Gear up to capture your adventure with the best motorcycle helmet cameras

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Modern digital action cameras such as GoPros can be great tools for bikers, especially when used as motorcycle helmet cameras.

But there’s so many different types of action camera available, and at a dizzying range of prices, that it’s not easy to know what you should go for. There are different sizes, weights and attachment systems available which should be considered if you’re contemplating fixing to your helmet, chest or bike.

Picture quality can vary widely, too – you should always go for something with a resolution of at least 1080p, with 4K currently the gold-standard. Battery life is also an issue, and considering how most bikers ride, at least 60 minutes should be desirable while storage limits, durability, accessories, easy functionality, and quality ratings are all important, too.

So what’s out there? What can you get for your money and what’s included? Here’s our pick of some of the best-rated, most compact and portable motorcycle helmet cameras for you to consider.

The Best Motorcycle Helmet Cameras

Rrp: £399.99

Price: £365.00
The latest and greatest in GoPro's range is what MCN currently uses to shoot onboard footage for our YouTube videos.

Pros

  • 5.3K UHD video quality
  • Image stabilisation

Cons

  • Latest tech means latest pricing
Price: £298.00
The GoPro Hero 11 is the previous version of the ubiquitous brand's action camera offering and because the 12 has now been launched, there are some great deals around.

Pros

  • 5.3K UHD image quality
  • Live Streaming
  • Webcam function
  • Image stabilisation

Cons

  • Not the latest version
Price: £249.99
The arrival of the new HERO11 means great deals on the already brilliant HERO10 - pin-sharp 5.3K video resolution at 60fps, Hypersmooth image stabilisation and horizon lock combine to make shooting high-quality video a breeze. Its big buttons are easy to use with gloves and there are more mounting options than you could shake a stick at.

Want to know even more? Read our GoPro HERO10 review.

Pros

  • Ultra hi-res
  • Easy to operate with gloves
  • Scratch-resistent, replaceable lens

Cons

  • Few upgrades compared to last gen

Price: £219.99

If Drift's more basic Ghost X isn't enough for you, how about this top-of-the-range 4K version? Although similar outwardly to the more basic X, the 4K Plus is uprated in almost every way by recording in ultra-high definition 4K (4096 x 2160) at up to 25fps.

It also accepts MicroSD memory cards up to 128GB, has a full three hours of battery life not to mention continuous loop dashcam modes, tagging functions and much, much more. A quality piece of kit.

Pros

  • 4K resolution
  • Familiar, easy design
  • Lots of software features

Cons

  • Only accepts up to 128GB SD cards
  • 4K only records at 25fps
Price: £274.85 (was £403.99)

OK, it's not cheap, but this is a novel combo of Bluetooth-enabled comms with not only a built-in UHD camera but also WiFi smartphone connectivity and even a radio!

Of course, all those functions can make it a little confusing at first but the advantages are worth the effort and price – 4K/30fps high-def video, built-in audio, the ability to chat to your riding buddies via the intercom and to give an audio commentary to your footage, a function that allows you to easily review the video via WiFi and your phone and much, much more.

Pros

  • Designed for motorcyclists
  • Doubles as a bluetooth communicator
  • In-built microphone
  • Smartphone connectivity

Cons

  • 4K only records at 30fps
  • Only mounts to the side of the helmet
  • Complex setup
Price: £310.00

Go back a few generations and you can get a pretty heft discount on GoPro motorcycle helmet cameras that will do everything you need and more.

It’s got class-leading, full-5K UHD definition, has an updated, full-colour, rear touchscreen for perfect framing and reviewing, has new, clever, built-in, fold-out ’fingers’ so there’s no longer a need for a separate cage mount and, at just 5cm x 6cm x 3.4cm, it’s still so tiny you can mount it almost anywhere.

Pros

  • 5K hi-res video
  • Big rear touchscreen
  • Still easy to operate with gloves
  • Replaceable lens

Cons

  • Touchscreen can be unresponsive, especially with gloves
  • 5K only records at 30fps

Rrp: £399.99

Price: £289

Although it can't boast the 5K UHD video definition of the latest and greatest, GoPro's Hero 6 remains a brilliant all-round action camera that's perfect for most bike users.

Its 4K video has twice the performance of the preceding Hero5, its casing is rugged and waterproof to 10m making it ideal for outdoor use, there’s a full-width, two-inch touchscreen rear display for perfect framing and it’s even more compact than the 9. Not cheap but certainly one of the best.

Pros

  • 4K 60fps hi-res recording
  • Smaller form factor than newer GoPro's
  • Still waterproof

Cons

  • Buttons can be cumbersome to use
  • Worse quality video in low-light than newer models
  • No built-in mounting options like newer models have
Price: £449.00

And finally... Insta360 helmet action cameras give a mind-blowing 360° perspective and can shoot in super hi-res 5.7K. Add to that a whole variety of purpose-built motorcycle mounts for helmets, handlebars or more and you've got what's already claimed by many to be the ultimate motorcycle helmet camera.

Yes, they require some tech savvy editing but they offer a truly unique perspective which automatically removes the ‘selfie stick’. Go on, you know you want one – even at this price!

Pros

  • Unique, versatile perspective
  • Amazing editing possibilities
  • Ultra hi-res

Cons

  • Most expensive
  • Editing video can be daunting
  • Larger physical size

Should I mount a motorcycle camera to my helmet?

By mounting a camera on your helmet or bike, you can not only record dramatic footage of your rides, which you might want to share on social media or simply keep for yourself, but it’s also useful both to record possible incidents, in the same way as a dash cam, and to analyse and potentially improve your riding.

Where is the best place to mount a camera to my motorcycle helmet?

There’s only so many places you can put a camera on your helmet to get a good view of your ride. It’s mostly up to preference which you go for, but many riders prefer chin mounting their cameras on full-face helmets.

Mounted on the chin, the camera is in a centred position, so it stays evenly weighted, and is less exposed to wind noise, vibrations, and other interference. It also gives you the most realistic looking point of view, and you have total control over what you want to film – if you can see it with your eyes, the camera probably caught it too.

Mounting to the forehead works almost as well on open face helmets though.

Are helmet cameras safe?

On the whole, yes. A 2021 study from BBC Safety showed that action cameras don’t negatively affect your helmet’s natural ability to absorb an impact, and in some cases can even help to diffuse more impact energy.

The main danger of helmet cameras is if they aren’t mounted properly and fall off at high speed, so always check before you ride.

How do you fit a camera to a motorcycle helmet?

Adhesive mounts are the most popular way to mount a camera to your helmet. You need to make sure you clean the area you want to mount to first, but otherwise installation isn’t too hard.

Just apply the mount with firm pressure, and wait for the adhesive to cure. The adhesive bond can weaken over time, so it’s worth checking it every once in a while to make sure it won’t fall off.

Some kits use straps to attach to a helmet, which makes them easily removable. They are more rare though, and may not fit your helmet perfectly. They can be a bit fiddly to attach, and risk not being secure enough if you’re not careful.


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About the author: After qualifying as a mechanical engineer, Jim Blackstock began working on magazines in the early 1990s. He remains passionate about product testing to ensure readers know what products offer good value and why. He relishes torrential rain to see if riding kit keeps water out and an hour or two to tinker on a project bike in his workshop.

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