Body Camera Review: Law Enforcement Recorder

Body Camera Review: Law Enforcement Recorder

Body Camera Specifications

Manufacturer: DiamanteSAARRI, ChipshinePatrol Eyes
Manufactured in:  China china flag
Size: 3.3″ x 2.4″ x 1.2″
Weight: 6.0 oz
Battery Life: 4hrs (1080p)- 5.6hrs (480p)
Cost: $400.00
  • Video Resolution: 1080p, 140° Field of View
  • Memory: 32GB
  • Night vision: Up to 32ft
  • Waterproof: Up to 3ft depth
  • LCD screen: 2.0 inch

Overall

This body camera is advertised, manufactured and sold by various Chinese companies. In America it’s most popularly sold through Stuntcam’s Patrol Eyes brand.

This body camera touts its HD video capability, GPS and auto infrared (night vision) capabilities. However these features are commonly found in most body cameras. We found the body camera to have poor mounting options, bulky size and average features.

We give this camera two stars for its strongest points of durability and HD video capabilities.

Mounting Options

This body camera has a fixed static lens, limiting its mounting options and recording angles. (The clip offers no option for pivoting the camera to capture a better angle of view. Officers with taller stature or bigger chest, risk ending up pointing to the sky). Drawbacks of the camera include its weight and size.  At 6.0 ounces, the camera is bulky and pulls on the uniform. The camera comes with a 1.5″ rotatable clip, which may not be long enough to provide a solid secure grip on most uniforms or could easily fall off in a chase or struggle with a suspect.  This body camera’s clip is non-adjustable; the “hinge” style connection is close to the camera, giving no room for pivoting the camera for better video angle. The clip itself is very weak and seems like it will loosen and wear out quickly with regular use.

Operation

The body camera beeps and vibrates slightly when turned on and off and when it starts and ends recording. This body camera has a 4-5.6 hour battery life (depending on video quality settings). However the battery does feature a removable/replaceable internal battery. The concept seems like a good idea to be able to swap out extra batteries mid shift without having to recharge the whole camera. The battery door has a locking switch and seems secure, but there is a chance that locking switch knocks up against something, it can pop open if the camera falls, or is knocked around in a fight or struggle. The camera offers one touch recording capability. The body camera operates by buttons only (no switches).  We recommend switches over buttons because it is possible for an officer to forget they pressed the button or the button must be pressed and held for several seconds before the camera starts recording; with switches, the officer can quickly visually and physically feel that the switch is turned on or off. There are 6 buttons on the unit. The buttons beep loudly when pressed but can be configured to silent mode.

To activate the body camera, you can either press and hold the power button for about 3 seconds or press the video button for one touch record. There is about a 3 second start up time before the body camera starts recording.

The camera’s status light is continually lit up green when the camera is powered on and the status light turns solid red when its recording. This status light risks giving away the officers position at night or if an officer is in a tactical situation.

The body camera has a 2″ playback screen on the back that can be turned off by pressing down the power button once. Playback screens can sometimes be helpful, however drain a lot of battery power. The playback screen can be dimmed, but there is no option to turn it off completely.

Durability

The camera seems durable. Waterproof up to 3 feet rated at IP67. The manufacturer says this camera has an 8.2 foot drop rating.

Video Quality

The top video quality is 1080p but the 140-degree field of view gives the video a slight distorted “fish eye” look. The body camera has configurable manual or automatic Infrared night vision up to 32 feet.

Other Features

Unique features about this camera include a removable/replaceable battery and a built in laser pointer. It also comes with a docking station included to easily connect to a computer and charge. The body camera offers still picture, audio only and video recording functions. The camera has a Push to Talk (PTT) feature that allows an officer to connect the body camera to their police radio and use the body camera as a speaker microphone to save space on the uniform. The PTT Connector looks to be a standard “headphone” style jack and may not accept all police radio cables.

The camera has a 30 second Pre-record capability.  It has built in GPS and records GPS, time and date stamp on all video.

 

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Law Enforcement Recorder

Law Enforcement Recorder
5.6

Mounting Options

3/10

    Operation

    5/10

      Durability

      7/10

        Video Quality

        6/10

          Other Options

          7/10

            Pros

            • HD Video Capability
            • Durable, 8 ft. drop rating
            • Night Vision/GPS
            • Pre-Record Capability

            Cons

            • Bulky Weight, Big Size
            • Fixed Static Lens
            • Fish Eye Field of View
            • Push button only operation