Ill start by apologising to those that though I was about to show you the ultimate setup. Im just another punter looking for advice on a new camera system. And I say system, because the best helmet camera means little if its difficult to use on a motorcycle on the trail. For the past 5 years a VIO POV HD has served me ridiculously well, but the technology as advanced so far now that I go into a motovlog depression anytime I see the crisp, clear pictures being displayed on other peoples youtube channels. My ultimate camera setup on the bike consists of the following in no particular order: Tough as nails. Over a long enough timeframe everything on a motorcycle gets destroyed (at least in my experience) so I want something that I don’t have to have constantly wrapped in cotton wool. Good quality images in a range of different lighting conditions. Smallish form factor. This was one of the drawbacks of the POV system; its recording unit used a fair amount of luggage space. Large range of mounting options. Nothing is quite as boring as watching footage of someone elses ride from a single perspective. Even if the story is good, being stuck to the top of someone’s helmet for the whole ride fails to draw viewers into the story. Ease of operation. It doesn’t matter how many other boxes a camera ticks, if it’s a pain in the arse to capture anything with, it will likely end up staying the tankbag more often than it should. this point includes having a sleek design with minimal cables (something I want to get away from with the POV) and some form of remote activation so that its ready to record when I am (this was a big plus with the POV as the remote was simple, straightforward and worked for years without having to change/charge batteries constantly) Powered options. The beauty of the POV system was the ability to have it run off the bikes 12V system while remaining waterproof or of using AA batteries when way from the bike. That meant all day power under any circumstances with minimal compromise. Audio input. The tiny microphones on most action cameras record abhorrent audio. An external microphone that can be hidden out of the wind to capture more of the ambient noises is a must for anything that youd want to expose other people to. So ive boiled the list of new action cameras down to the following but still have reservations about some of them, largely due to unknowns about their functionality. So if anyone wants to fill in the blanks for me (and anyone else reading this) that would be great. Gopro Hero 5 Black Currently in the lead with good picture quality, image stabilisation, small form factor, reportedly pretty tough and probably the largest range of mounting options. My only concern is around battery life, powered options and ease of use. At the moment there are a lot of reviews going around about the smart remote not charging properly and that is only lasts hours before needing to be charged again which is going to be difficult to work with on full day rides. Theres the Remo remote too but very little information about battery life out there at the moment (costing a quarter of the camera isn’t really attractive either) Drift Based on their previous models, the Drift 4K looks like it has the best potential to compete with the Gopro at the moment. Details are scarce but it seems to tick most of the boxes that the Hero 5 Black does and if the remote of previous models is anything to go by, it should solve the issues of the battery problems reported with the gopro. The modular design with the choice of touchscreen or additional battery expansion looks like an awesome addition too. Unfortunately, the newest version hasn’t been released, there isn’t much news on when it will be released and the Drift website has inactive pages which is worrying. Sena The Sena 10C looks like a nice little unit but still needs an extra waterproof case, has no remote and limited mounting options. I kind of feel like this one is going to be a bit of a pain to turn on and off all the time so not sure if it would make it out of the tankbag as often as id like it to. Revl This thing is pretty bloody impressive for a consumer product on paper. Accelerometers and gyro stabilisation would totally change the experience of the viewer. Unfortunately, its kind of new so there doesn’t seem to be a lot of information on reliability, claimed battery life isn’t great, mounts are limited, form factor isn’t the best and there is no mic input option. VIRB The new VIRB Ultra 30 looks like its taken a page out of Gopros book with similar form factor, good quality footage, the option for permanent power, and a simple and functional remote that doesn’t need charging every single day. Unfortunately, it takes a step backwards in the need for a waterproof case to protect it from the weather and makes no allowance for an external microphone. The older XE takes a hit in the image quality department but is waterproof without a case and will take an external microphone Sony The X3000 looks like an amazing camera with all the inputs and image specs I expect from Sony. Unfortunately none of it is useable while in the waterproof case which makes it a pain in the arse. The remote suffers from the same excessive functionality as the gopro too, meaning it needs to be charged every couple of hours. So that’s where im at with this process so far. I kind of feel like if there was more information on the Drift 4K I could make a direct comparison with the Hero 5 Black and come to a conclusion. If anyone has any more information about the other cameras or any that aren’t even listed, it would be great to get some real world advice.