Last Updated on December 18, 2019
A body camera is something that a lot of people tend to buy nowadays, especially those who are into law enforcement. If you’re a law enforcement officer, a body camera can provide critical evidence in the case of a suspicious arrest, and help you protect yourself from false complaints.
And while initially, patrol officers had some “Big Brother” concerns related to having a body-worn camera, it’s now quite the opposite, and more of them are looking for the best body camera. If you’re one of them, below we’ve got a list of options that are all great. We’ve also got a buying guide to help you choose more easily, so let’s take a look at our options.
The Best Body Camera This Year (Our Top 7)
Our first pick comes courtesy of MIUFLY. It’s a small, compact body camera that aims to check all the boxes, and then some. The first important thing is the camera itself, which records in full HD and gives you a wide field of view. You can also connect an auxiliary camera lens (this is not included) if you want to.
The unit itself is small and lightweight, and you can easily clip it to a lapel. On the back, you have a 2” LCD monitor that’s really useful if you want to review your footage. It may not be too big, but it’s actually quite sufficient. If you want to do a more detailed review, you’ll transfer the footage to a computer anyways.
Inside the camera is 32GB of memory, but there’s a 64GB variant available at a higher price. At full HD, this should have you covered for a few hours of footage, but you’ll need to empty it quite often. This does depend on your usage, though, so it may vary. Battery life is great thanks to the 2900mAh battery, which guarantees around 10 hours of recording.
There’s also the possibility to set a password, which protects your recordings in case your camera gets stolen. Finally, we had to make this our top pick for the body camera thanks to the inclusion of a GPS module, which can be very helpful if you’re a law enforcement officer. An excellent choice!
BOBLOV is the manufacturer of the runner up for the best body camera title, and their body worn camera is excellent. This is just as good as our top pick, but with a smaller battery, it barely misses the top spot. It does come with full HD video recording, as well as a decent resolution photo capability, too. The best thing? The lens has a 170 degree field of view, which should be more than enough to capture the entire scene.
There’s a 2” display at the back which lets you review all photo, video and audio files, which should be enough for a quick review. On the side you’ll find a few buttons, but the camera supports one-key operation for audio, video and photos, without the need to power on the camera, which makes it really handy.
Inside are 32GB of memory, as well as a 1950mAh battery. There’s another battery included as a spare, and you should get around 9 hours of recording. The highlight feature of the BOBLOV is the IR LEDs, which let it record when it’s pitch black, and give you quite usable photos and videos, something not many cameras can do. If you feel like you’ll be using it in suboptimal light conditions, definitely consider it as an option.
1296P full HD video
128GB of internal memory
If you want decent video quality, but want something with a lot of internal storage, the CammPro should be your choice, thanks to the 128GB of built-in memory.
If you feel like neither 32GB or 64GB is enough, our third option might be right for you – the CammPro Premium body camera. It comes with 128GB of storage, and at full HD video, this should have you covered for quite a while. It also records when there isn’t a lot of light, and you can get usable footage up to 50 feet away.
The 2” LCD display at the back is decent for quick reviews, and you can set a password if you don’t want anyone looking at your footage. With a 3500mAh battery, you can expect up to 11 hours of recording in a single take, which is actually quite impressive. There’s also a GPS module, which might come in handy.
On the outside, the CammPro is as rugged as they come. It comes with plenty of rubber armor to protect it from bumps and falls, and it’s also waterproof, so it’s good to go in the rain, too. If you want something rugged with a lot of memory and a long battery life, this is the best body camera for you, without a doubt.
1080P full HD
170 degree field of view
Support for up to 128GB memory card (no internal memory)
A budget friendly option that manages to cover most of the basics at an affordable price.
Moving on to some more budget-friendly variants, we have an option by GZDL. It’s a tiny camera that packs quite the punch, and manages to pack an impressive number of features in an affordable package.
To begin with, you have a 170 degree wide angle camera that records at 1080p. This captures the scene easily and with a lot of details. Even if you use it in the dark, the camera has night vision LEDs that allow it to capture things even when it’s pitch black. The camera also packs motion detection, which is useful when you leave it in a single place and only want to record when there’s motion.
Unfortunately, there’s no memory inside, and you’ll have to get a micro SD card. However, you can get one as big as 128GB, and have it record for hours before you need to empty the contents.
An interesting feature is the remote control capability. You can connect your smartphone to the camera, and review footage on your phone if the display at the back isn’t enough. You can also leave the camera somewhere, and watch its feed live, which is something we haven’t seen with any of the top contenders.
