Body cameras are considered to be luxury goods by many people, but when it comes to police body cameras, it’s a different story. Nowadays, with all this hatred towards police officers and social media to ignite it even more, officers need to have body cameras on them at all times, not only to protect themselves against false accusations, but also to protect citizens in case of police misconduct.
Not every department can afford to purchase body cameras and in-car cameras, and when that’s the case, they have to cut corners. Cutting corners, in this situation, usually means going for a cheaper brand or purchasing a reliable body camera that also works as an in-car solution. Needless to say, the first alternative is never recommended, as more affordable products are, of course, made with cheaper parts, which means they’ll break down more often, needing to be replaced more frequently. The second option, on the other hand, is widely used and recommended. Although it’s not as good as having a two-camera system, it gets the job done for a more affordable price. In this article, we are gonna tackle the pros and cons of using a body camera as an in-car camera.
Police officers have been wrongfully accused of misconduct and crimes more times than we can count, and that’s no surprise to anyone. They are out in the streets, every day, risking their lives to protect us and make sure we live safe lives, yet, people take advantage of that. The police body camera industry was created not too long ago, when a few companies saw the need to bring those issues to light and come up with solutions for them in an attempt to protect the truth and bring justice to everyone.
Let’s cut to the chase: police body camera clips break a lot. Often, having a camera that records in HD is the main concern manufacturers have, therefore, everything else becomes secondary. Although that’s (kind of) understandable, pinching pennies has never worked out for any company trying to offer high-quality products. Ever. Maybe for non-law enforcement grade body cameras that would be ok because they rely on mounts, but our industry is different.
Police body cameras are a fairly recent market niche, therefore, they are constantly evolving, which makes its users more demanding with each passing day. Keeping up with the needs of this new audience isn’t easy, and manufacturers have to make executive decisions when deciding which features to add or remove. In this article, we are going to tackle all the features a police body camera should and could have, while explaining their pros and cons.
Size is always a deciding factor when law enforcement agencies are shopping for body-worn cameras. Feature-packed body cameras are great, but they come with a price. The more features they have, the bigger and heavier they are, and officers don’t want to feel like they are wearing a brick on their uniform. It’s simply uncomfortable, impractical and unaesthetic. Besides, many features offered by most of the police body cameras on the market, today, are unnecessary.
When we introduced the WOLFCOM 3rd EYE Police body camera back in 2012, it took the Law Enforcement community by storm. Within a year, we had sold thousands of body cameras across the United States and the WOLFCOM® brand became synonymous with quality body cameras. Little did we know that what we had developed would set the worldwide standards for body cameras.
Beware! There are dozens of American Companies that are selling Chinese Body Cameras to Law Enforcement. If you are testing Chinese body cameras, DO NOT plug them into your computers.
The Wolfcom 3rd Eye’s GPS Geotag Software will stamp the GPS Latitude and Longitude coordinates into every image file and video files picture to picture frame by frame. When replaying the Wolfcom 3rd Eye’s police camera video using our software you’ll be able to see on a map exactly where that video or image was taken. We are the First Body Worn Police camera manufacturer with this feature.