Best 4K Action Camera For Car Racing?

Newly Updated for 2021!

Looking for info on the best action camera for car racing? Then you’re in the right spot because this page contains reviews of our top choices of action cameras that are perfect for taking to a track day to capture your driving skills and action on the track.

As you probably know already, there are a lot of high quality cameras on the market and they all look very similar in features but they range from cheap (under $100) to expensive (over $500), so it’s hard to know which one is the best.

The first thing you want to do is think about the essential features you want that will make it great for putting on your car.

Here’s what you want on the checklist for the best action camera for car racing.

  • 4K picture quality
  • High durability
  • Good audio (to capture the sound of your car)
  • Image stabilization and anti-shock/vibration
  • 360 deg camera (optional but very cool to capture all around your car)
  • A good selection of quality mounts to attach to your roof, door or roll cage, helmet, etc.

If you’re planning to do off-road racing or rally racing and you think the car and camera will get wet, then a waterproof camera is necessary, but nearly all action cameras these days are made with some degree of waterproofness, even without an external case. In fact, you might prefer not to use an external case because the case can block the mic, resulting in poor audio.

So, let’s go now and take a close look at the top three action cameras you can use to capture your car racing footage.

In this review and comparison, we’ll look at the leaders – 1) GoPro Hero 10 Black, 2) Insta360 ONE R & the best budget action camera – 3) CamPark V40.

See here we go with the first one on the list…

Pick #1 – GoPro Hero 10 Black

GoPro have been making quality, sports cameras for over a decade and their popularity is growing. This year, they have released their Hero 10 model which is their best performing action camera yet. 

Pros

  • 5.3K recording at 60 frames per second
  • 4K recording at 120 fps
  • Strong steel casing
  • HyperSmooth image stabilization
  • GP2 processor for faster user interface action
  • Good quality audio
  • Plethora of mounts/cases available for GoPro

Cons

  • Short battery life (but spare battery included)
  • Not many mounts included (available at extra cost)
  • Pricey camera
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GoPro Hero 10 Black – High Performance

If you want a camera will it all, and you want it to take years and years of abuse, you can’t go wrong with a GoPro Hero 10.

If you want to read more, you can read our full GoPro 10 Black review

Pick #2 – Insta360 ONE R

360 degree video is especially exciting for car racing! You might have seen those videos where the camera is inside, and it follows the competitor car as it gets overtaken. That is something that your regular wide-angle lens can not do. If you want that option then you’ll need to get a 360 degree camera.

Insta360 One R

The most popular 360 deg camera on the market right now is the Insta360 ONE R. You could almost call it a hybrid action camera because the module design allows you to interchange the lenses. With the “Twin package” you get two lenses – the 360 deg lens and the 4K wide-angle lens. So you get the best of both worlds. You can use the camera for more than just car racing.

Pros

  • 360 degree video
  • “Twin package” also includes a 4K wide-angle lens
  • Interchangeable lenses
  • Can double as webcam
  • High image stabilization
  • Easy usability
  • Enhanced low-light performance
  • 5.7K 360 video (good quality after cropping and zooming)

Cons

  • Lower image resolution with still shots

Pick #3 – Campark V40 (Best bang for buck camera)

The new Campark V40 features 4K video and 20MP photos. The video image and still photo quality, focus, and detail are excellent.

It comes with a slew of accessories to help you set up for the best shot at your track day – so it’s great right out of the box. You get two batteries, the waterproof casing (needed if camera is to get wet), a USB cable, a bicycle mount, three screws, a base stand, two adhesives, a cleaning cloth, a holding strap, and a manual in the box.

Pros

  • 4K Resolution up to 30fps
  • Underwater without a case (10 m)
  • Touchscreen on rear, screen on front
  • Comes with 2 batteries
  • Up to 120 minutes recording at 4K
  • Great value for money

Cons

  • Stabilization not the best
  • Bad quality in low-light 
  • Sound quality not as good as higher-priced cameras
Campark V40 4K action camera – GoPro alternative around $100

The Campark V40 sports camera is not for the professional video maker since it’s a little behind GoPro and others in video and sound quality. However, for the enthusiast who wants an easy to use set up right out of the box, and still get true 4K video, this is a great choice.

Conclusion

Out of these 3 cameras, you’ve got a choice between 3 very different cameras. For ol’ reliable, you’ve got the GoPro 10, for 360 video, you’ve got the Insta360 (which can do regular wide-angel video too if you get the ‘twin’ pack), and for less than half the price of a GoPro, you’ve got the Campark V40 which is very good entry-level action camera with all the features you want.

Our #1 top pick is the GoPro 10 purely because customers who buy a GoPro are rarely disappointed. It ticks all the boxes. They produce quality cameras that are sturdy and last years. If you want all the features and top of the range quality, then you can’t go past the GoPro Hero 10.

If the GoPro is out of your price range, then the CamPark V40 is the best GoPro alternative in our opinion. If you don’t mind sacrificing a little quality in your videos and audio for a saving of a few hundred dollars, then the Campark is for you.

What else do you need for car racing?

Suction Cup Mount

It depends on where you want to mount your camera, but for a lot of motorcar racers, a suction cup mount is one of the must-have mounts. With this mount, you can attach your camera to the outside or the inside on your windows, to catch the action you want to see.

Our choice is the REYGEAK for a suction cup mount which is study and not overly expensive. It is compatible with a GoPro and is about $10 less than the GoPro official suction cup mount.

Roll Cage Mount

The next type of popular mount for racing is a roll cage mount to capture in-car video or if you have an off-road buggy, ATV or gokart, you can attach it to your frame.

Here is our choice for the best roll cage mount for a GoPro. It’s the MAIKER UTV ATV Roll cage mount. This will fit any bar 1.75″ to 2″ in diameter. It is also compatible with the Insta360 cameras.

I hope we’ve helped you find the perfect action cameras for your car racing needs with this short review of the best 3 from our experience! Thanks for checking out this page and whichever camera you choose to buy, take care of it and don’t let it fall off onto the track and get flattened!

Driftcam Team