Get rid of that GoPro helmet cam setup that you always forget to turn on and off and install a dedicated motorcycle dash camera that is totally automated. It turns on by itself, the memory card never gets full and the battery never runs out.
Take a look below and compare the various models to help you decide which motorcycle camera system is right for you and your bike, atv or all terrain vehicle.
Top 5 Moto Dash Cams of 2020:
#5 HaloCam M1
The HaloCam motorcycle camera is a stand alone dash cam style setup that is wired into your motorcycle for power, or connected to an external battery bank that is wired into your motorcycle for charging. While the M1 does have an internal battery, it is small and only meant to keep the camera powered long enough when you turn off your bike to save the last video file. Having the HaloCam wired into your motorcycle will allow it to turn on and off when you start the ignition of your bike, unlike a helmet cam that you might forget to turn on or off.
Both front and back camera lenses shoot in full HD 1080p video. Each of the camera lenses are fully water proof, so you can mount them on the outside areas of your bike, exposed to the weather and leave them there full time.
The main unit with its 2.7 inch screen is not waterproof and should be mounted or stored in a dry place. This can be in a hidden place that might not be easy to get to because you can remotely connect to the main unit via WiFi. Using the free HaloCam Moto App you can watch saved videos and photos and make camera setting changes right on your smart phone or tablet, making it easy to share video with others.
Using the included GPS module you can track and log your full bike trips to share your travel maps with others. Since this is a plugged in addon, if you don’t want to use this feature you can just unplug the module and not use it.
Overall this is a good dual motorcycle dash cam system with waterproof cameras and coming in at a good price point.
- Dual cam setup
- WiFi connectivity
- LCD viewing screen
- Main unit not waterproof
- Cables are a bit big & bulky
M1 Halo Cam Specs
- 1080p Video Front & Rear
- 155° Lens Angle
- 256GB microSD Card Capacity
- GPS Module
- WiFi, Built-In
- 2.7″ LCD Screen
- Waterproof Camera Lenses
- Battery or Capacitor: Capacitor
With the popularity of car dash cameras rising, we have seen an increase in dash cam manufactures. Blueskysea started selling mid range some time ago and have been also selling motorcycle cameras as well.
The DV688 has been a popular budget motorcycle camera for many, as it offers full 1080p video on both the front and rear cameras, giving you full video coverage around your bike. Using a Sony image sensor, it has good night time recording capabilities or good “night vision” video.
Blueskysea’s DV688 does not have WiFi or the ability for you to remotely connect to the camera unit with your phone. All moto cam settings need to be done directly on the main camera unit using the 2.35 inch display, so it should be located in somewhat of an accessible area on your bike. There is, however, a “remote control” that is really a small wired box that you can press a button on that will lock/save the current video file or take a picture, which could be mounted on your handles bars for quick and easy access.
If you want WiFi, the Blueskysea DV526 has built-in Wifi for connecting your phone to the camera using their app.
How does the DV688 compare to the Blueskysea DV128, Blueskysea DV128 or Blueskysea DV526?
The DV526, DV128 and the DV688 models all use a Sony Image sensor, which are know for their crisp day and night time video footage, while the DV188 uses a lesser known JX-H61 image sensor. The DV526 has a smaller lens and of 110 degrees, while the other models have a wider lens angle of 130°.
The DV688 camera system can be used on a large touring bike like a Honda Goldwing or a smaller racing style motorcycle.
- Uses Sony Image Sensor
- Fully waterproof
- Dual moto cam
- Mid range price
- Plastic casing, less durable
- No WiFi for remote connectivity
Blueskysea DV688 Specs
- 1080p HD Video @ 30FPS (Front & Rear)
- Sony IMX323 image sensor
- 128GB microSD card capacity
- Allwinner V3 processor
- 2.35″ LCD Screen
- 130° Lens Angle
- GPS (with optional module)
- Capacitor or Battery: Battery
With their wide range of dash cams for cars, big rig trucks and motorcycles, VSYSTO has the experience for on the road cameras.
The VSYSTO motorcycle camera is a dual channel setup with 2 cameras that shoots 1080p HD video at 30 frames per second and uses a Sony IMX323 image sensor for good day and night video quality. Both of the cameras have a wide 170 degree field of view, which adds up to a nearly 360 degree dash cam view.
