Body Camera Review: Halo Body Camera

4 stars review of the wolfcom halo police body camera

Body Camera Specifications

Manufacturer: WOLFCOM

Made in: Pasadena, California, U.S.A.
Size: 2.9″ x 1.83″ x 0.9″
Weight: 4.6 oz
Battery life: 36 hours (w/ external battery pack); 11 hours internal battery

Main Features:

  • Video Resolution: Up to 1080p
  • Memory: 32 GB
  • Facial Recognition
  • Up to 11 hours of continuous non-stop recording (up to 36 hrs with optional Battery Pack)
  • 1080p High Resolution recording
  • 140-Degree Wide Angle lens with rotatable camera head
  • 360-Degree Durable Metallic Clip
  • IPX Rating 67
  • One-Touch Recording
  • Pre-Record Mode (up to 10 hours of recording)
  • Stealth Mode
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • Bluetooth Enabled
  • Built-in GeoTag stamps Date, Time, and GPS coordinates onto every video and photo files
  • Ability to Stamp an Officers Badge number onto Video and Photos
  • Battery indicator LED lights
  • Vibration confirmation and low battery alert
  • Simultaneous Photo taking during video recording
  • Programmable Automatic Built-in Night-Vision
  • Programmable Public Awareness Light
  • Password Protected
  • 60-second Pre and Post-record
  • Built-in LED flashlight

Review of WOLFCOM HALO

Overall

The HALO is the newest addition to WOLFCOM’s body camera solution and it seems like they hit the nail on the head with this one. This camera seems to solve most of the issues body-worn cameras have had in the past while keeping the device aesthetically-pleasing, lightweight, and small.

Mounting Options

360-Degree Clip

What I like best about this camera are the mounting clips and optional mounting accessories. The standard clip is made of strong metal and plastic, and can rotate 360 degrees. The optional Pin-lock clip is by far the most superior clip we’ve ever tested. Unlike Magnetic mounts that fall off, the Halo‘s pin-lock clip stays on no matter what.

The Halo also has a suction mount that allows you to use it as an in-car camera system. Although that’s not recommended for law enforcement agencies that take video evidence seriously, it’s definitely a decent solution for departments on a budget.

Operation

This body camera is activated by a large button located on the front of the unit. It gives a strong vibration when turned on/off and when it starts/stops recording. This body camera has a built-in 11-hour battery that can be extended to up to 36 hours with the appropriate external battery pack.

Other functions

This body camera can also be used to take up to 56,000 still digital photos and record up to 360 hours of audio. Still pictures can be taken even while video is rolling by pushing the Snapshot button on the side of the device. Another great functionality is what the manufacturer calls “Stealth Mode”, which means the camera will turn off all visual and sound notifications.

Durability

This body camera has an IPX rating of 67, which means it’s weather and shock-resistant, and it has cleared the 6-foot drop test. Taking into consideration it costs a third of other American-made body cameras, this is by far the best bang for your buck.

Video Quality

The top video quality is 1080p and has a 140-degree field of view (the maximum you can have before the video becomes distorted with a “fish-eye” look).

Artificial Intelligence & Facial Recognition

You read it right. This tiny device is a pioneer in offering AI integration with the ability to automatically identify faces. According to WOLFCOM, that facial recognition feature will be available in future software updates.

Other Features

This body camera also has an optional Public awareness light. Some departments believe public awareness lights de-escalate situations by letting the public know they’re being recorded. This function can be easily turned off by enabling Stealth Mode on the device. It has a 60-second pre and post-record, which lets officers re-capture critical video in case they are ever caught off guard and don’t have time or simply forget to activate their cameras.

Another great improvement this amazing body camera offers is the elimination of USB ports, which means no more issues related to USB connections. Instead, this camera offers new metal connectors that guarantee stable charging and data-transfer connections every time. You can connect your camera to a computer through a single docking port or an 8-slot docking port, both sold separately.

The Halo is equipped with a built-in GeoTag chip that records and stamps GPS coordinates, date, and time onto every video and photo file. Automatic night vision is also built-in but you can easily disable it if it’s against the department’s policies.

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