Resolution: 1920x1080p Full HD
Battery Capacity: 850mAh
Working Time: about 330 minutes
This option by UTOPB isn’t a conventional body camera. It’s not the same shape, size, or weight as the other options, and it doesn’t have the same type of functionality. However, it still qualifies for the title of best body camera, especially if you want something that’s inconspicuous and difficult to notice.
It looks just like a pen, and you can easily put it in a shirt pocket if you want a first person view. With the choice between 720p and 1080p, you can choose whether you want higher quality, or smaller file sizes. Considering that the camera only supports a memory card that’s up to 32GB, you’ll have to make some kind of compromise.
There’s also the option to output things to a TV, which is great for review since the camera doesn’t have a display itself. The battery doesn’t last too much, only 5 and a half hours, which is part of the reason why it’s so low on our list. It also takes around 3 hours to recharge, but you can record while it’s charging, which is a nice touch. All things considered, a great pick if you want nobody to know you’re recording.
Resolution: 1920x1080p Full HD
Battery Capacity: 1100 mAh
Field of view: 130 degrees
Working Time: 6 hours
The Konpcoiu is the second “unconventional” design (and the last one on the list, we promise), but we had to include it since it’s very, very usable as a great body camera.
It records at 1080p, and with a 130 degree wide lens, it captures quite a lot of the scene with ease. There’s an infrared LED as well, which lets it record at night without any issue.
Why isn’t this higher up on our list? Well, even though it’s concealable, it still looks like a camera, which somewhat defeats the purpose. The 4.5 hours of battery life also isn’t too impressive. However, the body camera is surprisingly easy to use, with a one-click shooting option, and a 90 degree rotatable lens.
As far as storage goes, it works with a micro SD card, and there’s a 32GB one included in the package. You can upgrade this up to 128GB if you want to, but make sure to get a high speed one.
To wrap things up, this is an excellent competitor if you want something that’s concealable, yet still works admirably in a variety of conditions.
Resolution: 2560×1440 2K
Battery Capacity: 2600 mAh
Field of view: 140 degrees
We’re rounding out the list with another option by MIUFLY, this time it’s their 2K Pro. This is a decent option, but one that records at a low resolution and we would only recommend if you’re very limited with your budget.
The resolution for video is only 480p, which is fairly low compared to all the other full HD options we spoke about earlier. However, with H.265 video encoding, and 32GB of built-in memory, this will let you record for quite a lot before you need to empty it, which is pretty nice. You’ll also get up to 12 hours of continuous recording – another nice feature,
Those of you who want to protect their data, you can set a password to access the files, which is great in case the camera ever gets stolen. There’s a GPS module, too, which could come in handy, as well as a rotatable clip so you can set it up on you just how you like it.
All things considered, this shouldn’t be your top choice. However, if you find yourself really, really limited with your budget, this is the one to go for.
There are a few critical things, that together, make or break the quality of the recording. If you want a good camera, you’ll want them all to be covered. In a budget option, though, make sure you don’t compromise on the first two.
Things to look for:
- Point of view
- Comfort and size
- Ease of use
The point of view
The most important element, just like with any camera, is the point of view. This is what determines what you’ll capture, and how much of the scene. Note that where you put the camera also impacts the point of view, so you’ll want to keep this into consideration, too.
Most body cameras tend to have a wider field of view, with some even going with ultra wide fish-eye lenses that significantly widen it. This captures a lot more of the scene than a regular lens would, thus making for a much better (and more useful) point of view.
The comfort and size
Whenever you’re discussing something you’ll be wearing on you, it’s usually a case of lighter = better. However, a larger body cam usually has a bit more features, so this is an area where you’ll need to make some kind of compromise.
Also, there are some body cameras that are a bit more than the device itself, and they add a battery pack etc. This results in extra weight, and an extra “package” you need to carry on your person – something to add to your size and comfort consideration.
This one kind of ties in with the size and comfort, since a more durable, or more rugged device is usually heavier. Get one that’s too heavy, and chances are you won’t be using it nearly as much as you want to. However, a device that’s too light might break a bit too easily – not something you want happening when you expect it to work.
Ease of use
The last thing you’ll need to consider is how easy it is to use the actual camera. Something that has a single-button operation ensures you don’t have a “wrong button” to press, and gives you peace of mind. You’ll also want to be able to transfer and manage the videos easily afterwards, too, so consider this as well.
Wrapping things up
Now that you know what the best body camera options are out there, as well as how to choose them, which one do you believe is the best option for you? We’ve made sure to include options for various users’ needs, so make sure you get something that fits your needs.