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Body-Worn Camera Buyer's Guide

Posted by Brian Frazier on

So what’s available for body-worn video recording equipment? Body-worn equipment can be used in many applications, from secret shopping to recording personal interactions. Certain types of body-worn cameras can have advantages over others, but it all depends on what the situation demands.

Full body-worn kits normally include a hidden camera and a pocket DVR. Handheld body-worn items are normally items such as pens, flash drives, and even Bluetooth earpieces. More advanced body-worn kits can have audio, extra battery packs, and even a built-in LCD screen on the DVR to be able to review video anywhere, anytime. Less expensive models like glasses or pens require the video to be played off the SD card and usually through a computer. Some other items can be connected directly to a monitor to review footage.

Here are the top considerations to evaluate when looking for a body-worn camera


Field Of View

Depending on the specific device you choose and the unit's video resolution, you'll get devices that can either capture a wider or narrower field of view. However, some manufacturers don't always divulge the correct field of view on their devices. So the only way to get an idea of what your specific device will capture is to watch a demo video of the device being used or try the device out for yourself. With that being said, most body-worn cameras that record in standard (720P) resolution will have a narrower field of you. In comparison, devices capable of recording in high-definition (1080P) will capture a much wider field of view.

Video or Picture Quality

As mentioned, most of our body-worn spy cameras will either record in standard 720P resolution or 1080P high-definition. Depending on the exact purposes you plan to use your camera for, you might not necessarily need the highest level of resolution. In other words, if you're planning on using your spy camera to capture small details, such as written text on a computer screen, you're going to want to go with a higher resolution camera. In fact, only our cameras that record in 2K resolution ( 2304x1296 ) is capable of capturing such small, mynute details.

On the other hand, if you only need to capture larger details, such as a person's face, actions, or voice, a camera recording in standard 720P should do the trick. Finally, in addition to the different levels of resolution, some of our cameras, such as the 2K spy pen, also have a convenient snapshot feature, which can be used to capture 4-megapixel still-frame shots at the touch of a button, without attracting any attention to yourself.


Microphone Quality

In addition to being able to record in either standard or high-definition, many of our body-worn cameras can also capture audio. Being able to capture both video and audio is ideal, especially if you plan on using your device for any legal or court-related reasons.

Amount of Battery Life

Because of their smaller size, most body-worn cameras have shorter, limited battery life. However, all of our cameras come with a built-in lithium-ion battery, which can be fully recharged quickly within 1 to 3 hours, depending on the product. Typically, our devices offer anywhere between 60 to 90 minutes of battery life, but some may last even longer. In fact, our 1080P key fob WIFI spy camera can even be set up to only record in shorter 3-minute spurts when motion is detected.


Internal or External Storage Time

Once again, due to their limited size, most of our devices will only have about 50 to 120 minutes worth of built-in storage. However, many of our devices, such as our 1080P spy glasses, are compatible with external SD cards, which can increase your storage space for recording anywhere between 4 to 24 hours worth of additional video and audio.

Time and Date Stamping

Essentially, time and date stamping is a feature where your recorded video will automatically be tagged with the exact time and date it was recorded. Nowadays, this feature is fairly common on all spy cameras.

However, depending on what you're using your camera for, this feature might not always be important to you. For instance, if you're planning on using your device as a nanny cam around the house, you might not really need to have the video time and date stamped. But if you're planning on using your hidden body-worn camera for any court or legal reasons, it's a good idea to look for a device that offers this feature.


The Best Body-Worn Spy Cameras

Whether you're looking to use a body-worn camera for legal reasons, or you need a bit of extra security and peace of mind around the house, you'll be glad to know that we offer a wide range of different device styles and designs that will seamlessly blend into virtually any environment. Please browse our online shop and choose from our selection of spy glasses, spy pens, spy watches, USB drives, key fobs, and more!

In the end, you can use our lineup of body-worn cameras for any number of reasons, including child custody cases, domestic situations, workplace harassment, and more. So by keeping the reason you'll be using your device in mind, as well as all of the factors that we've touched on above, you'll be able to choose the best device for your specific needs.

When would I need to use body-worn recording equipment, and what type would be best for me?

So what does your situation demand? Do you need to give customer service training being a secret shopper? Need to film video hands-free for a work or school project? Conducting interviews but don’t want to distract your subject? Body-worn recorders can be good alternatives when you’re unable to introduce a new object into your environment or being in an environment not your own.

Small handheld recorders often have shorter battery life than full-size body-worn kits, but the greatest advantage is being able to record at a moment’s notice. These devices are often disguised as everyday, commonly used items. Recorders such as pens, glasses, earpieces, etc., not only blend in well with many situations, but they’re quick-to-start recorders that are easy to operate and can be kept within reach.

Full-size body-worn kits often have a longer battery life with hot-swappable batteries, but they normally require to be equipped in advance, and sometimes modifications need to be made to clothing. Body-worn kits also allow for more diversity by being able to choose different camera types for low-light situations. Button camera kits allow you to personalize your equipment and keep it discreet.


Think about your situation

What will you be heading into? Will you be secret shopping, dealing with potential verbal conflict. How about helping a loved one with their memory, harassment at work or home, leaving video notes, dealing with a potentially violent conflict. What about some YouTube fun, sporting events, or holiday videos?



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