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Try a Helmet Cam for a Hands Free Video Camera

Updated on February 2, 2013

Inexpensive Helmet Cams are Great Hands Free Video Cameras

Helmet cams, or action cams, make it easy to capture hands free video of your favorite sports and activities. Whether you're skateboarding, dirt biking, car racing, skydiving, or just hanging out at home, a helmet cam is a fun way to record the moment. Just strap it to your helmet, bike handles, skateboard, surfboard, etc. and you're ready for handsfree video fun. Keep reading to learn more about the options starting at less than $50, check out helmet cam prices and see videos shot from real helmetcams.

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GoPro HERO3 (Silver Edition) - Waterproof and rugged cameras for every sports adventure

GoPro is one of the most popular names in hands-free adventure photography because they offer a variety of mounts with every camera. You can attach a GoPro to your helmet, bike handlebars, surfboard, or virtually any other piece of sports equipment you own, or you can get an optional chest strap to attach it to your body. They're also waterproof. You can take this model, the GoPro HERO3 (Silver Edition) 197 feet underwater or use it on land to take individual 11 MP still photos, shoot bursts of 10 frames per second, or capture HD video.

GoPro HERO3: Silver Edition
GoPro HERO3: Silver Edition

Product description: GoPro HERO3 (Silver Edition) The HERO3: Silver Edition boasts the same high performance specs as the famous HD HERO2 camera it replaces, yet it has built-in Wi-Fi and is 30% smaller and 25% lighter. The HERO3: Silver Edition is wearable and gear mountable, waterproof to 197' (60m), and is capable of capturing ultra-wide 1080p 30 fps and 720p 60 fps video plus 11MP photos at a rate of 10 photos per second. Smaller, Lighter...BetterWeighing in at a scant 2.6 ounces, the HERO3: Silver Edition is 25% lighter and 30% smaller than the HD HERO2 camera it replaces.


Contour ROAM2 Helmet Camera - An affordable sports camera for your helmet

Contour is another well known manufacturer of POV action cameras. This model, the Contour ROAM2 can easily mount to a helmet, and has a sleeker, more aerodynamic design than the GoPro. It's also more affordable.

Contour ROAM2 Waterproof Video Camera (Blue)
Contour ROAM2 Waterproof Video Camera (Blue)

Product description:

- Locking Instant On-Record Switch No power button, no problem. Simply slide the Instant On-Record switch into its locking position to ensure you shoot exactly when you're ready.

- Vibrant color options We understand that style matters and color can make or break a look. Match your kit, or bring in a little contrast by adding a ContourROAM2 in one of four colors: Contour green, red, blue or traditional black.

- 60fps As requested by our users, we've bumped up the frames per second to 60, meaning you can now get that smooth video quality you've come to expect from Contour cameras.

- Waterproof without a case Good things come in small packages. The ContourROAM2 sheds bulk by working underwater without an extra case.


Muvi Micro Camcorder - Get the camcorder, then add accessories such as a handlebar mount

The Muvi mico camcorder is great for sports shooting and comes with optional accessories such as a handlebar mount or the extreme sports pack that lets you attach the camera to a helmet or your body.

ARCHOS Helmet Camcorder - Record video even in near darkness

Archos Helmet Camcorder for Generation 5 Archos Portable Media Players
Archos Helmet Camcorder for Generation 5 Archos Portable Media Players

Ideal for extreme sports and professional applications, the Archos generation 5 helmet camcorder comes complete with a high-resolution lens, built-in remote, and microphone. The camcorder's video capture capability enables it to record clear footage in most environments without extra light sources, even in near darkness. The camcorder can record in MPEG4 and AVI formats in VGA resolution, and the recorded footage is stored automatically on your Archos generation 5 device's hard drive (sold separately).


Tips for Using Your Helmet Cam

1. Make sure the camera is securely fastened. You don't want to lose it if you're bumping around.

2. Be sure your camera's recording. This seems obvious, but you don't want to jump out of an airplane and realize you forgot to turn it on, do you?

3. If you're filming in a dusty or wet environment, take periodic breaks to clean the lens. You won't get good shots if the lens is covered in dirt or water.

Oregon Scientific ATC 2K Action Cam Camcorder - This sports camera is even waterproof!

ATC2K Waterproof Action Cam
ATC2K Waterproof Action Cam

Get full-function, hands-free, digital recording with this Oregon Scientific camcorder that weighs only half a pound. It's also waterproof to three meters and shock-resistant for extreme sports. Mount it to helmets, handlebars, and other sports equipment with the included mounting hardware and you can start capturing 640 x 480 VGA resolution at 30 frames per second. Includes USB and RCA cables for playback on your computer or TV.


Helmet Cam Captures First Triple Backflip on a Bike - Don't miss this video

New Zealand BMX rider Jed Mildon landed the world's first triple backflip at the Unit T3 Mindtricks BMX Jam in Taupo, New Zealand in May 2011. This could be one of the best helmet cam videos

Olympic Ski Run on Helmet Cam

Ever wonder what it's like to go down an Olympic ski run? Here's a helmet cam view.

Dirt Biking as Seen Through a Helmet Cam

Hang on to the handlebars! When you want to capture action like this, a helmet cam makes it possible. This video and the others below give examples of the kind of images you'll be able to capture with a helmet cam. Just remember that the quality shown here is determined by the type of equipment used. To get the best images, be sure to read the specs of any prospective helmet camera carefully before buying.

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    • randomthings lm profile image

      randomthings lm 4 years ago

      I have not tried a helmet cam. I always thought they would be too expensive. Thanks for showing some options that are doable.

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      Lenskeeper 4 years ago

      Wow. These would be great for bikers or hikers!

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      gamrslist 5 years ago

      cool lens love these cams thanks for share

    • JoleneBelmain profile image

      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      Pretty neat invention to show what a person is seeing while doing something that requires their hands to be free. Love watching helmet cam video's.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I haven't tried one, but we have a really annoying cyclist who uses one to try and capture motorists who become frustrated at him riding in the middle of the lanes so that cars can't get past him. I have been stuck in a 1/4 mile queue before just because he refuses to ride at the side like other cyclists, and on a 2 lane road the traffic just backs up behind him.

      I guess they have good uses too :)

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      BillDowning007 7 years ago

      A helmet cam would be awesome to have!!!

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      Myrle-Beach-Photography 7 years ago

      This is a great lens. Very nice photos. If anyone is in the myrtle beach area, come check me out at Myrtle Beach Photography

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      tdove 8 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      CoolFoto 8 years ago

      No, never tried a helmet cam, but it looks like fun. 5* and lens roll to my Flip Mino Camcorder . It's also fun to use.