The two cameras for the front and rear of your bike are both waterproof as well as the actual camera unit itself, which features a 4.5 inch display that is scratch proof. On the screen you can view and delete videos, along with making setting changes.
With its built in WiFi you can remotely link up to the VSYSTO cam to download videos directly on to your phone to post on Youtube and other sites. This feature is also helpful after a crash or accident where you need to send video over to your insurance company.
The motorcycle cam is completely waterproof, so both cameras and the main camera body unit can be left on the motorcycle when not in use. Having it wired in to your motorcycle will allow it to start and stop recording as you turn your bike on and off. This is far better then having motorcycle helmet cam like a GoPro that might shut off during riding because of a low battery or a full memory card. The VSYSTO camera uses what’s called “loop recording” and saves small 5 minute video clips. Once your memory card is full (hours of footage), it will start recording over the oldest 5 minute video files.
With the included GPS module you can keep logs of your latest rides and share them with friends.
- Wide 170° lens angle
- Fully waterproof
- Uses a capacitor (good for high heat)
- Built-In Wifi fore remote connectivity
- Priced higher than other models
- Not as rugged as higher end models
VSYSTO Motorcycle Dash Cam Specs
- 1080p HD Video @ 30FPS (Front & Rear)
- 170° Lens Angle
- Mstar MSC8328P (MTK) Processor
- 4.5″ LCD Display
- 128GB microSD Memory Capacity
- WiFi, built-in
- GPS, with included module
- Battery or Capacitor: Capacitor
The K2 Moto Dash Cam is made by INNOVV who is known for their high end motorcycle camera systems. The first thing you will notice on the K2 and other INNOVV products when you take it out of the box is its heavy-duty all aluminum dvr body and camera lens casings. Although this adds a bit more weight than some of the other plastic motorcycle dvr systems, the all aluminum casing is far more durable and worth the slight weight difference.
The K2 shoots in 1080p HD video at 30 frames per second on both the front and rear cameras.
What sets the K2 dual dash cam setup apart form some of the other moto cams is that the entire unit is fully waterproof, including the camera/dvr box, the brains of the camera system. Many other motorcycle dash cams have waterproof cameras, but the main unit is not water proof or made for all weather.
The main box where the processor and memory card are does not have an LCD screen. All of the main K2 settings can be changed on your smartphone. By downloading the free INNOVV app you can remotely connect to the K2 via WiFi on your phone or tablet. Along with changing the settings, you can directly download and view videos on your phone.
INNOVV includes a GPS model with the K2 that will allow you to log your routes and trips on a map that can be shared with others through their APP. If you don’t want this feature, you don’t have to install/plug-in the GPS module.
Parking Mode is an option on the K2, which can monitor your bike when you are away. It will begin recording is there is a major impact or movement from the bike. You should use an external battery pack for this feature.
Fully waterproof system
Rugged aluminum casing
Dual camera system
Smaller 120° lens angle
Priced higher than most
INNOVV K2 Motorcycle Cam Specs
1080p HD Video @ 30FPS (Front & Rear)
SONY EXMOR Image Sensor
120° Lens Angle
256GB microSD Card Capacity
Novatek NT96663 Processor
No internal battery/capacitor, uses moto battery
Our number one pick for best moto dash cam in 2020 is the M1!
THINKWARE has been putting out high end dash cams for cars now for a number of years and now they have released their camera setup for motorcycles.
The M1 Motorsports is a dual cam setup with front and rear cameras that plug into the main unit where the processor and memory card are. Both cameras record 1080p HD video and use a 2.13MP Sony STARVIS image sensor. This is a popular image sensor on car dash cams and provides great night vision or after dark video quality as well as crisp day time video. THINKWARE uses advanced electronic image stabilization (EIS) to give you smoother video if you’re riding on bumpy dirt roads or have a more rigid suspension.
The entire motorcycle camera system is waterproof, so you are able to record in all weather and leave the cameras permanently installed on your bike, giving you a true “Set It and Forget It” camera setup that you don’t get with a helmet cam.
