Sometimes I don’t want to use my GoPro…
To use any camera (well almost any…) with the GoPro mounting system, all you need is the tripod mount for a GoPro, a length of 1/4-20 threaded rod or set screw (I used 1.5 inches), two 1/4-20 nuts, wing nuts, or knurled nuts (what I used)and a 10-32 fastener (with washer and nut) that is about 1.5 inches long. You need to use this b/c the GoPro system is designed to fit two prongs to 3 prongs… if you fit 3 to 3, the handled fasteners that come with it are not long enough, so you have to get a longer fastener. Advanced Tip: You could even take the fastener in the handle, pop that out, replace it with one slightly longer if you want to keep the stock look.
Take the nut off of either the tripod or the mating part, wedge the two GoPro three prong parts together and then use the 10-32 fastener screw to couple everything together. I used the nut so I could have an extra bit of tightening ability. The washer was to cover the hex head pocket that the GoPro closed end nut sits in.
From there, take your 1/4-20 threaded rod and thread it into the tripod mount. Take one 1/4-20 nut and spin it down to the base and tighten it. Take the other one and spin it down enough to get the camera on. Thread the camera on, orient it (but don’t fully tighten it to the 1/4-20 rod). Use the other nut to tighten against the camera.
Since I made this video I spruced up the thing by adding a soft rubber washer between the nuts and the tirpod mount and the camera. This lets me compress against it so the nut can’t come loose.
WARNING: Do this on your own accord. I’m not responsible if you try to treat your point and shoot or DSLR like a GoPro and break your camera. This is just really good to use if you need to mount a “real” camera some place…