Top Rated Camera Systems
- SENA 10C-EVO
- VSYSTO Motorcycle Video Driving Recorder
- Blueskysea DV988
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We took a hard look to find the top 3 camera systems for motorcycles recording. Of course, opinions may vary from unit to unit and application.
Our primary focus was on camera systems that provided front and rear cameras; sufficient recording capabilities; and a modest price.
“Never ride faster than your guardian angel can fly.” Unknown
While most camera systems utilize virtually the same technologies, quality and functionality vary widely between brands.
In addition, bluetooth technology has advanced by leaps and bounds as the manufacturers have included motorcycles as a part of the market.
No longer are camera systems only for the dash of a car. We looked at three distinct features:
- Mount Type
- Non Display
Deciding the mount type is the first priority when shopping for a camera system.
You need to know where you are going to place the camera system and how you are going to attach the components.
- Helmet mount vs bike mount
- Suction cup vs bracket mount
- Bracket mount vs Adhesive mount
The first comparison is the helmet mount vs bike mount.
Helmet mounts are traditionally used to catch action shots.
According to Cycling Weekly, “Sharing our two wheel exploits with family and friends has become a global phenomenon with the rise of data recording ….”
Using a helmet mounted camera will capture footage of your adventurous rides or the excitement of a day at the track.
With that said, a bike mount camera system captures video based on the direction of the bike (front or rear).
This limits recording to an average 150° angle for both front and rear cameras.
In addition, the system can be hardwired to the bike.
Suction cup style mounts are widely available and often thought to provide a sturdier mounting arrangement.
The drawback to using suction cup is the requirement for a flat surface to adequately mount the camera and lose suction over time.
On the other hand, brackets either come with double sided tape or bolt-on clips to mount cameras.
The most popular mounts are handlebar mounts.
These mounts provide riders an easy to reach, while riding, capability.
Moreover, handlebar mounts can easily be clamp on various types of handlebars (ie motorcycles, jet skis, and more).
Best Camera Systems (Updated List)
|1||SENA 10C-EVO||Best Helmet Mount|
|2||VSYSTO Motorcycle Video Driving Recorder||Best Monitorless|
|3||BlueSkysea DV988||Best Display|
Why You Should Get Camera Systems
Selecting the right motorcycle camera system can be a bit tedious and intimidating if you do not know shat you are planning to buy.
Although most cameras are feature rich, there are some specific goodies that a good device with have.
High quality image capture and wide-angle views are must haves.
We will discuss more of the specifics in detail a little later in the article.
Consider how helpful a video recording can be during an accident, hit-an-run, or any other type of incident where a recording is beneficial.
Recording a trip down the Tail of the Dragon at Deal Gap (See below).
Although we feature a rechargeable camera in this article, for the best experience stick with a hardwired system.
Nonetheless, the helmet mount allows for recording in whatever direction the wearer turns and are best for action shots.
Benefits of Motorcycle Recording Devices
- Document a road trip – recording those memorable rides.
- Record accidents – record minutes before and after an accident.
- Provide evidence – Potentially provide witness evidence.
- Identify other vehicles – record incident to identify a fleeing vehicle.
What to Look for When Buying Camera Systems
Every one has different preferences on what is important or not when deciding on a camera system, but I want to offer my opinion on the most important things motorcycle camera system should have.
Look for a camera system that hardwires to the bike.
Hardwiring a camera system to the bike’s fusebox is one of the most common methods to power a camera.
In addition, this allows the camera to power on while the bike is off called parking-mode recording.
Looking for accuracy and reliability are important factors when selecting.
The selected camera should deliver an accurate proof when recording an event.
In addition, reliability is key for protection throughout the day and endure riding in any type of hostile conditions.
“Take a journey, soar like an eagle, there are so many roads to explore, so little time.” Anonymous
Look for ease of control and GPS functionality to record activities while riding.
Visibility of controls are different for motorcycles than those for cars.
In addition, auto-start and auto-looping are capabilities that are overlooked.
A hardwired system start and stops with the engine.
Again, the parking-mode feature will allow recording while the bike is off.
As an added benefit you can dispute speeding fines or verify your whereabouts at specific times.
Camera Systems Product Reviews
Here are the reviews of the Top 3 Camera Systems
Sena 10C-EVO (Best Helmet Mount)
The 10C EVO combines Bluetooth communications with 4K video. The camera captures 4K video at 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.
- 20 hour talk time
- 4K:30FPS, 2K:30FPS, 1080p:60/30FPS
- Audio and video in one unit
- Clamp kit sold separately
- Record time
- 125° field of view
- 128GB Memory Max
VSYSTO Motorcycle Video Driving Recorder (Best Screenless)
Vsysto provides a well made 1080P motorcycle dual cameras system with the ability to get relatively clear video in low light conditions and ensure your driving safety.
The IP67 waterproof resistant for front and rear cameras are excellent.
In addition, on rainy days, the exceptional water resistance cameras will perform above all expectations.
The camera is connected to your mobile phone by bluetooth and the corresponding APP.
This function is convenient for you to transfer the video to your mobile phone or tablet and watch the real-time video.
The main unit is compact and will not occupy too much space on the motorcycle.
You can put the main unit in a compartment or under the seat without worrying about rain.
The accessories are simple and easy to install, and it will can save your time.
***NOTE: The main unit is not waterproof.
- Front camera 1920*1080P; Rear camera 1920*1080P
- Building Mic
- 256GB Memory Max
- 130° field of view
- Slow video transfer
BlueSkysea DV988 (Best Display)
Front Rear Dual Camera: DV988 motorcycle camera comes with 2 full HD 1080p cameras, camera lens angle is 140 degrees. Both the front and rear cameras record high-quality video 1080P at 30fps.
Video is stored in H.264 encoding and MOV format, with a 32GB memory card support loop recording, supporting up to 256GB (not included).
The system has a 4” IPS touch screen, which can be operated by touch, it is very convenient to use and very bright on day and night.
DVR host adopts humanized and simple interface, easy to operate, generates heat during work, which is normal.
The rugged DV988 DVR and lens are made of high-quality dry-resistant, wear-resistant, fire-resistant, and high-temperature materials, very durable.
Compared with other recorders, DV988 has High-Dynamic Range (HDR) function that can provide a more dynamic range and image details.
In addition, the system also has a safety riding reminder function, which will send out reminders when riding at overspeed or overtime, making riding safer.
- 4″ IPS fit-full Screen
- 256GB Memory Max
- Slow video transfer
- Screen blinks
Motorcycle Camera Systems FAQs
Here are some commonly asked questions about motorcycle camera systems:
Does this tie into the motorcycle electrical system or does it require charging up a separate battery?
It can tie into the electrical system, but you can use the USB adapter to plug into a port already on the bike. If you have a cigarette power port, it’s plug and play.
Are motorcycle helmet cameras legal?
Good question. It depends on the state. For example, in California, objects that protrude more than 5mm from the helmet are illegal, but we’ve never seen it enforced.
I see others have purchased a separate clamp kit. Does this not come with what’s needed to mount to the helmet?
No need to buy the clamp kit. It comes with everything you need to put it on your helmet correctly.
So that concludes our list of the top 3 Camera Systems for motorcycles on the market today.
My favorite is the BlueSkysea DV988 for its diversity and overall quality.
If you have any questions about any of the camera systems listed here, please visit each of the Amazon listings as most questions are answered right on the product page.
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