Body Camera Review: F1 Body Camera

Body Camera Specifications

Made in: China
Size: 3″ x 2.2″ x 0.8″
Weight: 4.3 oz
Battery life: Up to 11 hours internal battery

Main Features:

  • Video Resolution: Up to 1440p
  • Memory: 32 GB
  • Up to 11 hours of continuous non-stop recording
  • 140-Degree Wide-Angle lens with rotatable camera head
  • 360-Degree Durable Metallic Clip
  • IPX Rating 66
  • One-Touch Recording
  • Pre-Record Mode
  • Stealth Mode
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • Built-in GeoTag stamps Date, Time, and GPS coordinates onto every video and photo files
  • Ability to Stamp an Officers Badge number onto Video and Photos
  • Battery indicator
  • Vibration confirmation and low battery alert
  • Simultaneous Photo taking during video recording
  • Programmable Automatic Built-in Night-Vision
  • Programmable Public Awareness Light
  • Password Protected
  • 60-second Pre and Post-record
  • Built-in LED flashlight

Overall

Let me start off by saying we are surprised with the F1’s capabilities. It’s light-weight, small, and its specifications are simply impressive.

Mounting Options

The F1 comes with a strong 360-degree metal clip that allows it to be mounted anywhere on the uniform.

Operation

The large round button located on the front of the device is used to start/stop recording. To start recording, press the button once. To stop recording, press and hold the same button for about 2 seconds. The F1 will vibrate when recording starts and stops.

Other functions

The F1 can take digital photos, even while recording video and audio, and offers a “Covert Mode”, which can be activated by pressing and holding the snapshot button for 2 seconds. Covert Mode will deactivate all visual and audio notifications.

Durability

The F1 has an IPX rating of 66, meaning it’s dust and water-resistant and it’s able to withstand a 6-foot drop.

Video Quality

Video resolution on this device is 1440p (double 1080p) and it is equipped with a 140-degree lens. Both of these features combined make sure no detail is left unrecorded.

Other Features

A crucial feature that can’t be left out of this review is the metal contacts replacing the USB port on the bottom of the unit. USB ports were considered by many to be the Achilles’ Heels of body cameras for breaking down so often. The metal contacts are more reliable than USB ports, not only for charging but also for data transferring. An optional 8-slot docking port is also available for departments.

The F1 is equipped with a built-in GeoTag chip that records and stamps GPS coordinates, date, and time onto every video and photo file. Automatic night vision is also built-in and can be easily disabled.

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Body Camera Review: Halo Body Camera

Body Camera Specifications

Manufacturer: WOLFCOM

Made in: Pasadena, California, U.S.A.
Size: 2.9″ x 1.83″ x 0.9″
Weight: 4.6 oz
Battery life: 36 hours (w/ external battery pack); 10 hours internal battery

Main Features:

  • Video Resolution: Up to 1080p
  • Memory: 32 GB
  • Facial Recognition
  • Up to 10 hours of continuous non-stop recording (up to 36 hrs with optional Battery Pack)
  • 1080p High Resolution recording
  • 140-Degree Wide-Angle lens with rotatable camera head
  • 360-Degree Durable Metallic Clip
  • IPX Rating 67
  • One-Touch Recording
  • Pre-Record Mode (up to 10 hours of recording)
  • Stealth Mode
  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • Built-in GeoTag stamps Date, Time, and GPS coordinates onto every video and photo files
  • Ability to Stamp an Officers Badge number onto Video and Photos
  • Battery indicator LED lights
  • Vibration confirmation and low battery alert
  • Simultaneous Photo taking during video recording
  • Programmable Automatic Built-in Night-Vision
  • Programmable Public Awareness Light
  • Password Protected
  • 60-second Pre and Post-record
  • Built-in LED flashlight

Review of WOLFCOM HALO

Overall

The HALO is the newest addition to WOLFCOM’s body camera solution and it seems like they hit the nail on the head with this one. This camera seems to solve most of the issues body-worn cameras have had in the past while keeping the device aesthetically-pleasing, lightweight, and small.

Mounting Options

360-Degree Clip

What I like best about this camera are the mounting clips and optional mounting accessories. The standard clip is made of strong metal and plastic, and can rotate 360 degrees. The optional Pin-lock clip is by far the most superior clip we’ve ever tested. Unlike Magnetic mounts that fall off, the Halo‘s pin-lock clip stays on no matter what.

The Halo also has a suction mount that allows you to use it as an in-car camera system. Although that’s not recommended for law enforcement agencies that take video evidence seriously, it’s definitely a decent solution for departments on a budget.

Operation

This body camera is activated by a large button located on the front of the unit. It gives a strong vibration when turned on/off and when it starts/stops recording. This body camera has a built-in 11-hour battery that can be extended to up to 36 hours with the appropriate external battery pack.

Other functions

This body camera can also be used to take up to 56,000 still digital photos and record up to 360 hours of audio. Still pictures can be taken even while video is rolling by pushing the Snapshot button on the side of the device. Another great functionality is what the manufacturer calls “Stealth Mode”, which means the camera will turn off all visual and sound notifications.

Durability

This body camera has an IPX rating of 67, which means it’s weather and shock-resistant, and it has cleared the 6-foot drop test. Taking into consideration it costs a third of other American-made body cameras, this is by far the best bang for your buck.

Video Quality

The top video quality is 1080p and has a 140-degree field of view (the maximum you can have before the video becomes distorted with a “fish-eye” look).

Artificial Intelligence & Facial Recognition

You read it right. This tiny device is a pioneer in offering AI integration with the ability to automatically identify faces. According to WOLFCOM, that facial recognition feature will be available in future software updates.

Other Features

This body camera also has an optional Public awareness light. Some departments believe public awareness lights de-escalate situations by letting the public know they’re being recorded. This function can be easily turned off by enabling Stealth Mode on the device. It has a 60-second pre and post-record, which lets officers re-capture critical video in case they are ever caught off guard and don’t have time or simply forget to activate their cameras.

Another great improvement this amazing body camera offers is the elimination of USB ports, which means no more issues related to USB connections. Instead, this camera offers new metal connectors that guarantee stable charging and data-transfer connections every time. You can connect your camera to a computer through a single docking port or an 8-slot docking port, both sold separately.

The Halo is equipped with a built-in GeoTag chip that records and stamps GPS coordinates, date, and time onto every video and photo file. Automatic night vision is also built-in but you can easily disable it if it’s against the department’s policies.

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