While most other motorcycle dashcams that offer GPS require that you use an external GPS module that needs to be mounted on your bike and then plugged into the main camera unit, the M1 has the GPS antenna built right into the main unit, freeing up more space on your bike.
Also built-in to the THINKWARE M1 cam is WiFi, allowing you to remotely connect to the M1 with your phone. After you download the free iOS or Android THINKWARE app you can save videos on to your phone or tablet and make dash cam setting changes. Because the M1 does not have a screen, you will need to do this in order to set the camera up.
Overall we think that the THINKWARE M1 is the best high-end motorcycle dash cam on the market today for its good video quality, durable build, built-in Wifi and GPS and the trusted name of THINKWARE in the dash cam field.
Uses capacitor, better for high heats
Built in WiFi & GPS, rather than addon module
Rugged body and design
More expensive than low end models
THINKWARE Motorcycle Dash Cam Specs
1080p HD Video @ 30FPS (Front & Rear)
Sony STARVIS image sensors
140° Lens angle
128GB microSD Memory Capacity
iOS and Android APP
Capacitor based power
Motorycle Camera Buying Guide
Above we have reviewed the top dash cameras on the market today for motorcycles, showing you all their features as well as PROS and CONS. Below are a few more things we wanted to go over about buying a camera system for your bike.
Why a motorcycle dash cam is better than a GoPro
A dedicated motorycle dash cam system has many benefits over a motorcycle helmet cam, either a GoPro or other brand of action camera. Here are some of the advantages:
- The battery never runs out and you never have to charge it.
- It turns on automatically, so you will never forget to turn it on or off.
- It comes with a rear camera, so you can get footage from behind, which is especially helpful if someone rear-ends you
- The memory card never gets full. It uses “loop recording” and records small 3 minute video clips and once the entire memory card is full (usually hours and hours of video), it starts recording over the oldest video files.
- It won’t overheat during the summer like a GoPro might in the hot sun
- Most dedicated motorcycle dash cams have a wider field of view or lens angle than a GoPro or action cam, allowing you to capture more of the front and back of the road. Some dual channel motorcycle cameras have 170+ degree lens angle, giving you nearly a 360 degree view.
Average price of a motorcycle camera setup
Most motorcycle camera systems range from around $100 to just over $400. Many motorcycle cameras today are usually sold as a “dual channel” setup, meaning that there is 2 camera lenses for the front and rear of your bike that are wired to the main camera unit. Because of this, they are a bit pricier to manufacture than a traditional single lens dash cam made for your car.
We do not recommend buying any motorcycle dash cam under $100, as it will use cheaper image sensors that will result in poor video quality, especially at night, and have cheap housing and mounting brackets that can crack and break.
Battery life of motorcycle dash cam
Motorcycle dash cams are not meant to be powered by themselves. A big misconception with dash cams is their battery. Dash cams either have a battery or a capacitor (in rare cases no battery/capacitor at all like the INNOVV K2). The only purpose of the battery or capacitor is to quickly save the last video file when you turn your bike off and it loses the power from your bike, because of this the battery they do have is very small and will not hold a charge for long. This is what sets dash cams apart from a traditional action cam or GoPro, they turn on and off with the bike, making them very convenient.
Parking Mode on a Motorcycle Dash Cam
Parking Mode features are not as common on motorcycle cameras as they are on car dashcams. For the moto cams that do have parking mode, they will usually have 2 main features. The first is impact detection which uses an internal g-sensor to known when a major impact has happened and the 2nd feature is motion detection (more rare to find this feature on moto cams). When the camera detects and impact or motion it will start recording for a number of seconds and than turn off and go back in a standby type mode. In order to use parking mode features on a motorcycle security cam, you will usually want to have an external battery setup so you don’t drain your motorcycle battery.
There are many videos on Youtube featuring motovloggers who record video of their daily rides while having a discussion with their audience, usually at the same time the video recording is taking place, though some do dub in the audio later.
If you wanted to start your own motovlog and plan on recording live audio, we recommend getting an external microphone source outside of a motorcycle dash cam setup. The microphones that are on a moto dash cam are typically not that great, and are there for things like road rage incidents, not for high quality audio of someone talking the entire video.