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Best Helmet Cameras in the Philippines 2021

Motorcycle helmet cameras are becoming more and more popular with Filipino riders. If you're on the hunt for the best helmet cameras locally, here's our top 10 list.

A helmet-mounted camera is a great way to capture footage of your ride, whether you're simply cruising, or giving your best shot on the track. It can also be a saving grace in case you run into an accident or traffic issue along the road, as you would have the footage to check what really happened, especially if the authorities get involved. Most of the good helmet cameras in the market today have fairly impressive features, allowing you to capture and relive the best moments of your adventures in high-definition, and some come with built-in editing and Wi-Fi-ready features that allow you to quickly edit the footage and share it online in an instant.

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With these benefits of a helmet camera, especially to the legions of Filipino bikers out there, we, at Priceprice.com, have listed the best motorcycle helmet cameras in the country, along with some quick description of the functions and features of each. We have also prepared a buying guide in which you get to learn about the factors that you need to consider before availing yourself of a helmet-mounted cam.

Things to Consider When Buying a Helmet Camera

Battery Life

It can be frustrating if you're capturing your best action footage, and your camera suddenly runs out of juice. Videorecording can use up more power than simply taking photos, especially if you're recording 1080p or 4K resolution. So, it is important to make sure the battery life of the helmet camera you select will meet your needs.

Some cameras come with removable batteries and having extra batteries will ensure you can immediately continue where you left off in case the power runs out. The more modern ones come with a USB charger. The downside of this is that you need to have an available charging port (fortunately, most modern motorcycles now come with such) or a power bank to get your batteries juiced back up. Another downside is you'd have to wait until the battery is charged enough to take another round of video capturing. To avoid these inconveniences, better choose a helmet camera with long battery life, one that will last for long hours.

Resolution

The camera's resolution determines the quality of your picture. Blurry and low-pixel footages can be frustrating as most people would want the best moments of their adventures to be of high-quality resolution, especially if they are vlogging and posting the vids online. Whether recording picturesque scenery, or in case of accidents, a good resolution camera is very useful. While it doesn't have to be the highest resolution, a decent pixel capacity that is clear enough to make out most details will be adequate. Your choice will depend on your requirements and needs.

Storage and Storage Size

If you require high-resolution footage, then storage size should also be a key consideration. Almost all action cameras come with a removable SD card on top of their internal memory. To be sure you do not run out of storage, buy a large memory card that is compatible with your helmet camera. It's always good to have extra space than be short of space, especially if you're recording mostly videos.

Mounting Feature

Make sure that the helmet camera you will purchase can be mounted perfectly on the helmet you are using. If you're recording sport action such as on the track or dirt roads, the last thing you want to happen is for your helmet cam to fly off. Most high-quality helmet manufacturers leave spots for mounting cameras, to secure them tightly in place. To be sure though, always check out the mounting location on your helmet and the camera's mounting feature, as some cameras may not be able to mount in the exact location you want them to be attached.

Stabilization

Shaky videos are difficult to watch and ruins the fun of the action you recorded. Good image stabilization is key, so look for this feature in your helmet camera. Without this feature, the bumps and jolts, as well as the tight curves on the road while riding your motorcycle will make the video unstable and blurry.

Other Features

Depending on your requirements, you may want to look for other features in your helmet camera.

  • Size could be a consideration for some, and the smaller the better. Smaller cams are lighter and ideal for so as not to add substantial weight to your already-heavy helmet. Smaller cams may also reduce chances of obstructing your view and they would be easier to mount.
  • Audio recording is important if you need to narrate as you record, and if you need to stream on social media.
  • Voice control: If you want a totally hands-free recording experience without having to take your hands off the handlebars or stop on the side of the road, some helmet cameras come with voice control, which allows you to operate the cam via voice command.
  • Waterproof and dustproof motorcycle helmet cameras are recommended since they will most likely be exposed to the elements and it may suddenly rain when you least expect it. Be sure to check the waterproofing level as some cams can handle splashes only, but not full soaking.
  • Shockproof features come handy in sporty or extreme adventures and in case of a mild crash. Most helmet cams come with tough casing that enables these proofing features.
  • Wireless connectivity, such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth readiness, is important if you are into live streaming or you have the compulsion to immediately share your videos online. Pairing with your smartphone or other Bluetooth-enabled gizmo is also possible with this feature.
  • Livestreaming capabilities: There are also helmet cams with livestreaming capabilities that you might want to check out.
  • Field of coverage may also be useful to some, especially the panoramic and 360-degree views.

