Tool Kit: In-Car & Body-Worn Cameras

Here are six in-car and body-worn camera systems.

The new VidMic VX is an industry-standard speaker microphone with an embedded video camera and audio recorder. The device features low light capabilities, a high resolution camera, up to 12 hours of battery life, and up to 20 hours of video storage. The VidMic adds nothing to the uniform, is easy to use, and features industry-leading audio and video technology.

The reliable, simple, and affordable PRO-VISION Solid State In-Car Video System delivers solid state reliability, HD quality, integrated GPS, four channels of audio and video, and wireless file transfer. It is backed by the longest standard warranty in the industry (5 years), as well as solid customer, technical, and installation support.


The FirstVu HD from Digital Ally includes a 1.75-in. camera and 2.75 x 4-in. recording module that may be worn together or separately for more versatile mounting options. The full system weighs just 4 oz. and features a user-replaceable battery designed to outlast a full shift; wide angle of view; detailed 720p HD resolution; low-light sensitivity for night recording, and more.

The 10-8 Video in-car systems include standard features such as: user-defined pre- and post-event record times; GPS with map overlay on playback; G sensor for automatic activation in an accident with 30 second pre-record; automatic activation and shutoff with emergency equipment and manual activation; and the two-camera systems always record audio simultaneously.

The Wolfcom 3rd Eye can be used as a video recorder, as an in-car video system, or attached to a police radio for use as both a body camera and speaker microphone with PTT function. Use 3rd Eye to record 1080p quality video, photograph crime scenes, record audio statements, peek around corners, and use the GPS feature to tag locations of tossed objects during a pursuit.

VIEVU cameras, deployed in more than 3,000 U.S. law enforcement agencies, come complete with video file management software, named VERIPATROL, that provides a chain of custody for secure video files, and documents their authenticity for later use in court. The “Made by Cops for Cops” philosophy is present in the design and ease of use of the PVR-LE2.


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