21 Best Motorcycle Cameras and Helmet Cams (2022 update)

21 Best Motorcycle Cameras and Helmet Cams

Looking for motorcycle camera or helmet cam to capture your rides? Not sure how to choose? We’ve reviewed the best motorcycle cameras on the market, with pros and cons of each, plus tips to help you choose based on the type of riding you enjoy.

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Why get a motorcycle camera or helmet cam?

If you’re like me, you love riding your motorcycle and want to be able to record footage of those adventures, whether it’s on roads or track. So you need a camera for your motorbike.

We’ve been touring Europe on a motorcycle for years and have nearly always had a camera going. Same when we’re riding on track. But we’ve discovered there’s a lot more to choosing the best motorcycle camera than just the cheapest, or one which has the widest field of view.

We’ve spent a lot of money on cameras for our motorbikes- some good, some not so much and we understand the frustration. So we’ve reviewed the best motorcycle cameras and helmet cams on the market, with tips to help you decide which is right for you.


How to choose the best motorcycle camera for you?

The best motorcycle camera option for you will depend on what sort of riding you do. If you do a lot of track riding, you’ll want video stabilization and something you can position so you can see yourself in order to review your riding style to make adjustments. You’ll want a camera which can be fixed to the bike and tethered in accordance with track rules and you might want slow motion so you can see yourself in clearer detail.

For motorcycle touring, you’ll also need video stabilisation, and you’ll probably want water resistance and a wide-angle lens in order to get the best shots of the road, you and the scenery. You might even want a 360 motorcycle camera. But you’ll probably want to look at different mounting options, such as on a helmet or even a high pole to provide a first-person perspective.


Things to look for when choosing the best motorcycle camera or helmet cam

Before we dive into the reviews, let’s do a quick overview of things to look for when you’re comparing motorbike cameras.

Different features will be more/ less important to different riders, so consider what you’ll be using the camera for.

Ease of Use while riding

The best motorcycle action camera should be easy, and safe, to use. Normally, this means either starting it recording before you ride (which is what I do when we’re riding on track) or using some form of remote or voice command to start/ stop the camera.

If you want to use voice command, you’re going to need to be able to pair it to Bluetooth, so make sure that’s possible.

While a touch screen is useful, the last thing you want to be doing is playing with the controls while on motorcycle rides and distracting yourself. That’s why voice control or a remote with a BIG button (so you can use it with gloves on) makes sense.

You can see my Insta 360 on my motorcycle below. (You can also see my epic pink motorcycle helmet 😉 )

the best motorcycle cameras and how to choose
Two motorcycles, two Insta 360 cameras.

Ease of editing/ getting footage

Most of us take footage of our rides in order to share it with others, whether that’s on social media (are you following us on Instagram and TikTok?) or on Youtube (yep, we’re there too.)

An LCD screen is useful when reviewing on the road, even if it is a small screen. Wi-fi connectivity can allow you to effortlessly transfer the video files to your phone or laptop.

Even better are cameras which allow you to connect to them via a smartphone app, so you can immediately see the footage, select parts you want to keep and even share it there and then.


Battery Life

Battery life is possibly one of the most important factors to consider. Trust me on this.

Even if you’re only using the camera on your motorcycle for track days with 20 minute sessions, you want it to last as long as possible.

The best onboard motorcycle camera will use rechargeable batteries. Purchasing a spare one (or two!) will ensure you never run out of juice right when you want it most. You’ll want to make sure it lasts long enough for your normal ride, or can be started/ stopped easily while riding.


Weatherproof

The best motorcycle action cameras are waterproof or have a waterproof case, just in case the weather takes a turn (if you ride in the UK like I do, you know what I mean!!)

However, unless you plan to use the camera for other things, it only really needs to be water-tight, not dive proof down to 25m.


Picture Quality

There’s very little point in taking the time and effort (or spending the money) to capture bad, blurry or shaky footage. There’s just not. You’ll want to choose a camera with high-definition image quality, preferably full HD. Combine this with image stabilization and perhaps a wide-angle lens, and you have a versatile camera which can capture anything.

You may even be able to use a slow-motion function or start live streaming straight to your preferred social media platforms.

