Best Motovlogging Setup: Camera, Microphone and Mounts

So, you are looking to get into motovlogging huh? Well luckily you’ve found the ultimate guide to help you start your own motovlog. Wether you are just looking to get started or you’re a more experienced motovlogger looking to update your equipment to produce higher quality videos.

In this guide we will expand on the best motovlog camera, microphones and helmet mounts, highlight some of the best equipment so you have the right equipment to start motovlogging. This guide will be continually updated to feature the best current equipment on the market. So without further delay let’s jump right into it.

So what is motovlogging? According to Wikipedia motovlogging is the act of recording a video blog or ‘vlog’ while riding a motorcycle. It’s not known when the first motovlog was created or who first started motovlogging but it is widely believed to be motovlogger M13. If you too want to start motovlogging you should pick the right equipment for your setup.

Motovlogging setup:

Your motovlogging setup will consist of three different pieces of equipment. A camera, a microphone and a mount so you can mount the camera to your helmet or motorbike.

Motovlog Camera

A very important aspect of your vlogs will be the video that is recorded by your camera. A high quality camera will give your viewers the best experience and show the most details in your vlog. To pick the best camera for you motovlog you will need to look for a camera with high resolution and good image quality but there are some other aspects that are often forgotten.

  • Field of View: Another important aspect is the Field of View (FOV) of the camera, a wide field of view enables you to not only record what is in front of you but will also record more of the sides. This gives viewers a better overview of whats happening and will enable them to see what’s happening in the lanes around you and see more scenery while riding. Because of the field of view we recommend going with an action camera over a ‘normal’ camera since these have a bigger field of view and are also more robust.
  • Mic connector: If you want to record clear speech and limit wind noise we recommend you use an external microphone instead of the built-in microphone of your camera since that will be outside your helmet and exposed to the wind. We will expand further on microphones a bit later in the post, but if you want to use an external microphone you should consider this when picking the right camera. Make sure the camera you pick has the ability to connect to a external microphone and if the connector is in a convenient location to run the microphone from the camera to your helmet.
  • Easy to mount: Last but not least, your camera should be easy to mount to your helmet or motorcycle. The most used position is to mount it to your helmet (top, side or chin mount) but you can also mount it to your motorbike so it functions a but like a motorcycle dash cam.

 

Motovlog Microphone

To filter out the wind noise and to record your own speech crystal clear you will also need an external microphone for your motovlogging setup which you can mount in your motorcycle helmet. You can use two types of microphones to record your audio. If your camera has a connection for an external microphone you can buy an external microphone and simply plug it into your camera. That way your microphone will be powered by your camera and your audio and video will automatically be synchronized. If your camera does not have the ability to connect an external microphone you will need to buy a more advanced lapel/lavalier microphone that can power itself with batteries and records to a microSD card or other type of storage. You will need to sync the audio and video in post-production. A simple trick to help you synchronize both is to clap your hands or shut a book so you have a reference point to line the audio and video up with each other.

Mount for your Helmet or Motorcycle

The last part of your motovlogging setup is a camera mount. There are a lot of different positions on your helmet and motorcycle on which you can mount the camera which give different angles for your videos. The most popular position is to mount the camera on your helmet and is used by most motovloggers. This is one of the best camera angles and also makes it very easy to run a microphone from your camera to your helmet. Another position to mount the camera is to your motorcycle. This video angle is a lot lower than mounting it to your helmet and videos will look like it was recorded from a motorcycle dash cam. When picking a camera make sure there are mounts available for the camera so you can mount it to your motorcycle helmet or the motorcycle itself.

 

Best Motovlog Camera

This is our list of recommended cameras for your motovlogging setup. As you can see we have picked multiple GoPro’s, we recommend GoPro’s because they are one of the few action camera brands that support external microphones (which helps to record your voice and filter out wind noise) and because there are lots of different mounts and accessories due to their popularity.

GoPro HERO Session

GoPro HERO Session Motorcycle video cameraThe first camera we have picked in our guide is the GoPro HERO Session. The HERO Session packs the power of a GoPro into a ultra portable size. The camera is incredibly easy to use, a single button powers on the camera and starts recording, use the same button to stop recording and the camera will automatically turn itself off. The camera is capable of recording in 1080p full HD at 60 frames per second and can also capture photos in 8 megapixel. The design is rugged, durable and waterproof even without a separate housing. The HERO Session saves energy by only using power when recording and can record video for up to 2 hours. The built-in battery can be charged via the included USB cable or a separate wall charger (not included). The camera captures Ultra Wide 1080p Full HD at 30 frames per second out of the box but can be adjusted on the camera or using the free GoPro app.

Unfortunately the HERO Session does not support external microphones so if you want to record your own voice you will need a microphone that is battery powered and has its own storage. Recorded sound can then be synchronized to the video in post-production.

