The 9 Best Body Cams of 2020

Wearable technology to record all that's happening around you

Best Overall: MIUFLY 1296P HD Body Camera

Having a robust design, powerful audio-visual data recording capabilities and a host of other features, MIUFLY 1296P is easily the best overall body worn camera available.

Equipped with a 5MP CMOS sensor, MIUFLY allows high video capture in a variety of resolutions, ranging from 848 x 480p (30/60fps) to 2304 x 1296p (30fps). The camera lens has a 140-degree viewing angle and up to 16x digital zoom. Videos are encoded using the H.264 compression standard and saved in MP4 format. The camera utilizes its integrated microphone to record audio in WAV format, and can even capture photos while recording video. MIUFLY 1296P can embed useful information like User ID, Time & Date stamp and GPS coordinates (as a watermark) into recorded videos. Thanks to a motion-detection feature, the wearable camera can automatically start video capture on detecting activity. A two-inch (240 x 320 pixels resolution) LCD lets you view captured videos, and you can set a password to prevent recorded data from being stolen/deleted. The device has four infrared LEDs for capturing videos in dark environments.

MIUFLY 1296P comes with a 2,900mAh rechargeable battery, allowing up to 10 hours of footage to be captured in one go.

Best Resolution: AKASO EK7000 Pro 4K Action Camera

All told, the body cam category isn’t that different than the more general action cam category. Buyers of both want good performance no matter what activity they're participating in — whether it’s for safety or just for documenting a hike. Of the budget action body cams that do exist, the AKASO EK7000 is one of the most affordable, and best of all, it doesn't require that you sacrifice a whole lot of functionality in the process. At 4K, for instance, it can shoot video at 25fps, and up to 30fps at 2.7K (still a formidable resolution). These numbers are leaps and bounds ahead of hyper-specific body cams.

The EK7000 also has electronic image stabilization built-in, though you’ll probably get better action performance if you go for a camera with optical stabilization. That said, it can still shoot while submerged up to 131 feet underwater, meaning it doesn't have to be relegated to landscapes. One drawback for body cam users, however, is its roughly 90-minute footage cap. Anything over that and you'll be reaching for the charger. But because it only weighs about two ounces, it comes with a ton of accessories right in the box. And when you consider its Wi-Fi streaming and sharing integrations, it turns out to be a leading contender for the title of best body cam 2019 has to offer.

Best For Law Enforcement/Security Officials: Reveal D Series

Due to their perilous line of work, body cams are indispensable for police officers and other security officials. As such, a camera intended for law enforcement personnel has to be as exceptional as they are. Reveal's D Series is just that, and then some.

The D series is a versatile body worn camera that's perfect for cops and other security personnel. Its standout feature is the front-facing screen, which lets a subject know they are being recorded. According to Reveal, it plays a vital role in calming de-escalating hostile situations. The D series's articulated camera head can move 305 degrees horizontally and 173.5 degrees vertically, allowing for precise adjustment. The camera has a wide field of view and can record up to 1080p video at 25/30fps. Videos are saved in MOV or MP4 format, and audio is encoded in AAC format. The body cam has a "Stealth Mode" that enables recording without turning on the screen or any indicator lights. A sliding switch allows recording to be started or stopped with one quick action. This body cam has been designed keeping in mind the needs of law enforcement officials. It's not possible to delete or overwrite footage on the camera and the encryption renders all recorded data unviewable, except on authorized computers.

Using the companion DEMS (Digital Evidence Management System) software, the data recorded by the camera can be easily managed and shared with external agencies.

Best With Dual-Camera System: WatchGuard Video Vista XLT

Law enforcement officials often encounter situations in which a single body worn camera is just not enough to record everything. That's where the Vista XLT from WatchGuard Video comes into the picture.

Featuring a dual-camera system, WatchGuard Video Vista XLT allows police officers and security personnel to record events from the optical perspective. It consists of a body-mounted unit and a head unit (mounted on one of the temples of the officer's sunglasses), which are interchangeable and allow officers to adapt to changing assignments. It takes just a touch of a button to start or stop a recording. Vista XLT can record in 480p and 720p resolutions and has a 130-degree field of view. There's 32GB of internal storage, and the rechargeable battery lets you record continuously for up to 13 hours. The integrated backlit LCD displays a whole lot of information, including unit ID, event category, recording status, battery level and total event count. Having built-in GPS and Wi-Fi capabilities, the Vista XLT works seamlessly with WatchGuard Video's 4RE in-car system, capturing synchronized video of an event from multiple vantage points.

The Vista XLT is compatible with numerous companion accessories that extend its functionality further. An example is the USB Docking Base, which adds features like charging and uploading of videos to WatchGuard Video's stand-alone evidence management system software.