Pay particular attention to the storage type and capacity. A MicroSD card is a good option as it’s easy to carry spares but you’ll need to be sure you buy the correct one.


Budget

The higher resolution a camera is, or the more features it has, the more expensive it will be.

That’s why it’s important to assess both the features offered and how you plan to ride and use the camera on your bike, so you can be sure you’re not paying for bells and whistles you don’t need or want.

If you want a better camera than you can afford, you can either buy one second-hand (this applies to motorcycle intercoms and bluetooth headsets too), wait for Black Friday or post Christmas sales or add it to your birthday list.


Reputation

It’s important to be comfortable with your choice of motorcycle camera. One of the best guides to this is the reputation of the manufacturer. If you haven’t heard of the manufacturer, check with family, friends, social media, and review guides like this to see the top picks and whether the one you like is worth buying.


Which action camera is best for motorcycles?

When most motorcycle riders are looking at cameras, they immediately look for the best GoPro action cameras for motorbikes. However, is GoPro the best motorcycle camera choice?

Whether you like them or not, they’re very good, but they are expensive to buy, so we’ve also included several cheaper motorcycle cameras and helmet cams in this review which are a great choice for riders on a budget.

Also, I can say from personal experience that I no longer use a GoPro as my main motorcycle camera. I’ll explain why below…



Best traditional Motorcycle Cameras

These are the best ‘traditional’ motorcycle cameras on the market at the moment.

By traditional, I mean one lens (which you can mount either forward or rear facing). We haven’t included 360 cameras in this section- you’ll find those below.

Go Pro Hero 10 – the best motorcycle camera?

The Go Pro Hero 10 is fairly new to the GoPro family but already making a name for itself. It offers many different features including high-definition video footage and 23Mp photos, ultra HD, live streaming, and a revolutionary processor. This waterproof action camera also gives unbelievable image quality even in low light (perfect for those early morning rides.)

Motorcycle gear review- pros
  • Video stabilisation
  • Can start videoing 30 seconds before you pressed record (capture what you missed)
  • Waterproof
  • Voice commands possible
  • High resolution
  • Bluetooth & wifi compatible
Motorcycle gear review- cons
  • Some complaints about over-heating (but none I’ve seen on a motorcycle due to airflow)
  • Expensive

This camera is perfect for bikers for several reasons, but the biggest has to be the video stabilisation (it’s fantastic) and also the ability to start videoing 30 seconds before you press record. This is perfect because you can capture those things you thought you missed (like your mate pulling an epic wheelie.)

Bear in mind that having the ’30 second’ bit activated will decrease camera battery, as technically it’s always ‘on’, even if it’s not storing the footage. The GoPro smartphone app makes it easy to review and edit the footage into multiple formats for Youtube and social media.

Where to buy the GoPro Hero 10?

You can buy the GoPro Hero 10 from these reputable sellers


Go Pro Hero 9 black

Another of the best helmet cameras on offer is the Go Pro Hero 9 Black. It offers image stabilisation along with Bluetooth and wireless connectivity, as you would expect. But, this camera is also fully submersible and has an impressive zoom magnification, so you can use it for things other than riding.

The Hero 9 black has a front display and benefits from voice activation. It can be turned on by saying ‘Go pro turn on’ when connected to your helmet via bluetooth.

Motorcycle gear review- pros
  • 5k video
  • 30% longer battery life than most competition
  • Hypersmooth Video stabilisation
  • Waterproof
  • Voice commands possible
  • Bluetooth & wifi compatible
Motorcycle gear review- cons
  • Touchscreen can be ‘laggy’
  • Expensive, and not much different to previous GoPro Models

Where to buy the GoPro Hero 9?

You can buy the GoPro Hero 9 from these reputable sellers


360 cameras for motorcycles

Want to level up your motorcycle camera and capture some truly AMAZING shots? Get a 360. I promise, it will change your life.

Insta 360 One X2

The Insta 360 One X2 is bigger than most of the other motorcycle cameras on this list, but don’t let that put you off. It offers touchscreen controls, editing via the smartphone app, and it can even be used for live streaming with Wi-Fi. You can use the touchscreen to control the camera or use voice commands.

