Living in these connected times means sharing our adventures to the masses, and it is now possible to do this in beautiful HD thanks to 4K motorcycle helmet cameras.
Whether your hurtling down the gravel paths of your nearest mountain path, enjoying the scenery of an idilic ocean side drive or simply meandering the streets in your favourite city the chances are someone out there is going to want to view your adventures.
Owning a high spec 4K resolution helmet camera means your videos can be shared to your adoring fans with perfect picture quality without having to worry about low resolution imagery.
In the past where GoPro have dominated the market, the good news is that there is a number of brands chomping at the bit that want you to part with your hard earned change.
So its time to buckle up the helmet and ride full throttle into our review of the best motorcycle helmet cameras.
The Best Motorcycle Helmet Cameras.
The perfect companion for dusty rides
|+ image stabilisation|
+ Improved audio quality
+ Impressive video and images
+ Waterproof without case
+ Range of accessories
|– Expensive |
|+ Waterproof 10M|
+ 2″ Touch Screen
+ 4K Resolutions at 60fps
+ Live Stream Function
+ Recording Time 105 Mins
|The much revered GOPRO HERO 7 BLACK is arguably the most popular helmet camera in the market place allowing you to view your adventures in stunning video quality thanks to the 4K recording capability, and 12-megapixel photo capture.|
Furthermore the Hypersmooth Video Stabilisation means shaky video is a thing of the past, allowing smooth footage to be recorded without the need to worry about a fiddly tripod set up.
The magic of handsfree operation means you can control start, stop and photo functions all through the use of your voice without the need to use the touchscreen. If however you are more of button pusher you get a 2″ touchscreen on the back, and a small monochrome display on the front allowing you to see information such a battery life, settings and probably most important time remaining.
Two Screens Are Definitely Better Than One
Best GoPro Alternative
|+ Cheaper than a Hero 7 Black|
+ Video quality and stabilisation
+ User-friendly action camera
+ Waterproof without a case
|– No live-streaming|
– No stabilisation in HDR mode
|+ Shoots 4K video at 60fps|
+ Waterproof to 11 metres without a case
+ HDR video and hyperlapse modes
+ Front-facing colour screen
+ 90 Minute Recording Time
|The DJI OSMO ACTION is a serious contender against many of the other cameras in this article – even the GoPro Hero 7 Black -it just doesn’t match the price which is a really good thing.|
Where it is on equal par with its biggest competitors is its video quality thanks to its 4K capability, and stabilisation meaning blurry and distorted video is non existent.
User-friendly function and capability is another plus for this motorcycle helmet camera whether your testing it in the rain (waterproof without a case), using voice control to set up and record video, or simply navigating your way around its setting.
Crushproof design incase things get a little out of control.
|+ Flip out screen|
+ High quality video when stable
|– Price (High)|
– Poor Stabilisation
|+ Up to 4K 25fps video|
+ 15.3-megapixel 1-inch sensor
+ 960fps slo-mo
+ 1-hour battery life
+ Fold-out screen
|The Sony RX0 II is a bold addition to the helmet camera market and its rough and tough persona is further reinforced by it crush proof design (up to 200kg), a great feature if your into high adventure.|
Furthermore this camera will survive a drop from 2 metres and is water resistant up to 10 metres.
An excellent design feature of the Sony RX0 II (and is lacking in the GoPro) is the rear screen flips out on its metal hinge. This is a nice touch if you want to see your face position if your recording content for your vlog.
The RXO II boasts a 1 inch 15.3 megapixel image sensor allowing for great image and video capture in low light, and a world renowned high quality Zeiss Tessar T 24mm wide-angle lens.
Great video comes from Garmin’s clear direction
+ image stabilisation
+ Bluetooth sensor connectivity
+ Wi-Fi smartphone control
+ live streaming to YouTube
|– No image stabilisation in 4K|
– Waterproof only with case
|+ MP4 recording at up to 4K at 60Mbits/sec|
+ Built-in GPS receiver, accelerometer and altimeter
+ Sensor and peripheral connectivity via ANT+ and Bluetooth
+ Wi-Fi remote control functions via smartphone
+ Image stabilisation (except at 4K)
+ 1/2.3-inch CMOS with 12 megapixels
|A real tour de force in GPS technology Garmin are like a number of brands which moved into the motorcycle helmet camera market.|
Learning lessons from the past, Garmin have seen sense and now offer the GARMIN VIRB ULTRA 30 in wonderful 4K recording, 2 hour recording time thanks to its upgraded battery, and the all important image stabilisation – except at 4K recording which is a little disappointing.
What feels like a given with any motorcycle helmet camera the Virb Ultra 30 has an LCD panel which is touch screen, accept when it is in the protective case where you will have to resort to pushing buttons. A great feature of this device is the voice control activation system which allows you to “Take a Picture”, “Start recording” or “Stop Recording” completely hands free.
And finally to an area of spec which sets the Garmin Virb Ultra 30 from its competitors such as GoPro. The Ultra 30 includes Garmins G-Metrix which is built-in GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope, altimeter, and compass. Having this information embedded into your recording adds real value to your recordings.
Low Budget Helmet Camera thats high in video quality
Best for those on a budget
|+ User Friendly App|
+ Easy Use Controls
+ High Quality Images
+ Image Stabilisation
|– No Built in Waterproof|
– Voice Control poor
– Limited Assesories
|+ Electronic image stabilisation |
+ Up to 4K/60fps
+ 2.19-inch touchscreen
+ 12-megapixel still image
+ Voice controls
|If your on the hunt for top spec helmet camera but don’t have the budget to match your desire then the Yi 4K+ Action Camera is going to be right up your street.|
This camera features a very user-friendly 2.19-inch touchscreen which allows you to frame your shots if required or simply navigate the menu buttons which is does succinctly. You also have the option to use voice commands to set recording or take an image.
Being able to record in 4K and having electronic image stabilisation means you will be hard pressed to tell the difference in quality between the Yi 4K+ Action Camera and the DJI OSMO ACTION which we mentioned previously.