Best helmet cameras

Another piece of essential biking kit: Stay safe, stay protected, stay filming with the best helmet cameras.

Bike helmet camera

by Jim Blackstock |

More and more bicycle and motorbike riders are using some form of action camera as they ride, and for good reason.

For those who like to tour in picturesque locations, helmet-mounted cameras provide a reliable and easy way of capturing incredible scenery. Racers and track day enthusiasts will be able to document their rides and personal best times in full, undeniable clarity ready for posting online and boasting amongst friends. Whatever you riding preference, the protection a camera offers against unfair blame in an unfortunate accident provides an undeniable and unmissable peace of mind.

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Remember, it's vital you have a comprehensive range of security and safety equipment for your bicycle or motorbike journey, whether it’s a long tour across Europe or a quick trip to the local shops, and a helmet camera plays an increasingly important role. If you're looking to upgrading your range of motorcycle kit even further, a sat nav will be the cherry on the cake for you.

Best helmet camera shortlist:

• GoPro HERO8

• DJI Osmo Action

• Victure AC940

• Sena PT10-10

• Apeman A77

• Drift Ghost XL

• Sena 10C Evo

Pros and cons of helmet cameras:

Pros:

• Provides fun self-indulgence in watching playbacks and improving riding techniques

• The best means of documenting accidents and incidents

• Easy way to capture scenic views

• A visual deterrent for bad-mannered road users

Cons:

• Can be pricey for a feature-packed camera plus accessories

As you can see, a camera for your helmet is far more of a plus point than a negative. We’ve hand-picked some of the best helmet cameras to help you find the right one for you:

The best helmet cameras:

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FAQs - What to look for when buying helmet cameras

What quality footage do I need and why?

You'll need a minimum of 720p, but in today’s marketplace there really is little reason to drop below Full-HD 1080p.

If you’re looking at a helmet cam for security, safety and insurance reasons, the image quality needs to be good enough to show captured events clearly. If you’re looking to make a claim you’ll need to be able to show number plates, drivers faces and road conditions in detail. 720p is low-end of the HD standard, so 1080p is preferable as the increased definition allows you to zoom and capture still in far greater detail.

If you’re looking to combine the above concerns with track day recording and landscape capture, then 1080p will do the job, but 4K is going to give you absolutely incredible footage.

What is FPS and why does it matter?

Frames Per Second, or FPS, is important.

Think of video footage as a series of photographs. A camera capturing footage at 30 FPS is taking 30 pictures per second, at 60 FPS it’ll be 60 photos, and so on. The more frames you can snap, the smoother the footage will be.

Low frame rates result in jittery, stuttering and unclear footage. When making a claim, you may need to slow down footage. Having more frames will make this process far easier, allowing you to have greater accuracy over still-image capture and reporting of events.

The only downside to higher frame rates is that captured footage takes up more internal camera memory.

30 FPS is the minimum, but aim higher where possible.

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Jim Blackstock is the Commissioning Editor for MCN and an expert in motorcycle product testing, helping our readers know what products offer good value and why.

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