The camera has 5.7K video recording and captures images over 360°. It doesn’t use a gimbal as the electronic image stabilisation technology is excellent. You can go as deep as 10 metres in water without a case and without any issues.

It even has a slow-motion function and battery life is more than adequate to cover most needs – around 80 minutes

But the main reason to get this camera for your motorcycle is because it is fricking EPIC. There’s no shake, even on bumpy roads or at high speeds (not that we ever rode above the speed limit, officer) and it’s so easy to set up and just use. Get the Motorcycle bundle if you can- it’s cheaper than buying everything separately.

Motorcycle gear review- pros
  • 360 degree video
  • 360 degree audio- makes your bike sound AMAZING
  • Easy to turn on and off while riding, even without voice control
  • Incredible Video stabilisation
  • Waterproof
  • Voice commands possible
  • Bluetooth & wifi compatible
Motorcycle gear review- cons
  • Must have app on your phone/ ipad in order to edit footage
  • If a lens cracks, you can’t replace it
  • If you’re used to GoPros, you’ll need to start again in terms of buying spare batteries, chargers etc. Initial outlay is expensive (but worth it!)

EDITOR PERSONAL REVIEW: I LOVE this camera. In fact, it’s so good, we now have two- one for each of our bikes. It’s easy to set up and use. The editing can be a little finicky to start with, but once you get your head around it, it becomes much easier.

This is now the ONLY motorcycle camera I use, unless I’m motovlogging, in which case I have the GoPro Hero 10 on my helmet and use the Insta 360 for footage of me and the surroundings. We used it while motorcycling in Germany around the Black Forest and it was so good we got a second one for my husband’s bike.

Insta 360 motorcycle camera photo review
Footage from my Insta 360 X2 motorcycle camera. Yes, this is a still from a video. The quality is that good.

TOP TIP: Get a bigger sim card. Battery life is pretty decent, especially if you mount it somewhere you can turn it on/off easily, but it uses a LOT of space. Make sure you get the right sim card- this is the one we use and it’s great. It’s also worth getting the invisible selfie stick– it really does disappear in the edit!

The biggest downside to this camera is that you can’t exchange the lenses, so if one cracks, you’ll need to buy a whole new unit. You can buy lens protectors though, which are tough enough to stand up to wayward stones.

Where to buy the Insta 360 One X2?

You can buy the Insta 360 One X2 from these reputable sellers:


Insta 360 One RS

The Insta 360 One RS is often compared to the One X2, and for good reason. They have very similar features, but work in different ways.

The One RS is much smaller (roughly GoPro sized) and has interchangeable lenses. It’s been redesigned from the previous version (don’t get that one) and the new offering has better battery life AND faster processing.

Camera stabilisaion is fantastic as it uses the Insta 360 Flow-State technology and it can record 4K up to 60fps. It also has 3 microphones to help capture the audio you want, plus a Wind Noise Reduction algorithm to remove noise you don’t.

Motorcycle gear review- pros
  • 5.7K 360 mode
  • 48MP photos
  • 6K Widescreen mode
  • FlowState stabilization
  • 3 microphones
  • Fast file transfer via wifi
  • Big(ger) battery
Motorcycle gear review- cons
  • Can be overly complicated
  • You MUST purchase the additional 360 lens to make it into a 360 camera
  • Expensive
  • Has been reported to crash or overheat

One RS or X2?

I spent ages comparing the Insta 360 One RS with the X2. Ultimately, I went for the X2 because of the many amazing videos from other motorcyclists who were able to set it up and use the X2 without any worries.

That’s not to say the OneRS will have trouble, but having to stop and change lenses seemed like it would annoy me. The X2 also had a cleaner interface and I think is simpler to turn on while riding.

Still, if you like the idea of having different types of lenses for different photography/ filming modes, this is the best option for you.

Where to buy the Insta One RS?

You can buy the Insta One RS from these reputable sellers:


Insta 360 Go 2

If you’re looking for an action camera that will fit into your pocket then the Insta 360 Go 2 is well worth a look. It weighs just 1oz and has electronic image stabilization. It’s waterproof to 5 metres and uses POV capture, ensuring you see all playback as you did when you were riding.

You may be impressed by the eight shooting modes, they offer resolutions up to 2K and 50 FPS.