Best Helmet Cameras in the Philippines 2021

10. Polaroid Cube+

Manufactured by Polaroid Corp., the Polaroid Cube+ is a high-definition (HD) action video camera perfect for live streamers and real-time sharing of videos online. It comes with a microphone for audio recording, built-in Wi-Fi, live streaming capability, and the Polaroid Cube+ app. This app allows you to view, frame, and share up to 2560p x 1440p HD footage on your smartphone or smart device. The Polaroid Cube+ can capture widescreen video, with a 124-degree wide-viewing angle. It can record up to 90 minutes on a full charge of its 600mAh battery. Its CMOS optical sensor has an image-stabilization feature and functions well even in low-light. It can snap photos with 8MP image resolution, and it is splash and shock resistant. The Polaroid Cube+ measures 35mm x 35mm x 35mm and comes with built-in magnets for mounting, such as on helmets. It comes with a mini-USB port and supports microSD card of up to 128GB enabling riders to capture and store their every adventure as it unfolds.

9. Garmin VIRB Ultra 30

Although Garmin's expertise is more on GPS than cameras, the Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 4K action camera has quite impressive features, among them voice control, data overlays and Garmin's proprietary G-Metrix technology that features a high-sensitivity 10Hz GPS, a compass, accelerometer, gyroscope and altimeter. The G-Metrix GPS data can note how high, how far, or how fast you went during your adventure. This makes the Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 a perfect companion for travels even in faraway locations.

It can shoot ultra-HD or 4K videos at 30fps footage, and its 3-axis image-stabilization feature ensures capturing of crisp, steady video, despite the terrain you're riding on. It comes with a 1.75-inch color touchscreen LCD display to let you preview your video as it is being recorded, whenever it isn't mounted on your helmet. A high-sensitivity microphone can pick up audio clearly whether the camera is inside or outside its waterproof case. The Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 helmet camera is easy to operate with one-touch buttons for turning it on and off or snapping photos. And it can respond to "start/stop recording", "take photos/videos" and "remember moments" voice commands via the Sensory TrulyHandsfree technology. Creating and trimming video clips, adding music, polishing the video and adding transition effects is possible via the VIRB Edit desktop software. Wireless casting is also possible with Miracast-enabled devices. The camera can work in tandem with other Garmin devices such as the Garmin fitness wearable, which can monitor your heart.

8. SJCAM M20

The SJCAM M20 is one of the cheaper alternatives to the pricey GoPro range of action cameras that can be attached to helmets. Utilizing a Novatek 96660 chipset and a Sony IMX206 sensor, the SJCAM M20 can shoot images with up to 16MP or 4608 x 3456p resolution and videos of up to 4K or 2880 x 2160p at 24fps (interpolated). When recording jerky movements or on unsteady grounds, the camera's gyro feature can be turned on for image stabilization. Measuring 40.14mm x 37.18mm x 48mm and weighing 55.5g, the SJCAM M20 comes with various mounting accessories and brackets, so that you can attach it securely to where you want it fixed. It comes with an LCD screen for previewing your shots before sharing them online via wireless connection to your Android or iOS smartphone or device.

The camera comes with a sleek, sturdy waterproof case. Waterproofing is not just against splashes as the SJCAM M20 can also be used for recording your swimming and diving escapades and can function up 90 feet below the waters. If you're fond of aerial shots, this camera is compatible with drones as it offers a wide field of view and high-quality video and audio even from above and afar. It has an adjustable FOV enabling you to shoot from narrow, normal and wide angles. Moreover, it has a distortion correction feature, in which you can get rid of unrealistic photo and video appearances such as the fish-eye effect.

7. AKASO EK7000 Pro

Another pocket-friendly but noteworthy helmet-attached action camera is the AKASO EK7000 Pro. It can shoot footage of up to maximum ultra-HD 4K resolution at 25fps, and snap images of up to 16MP. The camera's advanced electronic image stabilization (EIS) ensures clear, smooth images and steady videos, just perfect for capturing your sporty and fun exploits. It comes with an adjustable viewing angle so you can capture the best perspectives. Moreover, you can cover more ground with the AKASO EK7000 Pro's expansive 170-degree wide-angle lens, suitable for landscape sceneries and backgrounds, or even capturing the entire racetrack if you're recording a run.

