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Are you looking to get a dirt biking camera to record some of your action shots? There are tones of options to pick from and in this post, I’ll be sharing my favorite helmet camera for dirt biking.
Getting a helmet camera to record your action shots and even your epic falls is a great thing to do. You might be looking for footage of your adventure or possibly to see where you could improve your game on the track. It’s pretty cool being able to take action shots of your ride and make your own videos to post on YouTube or Facebook.
It’s important that you find the right one because dirt biking is a rough sport and there are definitely cameras out there that won’t withstand the elements. I’ve had certain cameras before that either gave a poor video quality or was shaky and sounded bad the whole time. I’ve also had cameras that were absolutely perfect for what I wanted (and some of them were less expensive).
Over the past few years, GoPro has been the clear winner in the helmet camera world but there has been a wave of new competition on the market and a lot of them are just as good and half the price. I do still like GoPro and have had one for many years now and it’s still working great. Let’s jump into the full list.
Here Are The 5 Best Helmet Cameras For Dirt Biking
- GoPro HERO7 Black – GoPro has been the big name in action cameras for the last few years and this model is my current favorite for sitting on top of your helmet. This camera has good stabilization, can pick up sound, and has lasted me a long time.
- Sony FDRX3000 Camcorder – Sony has been the go-to camera brand for a long time now and this model is my favorite for sitting on the side of your helmet. This camera offers great stabilization (possibly better than the GoPro) and is great in low light. I don’t own this myself (I already had the GoPro and didn’t want to spend another $300) but I’ve tried a buddy of mines and it’s been awesome.
- Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 – Garmin makes a pretty cool action camera as well and one of the cooler features to this model is that it’ll actually show how fast you’re going, your heart rate, and the elevation you’re at. It offers most of the same features as the Sony and GoPro but the one big downside to it was the battery life.
- Dragon Touch 4K – Dragon makes a great budget-friendly action camera and this would be the one for you if you don’t want to spend a fortune. This camera doesn’t offer as many features and doesn’t record as good video but for under $100 you can’t go wrong.
- AKASO V50x – AKASO makes another awesome action camera that won’t break the bank and the only reason it’s ranked #5 is that it’s a bit more expensive than the Dragon. This camera is a bit more expensive than the Dragon but I think it’s a bit higher quality and has a few more features. Again, for the price, it’s pretty hard to beat.
Which One I Picked And Why
I’ll start off by saying that I’ve used all of these one way or another. I own one of them, I have buddies who own two of them, and have messed around with the other two in stores. The one I currently have and use is the GoPro.
I bought mine a few years ago and the main reason for it was that GoPro was the only decent camera I could attach to my head or body. I got it to record the Tough Mudder race I was doing and needed that specific type. The Sony wouldn’t work and the other models weren’t even out (I’m pretty sure).
It’s been great though. I’ve used it for obstacle races, snorkeling, scuba diving, and dirt biking. It’s been through a lot and it’s still working great. That’s the main reason I ranked it #1.
A friend of mine uses the Sony for dirt biking and it might be a bit better than the GoPro, to be honest. I think the stabilization and the sound pickup might be slightly better but I didn’t want a camera that attached to the side of my head.
Another buddy of mine has the AKASO and uses it for recording while fishing. It doesn’t offer as many features as the GoPro and the video isn’t quite as good but it still records in HD and it’s a third of the price.
The other two I’ve tested in the store and have been pretty solid as well.
What Are The Things You Should Look For In A Camera?
Picking the right camera for you is super important because there are definitely good ones out there but there are also lemons. There are expensive ones and cheap ones that won’t be right for you and for dirt biking you should look for these things:
- Make sure the camera will record in 4k. Most of the cameras these days will do that.
- Get a camera that’s waterproof and comes with a case to put it in.
- Look at reviews to see how the image stabilization is. This is important for dirt biking.
- Look for something that can be mounted to different spots.
- Get something that’s simple to set up and use.
- I like recording the sound so make sure the microphone is quality.
- Having a good battery life is important because some will only record for like 30 minutes.
Where Is The Best Place To Get One?
I’ve looked at multiple different websites and in a few stores and it looks like the best place to pick these up is on Amazon (links are all above). Amazon always seems to be a bit cheaper than everywhere else and that’s where I buy most of my stuff.
You might be able to find a sale somewhere else but for the majority of the time, Amazon will be the place to go.
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