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Public Safety review for those budget minded folks wanting to cover their six
on December 31, 2014
I'm a police officer and with all of the recent events, I opted to purchase this (especially since the price drop). Let me preface this by saying if you are looking to shoot a movie with this, go somewhere else. Yes, the sound does leave a lot to be desired but that is because it is over modulated by being so close to the mouth (I wear it on the pen slot on the front pocket of my vest carrier).
As far as video quality goes, it does a decent job (your cell phone will take higher definition video) but for a sub $50 DV camera it does well. I have worn $2,500 button cameras (with cords that snap every 6 months ($200) and $800 lapel mic video cameras (batteries have to be replaced by the manufacture) and this $42 camera performs just as well and will last a 12-14 shift in standby mode (unlike the previously mention cameras).. I like the fact that after turning it on, it can go into sleep mode until I push the top button to wake it up and then push again to record. It seems fairly solid and isn't that noticeable if worn against a bark blue uniform shirt
I've also tried it on night stops and between my car's headlamps and flash light it does an adequate job. No, it won't see in the dark, but neither can I. It does get over powered by your car's Stobes/LED's, so I would make sure not to position a subject between yourself and your car with it's lights on. And if you test it out enough, you'll be able to tell where to position a subj. to record their HGN (alot of cases around here are getting tossed due to lack of recording HGN which is something that can't be done from a dash cam)
I know this review is not geared towards regular viewers but more towards my brothers and sisters in blue who feel that they need a little extra protection but on the cheap.
***Edited *** After using it for a couple of weeks now, I would suggest in investing in a 8 gig card since a 40 min video is going to chew up about 1.8 gigs...my only downside to this camera is that it can't hold a larger card than 8.