Choosing a Motorbike Camera

Choosing a Motorbike Camera

On board cameras are a popular accessory for motorbike enthusiasts world over. Modern, lightweight HD cameras allow riders to capture footage of their ride, which they can relive time and time again. Whether you prefer to ride on the road or in the mud, the following cameras are ideal accessories for making those unforgettable rides, unforgettable.

GoPro HD HERO2 Motorsport Edition

As the name suggests, the GoPro HD HERO2 Motorsport Edition has been build with motorsports in mind. This camera comes complete with a selection of mounts and accessories specifically designed to be both wearable and kit mountable, meaning it’s as much at home on your helmet as it is on your handlebars.

The HERO2 Motorsport package comes complete with a brand new GoPro HD2 action camera – one of the best HD (high definition) video cameras available on the market today. The camera boasts full 1080p recording (the best quality available), a 170 degree wide angle lens, 11 megapixel still image capabilities and even the option to record at 60 fps (frames per second) at 720p, which is ideal for post-ride editing.

As well as assorted mounting hardware, the box includes Waterproof Housing, an HD Skeleton Backdoor, a rechargeable battery as well as motorsport-specific accessories, including a Suction Cup Mount, a J-Hook Buckle and 3 Flat Surface Adhesive Mounts.

For a motorsport-specific camera that you can use straight out of the box, look no further than the GoPro HD HERO2 Motorsport Edition.

Drift HD

This action camera is the newest addition to the Drift range and boasts features by the truckload. The Drift is small, lightweight and can be kit mountable or wearable. Like the GoPro above, the Drift can record in full HD and also captures high quality stills, albeit at a slightly more modest 9 megapixels. It also has a 170 degree wide angle lens and offers 720p recording at 60 fps.

A major advantage of the Drift is that is has a built in colour screen, which is great for lining up shots and playing back footage while out on the track, or on the road. It also comes with a wireless remote, which allows you to record and pause the camera without having to unmount it from your bike or helmet.

The Drift HD comes with 3 mounts – a helmet mount, a head strap and a universal clip. While the Drift isn’t a ‘motorsport specific’ camera, the accessories included are universal and enough to get you started. Any additional mounts can be purchased separately, with some must-have accessories including the Drift handlebar mount and Suction Cup Mount.

The Drift HD is small, lightweight and rich in features. The ability to build your kit from the ground up make it a great camera for any motorbike enthusiast and its colour screen is an excellent, unique addition.

Replay XD 1080

The Replay XD is hugely popular with motorcycle enthusiasts, due to its minimal size, sleek bullet-like design, simple usability and ample list of features.

It may be smaller than the GoPro and the Drift, but the Replay still offers full 1080p HD recording. It also possesses a 135 degree fish eye lens, 5 megapixel still image capabilities with an automatic photo timer mode and 720p recording at 30 or 60 fps.

The biggest advantage of this camera is its size and weight. Its bullet shape makes it ideal for helmet or bike mounting mounting and it weighs just 85 grams, meaning it goes virtually unnoticed, wherever it’s mounted.

The Reply HD comes with plenty of goodies inside the box, including a HeimLock adjustable mount, a LowBoy fixed mount, 2 Flat Base VHB Snap Trays and Curved Base VHB Snap Trays.

For riders who like their kit light, but also want top performance, the Replay XD is more than a worthy purchase.

Each of these cameras has their own advantages over the others, but ultimately they’re all as good as each other. When buying a motorcycle camera, you should ask yourself how and where you’re going to use it and base your decision on the most appropriate model for the job at hand. Once the hard decision is out of the way, it’s just a case of hitting record and enjoying your ride!

Submitted by Matt Taylor, Marketing Manager at Action Cameras. For more information about motorbike cameras, the GoPro HD Helmet Hero range, Drift HD and Replay XD 1080 action cameras and the mounts available for them, visit

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