If you're a daily motorcycle commuter or even love taking beautiful weekend rides, you've likely considered mounting a camera on your helmet. There are good and bad ways to mount a camera on your helmet, so it's advisable to do a bit of research first.
A good mount will give you a wide viewing angle, stable footage, and have zero risks of flying off in the middle of your ride. Here are our tips for mounting a camera to your motorcycle helmet. For a list of the best cameras for motorcycle riding, check out our post on the topic here: https://theridersmarket.com/best-hd-bluetooth-motorcycle-helmet-cameras/.
Flat vs Curved Surface Installs
Regardless of which mount you pick for your helmet, a surface area mount is generally required. Utilizing the best surface placement is necessary for making sure your camera doesn't go flying off mid-ride.
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Depending on your helmet, you may be able to install your helmet on a flat surface, which is generally easier. If you have to install the camera on a curved surface, make sure you get the proper adhesive and mounts for your camera.
Among the most common places to mount your camera is on top in the center, and at the front of the helmet. This might be the most typical area it's installed, but it's not always the most efficient.
Depending on how the camera is angled, you might not be able to see everything that's in your field of view. However, this placement makes it easy to have a front-facing camera or rear facing, depending on your needs.
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Side mounting your camera on your helmet is easily the second most common position. If you have a full face helmet, you should be able to get a great placement with the side mount option. One thing to note, even if its somewhat obvious, the side mount positioning does give you an off-center viewing angle as opposed to front mount. However, you'll be able to see more of what's actually in your field of view with this configuration.
Chin mounting is rising in popularity amount motorcyclists. Let's discuss why that is. These mounts give the very best POV (perspective). The footage gives you the best angle for showing what is actually in your field of vision. Unlike top mounting, you don't have excess space at the top of your film area, and the resulting video is overall better framed.
Another significant advantage of chin mounting your camera is that it is more aerodynamic. If you have a larger camera, this can be more comfortable as well. Some riders who mount their cameras on top of their helmets tend to experience some drag, which can pull your head back at high speeds.
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Regardless of how you choose to mount your motorcycle camera, make sure you don't skimp on mounting hardware or adhesives. There really isn't a wrong way to install a helmet cam, outside of not securing well enough.
What's your favorite way to mount your motorcycle camera? Let us know in the comments section below!