Motorcycle helmet cameras are becoming quite popular as action cameras get smaller and lighter. So far helmet manufacturers haven’t created motorcycle helmets with cameras built in. But there are tons of small and light action cameras with motorcycle helmet mounts now available to help you attach a POV camera to your motorcycle helmet or other type of helmet.
When choosing a motorcycle helmet camera and mount solution, you’ll want to consider the weight of the camera (too heavy may be uncomfortable to wear on a helmet), the size of the camera, and the angle at which you attach the camera to the helmet. Some people prefer to have cameras that attach to the front of their helmet, and others prefer to attach a video camera to the left or right side of the helmet at a 90 degree angle. Some camera helmet mounts provide articulating arms to allow for side mounting.
Here are some of the best motorcycle helmet cameras and mounts available today:
This is a great inexpensive GoPro camera mount for motorcycle or motocross helmets. It features an articulating arm which can be configured at all sorts of different angles to capture side or front or top point of view shots. This GoPro motorcycle helmet mount fits the latest GoPro Hero 7 action camera, as well as previous GoPro hero models like the GoPro Hero 5 and GoPro Hero 6 all the way back to GoPro Hero 3 and 4 cameras because of its universal mount system. One nice feature of this action camera motorcycle mount kit is that it comes with both flat and curved sticky mount pads, so no matter what your helmet’s shape is or which part of the helmet you want to mount to, you’re covered. Comes with motorcycle chin mount, J hook, 2 curved mounts, 2 flat mounts, 10 sticky pads, 2 screws, 1 safety rope buckle, 1 wrench, and a few other small accessories to make mounting your GoPro to your helmet easy and simple.
Here’s a great action camera you can mount on your helmet – whether that’s a motorcycle helmet, a bike helmet, a motocross helmet, or another helmet type. This kit comes with everything you need to mount the camera to your helmet, including a safety cable as a backup in case it gets knocked off. Gives you a 125-degree field of vision and has an internal microphone (actually two microphones!). Check out the motorcycle POV videos on the product page for samples. Weighs just 75 grams – less than 2.7 ounces, so you’ll barely notice you’re wearing it.
GoPros with Motorcycle Helmet Mounts
GoPros are probably the most well known action camera out there. They’re small, light, and very high quality. Out of the box, a GoPro won’t attach to your motorcycle helmet, but there is helmet camera mount gear available. Here are a couple possible configurations you might use (you can mix and match too of course):
The GoPro Session or GoPro Hero combined with the GoPro Helmet Front Mount:
Yes, we know those aren’t technically motorcycle helmets but this mount works just as well on any type of helmet. The GoPro Front Helmet Mount works with either the small and light cube shaped GoPro Session, which shoots high quality 4K & 1080P HD video, or the GoPro Hero which weighs a bit more but shoots higher quality video. Because this uses GoPro’s universal mount system it will work with GoPro Hero 7 as well as models all the way back to GoPro Hero 3.
Here’s another great option to mount a GoPro on a motorcycle helmet:
The GoPro Helmet Side Mount works with either the tiny GoPro Session or the full sized GoPro Hero and is similar to the front mount but the adjustable center joint is articulated at a 90 degree angle so it can easily mount to the side of your helmet instead of the front. Both types of GoPro helmet mounts will detach the arm from your helmet, leaving only the small connector base attached to your helmet so you can easily re-attach the arm and GoPro camera in a few seconds.
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Contour Roam 3 Waterproof HD Video Camera
The Contour Roam 3 is a great point of view camera for motorcycle helmet mounting. It shoots 1080p video with a built in microphone and is designed to be easily attached to a motorcycle helmet using included mounting gear. Like the GoPro, the Roam 3 is also has a 170 degree ultra wide angle mode to get super wide angle POV footage. And it’s also waterproof up to 30 feet to boot. Records on standard micro SDHC cards, just like the GoPro. The Contour is one of the most popular motorcycle helmet cameras available today.
If you need a truly rugged design for a helmet camera, you might consider an action camera designed for firefighters. Firefighters need really rugged gear and there’s a whole range of firefighter helmet cameras on the market today. This appropriately named camera, the Bullet HD Pro 4 for firefighters is shaped like, well, a bullet. It’s marked specifically towards firefighters and it’s heat tested up to 950 degrees Fahrenheit. Like all the fire cameras listed in this article, the Bullet HD Pro 4 has audio recording built in. Although we couldn’t find a fire-specific test video, here’s an example of the video quality in the camera’s 720p widescreen (wide field of view) mode, which distorts things with a slight fisheye look:
Bullet HD Key Specs:
Video quality: Up to 1080p, 30 frames per second
Battery Life: 2 hours of recording time
Waterproof? Yes, up to 30 feet
Special Features? Various mounts included in kit including a BlackJack mount
This fire helmet camera records on micro SDHC memory cards, sold separately. Here is the model of memory card we suggest if you don’t already have some.
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