The Insta 360 Go 2 has wireless and Bluetooth with an estimated recording time of 30 minutes. The accompanying charging case can take this up to 150 minutes.

Motorcycle gear review- pros
  • One of the smallest action cameras on the market
  • Video stabilisation
  • Waterproof
  • Has filters for various effects
  • Comes with a charging case
  • Pivot stand allows 360° imaging
Motorcycle gear review- cons
  • No ability to expand storage
  • No 4K
  • Some users report it’s difficult to use all the functions, even when not riding a motorcycle.

This camera is tiny but mighty! It weighs less than an ounce (27g), but has some incredible features, including waterproofing to 4m, the ability to mount it anywhere and FlowState stabilisation. It can capture slow-mo and POV footage up to 1440p@50fps output. You can even mount it to your pet!

Where to buy the Insta 360 Go 2?

You can buy the Insta 360 Go 2 from these reputable sellers:


Go Pro Max

Go pro is one of the biggest names in the action camera industry and for good reason. The Go Pro Max is an excellent choice for high-quality video and 360° images. It has Wi-Fi connectivity to enable live streaming and advanced electronic stabilisation technology to ensure steady video recording.

This waterproof offering gives you 80 minutes of battery life and horizon levelling that ensures smooth recording no matter what you are doing.

Motorcycle gear review- pros
  • Excellent Microphone
  • Changeable lenses of various types
  • Time-lapse function possible.
Motorcycle gear review- cons
  • You need to use their software
  • Only runs on Windows 10 or 11
  • Short battery life

Where to buy the GoPro Max?

You can buy the GoPro Max from these reputable sellers:


Best Motorcycle camera for track days

I use a GoPro Hero 10 for the track. And I’m hoping to use the Insta 360 X2 if I can get it tethered properly. I tried the GoPro 360 (as you can see in the photo) but, honestly, it’s not great on a motorcycle.

Best motorcycle cameras for track days
Best motorcycle cameras for track days

Until recently, I had one GoPro Hero 7 mounted in front of my screen pointing forwards, and one on my rear seat either pointing forwards (to show me how little I’m hanging off!) or pointing backwards to capture footage of my husband, who often rides behind me on track days.

Don’t forget, you won’t be able to wear any helmet camera on the track- it needs to be fitted to your motorcycle and you’ll need an extra tether to make sure it’s secure.


Best Camera for Moto Vlogging

I wanted to give this it’s own section, as I know how frustrating it can be trying to figure out your motovlogging setup.

I’ll be honest, we’ve repeated these cameras from other sections in this review, but I thought it would be useful to have them here so you can see the pros and cons of each quickly.

I’ve tried all sorts of cameras for my motorvlogging setup. Nowadays, I just use a GoPro 10 if I want to connect audio, and the Insta 360 X2 for amazing footage of both scenery and us riding.

Go Pro Hero 10

I recently upgraded from the GoPro Hero 7 Black (which is amazing but has sadly now been discontinued) to the GoPro Hero 10 for my motovlogs. It’s easy to attach to my motorcycle helmet and the voice quality is good, plus it allows for some bike noise.

Motorcycle gear review- pros
  • Video stabilisation
  • Can start videoing 30 seconds before you pressed record (capture what you missed)
  • Waterproof
  • Voice commands possible
  • High resolution
  • Bluetooth & wifi compatible
Motorcycle gear review- cons
  • Some complaints about over-heating (but none I’ve seen on a motorcycle due to airflow)
  • Expensive

This camera is perfect for bikers for several reasons, but the biggest has to be the video stabilisation (it’s fantastic) and also the ability to start videoing 30 seconds before you press record. This is perfect because you can capture those things you thought you missed (like your mate pulling an epic wheelie.)

Where to buy the GoPro Hero 10?

You can buy the GoPro Hero 10 from these reputable sellers


Insta 360 One X2

As I mentioned above, the Insta 360 One X2 is now my preferred camera of choice on the motorcycle. It can be used to provide incredible footage for social media and for your motovlogs.

There is a way to attach a microphone to the camera to get clear audio, and the only reason this camera isn’t my number one motovlogging camera is because I haven’t yet tested the audio quality of this.

As I mentioned, get the Motorcycle bundle if you can- it’s cheaper than buying everything separately.

