Motorcycle Helmet cameras are becoming ever more popular on UK roads. Recording your ride allows you to capture and relive the best moments in glorious HD. Editing your footage is easy, allowing it to quickly shared online.
More seriously, many motorcyclists are wearing cameras to protect themselves from bad drivers. Filming in public is completely legal and good quality video footage can be an important piece of evidence if you are involved in any kind of accident or confrontation on the roads.
As always on Begin we look for the best options out there that offer good quality at reasonable prices.
If you are ready to buy and just want a quick sanity check before pulling the trigger, then check out the comparison chart below for the best motorbike helmet cams in each category.
If you are in research mode then have a look at the in depth reviews which look more closely at each option.
Best Motorbike Helmet Camera Comparison Chart
1080p: 1080 horizontal lines of vertical resolution. Basically this will provide the same quality of picture as a standard high definition TV.
720p: This is equivalent to a standard (ie non HD) television picture.
Frames Per Second (FPS): The number of times per second that an image is taken. A higher FPS produces a higher quality picture.
Memory Card: This is used to store your recorded video.
WiFi: Allows you to connect the camera to your computer wirelessly for retrieving video.
Motorbike Camera Reviews
Best For Quality – GoPro HERO5 Action Camera
This is by the far the most expensive camera on the list. It produces absolutely stunning high resolution images and can film up to 4K HD. If filming at 1080p it works at 240fps which ensures silky smooth playback.
GoPro gear is highly regarded and comes with a mountain of in built features and settings.
If you’re the kind of person who loves to tweak everything and is happy to invest the time in learning all its capabilities then this camera will deliver truly stunning and highly detailed video.
For those of us who prefer to just click record and ride the GoPro Hero5 has a some simple voice control settings which allows for hands free control at low speeds.
It is completely waterproof and very durable, and will shrug off any weather that the UK can throw at it.
It also comes packaged with various mounts which will allow you to fit on a helmet or handlebars straight out of the box.
This GoPro model has a built in touch display screen, admittedly this is not much use when actually riding, but it makes set up and configuration very easy and allows you to playback video on the roadside.
There are a couple of things to be aware of with this camera, firstly you will need to buy a memory card as there is no internal memory to record your video on.
Make sure to buy a good sized one of at least 64GB as the high quality images on this camera take up a lot of space. This 64GB Sandisk extreme memory card comes highly recommended.
Secondly there have been some issues with buggy firmware causing the camera to crash, GoPro are aware of these issues and are updating the software as they fix them.
To sum up, this is an awesome piece of kit which will ensure crystal clear recording of your ride.
Whilst it is on the expensive side, recent price reductions have made it a relative bargain when looking at the quality of both the pictures and the build.
Best For Ease Of Use – Drift Innovation Stealth 2
This is one of the lightest action cameras out there. At 80x42x27mm and coming in at only 97g it is extremely portable.
For helmet mounting this lightweight design and low sense of gravity make it is one of the easier cameras to fit to the side or top of your helmet.
The Stealth films at 30 fps in HD which means that whilst the footage looks OK, there are some motion artifacts at high speed and the video is not perfectly clear and crisp like the GoPro. If you are happy to film at less than full HD (960p) the camera will film at 60 fps which allows for better motion playback at the expense of picture clarity.
The big feature on the Drift is a 300 degree rotating lens allowing the orientation of filming to be quickly and easily changed. This is particularly good for us motorcyclists as it allows for much flexibility when mounting to your helmet.
The Stealth also has a fairly impressive battery and you should be able to get 3 hours of 1080p recording out of a full charge.
As with most of these helmet cameras you will need to purchase a MicroSD memory card before filming.
This camera is not fully waterproof, it will do fine in the rain but dont go swimming in it! (a fully waterproof case is available as an add on.)
This is a well designed small and lightweight camera well suited to motorcycle helmets.
If you can accept the compromises on video quality then this package offers decent value
Best For Multi Purpose use – Contour ROAM 3
The Contour Roam 3 is another reasonably small and lightweight camera.
Whilst it is heavier and slightly larger than the Stealth it does have the advantage of being fully waterproof straight out of the box. You can indeed go swimming in it!
Again, when compared to the GoPro you are looking at a compromise on the frame rate with the Contour filming at 30 fps in 1080HD.
The Contour scores points by being one of the few cameras to include a MicroSD card as standard. Whilst it is only 8GB this is enough to get you out and filming as soon as you open the box.
They have also included several mounts in the box and the helmet fixing is actually pretty good.
Another great feature for motorcyclists is the easy on slide switch. This is very easy to operate with gloves on and provides instant recording.
The video footage can be somewhat grainy at times due to the low framerate at full HD.
Also whilst it has a solid 3.5 hour battery life, the battery itself is not removable and takes a similar amount of time to fully charge up.
Another well designed camera with video quality compromises.
Where it does score highly is in the value provided. It is ready to use with memory and mounts straight out of the box.
Cheapest – Powerlead Mini Sports
This cheap and cheerful camera is actually smaller than the Drift and comes with some impressive features. Again you are going to get 30 fps at 1080p and 60 fps at 720p which is pretty standard for the cheaper cameras.
The Powerlead is showerproof but not suitable for diving.
Included are an array of brackets, clips, clamps and sticky pads. Getting it attached to your helmet or bike is a simple process.
This is a cheap camera, the user manual comes with a dodgy Chinese translation and the sound quality is poor.
Picture quality is average and you may struggle to make out number plates and details in the distance.
If you are looking for an entry level motorcycle camera then the Powerlead is a decent option.
You get an incredible amount of camera for the money along with numerous accessories.
However if top notch video quality is important to you then look elsewhere.