Body worn surveillance cameras are used by police officers, soldiers (special forces), reporters and investigators, bouncers, parking attendants, security staff on public transport, people who take part in certain sports (BMXers, skateboarders, runners) and vloggers.
There is a wide range of body worn cameras available, so how do you go about picking the best one for you?
Before using your body camera, always check whether you will require a Public Space Surveillance (CCTV) licence. The Security Industry Authority provides further details on this.
These are the top things to bear in mind, when choosing a camera:
Point of View
The view from which the camera captures its images could be the single most important element for many. The prime placement is most likely to be somewhere that mimics the direct line of sight of the wearer. Possible locations would include on the brim of a cap, on the shoulder or clipped on, high up on the shirt/jacket.
The smaller and lighter the camera is, the better, although durability and reliability should not be sacrificed for the sake of a few grams/millimetres.
The camera should be easy to turn on and off and easy to remove from the clothing it is attached to. Additionally, the simpler the process of downloading, labelling and storing the footage, the better.
To learn about the current UK legislation surrounding the use of body cameras, how they can help you, and to see the latest cameras available, check out a website such as https://www.pinnacleresponse.com/legislation.
You will probably have an idea in your head of what you want to pay, but you need to make sure that you budget for storage, software, upgrades etc. as well as the camera itself. As well as this, it is always worth considering extending the warranty or guarantee to cover future repairs.
Cameras, like any other electrical items, can sometimes go wrong. The availability of customer support for advice is also something worth considering, prior to your purchase.
Knowing how long your camera is able to run from a single charge or before the batteries need changing is important when choosing the right device for you.
Resisting the elements
Your body-worn camera needs to be able to operate in whatever environment you are in.