Best For Multipurpose Use: WOLFCOM Venture

The fact that body cams always need to be worn on you means that there's only so much that you can do with them. However, it seems WOLFCOM Venture wants to change that.

Perhaps the most versatile body worn camera out there, the Venture can instantly convert into a car camera or a bike camera. This 3-in-1 functionality is made possible by a rotatable lens, which allows the user to adjust the camera in any position. As a standard body cam, it can be clipped on to just about anything and used to record personal activities. Want to use it as a dash cam? Just rotate the lens, clip Venture onto your car's visor or rearview mirror, and you're good to go. It can even be attached to bikes via appropriate mounting accessories. An AV jack allows external cameras (e.g. Eye Vision, Night Vision) to be connected to the device, giving you the ability to add different views, angles and mounting options for a variety of purposes. WOLFCOM Venture has a 120-degree field of view and can record up to 1080p video at 30fps. Having 32GB internal storage, its rechargeable battery allows for 2.5 hours of continuous recording.

WOLFCOM Venture's patent-pending "Critical Re-Connect" technology allows the body camera to automatically resume recording if the external camera is accidentally disconnected.

Best For Live Streaming: WOLFCOM Capture

Why record great moments and show them to family and friends later, when you can share all those moments with them in real-time? With WOLFCOM Capture, doing so is easier than ever.

A tiny but feature-loaded wearable body camera, Capture lets you livestream anything, anytime and anywhere. It supports live streaming to both Facebook and YouTube, and can take photos as well. Thanks to remote viewing feature, you can grant other users access to live footage from the camera. This feature is password protected, so only the users you trust can see your video feed. The companion intelligent app (available on both iOS and Android) lets you save streamed videos and photos directly to your phone, or to a memory card. With a f/2.5 aperture and a 120-degree field of view, WOLFCOM Capture can stream/save videos and photos in a maximum resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. There are multiple recording modes, including automatic continuous, loop, slo-mo and timelapse.

For connectivity, WOLFCOM Capture has Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and microUSB 2.0. The weather-resistant body cam also supports microSD cards of up to 64GB in size.

Action cameras can be considered as special purpose body cams. They allow users to record their outdoor adventures while being immersed in them. When it comes to action cams, GoPro is a name that needs no introduction. If money is no object, the Fusion is the best body worn action camera that you can get.

GoPro Fusion lets you capture immersive 360-degree videos in an astounding 5.2K (30fps) resolution. You can record 3K resolution videos at 60fps, as well as take 18MP spherical photos (at up to 30fps in burst mode). The spherical videos can be played back in VR, and the "Overcapture" feature makes it possible to convert 360-degree footage to standard 1080p videos from any angle, using the GoPro companion app. Speaking of the app, it can be used for creating short clips from the captured footage, posting your favorite photos and videos directly to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and even update the Fusion's firmware. With a total of four microphones, GoPro Fusion can record crystal clear audio. It also has advanced video stabilization capabilities.

For connectivity, GoPro Fusion features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. GPS is also included in the mix.

Best Value: Campark ACT74

Campark ACT74 is a pretty awesome body worn action camera and has a slew of features. However, the truckload of accessories that come bundled with it to make it an even better value.

The ACT74 can capture 4K resolution video at 30fps and 1080p resolution videos at 30/60fps. It can also shoot 16MP still images. The camera has a 170-degree ultra wide-angle lens, which lets you record more in each frame, and the two-inch HD display can be used to view captured footage. Waterproof up to a depth of 30m (98 feet), Campark ACT74 is perfect for diving and water sports like swimming and surfing. The cam is compatible with both iOS and Android, and its "Wi-Fi Remote Control" functionality lets you control the device in real-time using your phone. You can also use the app to send captured photos and videos via e-mail and share them on social media platforms. The ACT74 supports microSD cards of up to 32GB in size. It comes with not one, but two rechargeable batteries (each having a capacity of 1,050mAh). When fully charged, the battery allows continuous recording for up to three hours.

As mentioned above, Campark ACT74 comes with many accessories such as mounting kits and data transfer cables.

Most Compact: SereneLife Clip-on Wearable Camera

If you’re looking for a compact camera that can clip right onto your body, the SereneLife clip-on wearable camera is the answer. Measuring a mere 2 x 0.6 x 2 inches and weighing just 1.44 ounces, there’s no question this body camera is compact. Fortunately, its diminutive size belies its feature set. Capturing Full HD 1080p video, the camera’s recording quality is standout. Video might be its main purpose, but there’s also room to capture 12-megapixel pictures. Both pictures and video are stored on a separately-purchased microSD card. The length of each recording is determined by the card size, but the camera supports AVI formatting which compresses video into a smaller size for maximized storage.

For quick playback, a 1.8-inch display will let you view real-time picture and video. You can also review videos on a downloadable app on your mobile device. Just attach the camera to your clothing using the included clip and start recording.