The 8 Best Body Cams to Buy in 2018

Wearable technology to record all that's happening around you

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The Rundown

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: MIUFLY 1296P

MIUFLY 1296P

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-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 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 For Law Enforcement/Security Officials: Reveal RS2-X2

Reveal RS2-X2

Courtesy of Reveal

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 RS2-X2 is just that, and then some.

The RS2-X2 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 RS2-X2'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. RS2-X2 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 Reveal RS2-X2 can be easily managed and shared with external agencies.

Best With Dual-Camera System: WatchGuard Video Vista XLT

WatchGuard Video Vista XLT

Courtesy of WatchGuard Video

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.

Best Splurge: GoPro Fusion

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: Horonzo Mini Camera

No bigger than a quarter, Horonzo's Mini Camera is perhaps the tiniest body cam you can find. But don't let that diminutive size fool you, as this thing packs quite a lot of punch.

Horonzo Mini Camera can record videos in both 720p and 1080p resolutions, and you can easily switch between the two as per your requirement. Featuring loop recording, it supports microSD cards of up to 32GB in size. It's worth mentioning that the camera automatically overwrites old recordings with new ones when there's no storage space, so make sure you regularly transfer the footage to a PC or another digital storage medium. Horonzo's best feature is definitely its motion detection mode, which allows the camera to automatically start recording on detecting even the slightest movement. There's night vision functionality as well. Owing to its small size, the device can also be used as a spy cam or nanny cam.

Horonzo Mini Camera comes bundled with numerous accessories, including a body camera clip and a 360-degree rotatable stand. It's backed by a two-year warranty.