Body cams are making headlines these days for their use by police departments. Officers in many states now record their on-the-clock interactions so they can be reviewed and investigated later on if necessary. Of course, you no longer have to be in law enforcement to have a body cam of your very own, because the Los Angeles-based company Wolfcom is parlaying its 20 years of experience in the electronics, security, and surveillance industries into what it calls “the world’s smallest, lightest, and most versatile consumer body camera on the market today.”
While Wolfcom describes its “Venture” camera as “ideal for doctors, lawyers, court processors, building inspectors, commercial truck drivers, or the everyday adventurer,” we are quick to imagine it as an especially great way to record and share mountain biking and snowboarding runs.
The Venture is lightweight and easy to use, and you can clip it onto your shirt, belt, backpack strap…well, pretty much anywhere. Recording is simple: the camera has a “one touch record” feature, so you can capture audio and video instantly. Want to take still photos? There’s another handy button for that. If you’re out at night and want to snap some shots, just use the Venture’s digital flash.
You can also use the Venture as a dash cam. Clip the camera onto your your car’s visor and point it outwards to record your drive. You can even live-stream your car journies if you so desire. Just don’t attempt any stunts, please! It’s probably best if your video doesn’t end up on the evening news…
The Venture is the first wearable camera to offer the option of live-streaming your video on Facebook or YouTube. Connect it to your smartphone via Wi-Fi, and start streaming.
The makers of Venture describe it as “the world’s most versatile camera,” and with good reason. In addition to the options outlined above, you can also plug external cameras into the Venture’s AV jack for head, eye, night, and covert vision modes.
Head vision is perfect for sports and biking, as the camera fits snugly on your noggin. Eye vision records from your point of view, which is best captured by clipping the camera to your glasses, baseball cap, or shirt/jacket collar. Want to film at night? Night vision lets you record things up to 20 feet in front of you in pitch-black darkness! For those “James Bond” moments in your life, you’ll want to use covert vision, which allows you to record secretly using a clever pinhole button camera.
No matter how you decide to use the camera, you’ll be happy to learn that the Venture’s body is splash-proof and resistant to rain, sweat, liquids, sand, and dust.
The Venture is now available for pre-order at early-bird pricing, and its estimated delivery is February of 2018.
Here are some of the body cam’s outstanding specs:
- Size: 2.9 x 1.5 x 0.6 inches
- Weight: 2 ounces
- Field of view: 120 degrees
- Memory: 64 GB
- Battery life: 2.5 hours (1.5 hours with Wi-Fi)
- Video resolution: 1080p at 15 FPS; 1280 x 720p at 30 FPS
- Live stream video resolution: 720p at 30 FPS