TOP TIP: Get a bigger sim card. Battery life is pretty decent, especially if you mount it somewhere you can turn it on/off easily, but it uses a LOT of space. Make sure you get the right sim card- this is the one we use and it’s great. It’s also worth getting the invisible selfie stick– it really does disappear in the edit!

Motorcycle gear review- pros
  • 360 degree video & audio
  • Easy to turn on and off while riding, even without voice control
  • Incredible Video stabilisation
  • Waterproof
  • Voice commands possible
  • Bluetooth & wifi compatible
Motorcycle gear review- cons
  • Must have app on your phone/ ipad in order to edit footage
  • If you’re used to GoPros, you’ll need to start again in terms of buying spare batteries, chargers etc. Initial outlay is expensive (but worth it!)

Where to buy the Insta 360 One X2?

You can buy the Insta 360 One X2 from these reputable sellers:


Sena 10c Evo

When considering a bike camera voice commands will always make it easier to control the device without being distracted. The Sena 10c Evo gives you voice activation, 4K 30 FPS image quality, and allows you to shoot in burst, time-lapse, or take stills.

It’s fully waterproof, looks great, has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and comes with a headset. The Bluetooth is to allow connectivity to your phone and therefore additional features while riding.

Motorcycle gear review- pros
  • Voice activated
  • Smart Audio mix (for narrating footage)
  • Group Intercom setting (up to 3 other riders)
  • More aerodynamic than a GoPro on helmet
  • Can take photos
Motorcycle gear review- cons
  • Must have dedicated app
  • Battery only 50-90 minutes
  • Not great image stabilisation

Although this is in our ‘best camera for motovlogging’ section, the lack of image stabilisation makes this less favourable than the others as a stand alone unit. However, it’s the audio recording that sets the Sena apart- it’s able to record your voice easily and clearly. So you can use this and then overlay additional footage from a GoPro or Insta 360 to get a smooth video.

Where to buy the Sena 10c Evo?

You can buy the Sena 10c Evo from these reputable sellers:


5 Best Budget Motorcycle Helmet Cameras

So, what is the best motorcycle helmet camera? We’ve covered the top motorcycle cameras on the market, which are invariably the ‘big names’. However, those aren’t the only options available for bikers . If you want a more reasonably priced camera which mounts to your motorcycle helmet, whether for vlogging or just to recording the ride, then here are some of the best options on the market.

Of course, it’s totally possible to get some of the cameras above in a sale (such as Amazon Prime Day) or second hand, which might make them just as affordable as some of the ones below, so do your research before committing.


INNOVV C5 Motorcycle Helmet Bullet Cam

The INNOVV CR bullet cam is a revised version of the C5 Moto-Cam. It’s significantly more versatile, very light, and built to go anywhere.

It offers full HD at 30FPS and standard HD at 30 FPS. You can choose between loop video and set it for 1, 3, 5, or even 10-minute intervals. Or have it off and record continuously. It features Bluetooth and a local Wi-Fi connection. Alongside this, the camera can be mounted anywhere you like on your helmet.

Pros

·      USB interface giving the ability to carry extra storage and charge on the move

·      Very reliable and durable

·      Modular

Cons

·      Waterproof but the bottom seal can be an issue

·      No live lighting adjustment

·      External microphone could be better

·      No stabilisation feature


DJI Osmo Action

The DJI Osmo action camera gives the established industry leaders, GO Pro, a run for their money. It has dual screens and touch control to make usage simple and effective. It adopts a similar style, a small square unit with a lens situated on the left.

It’s capable of 4K at 60 FPS and offers 12MP photos, offers 90 minutes of recording time and has a GPS function. The camera is waterproof and has five voice commands to mùake your life easier.

Pros

·      Impressive quality display

·      Dedicated technology ensures stable footage regardless of how much you’re shaking

·      Changeable front lens covers

Cons

·      Screen dim making playback in sunlight frustrating

·      Small size is good for affixing to a helmet or bike but does make it hard to see what you’re filming

·      Relies on a touchscreen for use


Drift Ghost X Action Camera

If you’re looking for a more affordable option then the Drift Ghost X Action is worth a look at. This camera offers full HD video at 30 FPS, 300° rotation and has a drift clone mode. It’s attached to your helmet or bike via a strap or you can use an adapter and a Go Pro mount.

