Body Camera Review: WOLFCOM VISION 

Body Camera Specifications

Manufacturer: WOLFCOM

Made in: Hollywood, California, U.S.A.50star1
Size: 1.5″ x 2.9″ x 0.6″
Weight: 2.2 oz
Battery life: 17 hours (w/external battery pack); 2.5 hours internal battery

Cost: $275.00

  • Video Resolution: 1080p; 120° field of view
  • Memory: 32 GB
  • Waterproof: IPX4 rating
  • Optional POV Cameras
  • External Night Vision Camera

Other: Rotatable Lens, aircraft aluminum casing, Critical Re-Connect Technology, up to 30 Minutes of Pre-record, built in flashlight.

Review of WOLFCOM VISION

Overall

The WOLFCOM VISION is the model of what most police officers are requesting in a body camera today. The 2.2-ounce body camera features many key functions officers want at a fraction of the size, weight and cost.

Mounting Options

This body camera has a rotatable lens, allowing for maximum configurability and mounting options on the body for recording various angles. Officers with taller statures can rotate the lens down to record a better angle then the sky. The rotating lens also allows officers to wear the camera on their belts and point the lens up or on their epaulettes and point it down.

Point Of View Options- The WOLFCOM VISION also accepts external cameras for POV cameras that can be mounted on glasses, epaulette, collar, pen pocket or other parts of the body. This is also the first body camera to use an optional two-camera system, with a patent pending technology called Critical Re-Connect, which means if the smaller POV camera is disconnected from the main camera in a fight or struggle, the main camera kicks in and resumes recording. With other manufacturer’s if the POV camera is disconnected, all video is lost.

The three most popular POV options the body camera will work with include the head vision, the eye vision and night vision external cameras. The eye vision camera clips onto glasses or sun glasses

An optional night vision external camera has 8 infrared LED lights that can see in total darkness for up to 20 feet. The night vision camera has a button that must be pressed to activate the night vision.

Double Retention Clip– The camera is also one of the smallest on the market, weighing only 2.2 ounces. The VISION comes with a 2.5″ rotatable alligator style clip, which has teeth to better grip onto a shirt or uniform. The clip also has a double bracket grip on the camera (called a double retention clip) for a more secure grip on the body camera. The body camera can also be secured using a lanyard as a backup in case the camera is ever pulled off of the uniform or out of its clip.

Operation

This body camera is switch operated. Switches are recommended because an officer can always tell in an instant by looking and feeling if the camera is on or off by the switch position (with buttons it is always possible an officer can forget if they pushed the button). There are two other switches on the bottom of the unit that control the modes of the camera and can be used to put the camera in car mode or used to send video out. The camera only has two buttons, one for picture taking and one on the top for turning on the LED Flashlight. The body camera gives a strong vibration when turned on and off and when it starts and ends recording. This body camera has a 2.5-hour battery life on its own, but can be hooked up to an optional external battery pack for up to 15 hours of continuous record. It is switch operated, ensuring that an officer can always feel and see if the camera is on or off.

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 as a voice recorder. Modes can be selected by a switch. Still pictures can be taken even while video is rolling by pushing the “V” shaped button on the front of the body camera. The only exception is if the body camera is set to pre-record mode, then that button is used to start and stop recording.

The body camera can also be used as a car camera and put into car mode so it will start and stop recording when the car is turned on and off.

This body camera also has a video out mode, so it can be hooked up to an external monitor and play back video files.

Durability

This body camera is made out of aircraft grade aluminum casing and has a 6-foot drop rating. It is nano-coated to be weather resistant. One officer testimonial says the body camera survived flying 15 feet out of his car window in a car crash.

Video Quality

The top video quality is 1080p and has a 120-degree field of view (the maximum you can have before video becomes distorted with a “fish eye” look). This body camera does not have night vision built in, but it can be added as an optional external camera.

Other Features

This body camera has a built in flashlight (four LED lights) that come in handy at night freeing up an officers’ hands so they don’t have to hold a flashlight.

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. The light can also be programmed to blink or stay off entirely.

The camera has a 30 Minute Pre-record capability.  Most body cameras only have 30 to 60 seconds worth of pre-record. This function lets officers re-capture critical video if they are ever caught off guard and don’t have time to activate their cameras.

The body camera itself does not contain internal GPS, but can be hooked up to a GPS module that will provide that function.

