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Body-Worn Camera Systems
FirstVu HD Body Camera Video System™ records video and optional audio from the
wearer’s own point of view. Made in the USA, the completely mobile system
features a small, lightweight design of a main recorder measuring 2.5 inches by
4 inches and weighing 3.1 ounces. It has a camera module measuring 1.12 inches
by 1.5 inches and weighing .8 ounce. The unit can automatically start recording
simultaneously with the company’s In-Car Video System (which requires the
VuLink™ unit). A user-replaceable, rechargeable battery lasts for the duration
of a shift and longer.
can link to recordings in the VuVault management software. The unit records
high-quality SD or 720p HD video at 1280x720 resolution. (An “always on/off”
option allows control of whether the audio is always or never recording video,
but this option must be requested at the time of purchase.) Memory is 25-54
hours, depending on the quality setting. The field of view is 130 degrees, and
night recording is possible. The unit is waterproof and features an extendable
breakaway cable for safety and comfort.
is by one button for ease of use. Date and time stamps and marks track the
location of events during recording. A covert mode deactivates LEDS on the
camera. The internal memory may be set
so that only designated computers are able to access recordings. To protect
chain of custody, recorded evidence cannot be edited or deleted. Digital Ally states that its system’s
housing in one compact and lightweight enclosure means officers do not have to
have additional components that add weight, complexity or cables.
advanced clip system lets the user lock or transfer the unit to a variety of
locations such as the uniform, windshield, dashboard or interview room. Mounting
options are available for motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, watercraft and other
modes of transportation.
Electronics offers the Vid-Shield, specifically designed for law enforcement. The
wearable camera records in true 1080p HD, and also has night vision for HD
video and/or 12 megapixel still photos. The Vid-Shield can clip to the uniform.
The unit has a time/date stamp embedded into the video and photos, and cannot
be edited. The unit is waterproof and easily cleaned. It records to easily
obtained micro SD cards. The unit is 2.2 inches x 3.8 inches and weighs 2 ounces.
The top of the unit has two buttons—one for video record and one for
Wearable Camera (WCAM) is available in two sizes, one with a cable length of 27
inches, and the other with a cable length of 22 inches. The shorter version is
especially adaptable for unique applications such as clipping to a K9 harness. Quickly
attached, either unit includes a 1.3-megapixel camera head of 1.8 inches by 2.9
inches. The unit weighs about 5 ounces
for the battery pack, 7 ounces for the camera head and long cable, and 5 ounces
for the camera head and short cable. Flexible positioning of the camera is easy
via the field of view of 180 degrees horizontal and 140 degrees vertical.
wearable camera is designed to be rugged and useable whether the officer is standing
still or moving/running. If the unit is mounted on a police dog’s harness, the
camera video capture angle is broad enough to include vertical images. Video
image stabilization is assisted by a three-axis gyroscopic sensor to keep the
image clear in spite of vibration. The camera provides 32 hours of video
Pro-Vision Video Systems
states its video systems are “reliable, simple and affordable” and their
products offer both technology and ease of use. Recording in 1080p true HD
video, the BODYCAM™ is able to record six times the video quality of competing
brands. Night vision is built in with high-intensity infrared illuminators to
give a clear view regardless of lighting or lack of light. The unit has a
waterproof rating of IPX5 and has 32 GB of storage.
built-in-microphone and selectable date and time stamp enhance the unit. It can
record up to 18 hours. Videos can be viewed on the built-in 1.5-inch LCD screen
with built-in audio speaker, or any computer or TV/viewing monitor. The unit
can also capture still images up to 8 megapixels. The company states the
BODYCAM™ is priced over 50 percent less than competing brands, which allows for
equipping more officers.
Prima Facie® Body Camera from Safety Vision is a wearable unit designed for a
field of view that is always the same as the officer’s. The unit is also
adaptable to mounted or motorcycle units. It records in 1080p HD for clarity,
and can also record still images and audio files. Infrared illuminators ensure
clear images regardless of low-light conditions.