It also features an adjustable lens and image stabilization with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Settings are adjustable from the touchscreen.

Pros

·      Drift clone mode uses wireless to connect up to ten cameras simultaneously

·      External microphone needed and not included

·      Affordable option

Cons

·      Battery life is described as 5 hours but it is much less than this

·      Camera is known to freeze randomly

·      Sometimes it appears to be recording, but isn’t


AKASO EK7000

The Akaso EK7000 is a smart looking camera with an oversized front lens and a touchscreen display on the rear. It offers excellent image stabilization, 4K videos at 25 FPS, and 16Mp photos. The camera is designed to be waterproof and comes with remote control as well as a helmet mount.

It has loop recording and time-lapse or continuous and even offers a driving mode. It also uses Wi-Fi, allowing you to link it to the app on your smartphone.

Pros

·      IPS touchscreen offers perfect clarity for viewing and playback

·      Electronic image stabilisation is excellent, regardless of speed

·      View angle can be easily adjusted

Cons

·      User interface is simple but could do more

·      Images not as sharp as on the competition

·      Issues regarding camera failing within a year


Cambox V4 Pro

The Cambox V4 Pro benefits from a 12 million pixel Sony video sensor, giving it outstanding quality images. It’s ultra-thin and ultra-light and fits at the top of your helmet viewing section. It literally sees the same thing you do.

It has Bluetooth and wireless capabilities and offers 4K ultra HD at 30 FPS or Full HD at 60 FPS. T has stabilization technology, is waterproof, and lasts for up to 80 minutes on, one battery charge

Pros

·      Excellent integration without damaging aerodynamics

·      Instant playback and sharing ability – mobile app on Android or iOS

·      Wide-angle

Cons

·      Has a tendency to overheat due to a lack of airflow

·      Expensive option

·      Battery doesn’t last as long as suggested, perhaps 30 minutes


Best Motorcycle Dash Cams Cameras       

Many riders now use a dash cam as a safety feature, should they get into an accident. They’re not always the best for sharing the footage, but if you want something as a back up in case something happens on your ride, these are the best options to choose.

The biggest thing you’ll see with these is the battery life- they last a lot longer but often have much lower quality video footage.

Nextbase Ride Motorcycle DVR Action Camera

The Nextbase Ride Motorcycle DVR action camera has the capability of being charged while recording. It comes with a motorcycle hardwire kit. That means you no longer have to worry if the battery will last long enough to capture your ride. By itself, the battery will last 60 minutes.

This digital camera is waterproof and offers full HD at 1440 pixels and 30 FPS. T incorporates a 140° viewing angle and an IPS touch screen. This ensures all playback is high-quality. It has Bluetooth 4.2 and the Wi-Fi had be linked almost instantly to any network.

Pros

·      Allows you to plug in additional cameras to boost the view

·      GPS tracking in real-time

·      G sensor that senses an accident and saves all files just before and during the accident, preventing file corruption

Cons

·      Screen is small when playing back

·      Nighttime recording is low-quality

·      At 680g you may notice the additional weight on your helmet


Best4U Biker’s Dash Cam

The Best 4U biker’s dashcam has 1080p and comes with two small, bullet-style cameras and an LCD screen. This item is specifically developed for motorcycles and offers an impressive 170° night vision. Naturally, it is waterproof and durable.

The cameras are designed to record in front and behind, giving you quality HD images, these are saved on a class6 micro SD card. It is hardwired onto the bike meaning you don’t need to worry about battery life.

Pros

·      Auto on/off function – when the bike starts the cameras start recording

·      Controllable from LCD screen attached to the bike

·      Screen visible even in bright sunlight

Cons

·      Image quality can be poor

·      No micro SD card included

·      No wireless connection


HAO MALL Motorcycle Dash Cam

The Hao Mall dashcam is specifically designed for motorcycle use. It consists of a small unit that can be secured on your person and the bullet style camera affixed to your helmet or your bike.

The camera offers 1080 pixels and is shockproof as well as waterproof. It’s worth noting that this offering doesn’t support Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity. But, it does offer image stabilisation.