It can also be used for water activities, being equipped with a durable waterproof case, and can support diving up to 40m below the surface. The 2-inch IPS touchscreen display allows for photo and vid previewing, and the camera's Wi-Fi ready feature (you need to download the iSmart DV app on your smart device) allows you to share your snaps without much of a hassle. Audio recording is enabled but note that it doesn't work well when the camera is inside the waterproof casing. Battery capacity is 1050mAh allowing you to shoot more photos and more video hours. The AKASO EK7000 Pro supports a 64GB microSDXC UHS-I card. Charging and connecting to devices is via Micro HDMI and Micro USB cables. The camera package comes with a watch-like remote control (not waterproof) and a helmet-tethering accessories kit.

6. AKASO Brave 6

Another affordable AKASO action camera occupies our top 6 spot for the best helmet cameras―the AKASO Brave 6. This budget-friendly action camera can capture decent quality full HD and ultra-HD 4K video at 30fps and 20MP-resolution images, with 6x zoom. For flawless videorecording of actions, you can activate the camera's EIS feature to smoothen out any wobble. It takes on the same traditional action camera design as the GoPro, in which a protective waterproof casing houses the square cam that comes with a 2-inch touchscreen. The case is waterproof up to 30m making it ideal to shoot underwater sceneries and record your diving activities.

Aside from having a remote control, the AKASO Brave 6 differentiates itself from the EK7000 Pro with its voice-command capability, with 6 commands that enable you to start and stop taking picture or video recording, such as AKASO Video Start" and "AKASO Take Photo". The helmet camera's viewing angles are adjustable and can be set to 170-, 140-, 110-, and 70-degrees depending on your requirements. Like the EK7000 Pro, you can use the camera's wireless or Wi-Fi feature by downloading the iSmart DV on your smartphone to make social media sharing easy to do. There's a USB Type-C port for you to plug in an external microphone for enhanced audio quality, especially if you are narrating. A 1350mAh 3.7v battery powers the AKASO Brave 6.

5. SUPREMO 4K Action Camera

An even cheaper but feature-packed camera that can be fastened to your helmet is the SUPREMO 4K Action Camera. It get access to all wonderful features of an action camera such as ultra-HD 4K video recording at 24fps, 2.7K at 30fps and 1080p at 60fps. Highest image resolution is at 16MP. The camera comes with a 2-inch LCD screen, easy-to-operate buttons, and is encased in a housing, as with most traditionally designed action cams, that's waterproof up to 30 meters below the water surface. The SUPREMO 4K action camera helps you get creative with your shots thanks to its 7G A+ Fisheye super-wide-angle lens (170-degrees). A 1000mAh 3.7V lithium battery provides the helmet camera's juice for longer hours of snapping photos or chronicling your ride activities on video. You can save your precious photos on a microSD card up to 32GB. There are two ports available: HDMI Mini (Type D) and USB 2.0.

4. DJI Osmo Action

Our top 4 in our best helmet cameras list comes from DJI, a leading provider of civilian drones and aerial imaging technology. With DJI's proprietary RockSteady Technology built into the DJI Osmo Action camera, you can expect nothing but good quality resolution from it. The RockSteady Technology assures outstanding image stabilization, and it combines EIS with specialized algorithms to guarantee smooth footage. This means you can expect a high level of clarity and steadiness from the up-to-4K high-dynamic range (HDR) videos and the 12MP images that you will shoot with this camera. It comes with a 8x Slow Motion video effect, which you can use to savor special moments, remarkable actions such as when you perfectly tackled a difficult curve or difficult terrain, and other noteworthy activities.

A unique feature of the DJI Osmo Action camera is its dual screen, one in front and one at the back, which enables you to capture scenes from either your point of view or be part of the show in just a touch of a button. The action cam is waterproof up to 36ft deep and its Quick Switch button comes very handy when switching between shooting modes especially underwater. While the Philippines doesn't really get freezing weather, this helmet camera can withstand cold temperatures of up to -10 degrees Celsius. The camera responds to voice commands, which makes turning the device on and off and taking photos or recording videos effortless even if you can't use your hands. The camera has wireless and livestreaming capability, courtesy of the DJI Mimo smartphone app-perfect for vlogging or online sharing. Given these features, the DJI Osmo Action is priced higher than most cams (but still affordable than the high-spec GoPro cams).