files can be reviewed immediately on the integrated color LCD screen, or
downloaded to an authorized computer. It has 16 GB of internal storage, and
comes with a rotating clothing clip and shoulder clip. Continuous record time
is about five hours, and night-vision distance is about 3 meters/10 feet with
IR. The unit is 2.3 inches by 3.66 inches and weighs 0.33 pounds with its
VidMic / Safety Innovations
VidMic VX™ is a feature-complete, rugged and lightweight unit with a 1.7-inch
screen, large, easy-to-use video camera featuring viewfinder, device status and
more. It uses a simple, large, push-to-talk button to operate. The unit was
designed with input from police officers who wanted something that would meet
the needs of public safety, including tamper safeguards, chain of custody,
light weight, ease of use, and the capability to be used covertly for video
and/or audio recording. VidMic added over 100 product enhancements, increased
resolution, up to 12 hours of battery life, and up to 20 hours of video
essence, the unit is a speaker microphone with an embedded video camera and
audio recorder that can record video or still photos in almost complete
darkness. The speaker microphone is compatible with nearly all radios. The
video recorder captures video at a rate of 30 frames per second at a 640x480
pixel resolution. The wide-angle lens has 92 degrees field of view, which is an
industry-leading feature. The Accu-View™ low-light technology captures clear
images in low light, actually mimicking human eyesight.
image is not enhanced with infrared or other techniques, which is important in
protecting the officer from being “convicted” by his/her own camera should the
officer be involved in a use-of-force incident in low light, if it is later
learned that the suspect was not a threat. The device has a standard 8GB of
internal storage (sufficient for about six hours of video), but storage can be
upgraded to 16GB or 32GB to allow up to 20 hours of video recording.
the first to offer an on-board digital video processor that compresses and
stores digital audio and video recordings in real time. The unit runs on Safety
Innovations’ proprietary VXOS™ embedded operating system to protect digital
evidence from tampering and to maintain chain of custody. It can be customized
to comply with legal, regulatory or agency requirements.
to the radio, it draws no more power than would the standard shoulder
microphone. The management software tags the videos by date, officer’s name,
case number/citation number, or title, and can search and retrieve by those
captions or keywords. WiFi offloads the data transfer so that officers do not
have to download video from the device. Video and still photo files from other
sources can be imported into the program to ease managing video evidence. It
can also be exported and e-mailed for use by attorneys, Internal Affairs, or
date and time stamps, serial number recognition, coded entries, and the
supervisor’s audit trail help safeguard chain of custody. A backtracking
pre-record buffer allows an officer up to 30 seconds to record time before
pressing the start button. Many features on the unit can be enabled or disabled
including the backtrack pre-record buffer, visible and audible recording
indicators, and microphone sensitivity. The product is made in the USA.
LE2 can clip to a uniform and features a four-hour recording time, four-hour
battery life, 4 GB internal memory, date and time stamping, SD video resolution
of 640x480, and a field of view of 71 degrees. It measures 3 inches by 2 inches
and weighs 3.5 ounces. It is compatible with Windows XP™ and Vista 7™.
LE3 is the latest in the company’s rugged, waterproof and easy-to-use cameras.
The LE3 camera measures 3 inches by 2 inches and weighs 2.8 ounces. Its resolution
is HD 1280x720 or wide-screen SD 848x480. Up to five hours can be recorded, and
there is up to 12 hours of video storage with the 16GB internal memory. Local
or GMT date and time stamps are used. The field of view is 68 degrees. The
software management system is compatible with Windows XP™, and Vista 7 or
high-definition video is managed through the company’s free VERIPATROL™
software system that securely stores and catalogs video files. The system
retrieves and manages video files from its camera systems and has a FIPS 140-2
compliant digital signature process that ensures the videos have not been
VERIPATROL software system by VIEVU allows storage, retrieval and management of
video files from its camera systems. A digital signature process ensures the
videos have not been altered, and a locking security system prevents
unauthorized access if the camera is lost or stolen. VERIPATROL™ is free to use
and has no licensing costs.
CopVu™ is a pager-sized video camera that will record up to four hours. It can clip onto a shirt, belt or jacket. Its
camera, microphone, recorder, 4 GB internal memory, and indicators are all
built in. VGA resolution is 640x480. It measures 3 inches by 2 inches and
operates simply by flipping down the lens cover to begin recording both video
and audio. When the cover is closed again, recording stops.
compatible with Windows 2000, XP and Vista 7™.
A suction cup mount allows the unit to be secured to any non-porous surface. Other
components include a 12v car adapter, 110v wall adapter, octo cable for
downloading and charging, and a pin back clip (an alternate clip to pin the
camera to the clothing). The company’s CommandVu™ software secures all
downloading and data file management.
Stephenie Slahor, Ph.D., J.D.,
writes in the fields of law enforcement and security. She can be reached at
Published in Tactical Response, Jan/Feb 2014
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