Recording Airsoft games is relatively easy. If you already have an action camera and a helmet or shoulder mount you are good to go. If you are looking to record content to upload to YouTube however then you might want to look into more equipment. In this guide, we will cover the different cameras you can use, as well as the pros and cons of each.
Choosing A Camera
If you are looking to get started and plan on recording more than just CQB then a scope cam is a must, they simply mount on a rail in front of your sight and record a similar view to what you see when aiming down sights. Scope cams provide an additional angle and allow you to show what you are currently seeing and are very popular among airsoft YouTube channels. With most scope cams you will find they have different lenses, each of these have different zoom levels. Unless you are always taking long-range shots with a DMR or Sniper rifle then we suggest going with a lens under 40mm as this is equivalent to about 3-4x zoom. A 16mm lens is a good all-rounder, the video can be cropped but remain clear for longer range shots and in CQB the video won't be so zoomed in you can't fit the target in the frame.
The Runcam Scope Cam 4k is what we use to record and with a few adjustments in the Runcam app the video quality is amazing, however recording in 4k requires a lot of storage and one game day can easily fill a 128GB micro sd card. Power is also another thing to consider, the Runcam Scope Cam has around 100 minutes of battery, you can however charge whilst recording. This means that attaching a power bank to your gun allows recording until the sd card is full, meaning around 4 hours of footage can be recorded continuously.
Action cameras are great for mounting on rigs or helmets, they let you capture what you are seeing with a wider angle, BEAR use the Runcam 5 Orange as it is a great GoPro Session alternative that costs a fraction of the price whilst still providing good video quality, with some video editing we think it might even be better for airsoft. Its small form factor means mounting it on a rig, helmet or even a rifle is easy with the correct mounts, letting you get great gameplay footage. If you plan on mounting your action camera to a Dye Mask or helmet then the Runcam 5 is a great option for you.
Alternatively, you may want to use a GoPro Hero camera for added features such as app controls, an LCD screen and of course all the other benefits you get with buying a GoPro. Just make sure you consider that people will be shooting at you and there's a chance the GoPro might get hit so you'll probably want a protective case that can withstand a BB.
Mounting the Camera
Depending on what perspective you want to record, multiple different mounting methods exist.
If you want to mount a camera on your Dye Mask then you can simply use the built-in 1/4" thread and a 1/4" thread to GoPro mount adapter. This lets you have a headcam that looks down your gun when you're shooting and also provides a pretty unique point of view. Not many players will go with this option however as they think the camera sticks out too far and will give them away, but with a camera such as the Runcam 5 or GoPro Session, this isn't the case.
Mounting a camera on a FAST helmet is as simple as getting a FAST camera mount adapter and attaching your camera. These are the most common option for headcams and capture what you see but from a higher perspective.
Whatever equipment you decide to go with you're going to need to be able to edit the footage. Depending on what you plan on doing a range of software is available, if you plan on doing YouTube videos then Adobe Premiere Pro or another professional-grade editing software is a good option. However, if you just plan on uploading short videos such as YouTube Shorts, TikToks or Instagram Reels then any video editor that lets you cut and stitch video works. A good editor for short videos is Adobe Premiere Rush.
Once you have your footage and a way to edit it, the first thing you want to do is find the sections containing moments you want to include in the final video. Make a note of the file name and timestamp for each, this makes creating videos from your footage way easier as you now know where to look for moments you want to include. If you have more than one perspective try to find the timestamps that sync up so you can switch between perspectives in your final video.
Now you have your footage and notes, open your video editor and import the files containing the clips you want in your final video, sync up the different perspectives as best you can before you make cuts, this will save you time later. Once you have the footage cut down you can start to switch between perspectives, add overlays etc and everything should be synced.
Hopefully, this guide has been helpful and given you the inspiration to go and record your own airsoft gameplay footage. Remember you don't need an expensive camera to get started, many great quality cameras exist like the ones mentioned in this guide.