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Body Camera Review: BodyCam

Body Camera Specifications

Manufacturer: BodyCam/PRO-VISION Video, AEE
Manufactured in: China china flag
Size: 2.7″ x 2.0″ x 1.0″
Weight: 4.8 oz
Battery Life: 2.5 -4hrs (based on video quality)

Cost: $349.00

  • Video Resolution: 1080p, 170° Field of View
  • Memory: 8 – 32 GB
  • Night vision: Up to 32ft
  • Waterproof: IP65 rating
  • LCD screen: 1.5 inch

Review

Overall

This body camera is manufactured and sold by many Chinese companies. In the USA it is most popular as the Bodycam brand body camera by Provision. This body camera is one of the smaller ones on the market. The light weight and small size also means shorter battery life of 2.4-4 hours (depending on quality). The camera can be attached to an external battery pack to extend the battery life to 10 hours.

We rate this body camera 3 stars because of its smaller size, secure mounting bracket and ease of use.

Mounting Options

This camera has a fixed static lens, limiting its mounting options and recording angles. (Officers with taller stature or bigger chest, risk ending up pointing to the sky). This body camera is smaller than average, weighing 4.8 ounces. However, there is a noticeable pull on shirt or uniform. The body camera comes with 2 different mounting brackets. One bracket has a strong rotatable 2.5″ alligator style clip with teeth for a strong grip on a shirt or uniform. The hinge is very strong and seems like it will last long against average use and offers a solid grip on the camera. 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 second mounting bracket has a 3″ alligator style clip for epaulet mounting. The clip has a hinge for angling the camera, however the hinge is extremely weak and does not lock into place very well, any motion can easily knock it out of place.

Operation

The body camera gives a quick beep when turned on and off and when it starts and ends recording.  The camera’s status light is illuminated red when on and blinks green when recording, however it is discreetly hidden at an angle that can only be seen by the officer.

This body camera has a 2.4 to 4 hour battery life (depending on video quality settings). An optional external battery pack can supply 10 hours of battery life.

To activate the body camera, you must press and hold the power button for about 5 seconds. This body camera does not offer true one touch recording. The body camera must first be powered on before the recording button can be pressed. Also there are separate buttons for start recording and stop recording. The buttons beep loudly when pressed. The body camera operates by buttons only (no switches).  With body cameras, we always recommend switches over buttons because it is always possible for an officer to forget they pressed the button; with switches, the officer can quickly visually and physically feel that the switch is up or down; turned on or off to confirm it is active and working. There are 8 buttons on this body camera, they beep when pressed, but the beeping can be turned off. The body camera has a 1.5″ playback screen on the back. It is possible to turn the screen off. It is possible to configure settings using the playback screen, but it is difficult to navigate and use.

Durability

The body camera’s casing is made of plastic. This body camera has a Waterproof rating of IP65.

Video Quality

The top video quality is 1920p but the 170-degree field of view gives the video a distorted “fish eye” look. The body camera has Infrared night vision that can be activated with the flip of a switch on the front of the camera.

Other Features

Unique features about this camera include wireless remote control, which is illogical considering the concept of the body camera is to be mounted on a person’s body and easily accessible within reach to activate. The body camera offers still picture, audio only and video recording functions. The camera has no radio interface, GPS or Pre-Record capability.

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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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Body Camera Review: Patrol Eyes Body Camera

Body Camera Specifications

Manufacturer: Patrol EyesishoopHZTC
Manufactured in: China china flag
Size: 2.9″ x 1.83″ x .093″
Weight: 6.6 oz
Battery: 8 hrs (@ 480P), 6.5 hrs (@1080P)
Cost: $320.00 16GB, $370.00 32 GB
  • Video Resolution: 1080p, 140° Field of View
  • Memory: 16GB or 32GB
  • Night vision: Up to 30 ft
  • 2″ LCD screen
  • Built in GPS
  • Pre-record: Up to 10 seconds

Review

Overall

This body camera is advertised, manufactured and sold by several Chinese Companies. In the United States, it is most popularly sold as Stuntcam’s Patrol Eyes brand.

This body camera seems durable, has a strong mounting clip and average battery life. Drawbacks to this camera include bulky weight and big size. We give this camera a 2.5 star rating for ease of use, good mounting clip and average features and quality.

Mounting Options

The camera has a fixed static lens, limiting its mounting options and recording angles (Officers with taller stature or bigger chest, risk ending up pointing to the sky).  It’s able to connect to an external camera, but this feature is not prominently promoted. Drawbacks of the camera include its weight and size.  At 6.6 ounces, the camera is bulky and pulls on the uniform. The camera comes with a strong 2.5″ alligator style rotatable clip, which has teeth for strong gripping, so this clip seems like it would maintain a secure grip on a shirt or uniform. This body cameras 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 is also very tight and seems like it will last a long time with regular use.

