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Thursday
Mar242016

Body-Cam from Transcend 

I've tested out many different kinds of cameras, but this is my first look at a Body-cam.

The promotional material for the Transcend DrivePro Body 10 body suggests it could be used by the police, but they will have existing contracts for equipment like this, it makes more sense though when aimed at an individual user, for example someone working the door at a club.

I really don't know how big a market there is for body-cams is, or whether people would be interested in seeing reviews of other models in the future. I suspect not, but if you do, please let me know.

The Body 10 camera isn't bad for a first effort, but there is plenty of room for improvements that could be incorporated into future models. I imagine though that Transcend, like myself, are seeing if there is enough interest in this segment before deciding whether to continue developing their body camera range.

Full video review below. 

 

   

 

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Reader Comments (7)

I work in nuclear reactor plant, we sometimes use body cameras because we are entering contaminated and radioactive zones so our supervisors can track our progress behind lead brick wall (clean room) and talk to us via headset.
They are Chinese ones like in this link http://www.hobotraveler.com/webcam-travel/wireless-webcam-with-battery-1.jpg

Range is awful, they have no microphone and battery life is at best 1 hour. They often turn off without warning or just refuse to connect so our supervisors are blind. Also we are sweating a lot below work suits so we had problems with water damaging them as well.

We are planning to change them for something more quality with live feed with decent range up to 50 meters, probably in plastic shells like GoPro have so we can protect them from water and contamination. I will sure show them this video so they can have some insight how proper cameras can work and to improve safety and quality of our work.

My name is Boris from Serbia working in "Nuclear facilities of Serbia" on decommissioning of nuclear reactor A. I wish you all the best, sorry for any grammatical errors and keep up great work.

March 24, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBoris Stanic

Since the controversial slayings of African-American males by police in the United States, body cameras are all the rage with law enforcement departments. By all means, keep on reviewing them. Great resource.

March 28, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFrank Jsckson

Love the humour!!! Keep it up!

March 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJarod

No video samples available for download on Pcloud like you usually do for camcorders ?

April 1, 2016 | Unregistered Commenter2206448008

Mat, I've been following your page for some years and really like the content. Yet for some reason the divergence towards Body Cams leaves me a bit queasy.

I needed to speak with a police officer recently who was wearng a body cam, I found the whole experience rather creepy, threatening and slightly offensive. I think the move towards providing this technology commercially to the public is going a step to far.

If you are going to include body cams, how about providing a bit of balance by also reviewing technology that can protect us from it (if such exists) - and I dont mean painting myself like a Dazzle Ship!

Keep up the good work!

April 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHmmNotForMeThanks

It is a shame you were not able to test this camera on your motorcycle, as your home-made mount is essentially a body one. The lack of a infrared blocking filter would limit its value, but presumably it would still work for commuters who just want evidence in case of any incidents.

April 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

Hi
Would love to see more body cam reviews.
The main problem with any body cam that I have seen is that it is 'fiddly' to switch on, and you have to pay full attention to pressing the power and/or start buttons, then checking the record light to verify etc.

I am looking for something to record evidence in difficult situations. I dream of a body cam that has a massive mechanical slide switch on the side, like a flashlight from the 70's!

If you find one that has a foolproof no-need-to-look-at-it switch on and record function, please let us know!

Keep up the great work!
Pete

October 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPete

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