional nuts. However, both materials face potential corrosion issues when paired with attaching bolts due to dissimilar metals.
  • Water resistance: Both plastic and aluminum mounts are corrosion-resistant, making them suitable for wet environments without the risk of rust.
  • Durability: Aluminum mounts generally offer superior durability compared to plastic ones, providing better resistance to impacts and rough handling.

For Ultralight Camera Solutions, manufacturing tripod mounts from aluminum could align with our commitment to quality and could offer a more durable and cost-effective option. Additionally, aluminum mounts could be available in various colors to suit individual preferences. However, the risk of breakage due to the material's limitations remains a concern, which may outweigh the potential benefits.

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