Motorcyclists love to tell stories about things that happened while they were riding. Having video evidence to back it up makes the stories even more fun. Who would believe you if you said that, as you were hard on the brakes from 160+ mph into Turn 2 at Laguna Seca, a ground squirrel ran across the track in front of you and the $100,000 Ducati Superleggera you were piloting? Well, Troy was able to document Mister Squiggles’ near-fatal dash thanks to his helmet cam and put an end to our disbelief. (See the proof here.)
Heroics aside, traveling by motorcycle is even more fun when you can capture the important moments of your trip while you’re actually riding. Group rides can be relived later. Track day lean angles can impress your buddies.
You just need to choose the right action camera, and you’ve got a ton of options. There are helmet cams, 360 cams, and even permanently mounted dash cams for commuters to use in case of a mishap. No matter what you want to record, there is a camera to handle that task. So, we’ve chosen what we think are the best motorcycle cameras around. Let us know in the comments if you have a personal favorite that isn’t mentioned here.
GoPro Hero7 Silver
If it weren’t for GoPro, there wouldn’t be an action camera market, and the GoPro Hero7 Silver is a great way to get started in documenting all your moto-adventures. First, the Hero7 is totally waterproof for year-round riding. The built-in GPS can track your speed and altitude. You can record in 4K 30fps video and time-lapse movies, while the image stabilization smooths your progress down bumpy roads. Settings are accessed by the touch screen, and of course, you can view your videos there, too. Voice control allows you to easily start the camera.
Although the MSRP is $199, you can find it online for significantly less.
Bottom Line/Great entry-level action camera
GoPro Hero8 Black
Riders who are serious about their onboard video will opt for the GoPro Hero8 Black. Vibration and shaky videos are a thing of the past with the Hero8’s three levels of stabilization. According to GoPro, this allows you to “Get the widest views, or boost to the smoothest video ever offered in a HERO camera. Works with all resolutions and frame rates, and features in-app horizon leveling.” Expandable Mods allow vloggers and budding filmmakers to upgrade the Hero8’s capabilities with microphone or light mods. How about live streaming 1080p video on social media? TimeWarp 2.0 allows super-stabilized time-lapse videos while moving through an activity. Want to see your whole ride in a few minutes? Capture 4K UHD 2160p video for high-quality viewing. You can even capture 12mp photos and photo bursts.
Available for $350.
Bottom Line/The industry standard for action cameras
INNOVV K2 Dual Channel Motorcyle Motocam
The INNOVV K2 is a dual-channel camera system that permanently mounts to your bike for simultaneous recording of front and rear views in Full HD 1080p 30fps, 720p 60fps, and 720p 30fps. The simple out-of-the-way design mounts unobtrusively to your bike, and the videos are accessed via a smart device app, which is available for both Android and iOS. Download the files wirelessly to your phone and share from there to your favorite social media outlets. The main controller (DVR) is rated IP65 dust and water-resistant, while the cameras are rated IP68 dust and water-resistant. The controller and camera housings are CNC aluminum for durability. The system supports up to 128GB microSD cards. For simplicity, the system has the option to start recording as soon as you start your bike. That way you never miss a moment – a feature that commuters will love for its “dashcam” functionality.
The INNOVV K2 MotoCam retails for $338.
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Bottom Line/Record front and back views simultaneously
insta360 ONE R Sports Video Adaptive Action Camera
The insta360 ONE R is the action camera for the rider who wants maximum versatility. The One R is built around a modular system that consists of a control unit with a built-in touchscreen, a lens module, and a battery pack that holds them together. The 360-degree camera records at 5.7K resolution, allowing the view direction to be selected in post-production. Plug in the 16.4mm equivalent focal length lens module, and you can record traditional action cam video in 4K at 60fps and 1080p at up to 200 fps. The wide-angle module was jointly developed with the Leica camera company, and it features a 1-inch sensor for recording 5.3K at 30fps and 4K at 60fps, 1080p, or 120fps. The camera’s construction allows for the touchscreen to face either forward or rearward for increased flexibility. The system is waterproof to 5m (16 feet), and a variety of mounts are available.
The insta360 ONE R retails for $499 in the twin pack.
Bottom Line/Perfect for the rider who wants both 360° and traditional wide angle action video
Sena 10C EVO
The Sena 10C EVO is the company’s sole camera entry in their line of Bluetooth and Mesh communicators. The 10C EVO combines Bluetooth communications with 4K video. The camera captures video at 4K 30fps. Other video features include Video tagging and Smart Audio Mix. When the 10C EVO is in standby mode, the Video Tagging feature records the minute before and after the rider presses the Video Tagging button. Smart Audio Mix allows for Bluetooth conversations to be recorded to the captured video. Then the Sena 10C EVO is also a Bluetooth communicator that allows the rider to be able to communicate with up to four others over a claimed one-mile range. Pairing to your smartphone allows for calls, music, or GPS directions to be broadcast to the rider. Additionally, the camera preview mode lets the rider verify that the camera is in the correct orientation for the bike they are riding. Additionally, videos can be downloaded to the phone for sharing.
The Sena 10C EVO retails for $399.
Bottom Line/Ideal for moto-vloggers
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