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the best motorcycle riding cameras

Acton Cameras

Suitable for bike or helmet mounting.

Helmet Mounted

Designed to mount on a helmet.

Motorcycle Mounted

Designed to mount on your motorcycle.

go pro hero 7 action camera

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One thing you do have to watch out for, however, is that some states do not allow for “modification of the helmet with devices not used for safety,” meaning that if you mount the camera on the side, top, or even chin area of your helmet, you might get ticketed for it. Check with your state’s motorcycle helmet laws before using a GoPro helmet mount or something like a RideTechMoto chin mount kit.

dji osmo action 2 camera

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While the camera may look massive in the picture above, it folds in half—so you end up with an action camera that is only 39x39x22 millimeters, with a 155-degree field of view. Like the Hero10 from GoPro, the Action 2 can also accept up to 256 GB MicroSD cards, is BlueTooth 5 enabled, and is up to 802.11 ac wireless compatible.

For mounting, the Action 2 uses a strong magnetic mount system, which is widely considered to be comparable to a solid GoPro mounting system. Average operating time is 70 minutes with all the goodies turned on, but with the power pack kit we recommend here, you can get upwards of 105 minutes of recording time.

Also, just like with the GoPro, there are a variety of mounts available—from a handlebar mount to a curved base mount to stick to your helmet. At an extremely light 54g, it’s very unlikely that any wind will be able to overcome the magnetic mounting system, which is one of the other reasons we recommend either this DJI cam or the GoPro.

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As evidenced in the name, the camera can connect via WiFi to your smartphone (Android and iOS) to play back recordings, start and stop recording, or help you get the camera angled just right before you set off. All of this is done via the SENA App—a decently useful app that is quite basic, just like this camera.

One thing the PT10 is quite famous for is its “One Touch Recording” button, something all SENA cameras have included since the Prism’s first release. A button on the top of the tube—textured and easy to find with a gloved finger—is all you need to press to start recording at 1080P 60FPS or 1440P 30FPS (aka 2K).

With a rechargeable, built-in battery, and when using it just in the recording mode with WiFi off, you can realistically expect 60 to 90 minutes of recording time—more than enough for a fairly decent ride to and/or from your destination. As well, at 100g (including the mounting mechanism), you will barely even notice that it’s there on your helmet.

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The 10C units can be operated both by gloved fingers or, if you set it up in the SENA app, voice command. The biggest difference between the Pro and Evo units is that the Pro will record at 1080P 60FPS or 1440P 30FPS, while the Evo adds 4K 30FPS as the top option.

The other major difference is that the Pro only has the ability to pair to one Bluetooth device that is not another SENA—most commonly a smartphone—while the Evo can pair to two other Bluetooth devices.

As part of either version, you get a full microphone and headset kit to install into your helmet. The 10C has active noise canceling on the microphone input, and the helmet-installed speakers are loud enough to be heard through earplugs, allowing for you to either start motovlogging for fun or hold a conversation with your riding group.

Fully functional and with approximately 60 to 90 minutes of recording time (or several hours if used solely as a comms unit), this really is a device that does it all.

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It is not a cheap kit. The plastics and metals used are high quality and durable, both camera units are fully IP66 certified waterproof, and ThinkWare themselves advertise the camera on an ATV going full-send through a deep puddle. The usage of Sony’s lenses and sensors also mean their excellent image stabilization system is included, which reduces vibrations and shudders so that the capture is nearly glass smooth.

It also comes with built-in GPS for speed and travel logging, has two 140-degrees fields of capture (front and back) so all that is missing is side to side (which can be covered with a helmet cam and turning your head), and takes only about two hours to install if you’re wanting a nice early afternoon project for your bike.

The only downfall of the kit—and it really doesn’t make that much difference for a dedicated dashcam unit—is that it only records at 1080P 30FPS. But keep in mind it’s also recording from two cameras, performing image stabilization on both feeds, and writing it to a MicroSD card, while tracking GPS data and using only 12V of power (and maybe half an amp of current).