Best Motovlogging Setup: Camera, Microphone and Mounts

When you want to start motovlogging you’ll quickly see just how many cameras, mounts and microphones are available. You can spend hours researching and comparing but you only want to know one thing: what motovlogging setup is the best for me?

To help you answer that question quickly and save you hours of research, we created this guide for motovlogging equipment. 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 mounts, and 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.

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 body, 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 bit like a motorcycle dash cam.

 

Motovlogging 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.

 1. GoPro Hero 6

GoPro Hero 6 BlackOur #1 recommendation and one of the best action cameras you can currently buy for motovlogging is the GoPro Hero 6.

The Hero 6 features an all-new GP1 chip for vastly improved image quality and smooth stabilized video footage and delivers 2x the performance compared to the Hero 5.

It is capable of recording video in:

  • 4K Ultra HD (60fps)
  • 2.7K and 1440p (120fps)
  • Full HD 1080p at 240 frames per second for slow-motion video recording.

It also features improved low-light video when you are riding in the twilight or in the night.

The design is everything you expect from a GoPro camera. The Hero 6 still features two screens. One on the front for displaying important information (battery status, recording information) and a 2-inch screen on the back for framing and reviewing shots. The 2-inch screen on the back is now also touch enabled which makes it easier to change settings or review some video footage. You can also control the camera with voice which is perfect if you want to adjust camera settings without taking of your helmet.

The Hero 6 is waterproof to 33ft (10m) without a housing so there is no need to worry if it starts raining when you are recording your motovlog. You can even add a GPS data overlay to your videos with the free Quik desktop app you can download from the GoPro website.

The camera is shipped with the frame, a rechargeable battery, curved and flat adhesive mount, mounting buckle and a USB-C cable.

Remember, like many other cameras, there is no SD card included! We highly recommend adding SanDisk Extreme Pro SD card to your shopping cart. The storage size depends on your needs. We recommend 64gb as a minimum but you can order up to 512gb if you want to record longer videos.

If you want to record your own voice, you will need an external microphone. GoPro’s don’t have a 3.5mm audio jack so you need the GoPro USB-C to 3.5mm jack adapter which you can find on Amazon here.

Pros:

  • 4K Ultra HD video at 60 frames per second
  • Advanced image stabilization
  • 2-inch touch screen display

Bad:

  • Connecting an external microphone requires an expensive adapter

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2. Sony FDRX3000

Sony FDRX3000The Sony FDRX3000 is a worthy competitor to the dominant GoPro cameras. This camera records beautiful and stable 4K video footage with Balanced SteadyShot image stabilization. The camera’s lens and sensor are joined and move together to reduce the effects of camera shake internally which is much more effective than traditional optical image stabilization.

The FDRX3000 features a new ZEISS Tessar lens with significantly less lens distortion than previous models. It is also equipped with a back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor ensuring great video quality in different lighting situations. The sensor has full pixel readout without pixel binning which results in accurate colors and exceptionally high video resolution.

The viewing angle of the camera has three different settings: Wide, Medium and Narrow so you can choose how much of your surroundings you want to capture. With the 3x smooth zoom mode you can also capture everything that happens at long distance.

The FDRX3000 has a built-in stereo microphone that captures audio in two-track stereo. It also has automatic wind noise reduction which is super useful if you just want to capture your rides without talking. If you do want to talk in your videos you can easily connect an external microphone to this camera using the mic jack. We provide some suggestions for good external microphones a bit further down on this page.

The body is splash-proof so if you are ever caught in the rain during a ride you can keep riding without worries!

The last cool feature of this camera we want to highlight is the built-in GPS. This allows you to add a GPS data overlay to your video with speed information and more.

Because this camera captures video in 4K Ultra HD you will need a memory card UHS-I U3 or higher. The Sandisk Ultra is a great option and is available in 16GB to 400GB storage sizes. We recommend a minimum of 64GB.

