Relive your rides with an HD Motorbike Camera
Modern action cameras allow riders of all abilities to capture professional-style video footage that can be replayed time and time again, making those unforgettable rides, unforgettable.
There are many different action cameras on the market, each with their own unique features. But while all action cameras differ, to a certain degree they all do the same thing; capture high quality video footage, in a simple and fun way. The advancements of camera technology over the years means that the vast majority of action camera models can now record in full 1080p HD quality (the highest video quality available) while maintaining minimal weight and size.
Of the many action cameras out there at the moment, there are three in particular that remain popular choices amongst motorcycle enthusiasts. These are the Drift HD, GoPro HD2 and Replay XD 1080.
Drift HD Camera
The Drift HD is the newest addition to the Drift camera range and comes with some unique features. From a technical perspective, the Drift packs quite a punch, with full 1080p recording, a 170 degree wide angle lens and the ability to capture 9MP still images. The Drift weighs just shy of 120 grams and is small enough to go virtually unnoticed on any bike or helmet. The Drift has two key features that set it apart from many other cameras – it has a built in colour LCD screen, and comes with a wireless remote, which makes recording and pausing very simple. The Drift is bike-mountable or wearable, meaning it can be positioned virtually anywhere and offers a great deal of flexibility when it comes to recording great footage.
The GoPro HD2 is arguably one of the most sought after cameras on the market today, and it’s not hard to see why. The GoPro records at 1080p and packs a great selection of features. As well as a stylish 170 degree wide angle lens, the GoPro can capture 11MP still images, rivalling most digital ‘point and shoot’ cameras. The GoPro is also bike-mountable or wearable, which makes it extremely versatile. There are a number of different GoPro packages available, but for an ‘out of the box’ solution, look no further than the GoPro HD HERO2 Motorsport Edition. This package contains everything you need to get up and running and comes with a selection of mounts to suit most styles of riding. Of all three camera brands here, GoPro offers the most in terms of additional accessories and upgrades, so if you’re looking to develop a camera kit over time, the GoPro is a good option.
Replay XD 1080
The Replay XD 1080 is the smallest of the three cameras listed here, which makes it ideal for riders who like to keep their kit to a minimum. The Replay has a sleek, bullet-like design and weighs just 85 grams, meaning it can be mounted anywhere without being a nuisance. Like the two cameras above, the Replay can also record at 1080p, but due to its size has a slightly more modest 135 degree fish eye lens, and will only capture still images at 5MP. Of all three cameras, the Replay comes with the biggest selection of accessories and mounts in the box. For such a small camera, the Replay punches well above its weight.
All of these cameras are water and shock resistant, and are equally suited to the demands of regular usage on the track or road. Ultimately your choice in camera will come down to personal preference, but it pays to do your research, watch some videos and look beyond the exterior. Once the hard decision of what camera to buy has been made, all that’s left is to press record and enjoy the ride.