Operation

This body camera has well designed button placement and seems easy to use. All of the function buttons are on one side. The body camera beeps and vibrates slightly when turned on and off and when it starts and ends recording. This body camera has a 6.5-8 hour battery life (depending on video quality settings).

The camera offers one touch recording capability, but you must press and hold for 3 seconds. The buttons beep loudly when pressed but the volume can be turned off to make using the camera more discreet. 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 must press and hold for several seconds before the camera starts up; with switches, the officer can quickly visually and physically feel that the switch is on or off). To activate the body camera, you can either press and hold the power button for about 3 seconds or press and hold the video button for 3 seconds to begin recording. 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 on the top of the camera 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 where it would give away his position.

The body camera has a 2″ playback screen on the back, which can be turned off. Playback screens are helpful, but drain a lot of battery power. There is the ability to turn the screen off and you can access the menu and configure settings using the playback screen.

Durability

The camera seems durable. Weather Resistant with an IP57 rating. The manufacturer says this body camera has a 10 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 camera can also record a 170-degree field of view in 480p mode, but again there is a fish-eye distortion. The body camera has Infrared night vision up to 32 feet that can be activated with the press of a side button.

Other Features

This body camera offers still picture, audio only and video recording functions. The camera also has a built in laser pointer. 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, however the connection point for the PPT radio does not look like it will accept all police radios. The camera has a 10 second Pre-record capability.

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Body Camera Review: Chinese Made Security Body Worn Camera

Body Camera Specifications

Manufacturer:  HUADEANGranfoo and many others
Manufactured in: China china flag

Size: 3.5″ x  2″ x  1″
Weight: 6.4 oz (150g)
Battery Life: 9 Hours
Cost: $350.00
  • Video Resolution: 1080P; 160° field of view
  • Memory: 16 GB
  • Night vision: 33 Feet
  • Drop resistance: 10 Feet
  • LCD screen: 2.0 inch

Review

Overall

This body camera is advertised, manufactured and distributed by several Chinese companies. In America, it’s sold by several US based vendors.

While the camera boasts a 9 hour battery life and seems durable, it is also bulky and offers poor mounting options. We give this camera a two star rating for durability and battery life.

Mounting Options

This body camera has a fixed static lens and no external POV camera option, limiting its mounting options and recording angles. Officers with taller stature or bigger chest, risk ending up pointing the camera to the sky. Drawbacks of the camera include its weight and size.  At 5.3 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. The clip itself is not very strong and seems like it will loosen and wear out quickly with regular use. This body cameras 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 camera also comes with an optional 4″ epaulet mount. The epaulet mount does have a rotatable hinge where the camera clips on presumably to be able to angle the camera better. At the connection point, the mount is “floppy” and dangles on the shoulder and would easily flap up and down in a chase or struggle with a suspect. In critical moments like that, you want a steady video picture, not a shaky, unsecured, bouncing up and down video image.

Operation

This body camera has a 9-hour battery life. The camera offers one touch recording capability. The camera operates by buttons only (no switches).  The buttons beep loudly when pressed. (We recommend switches over buttons because it is possible for an officer to forget they pressed the button and in some cases you must press and hold the button for several seconds before the camera activates; with switches, the officer can quickly visually and physically feel that the switch is up or down; to confirm it is turned on). To activate the body camera, you can either press and hold the power button for 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. There are 7 buttons on this body camera all scattered around the unit.  The buttons beep when the body camera is turned on and each time they are pressed.

There is a 2″ playback screen on the back that can be deactivated by pressing the “M button”. Playback screens are useful, but tend to drain a lot of battery life. You can access and play back files, but there seems to be no way to configure the body camera options using the playback screen.

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

Durability

The camera seems durable. The casing is thick plastic. The manufacturer says the camera has a 10 foot drop resistance. The camera is IP67 Waterproof rated, which prevents water or dust from reaching the internal components.

Video Quality

The top video quality is 1920/1080pHD but the 160-degree field of view gives the video a slight distorted “fish eye” look. The body camera has Infrared night vision. Pressing and holding the “M button” activates IR mode for up to 33 feet of night vision.

Other Features

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 like a headphone style jack and may not accept all radio interface connections.

The camera does not have a pre-record capability or Internal GPS. Pre-record has become popular as a way to back up video if an officer is caught in a sudden situation like a fight or struggle with a suspect, where they need to react quickly and do not have time to activate the camera. An optional separate GPS module is available.

OFFICER REVIEW

Click below for a Real Police Officer Review of this camera from the Covington, LA PD

Chief Lentz Body Camera Review
Chief Lentz of the Covington PD reviews this Chinese made Body Camera

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