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Drift HD Ghost-S

The Ghost-S is the newest Drift action camera and is twice as powerful as its predecessor. The Ghost-S is capable of recording 1080p Full HD  at 60 frames per second, taking 12 megapixel pictures and has incredible low-light performance thanks to its Sony CMOS sensor, 7-element aspherical lens technology and a Drift Ghost-S Motorcycle helmet camleading-edge processor. The camera has a very long battery life and can record up to 3.5 hours so you will not have to worry about the camera dying. The Drift HD Ghost-S has an integrated 2 inch LCD display made of extremely durable Gorilla Glass which can be used to preview your desired shot and recorded footage and to navigate the camera menus so you can adjust camera settings on the fly. The easy to use interface provides access to a wide variety of of user-adjustable settings including, resolution, frame rate, 10x digital zoom, bit rate, field of view, exposure and manual HDMI out.  The Drift Ghost-S is resistant to dirt and rain but is also completely waterproof up to 9 feet (3 meter) without an extra housing.

The microphone on the Ghost-S can pick up a lot of wind noise so we recommend going with an external microphone. Drift have released their own external microphone which is only 20 bucks and fully compatible with the Ghost-S. You can find the microphone here on Amazon.

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GoPro HERO4 Silver

GoPro Hero 4 silver motorcycle action cameraThe next camera in our guide is another GoPro camera, this time the HERO4 Silver. The HERO4 captures 1080p Full HD at 60 frames per second that’s sharper and more lifelike than ever. You can also record in high resolution and high frame rate in 720p 120 frames per second or 960p at 100 frames per second for exceptionally smooth slow-motion playback of your highlights. And if that’s not good enough you can also capture 2.7k video at 30 frames per second. Apart from recording video the Hero 4 can also take 12 megapixel single photos, burst mode up to 30 frames per second or time lapse mode which will automatically take a photo at a set interval. The integrated touch display allows you to preview photos and videos to frame the perfect shot, play back content and easily navigate camera menus to adjust settings. The Hero 4 has auto low light mode so it changes settings based on lighting condition for optimal performance, enabling you to move between bright and dark environments (for example tunnels, or sunset rides) without having to manually adjust camera settings making this an excellent camera for motovlogging. Another cool feature is the HiLight tag which enables you to mark key moments of your recording so you can quickly locate your highlights when editing.

The GoPro HERO4 Silver is shipped with standard housing (131’/40m), rechargeable battery, flat adhesive mount, curved adhesive mount, 3-way pivot arm, quick release buckles and a USB cable.

Advice: If you want to use an external microphone (highly recommend) you should know that the standard included (waterproof) GoPro housing covers the microphone port. To protect your GoPro camera and easily mount it to your helmet or motorcycle we recommend adding the GoPro Frame housing to your shopping cart which you can find on Amazon here.

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GoPro HERO4 BLACK

GoPro Hero 4 Black motorcycle action camThe Hero 4 Black is the most advanced GoPro ever. The Hero 4 Black features a 2x more powerful processor, 2x faster video frame rates, even better image quality, improvements to audio, wireless connectivity, usability and much more. The Hero 4 is capable of recording in incredibly high resolution and high frame rates: 4K ultra HD @ 30 frames per second, 2.7K @ 60fps, 1080p Full HD @ 120fps and 720p @ 240fps. Stunning clarity. Liquid-smooth slow-motion playback. Cinema-quality capture. The Hero 4 black brings it all in a tiny package. The Hero 4 black can also take 12 megapixel still photos, burst mode up to 30 frames per second and has a time lapse mode for taking a photo after a certain time interval. Just as the hero 4 silver the hero 4 black also has auto light mode to automatically adjust camera settings to the lighting conditions and has a free app to control, view and share your footage with Wifi or bluetooth. To bring you the greatest degree of manual control over your videos you can use Protune to control color, white balance, sharpness, exposure and ISO limit.

The GoPro HERO4 Black is shipped with standard housing (131’/40m), rechargeable battery, flat adhesive mount, curved adhesive mount, 3-way pivot arm, quick release buckles and a USB cable.

Advice: If you want to use an external microphone (highly recommend) you should know that the standard included (waterproof) GoPro housing covers the microphone port. To protect your GoPro camera and easily mount it to your helmet or motorcycle we recommend adding the GoPro Frame housing to your shopping cart which you can find on Amazon here.

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Best Motovlog Microphone

This is our list of recommended microphones for your motovlogging setup. The microphones we picked have a micro USB connector instead of a 3.5 mm jack so they are compatible with action cameras. These microphones are also very durable and can be mounted inside your helmet to record clear speech and avoid any wind noise.

