Top 5 head cams for horse riders on the road – (UPDATED)

Top 5 head cams for horse riders on the road – (UPDATED)

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With horse related road accidents and near misses on the rise (BHS Statistics), head cameras are becoming a necessity. We check out 5 of the best at varying prices to suit your budget.

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With the British Horse Society promoting their Dead Slow campaign, people are looking towards head cameras as a deterrent and to help with prosecutions when an accident does happen. The possibility of a prosecution is much higher when you have the footage and the registration plate of the vehicle in question, you can then hand this over to the police. There are many examples of successful prosecutions because of a head camera, here is one recent example.

Finchampstead van driver fined after endangering horses on road

Here is some information about where the law stands on head cameras and horse riders.

Here is a great article from the HRSA and HorseSolicitor about the legalities of using head cameras on the road.

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Can Head Camera Footage Be Relied Upon in Court?

We have looked at the top 5 head cameras for horse riders riding on the road and listed them below with a description of the camera and a link to the camera on Amazon.

They are sorted with the most expensive first. As these cameras are going to be used for riding and not for snowboarding off the side of a mountain, we are not going to show you the 4K £500 cameras, but the basic HD cameras that are affordable and will do the job adequately.

5 – GoPro Hero+

The GoPro Hero + is the most expensive on our list but is still affordable and comes with some great features.

Is it waterproof? – Yes to 131 feet with the waterproof case

Does it have a screen? – No

Wifi /Bluetooth? – Yes, both, which means you can send the videos straight to your phone/tablet

Video Quality? – HD 1080p60 and 720p60

Battery Life? – Around 2 hours

Click here to buy the GoPro Hero+

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List Price: £169.99
New From: £184.99 – £184.99
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4 – GoPro Hero

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The GoPro Hero is similar to the + version above but has a few less features and therefore costs less. You do get the same image quality that you expect from GoPro but it’s easier on the pocket.

Is it waterproof? – Yes to 131 feet with the waterproof case

Does it have a screen? – No

Wifi /Bluetooth? – No, but you can plug it into your laptop or remove the memory card to view the software on your laptop/tablet

Video Quality? – HD 1080p30 and 720p60

Battery Life? – Around 2 hours

Click here to buy the GoPro Hero

GoPro HERO Camera – English-French (Camera)


List Price: £109.99
New From: £219.99 GBP In Stock
Used from: £139.99 GBP In Stock

3 – SJCAM 4000 WIFI

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The SJCAM 4000 WIFI is a very popular alternative to the GoPro series as it has similar functions an quality for a fraction of the price. You also get an assortment of mounts in the box which you have to buy separately with the GoPros. They also come in an assortment of colours which is great!

Is it waterproof? – Yes with the waterproof case

Does it have a screen? – Yes

Wifi /Bluetooth? – Yes

Video Quality? – HD 1080p

Battery Life? – Around 1.5 hours

Click here to buy the SJCAM 4000 WIFI

2 – SJCAM 4000

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The SJCAM 4000 is the same as the one above but without the wifi function, which makes it more affordable.

Is it waterproof? – Yes with the waterproof case

Does it have a screen? – Yes

Wifi /Bluetooth? – No

Video Quality? – HD 1080p

Battery Life? – Around 1.5 hours

Click here to buy the SJCAM 4000

1 – Topjoy Action Camera

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This camera is a budget version of the ones above, the quality isn’t perfect but it gets the job done. If you hack out occasionally or if you are on a budget then this would be the camera for you. Simple, cheap and still uses the same mount as the ones above so if you ever did want to upgrade later on, anything you buy for this camera will fit the ones above too.

Is it waterproof? – Yes with the waterproof case

Does it have a screen? – Yes

Wifi /Bluetooth? – No

Video Quality? – HD 1080p

Battery Life? – Around 1.2 hours

Click here to buy the Topjoy Action Camera

Topjoy 1080P Full HD 2.0 inch Screen Waterproof Sports Action Camera Cam DV 5 MP DVR Helmet Camera Sports DV Camcorder (Misc.)


List Price: £28.98
New From: £25.98 – £28.98
Used from: Out of Stock
Variations: (Color):

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A BONUS CAMERA!

Hedcam Ten80 Waterproof Wearable Camera

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Hedcamz is a huge supporter of HRSA (Horse & Road Safety Awareness) So it seems only fitting that we include one of their cameras in this review!

The Ten80 is a small, lightweight and waterproof HD camera that is small enough to be worn on the side of your hat, so it is a little bit different to the one’s above. It is also controlled with just one button so it is very simple to use.

Is it waterproof? – Yes

Does it have a screen? – No

Wifi /Bluetooth? – No

Video Quality? – HD 1080p

Battery Life? – Around 1.2 hours can be upgraded to 6

Click here to buy the Hedcam Ten80 Camera

HEDCAM Ten80 Waterproof Wearable Action Camera 1080p (Electronics)


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So there they are, the best and most affordable head cameras for you to wear whilst out riding. Hopefully if we can get everyone wearing a head cam and educate drivers, see more prosecutions and generally make people aware, we may be able to decrease the amount of horse related accidents on the road.

As an added bonus it may be helpful to let drivers know that the are being recorded by wearing one of these with “Smile you’re on camera” or “Rider wearing camera” or “You’re being recorded” printed on it. They are affordable and may help deter drivers when they see it.

There are some fantastic high viz vests on the HRSA website, they are high quality, come printed with CCTV in use and in different colours and sizes.

Take a look here!

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http://www.hrsa.org.uk/hrsa_shop.htm#Hiviz:32Vest

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One last product is the head mount, as some of the cameras above don’t come with a head mount or you might use more than one hat and need another strap, so here is a head mount for your riding hat that will fit all of the first 5 cameras listed above.

http://amzn.to/234n5RL

Happy hacking and stay safe! Don’t forget to share!

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