Choosing the best action camera for your dirt bike adventures is not as complicated as it may seem. In this article, I’ll explain how to choose the best action camera to record your dirt bike tricks, and adventures in a way that is quick and cost-effective as well.
AKASO V50 ELITE
If you’re just a beginner in capturing dirt bike adventures with an action camera, this is the camera for you. It’s cheaper than the GoPro series, and it offers 4k Ultra HD footage at 60 frames per second, and voice recognition as well, which means you can record good quality videos, and also you can control your camera with voice commands such as ”Camera Turn Off”, “Action Start Video”, “Action Stop Shooting” which is a cool thing to do.
The camera is very lightweight, and its dimensions are 2.36’’x1.57’’x1.18,’’ and it can be mounted anywhere. Behind the camera, there is a two-inch LCD touchscreen which is pretty responsive and easy to navigate through the menu. On the left side are USB and HDMI ports and a micro sd slot, while on the right side, the camera has buttons to manage the 8x digital zoom.
AKASO V50 Elite is not a waterproof camera, but it comes with a waterproof case that is very easy to take on or off. When it comes to the buttons on the camera with the case, I found it harder to press them, but overall it didn’t have any issues.
Other than 4k60fps the camera also offers a wide variety of video resolutions:4k30fps, 2.7k60fps,2.7k30fps,1080p/120fps, and 720p/240fps.
With the camera inside, you get two 1050 mAh batteries, a battery charger, a USB cable, lens cloth, different mounts, bicycle and helmet mounts, a waterproof case, a quick reference guide, and remote control with a wristband. Sadly the package with this camera doesn’t include a sim card so don’t forget to buy one. Here’s one I recommend.
- Great Value for money
- 4k60fps video resolution
- Has dual batteries
- It comes with a lens-cleaning cloth
- Voice Commands
- OS is sluggish at times
- Akaso app can crash and lag in the middle of the action
- Not natively waterproof
GoPro Hero 10
One of the best names, GoPro, is the action camera industry leader, and no wonder it’s on this list for the best action camera for dirt biking. The GoPro Hero 10 edition now comes with the new GP2 chipset, the main engine that powers the entire camera.
With the GP2 processor GoPro Hero 10 now has double the performance and double the frame rate across all of the higher-resolution video modes compared to its predecessor, the GoPro Hero 9. GoPro hero 10 can now shoot 5.3k video at 60 fps, 4k at 120fps, and 2.7k at 240fps. That 5.3k60 setting is perfect for recording some dirt bike tricks or adventures.
Also, the Go PRO 10 can take 23 mp images, and it has enhanced low-light performance, and last but not least, the improved video stabilization in all video modes, the HyperSmooth 4.0. What’s more interesting about this action camera is that this model is now cloud-connected, so when you charge the camera, your new videos and images will be uploaded automatically to the cloud.
What comes in the box with GoPro Hero 10?
- USB-C to USB-A charge cable
- Curved Adhesive Mount
- 1x 1720 mAh battery
- Mounting buckle
- Buckle clip
- Hardshell zip case
- Powerful GP2 processor
- Excellent image stabilization
- Great performance and video quality
- Hydrophobic Lens Coating
- Front and back-facing displays
- More expensive than last year’s model
- Overheating at max FPS
- Mediocre battery life
Sony FDR x3000
Sony is known by many as a company that makes excellent quality stuff. The same goes for their action camera as well. The Sony FDR x 3000 action camera can record videos in 4k Ultra HD at 24 or 30 fps and 1080 at 100 fps and also use the option of slo-mo. This camera can also use other shooting modes such as burst photos, time-lapse and live streaming.
Compared to other models on this list, the Sony FDR x3000 has a different design of its body. It looks like a small camcorder with a white finish. Also, the camera has Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, USB, and memory card reader slots.
When I recorded with the camera, the video looked more natural, and that was because, unlike most action cameras with digital stabilization, the FDR x3000 comes with optical stabilization.
What’s inside the box of Sony FDR x3000?
- Live view remote included
- Rechargeable battery pack
- Underwater housing (197ft/60m)
- Attachment buckle
- Mouth adaptor
- micro USB cable
Is the Sony FDR x3000 waterproof?