AceList HD Professional Microphone

AceList HD professional motovlog microphoneThe AceList HD is a lightweight microphone designed for use with the GoPro Hero 4, Hero3+, Hero3 and Hero Session cameras. This microphone can record crystal clear sound without the need for any adapters to plug into your GoPro camera. The microphone attaches to your helmet via lapel clip. To prevent wind or breathing noise you can use the foam windscreen. The AceList HD has a waterproof construction so you never have to worry about rain.

Advice: The standard included (waterproof) GoPro housing covers the microphone port. To protect your GoPro camera and easily mount it to your helmet or motorcycle we recommend adding the GoPro Frame Housing to your shopping cart which you can find on Amazon here.

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Movo GM100 Clip-on Microphone

Movo GM100 GoPro microphoneThe Movo GM100 clip-on microphone is extremely lightweight, designed for optimum comfort and portability and provides crystal clear and accurate voice reproduction. The microphone is compatible with the GoPro Hero3, Hero3+ and Hero4 Silver, Black and White editions.. The mic is shipped with a windscreen, tie-clip and 1-year manufacturer warranty.

Advice: The standard included (waterproof) GoPro housing covers the microphone port. To protect your GoPro camera and easily mount it to your helmet or motorcycle we recommend adding the GoPro Frame Housing to your shopping cart which you can find on Amazon here.

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Drift HD Ghost-S External Microphone

Drift HD Ghost external microphoneIf you have or are looking to buy a Drift HD Ghost S we highly recommend buying the manufacturer supported external microphone. This microphone is easy to connect to your Drift HD Ghost camera by simply plugging the mic into the 3.5 mm jack on the back of the camera. Using this microphone over the built-in microphone will enhance the audio quality of your POV footage, eliminate wind noise and capture in-helmet commentary.

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Helmet/Motorcycle Camera Mounts

This is our list of recommended camera mounts for your motovlogging setup. These mounts are all for different positions on your helmet or motorcycle and to help you make the best choice we have included a screenshot example of every mount.

Full Face Helmet Chin Mount for GoPro

GoPro Motovlog Chin MountOne of the best Point of View angles and by far the most popular amongst motovloggers is the chin mounted camera. The chin mount POV appears almost as if it’s filmed from your eyes and gives your viewers the most realistic experience. It’s also very easy to connect to an external microphone mounted inside your helmet since your entire motovlogging setup is attached to your helmet which you can easily take off when needed. This Chin Mount can easily be attached to and removed from any full face helmet and it can also easily be transferred to any other full face helmet. This chin mount provides the perfect angle for unobstructed POV footage recording and leaves easy access to your GoPro. The mount is compatible with any GoPro camera so you don’t have to buy a new mount if you decide to upgrade to another GoPro in the future.

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GoPro Side Mount

GoPro Side Helmet Mount for MotovlogsAnother popular camera angle for motovlogging is the side mount which attaches to the side of your helmet. Mounting the action camera to the side of the helmet is an excellent option for riders who don’t wear full face helmets so they are unable to use a chin mount. Unfortunately this camera angle is slightly off center and partly blocks one side of the screen which is why it’s used less than the chin mount. This is an official GoPro mount with helmet attachment and is compatible with all GoPro HD Hero cameras.

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Chest Mount Harness for GoPro

GoPro chest mount for motovloggingThe chest mount provides an ultra immersive perspective for your motovlog videos. With the lower-than-the-helmet view of the action you’ll capture more of your arms and motorcycle (dash and handlebars) while riding your motorcycle creating a more immersive way to film than on the helmet. The chest harness is fully adjustable to fit a wide range of adult sizes and is compatible with any GoPro Hero camera. The only con of the chest mount vs. the helmet mount is that the position of the camera is very static, when you look to the side or behind you the camera will always point straight forward whereas a helmet mounted camera will move with your head.

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GoPro Handlebar Mount

GoPro Handlebar Mount for MotovlogsThe handlebar mount securely attaches the camera housing to your handlebar, fork, frame or any other bar from 0.75″ to 1.4″ (1.9cm – 3.5cm) in diameter. The handlebar mount is perfect for capturing a point of view perspective of your motorcycle and functions like a dash cam for your bike. The GoPro handlebar mounting clamp includes the tool-free handlebar clamp and a 3-way adjustable pivot arm so you can position the camera housing at any angle relative to the clamp. The handlebar mount is a great way to take shots of yourself or of people following you.

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And that concludes our guide to creating the perfect motovlog setup for your budget and needs and we hope you have fount the perfect camera, microphone or mount. We hope you enjoyed our guide! If there are any action cameras, microphones or camera mounts you feel we missed in this guide please share it with us. If you think this guide will be helpful to someone looking into getting started with motovlogging feel free to share this guide with them.

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