Pros

·      Multiple functions including G-sensor, video, and cycle recording

·      Automatic start/stop and power off

·      Comes with a connection cable for motorbikes

Cons

·      Image quality could be better

·      Camera feels on the cheap side

·      Can start recording in error due to bumps in the road


VSYSTO 1080P

If you’re looking for discreet style then the VSYSTO 1080P could be the perfect solution. The kit includes two cameras, one rear facing and one forward-facing. The images are relayed to a touchscreen attached to the bike. This can be removed.

The screen is 3” with 140° wide-angle viewing, while the units are dustproof and waterproof. The unit supports Wi-Fi but not Bluetooth, and has a gimbal to aid stabilisation during riding.

A wired control sits on the handlebars, allowing you to turn on and off the camera while riding.

Pros

·      Excellent night vision

·      G-Sensor – starts recording instantly if the bike suffers an impact

·      Made of metal for better heat distribution

Cons

·      Need to download the dedicated app

·      TF memory card required and not included

·      Potential for water to get into the main unit


3 Best Rear facing motorcycle cameras              

Innovv K3 motorcycle camera

As an Amazon’s choice, you can expect good things from the INNOVV K3 motorcycle camera and dashcam. It arrives in kit form, ready to be hardwired to the bike. No need to worry about battery life. The kit consists of a central unit, a handlebar controller, and two bullet motocams that can be mounted facing forward and back on the bike. They offer 120° view

It connects to the app on your phone via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, making downloading footage easy. It’s waterproof with an external map and GPS tracking.

Pros

·      Auto on/off function with loop recording option

·      19 hours of recording until memory is full

·      Heads up display and remote control

Cons

·      Need to download INNOVV app

·      Excessive amount of cable – can be difficult to pin it all to the bike effectively

·      Difficult to access the memory card while the unit is attached to the bike


Techalogic DC camera for motorcycles

This Techalogic DC camera is designed to fit motorbikes, cycles, and even can be used when horse riding. It is waterproof, has a handlebar control system, and a dual-lens system, allowing you to mount it on your helmet and record in front and behind you.

To access images you can use Wi-Fi or hardwire via USB. It doesn’t support Bluetooth but is fully waterproof. You have full control over on and off via the handlebar switch.

Pros

·      2.5 hours of battery life

·      Uses Sony Starvis IMX307 sensor for nighttime recording

·      Loop or continuous auto record

Cons

·      No stabilisation feature

·      SD card not included

·      Built-in microphone only offers average quality recording


IXRoad Motorcycle Camera

The IXRoad motorcycle camera has a stylish LCD screen that can be hardwired into your bike. It comes with two bullet-style cameras that fit to the front and rear of your bike. Both offer 150° viewing angles.

It’s fully waterproof and can be easily controlled while riding from the 3” touchscreen. Both cameras are 1080P and the system can be set to start when it detects motion. It has Wi-Fi and GPS but no Bluetooth.

Pros

·      Uses starlight night vision system for recording at night

·      G-sensor to start recording on impact

·      Gyroscope anti-shake technology to enhance stability

Cons

·      256GB of storage via a memory card which isn’t included

·      Can be difficult to connect to dedicated app, especially over Wi-Fi

·      Can fail to start recording when told to


Best motorcycle cameras with voice commands       

Sena 10c Evo  

When considering a bike camera voice commands will always make it easier to control the device without being distracted. The Sena 10c Evo gives you voice activation, 4K 30 FPS image quality, and allows you to shoot in burst, time-lapse, or take stills.

It’s fully waterproof, looks great, has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and comes with a headset. The Bluetooth is to allow connectivity to your phone and therefore additional features while riding.

Motorcycle gear review- pros
  • Voice activated
  • Smart Audio mix (for narrating footage)
  • Group Intercom setting (up to 3 other riders)
  • More aerodynamic than a GoPro on helmet
  • Can take photos
Motorcycle gear review- cons
  • Must have dedicated app
  • Battery only 50-90 minutes
  • Not great image stabilisation

Although this is in our ‘best camera for motovlogging’ section, the lack of image stabilisation makes this less favourable than the others as a stand alone unit. However, it’s the audio recording that sets the Sena apart- it’s able to record your voice easily and clearly. So you can use this and then overlay additional footage from a GoPro or Insta 360 to get a smooth video.

