We increasingly live in a surveillance society. But whereas a few years ago this was “them” looking at “us” through fixed street cameras, nowadays everyone is looking at everyone, and the cameras are completely mobile. For the everyday consumer, this will most likely be via your smartphone. But if you’re a professional who needs to keep a record of events, you might be looking to wear a camera at all times, and that’s where the Transcend DrivePro Body 52 Body Camera comes in.
The Body 52 is aimed specifically at security personnel such as police or guards, but could also come in handy for sports referees who want to keep track of what happened at an event from their perspective, or anyone who wants to monitor what is going on around them at all times. With a very affordable sub-£150 price, this could be a body camera that finds favour beyond its core intended audience too.
The camera comes in two parts, with a large battery pack and storage module connected via wire to a clip-on camera. It shoots Full HD and has plenty of storage built in. It’s also ruggedly constructed and conforms to the IPX4 standard of robustness.
Let’s find out whether the Transcend DrivePro Body 52 can satisfy our need to record our every move. And yours. And your neighbour’s. For those who like to watch, read on…
Recording format: Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) H.264 MOV at 30 frames/sec
Storage: 32GB (built in)
Dimensions (H x W x D): Body: 88.4mm × 52.2mm × 17.4mm; Camera: 40mm × 40mm × 20.35mm
Weight: Body: 88g; Camera: 56g
Lens: F/1.8, 130° wide angle
Microphone: Built in
Connection: USB 2.0 via proprietary adapter
Battery: Li-Polymer 1530mAh
IP Rating: IPX4
Operating Temperature: -20C to +65C
Package Contents: DrivePro 52 Body, Battery and Storage Module, 3.5mm to USB cable, power adapter, 360-degree rotatable clip, velcro clip, Module belt pouch
Warranty: 2 years
Retail Price: £119.38 (inc. VAT)