Best motorcycle helmet cameras

Use one of these to record your rides – for fun and safety

GoPro fitted to a Bell helmet

by Jim Blackstock |

Modern digital action cameras such as GoPros can be great tools for motorcyclists.

By mounting them 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 car dash cam, and to analyse and potentially improve your riding.

But there’s also now 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 best.

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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.

But 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 for you to consider.

Drift Ghost X

Drift Ghost X

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Drift is one of the leading alternatives to the most famous action camera, the GoPro and its Ghost X is one of its best-sellers due to its combination of value, reputation and adequate features.

Easy to use and set up with just three buttons, it’s fairly rugged, records to MicroSD cards and stores MP4 files up to 1080p at 30 frames per second. It comes with a selection of mounts, a universal clip and a USB charging cable.

Pros:

Respected name

Good value

Decent performance pouch

Con:

More basic than some

Kodak Pixpro SP1

Kodak Pixpro SP1
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The Pixpro is a more general-purpose action camera thatu2019s designed for all sports including skateboarding, watersports etc, but can also be mounted to handlebars or a helmet, has built-in WiFi, 1080p video, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, instructive CD-ROM and more.

It’s not cheap, nor, arguably has the versatility and image quality of some, but it’s well regarded and from a respected brand.

Pros:

Respected brand

Waterproof

Versatile

Con:

Expensive for the image quality and features

Drift Ghost 4K Plus

Drift Ghost 4K Plus

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If Driftu2019s more basic Ghost X isnu2019t 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 imaging

Familiar, easy design

Lots of features

Con:

Still not quite a GoPro

TomTom Bandit

TomTom Bandit
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A bulkier, heavier more general-purpose action camera compensated for by great video image quality, thorough waterproofing and some useful features u2013 all at a tempting price.

Image is full 4K UHD, it takes up to 64GB MicroSD cards, there’s a bespoke mounting system, it’s waterproof to 40m and has a slick editing function via your smartphone. It may be a little too big and bulky for some riders’ helmets or some bike fixings but give great images at a tempting price.

Pros:

Full 4K UHD imaging

Smartphone video editing facility

Decent price

Con:

Too bulky for some

SENA 10C Evo

SENA 10C Evo

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OK, itu2019s 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:

Vast array of features

Quality video with audio

Highly rated

Con:

Price a little steep

GoPro Hero 9

GoPro Hero 9
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The latest and greatest from acclaimed action-camera pioneer GoPro is a No. 1 best-seller for good reason u2013 despite that fairly hefty, near-£400 price.

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. Not cheap, but almost certainly the best!

Pros:

5K definition

Bigger touchscreen back

Clever design

Con:

Class-leading expense, too!

Midland Bike Guardian

Midland Bike Guardian

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Hereu2019s a novel one. Not so much a helmet cam u2013 itu2019s too bulky for that u2013 but nevertheless a purpose-built motorcycle action camera designed to be mounted on the handlebars or similar and coming with multiple mounting kits and a full weatherproof rating - all for a very affordable price.

Highly rated for being easy to use and having decent 1080p image quality, it also acts like a dashcam in also automatically recording when switched on and offers up to two hours of recording time from its built-in battery.

Pros:

Good value

Simple to use

Rugged, handlebar-mounted design

Con:

Less sophisticated than some

GoPro Hero6

GoPro Hero6
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Although it canu2019t boast the 5K UHD video definition of the latest Hero 9, GoProu2019s Hero 6 remains a brilliant all-round action camera thatu2019s 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:

Quality brand

Great features

Easy to use

Con:

Again, not cheap

Insta360 ONE X2

Insta360 ONE X2
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And finally... Insta360 cameras give a mind-blowing 360u00b0 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 youu2019ve got whatu2019s already claimed by many to be the ultimate motorcycle action 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 perspective

Amazing editing possibilities

Ultra hi-res

Con:

That price!

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