Pros:

  • Built-in microphone port (no expensive adaptor needed)
  • Good image stabilization
  • Lots of features

Bad:

  • No display to review footage like a GoPro

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3. GoPro Hero 5

GoPro HERO5 BlackThe GoPro Hero 5 was released a year before the new Hero 6 and is now a great (cheaper!) option if you want a GoPro but think the Hero 6 is too expensive.

They look pretty much identical from the outside but there are some difference in image quality:

  • Hero 5 records 4K Ultra HD in 30 fps (Hero 6 can do 60 fps)
  • Hero 5 records Full HD slow motion at 120 fps (Hero 6 can do 240 fps)
  • Hero 5 does not capture pictures in HDR (high-dynamic range) like the Hero 6
  • Hero 5 can not zoom in and out using the touchscreen while the Hero 6 can
  • Hero 6 has slightly better image stabilization

Wether these difference are worth it to you depends on how you use the camera and how much money you want to spend. In most cases you will not notice the difference between the two, but on the other hand the Hero 6 will last longer before it is outdated.

The camera is shipped with the frame, a rechargeable battery, curved and flat adhesive mount, mounting buckle and a USB-C cable. There is no SD card included though! We highly recommend adding SanDisk Extreme Pro SD card to your shopping cart. The storage size depends on your needs. We recommend 64gb as a minimum but you can order up to 512gb if you want to record longer videos.

If you want to record your own voice, you will need an external microphone. GoPro’s don’t have a 3.5mm audio jack so you need the GoPro USB-C to 3.5mm jack adapter which you can find on Amazon here.

Pros:

  • Great, affordable alternative
  • Lots of value for the money

Bad:

  • Connecting an external microphone requires an expensive adapter
  • Newer generation already available

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Bonus: GoPro HERO Session

GoPro HERO Session Motorcycle video cameraIf you want to record your rides for cheap and don’t want to use an external microphone the GoPro HERO Session is a great alternative.

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.

Pros:

  • Cheapest GoPro
  • Simple design and easy to use

Bad:

  • No external microphone support
  • No screen

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Best Motovlog Microphone

These are the microphones we recommend for use with the cameras above. If you buy the GoPro Hero 5 or 6 you will need the GoPro Mic Adapter to connect an external microphone. If you want to use the GoPro Session then you can record the sound with a sound recorder like the Tascam DR-05 or Zoom ZH1.

You can mount these microphones inside your helmet to record clear speech and keep out wind noise. You will have to experiment with the position to see when the sound is the best as this depends on type of motorcycle and helmet. If you are still experiencing wind noise when the microphone is mounted inside your helmet, you can put a wind muff over the microphone to solve this.

PowerDeWise Lapel Microphone

PowerDeWise Lapel MicrophoneThis PowerDeWise microphone can record crystal clear sound during your motorcycle rides. The microphone does not need any batteries and easily attaches to your helmet via lapel clip.

To prevent wind or breathing noise you can use the foam windscreen. You get 2 extra foam windscreens if you ever lose one of them and they also include an extension cord so you can extend the cable if needed.

If you are not 100% happy, you can send it back for a full refund (no questions asked).

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Purple Panda Lapel Microphone

Purple Panda Lapel Microphone KitThis is a premium quality lavalier microphone that records excellent stereo audio. It is durable, lightweight and easy to use without needing any batteries.

The kit also include a fuzzy windscreen that works perfect for filtering wind noise, although you may need to trim it a bit to fit inside your helmet without itching your face.

This microphone comes with a lifetime guarantee so if you ever feel unsatisfied with this microphone you can easily get a replacement or refund.

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Helmet/Motorcycle Camera Mounts

This is our list of recommended camera mounts for your motovlogging setup. You can mount your camera in different places on your helmet, body or motorcycle. Each spot has its own pros and cons so you can pick which mount best suits your needs.

Full Face Helmet Chin Mount for GoPro

GoPro Motovlog Chin MountOne of the best Point of View angles and by far the most popular among 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! We hope you have fount the perfect camera, microphone and/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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