Where to buy the Sena 10c Evo?

You can buy the Sena 10c Evo from these reputable sellers:


Akaso V50 Elite

The Akaso V50 Elite offers 4K images with 60 FPS and can be controlled with your voice. Simply tell it to start recording and it does. Full HD Videos and images can be transferred to your smartphone via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

It is fully waterproof, allowing you to dive to 131ft if desired. The battery is designed to last for 50 minutes.

Pros

·      Adjustable view angle with 8x zoom

·      Electronic image stabilization is excellent

·      Corrects image distortion in real-time

Cons

·      SD card not included

·      Image quality is not as good as expected

·      Battery life when using Wi-Fi reduces to 20 minutes

Where to buy this motorcycle camera?

You can buy the Akaso V50 Elite from these reputable sellers:


Insta 360 One RS

The Insta 360 One R twin edition offers 4K images with 60 FPS and a 5.7K 360° camera which has interchangeable lenses. The unit uses electronic stabilisation and provides still photos at 48MP. It also uses a wide-angle lens and can even offer 6K widescreen video.

Naturally, it’s fully waterproof to a 5m depth and connects via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. The battery should last 65 minutes. It also offers active HDR and a range of image options.

Motorcycle gear review- pros
  • 5.7K 360 mode
  • 48MP photos
  • 6K Widescreen mode
  • FlowState stabilization
  • 3 microphones
  • AI editing
  • Invisible selfie stick
  • Horizon lock
Motorcycle gear review- cons
  • Can’t use wired connection with iOS, only android
  • Stabilisation works best with wide angle lens
  • Has been reported to crash or overheat

Where to buy the Insta One RS?

You can buy the Insta One RS from these reputable sellers:


How to mount a camera on a motorcycle

If you want to use a camera while on your motorcycle then you’ll need to ensure it is firmly attached. Fortunately, there are several options and these don’t include fastening the camera to your helmet.

You should note that Go pro cameras will mention, or may even come with Go pro mounts. But, these are not the only option. Most mounts are universal.

1.    Handlebars

The handlebars are an obvious and effective choice. Simply fit the clamp around the handlebars and tighten it. You’ll find the clamp tells you what size handlebars it fits, choose the right size for the diameter of your bars.

2.    Suction Cups are also known as an adhesive mount

Another option is to use suction cup mounts. These are generally attached to your tank or your windshield. The standard suction cups lock into position, although you may be concerned about the suction failing over time.

3.    Control Mounts

It’s also possible to get a control mount that fits to one side or the other of your handlebars. That’s either the clutch or brake side. These mounts require you to remove the factory pinch bolts and replace them with the ones that come with your mount.

It’s often easier to control the camera while riding if it’s to one side, near a hand.

4.    Mirror Mounts

You can install these mounts in less than a minute. Imply screw it into the mirror hole o your bike, there is usually at least one unused hole.

5.    Fairing Mounted

These mounts require you to drill several holes in your fairing. The mount will come with a template allowing you to position the mount where you want. Of course, the holes are permanent which is why you need to think carefully before damaging your fairing.


Is it legal to ride with a camera on a motorcycle?

The short answer is yes.

A camera can be mounted to your helmet as long as it doesn’t affect the structural strength of the helmet. Equally, it can be attached to your motorcycle as long as a proper mount is used.

The camera should be safely secured and not interfere with your view of the road.

It is worth noting that police officers can seize the camera as evidence if they note you have one and have seen you committing a crime. In other words, if you use a motorcycle camera make sure you ride within the law.


Best way to record your motorcycle ride

The best way to record your motorcycle ride depends on what you are trying to record. If you want to evaluate your riding style you’re best off with a camera fastened to the bike as it will show how far you lean, your position on corners, etc.

But, if you want to take the scenery in, you’ll find a helmet camera may be better suited to the job.

Of course, you need a digital camera, ideally, with a high frame rate, that can record videos as well as stills and has superior image quality. It should also have a memory card and loop recording, to ensure you never miss the action.

When recording your ride, you should also consider adding a rear camera, it’s fascinating what you’ll see after your ride.


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