Sony FDR x3000 is not natively waterproof, it is only splashproof, and if you want to make it waterproof, you need to put the underwater housing on the camera. With it, the camera is waterproof up to 60m or 197 ft. It is shockproof and dustproof.
- 4k recording with optical stabilization
- Includes waterproof case
- Protected from splash and dust without cover
- High price
- No touch-screen
Garmin VIRB Ultra 30
Garmin is not a well-known brand in the action cameras industry. And for that reason, most people are unaware of their flagship action cam, the Garmin VIRB Ultra 30. The camera is user-friendly and offers 4k/30fps film and 16mp images. One of the best features of this camera is a built-in GPS receiver; with it, the device can detect altitude, speed, featuring location, and so on. Here you can learn more about the GMetrix.
The camera has a waterproof case and protects it underwater for up to 40m. The touchscreen is straightforward, even in the waterproof case, so you can quickly check to see what you’re recording.
Garmin Vir Ultra 30 has many other features, such as voice control, which works well. If you want to activate the voice control feature, you must say, “Ok, Garmin.” And here are the commands for it :
- Take a Picture – to take a photo
- Start Recording – to start recording video
- Stop Recording – to stop recording video
- Remember That – to place a bookmark in the video while you’re recording
This camera also has Youtube HD live stream, but the VIRB app is only compatible with Apple devices.
How long does the Garmin Virb ultra 30 battery last?
If you’re recording at 1080p resolution 30 fps, then the battery should last you around 2 hours and 15 minutes, but if you’re recording at 1080p resolution 60 fps, then the battery will last you much less time, approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, but on that resolution, you’ll get much smoother video.
What comes in the box of the Garmin Virb Ultra 30?
- Waterproof case
- Thumb Screws
- Various Mounting Options
- Anti Fog Strip
- USB Cable
- Voice Control
- Live streaming to youtube
- Built-in GPS
- 4k video recording
- Short Battery life
- No image stabilization in 4k
Olympus TG Tracker
The so-called Swiss army knife of action cameras.
Why is that, you may ask?
Well, first of all, it’s small, and while so small, it offers 4k recording and has WIFI to link it to your phone, it has tons of built-in sensors such as a barometer, GPS, accelerometer, thermometer, and eCompass.
Still, the best thing about this camera is the video recording, it offers 30 fps 4k mode and not just that, you can also choose to record at 1080p at both 30 and 60 fps, as well as 720p or 480p at 30, 60, 120 or 240 fps. Also, the camera offers digital image stabilization and an ultra-wide 204-degree viewing angle, which means you can capture surroundings with a comprehensive perspective.
The camera is waterproof up to depths of 30m (100ft) without protective housing compared to some other models on this list that need one, and it’s also shockproof and crushproof. The camera is dustproof and freezeproof to 14 F (-10 C). There is also a very powerful 1350 mAh lithium-ion battery that Olympus says can record videos for up to 90 minutes.
What comes in the box of the Olympus TG Tracker?
- Olympus TG-Tracker Action Camera
- micro USB cable
- AC Adapter
- Standard Lens Protector
- Lithium-Ion battery
- Hand Grip
Waterproof and shockproof
Ultra-wide angle f/2.0 lens
Steady grip included
Occasional fog buildup on the lens
The app is still not good and needs some work
Using the sensors drains the battery
What To Consider When Choosing an Action Camera For Dirt Biking
- Battery Life
- Video Quality
- Field of View
Q: Can action cameras take pictures?
Short answer: Yes, they can. The high megapixel sensors allow them to record high-quality videos and also will enable them to take high-quality pictures as well.
Q: Can you use a dash cam as an action camera?
Well, they both serve different purposes. For instance, a dash cam is smaller, and it’s good to record a video and loop footage while you drive.
While the action camera is good because it can mount on anything, preferably a helmet, it can record anything and take pictures and is best for extreme sports such as dirt biking.
Q: Where do you mount GoPro?
You can mount it in many places, but the best place to mount your GoPro is on your dirt bike helmet. You can mount it under your visor using a stock mount, or you can mount it on the chin or high on top of your helmet. Here’s a video that explains various mounts for your GoPro in much more detail.
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Which action camera to buy?
The best action camera for dirt bikes depends on your individual needs and preferences. Consider the size, battery life, quality of the recording, and ease of use when you make your decision. With so many options on the market, you will surely find the perfect action camera for your next adventure with your dirt bike.