If you are considering purchasing a body camera, it’s important to consider the different features and kinds before making your decision. This guide will provide you with a list of what you need to consider. So let’s get started!
Some important things to consider when purchasing a body camera
First, you need to consider the point of view (POV) of the camera and what images it will capture. This is a very critical feature of the camera you are interested in purchasing. The placement of the camera will decide its point of view and what will be captured when recording.
The next thing to consider is the size of the camera you are looking to purchase. Remember, when it comes to a body camera, you’ll want it to be as light as possible without being too cheap since you will not want your device to break on you. You want a camera that is equally durable and will last you a long time, and won’t break against contact or force. Finding a balance between durability and lightweight is the way to go on this one.
Next, you’ll want to find a body camera that is easy to use. You want something that is easy to put on and easy to take off. If the process is too time-consuming, this can make the body camera too difficult.
Deciding on where to mount your camera is a really important part of deciding on what kind of body camera you want to purchase. For instance, when browsing, keep in my whether or not you’ll want the camera to fit on your hat, shirt collar, glasses, or anywhere else on your body. A camera that is flexible with where it is mounted is always best as it gives you optimal options.
Now let’s look at the different features of body cameras in order to assess which one works best for your needs. Some body cameras offer:
- pre-even recording – this means when the record button is hit, the camera has already started recording prior for around 20-30 seconds.
- Microphone options – this means your video footage will also include sound. This does not always align with the prerecording features, though.
- Lighting options – this means the camera will have great resolution in low-lighted areas.
The internal storage of your body camera
Now let’s talk about internal storage. The amount of storage space is a huge factor to consider when purchasing your body camera. You can usually get cameras with between 20 and 60GB of storage. To put that in perspective, 1GB is used every hour of recording. So depending on the amount of storage you have on your camera, you will have to download your footage more or less often. If your camera has a superior resolution, the GB per hour will increase. Keep that in mind.
The price of your body camera
The price of the body worn video camera can be a big factor, especially depending on your budget. So here are some things to look at when deciding:
- The cost of your camera will not pay for upgrades or replacement parts. That will all be a separate total. Consider that when examining prices. The price of the camera is not the price of the camera usually.
- If you want a warranty, that will also be an extra cost. If you’re considering a warranty, look to see how long it lasts. The longer it is, the more worth it, it is.
- Look for additional costs with data storage and management.