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Tom in Sterling Heights, Michigan listens on AM800 CKLW and asked: “What are the best three wearable cameras that you can wear on your shirt – kind of like what the police wear in a sense – that aren’t prohibitively expensive?”
Tom, the answer here will really be dependent on what you’re actually looking for in a camera.
For example, if you just want something you can wear on your chest but don’t intend to wear it for entire shifts at a time, there are Go Pro models that are under $100, very light, very rugged, and have decent lenses.
If you want a proper body camera for full shifts that won’t cost an awful lot, you can look at models by CammPro. They are water resistant, have GPS, have enough battery life and storage to record 10 hour shifts, include a little screen (that normally faces the body) to play back video right away, and many will be less than $150.
Boblov makes a smaller 4K model called the F1 that also has GPS, water resistance, a tiny screen and can record full shifts, and will cost you $150.
Just to put those options into perspective: keep your expectations low if you’re going to be sticking to those price points. A real body camera like what you’d see a police officer wear will be close to 3 times the price of those. For example, TASER’s Axon Body 2 costs $400. PatrolEyes’ SC-DV7 also cost $400, and so does their SC-DV10 model.
If you look at their features they will be about the same as the cheaper ones, in some ways (like maximum resolution) they may even look worse, but they’re built to do the job reliably every day.
There are models out there that don’t crack $100, and there are models like the ones we mentioned earlier that don’t go above $150, but don’t think you’re getting the same product as the ones meant for serious everyday use by police departments and other professionals.
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