3. GoPro HERO5 Session

Our top 3 to top 1 spot has been bagged by the leading action camera which is the GoPro range. The third placer is the GoPro HERO5 Session camera that can be handheld or affixed to your travel gear, your motorbike or your helmet. One of the key features of this sleek and compact action cam is its liquid-smooth image stabilization that makes for stunning 4K video quality at 30fps and vivid 10MP images with Burst and Time Lapse modes and ultra-wide-angle lens. The GoPro HERO5 Session has a simple one-button control in which a single press of the shutter powers the camera on and automatically starts. The camera responds to simple voice commands for a no-fumbling hands-free operation.

Storing, editing and sharing vids and photos are easy as the HERO5 Session can automatically and directly upload photos and videos to your GoPro Plus cloud account. You can also create videos that wow using the GoPro editing app Quik. The GoPro HERO5 Session is encased in a highly-durable housing and it works with all GoPro Family official mounts and accessories. The HERO5 Session is shockproof and waterproof up to 33m even without the housing. Other noteworthy features are its sound recording with advanced wind-noise-reduction feature, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and a non-removable 1000mAh battery.

2. GoPro HERO6 Black

If you're looking for a GoPro camera that has more advanced features than the HERO5 Session, our top 2 pick, the GoPro HERO6 Black, might be a good choice for you. It is capable of shooting full ultra-HD 4K videos up to 60fps and compared with the HERO5 Session, the HERO6 Black has higher image resolution of 12MP with zoom capability. The action camera has GoPro's proprietary in-house chip, the GP1 processor, which enables very stead image stabilization, and other computer-processed features. The GoPro HERO6 Black has voice-control features, one-button control, and a 2-inch display but unlike the HERO5 Session, it is a touchscreen, making it much easier to access the menu and controls.

Waterproof limit is up to 33ft even without the camera case. Similar to the other GoPro action cams, sharing photos and videos on the go is done via the cloud, and editing is made easier with the Quik app. You can also use GoPro Protune to modify settings such as ISO, color profiles, shutter speed, exposure compensation, white balance, sharpness, among others. The HERO6 Black can be controlled wirelessly via the GoPro mobile app and using a combination of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It is compatible with the Smart Remote and the Remo voice remote. The camera has a GPS sensor, too. It has a 1220mAh rechargeable battery, which is decent enough to capture sufficient footage and photos.

1. GoPro HERO7 Black

Our top 1 helmet camera is the upgraded version of the GoPro HERO6, the GoPro HERO7 Black. This iteration basically has similar features as the HERO6 Black except for some tweaks. Among these updates are the ramped-up clock speed of the GoPro GP1 processor, which allows it to cope with the data-crunching demands of the HERO7 Black, such as with its new HyperSmooth image stabilization technology. The improved stabilization takes your footage to a new super-smooth level, supporting extreme activities and not-so-serene escapades.

Other updates include direct streaming to Facebook Live, a more stabilized time-lapse video capability, an intelligent still-photo mode, and a vertical portrait mode that allows you to upload social media-style video and still images to your Instagram and other socmed accounts. The GoPro HERO7 Black retains the dimensions of its predecessor, HERO6 Black, as well as the video and image resolutions, 8x slowmo, waterproof limit, app and cloud compatibilities, to name a few, the touch and voice controls have been improved some more. There are now 16 voice commands and the touchscreen menu now closely resembles that of smartphone navigation.

Conclusion

The best helmet cameras often serve two main purposes. The first is to have fun and the second is to capture that fun moment so you can relive it. Capturing your exploits on camera whether it's hair-raising or just a tranquil activity in glorious high-definition and sharing them with family and friends sounds great and exciting. No matter what your photo and video-recording goals are, there's surely a camera on our list designed to meet your needs. While stabilization, resolution, mounting features and other key specifications are factors that will greatly influence your choice of a helmet camera, there's also the price aspect, especially for many Filipino riders out there. Our top 10 best helmet camera list has a good mix of both budget-friendly, average-priced and expensive brands and models. Simply jot down your priority features and shop away! And most important of all, enjoy recording your adventures and ride safe!

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