The best body cameras in 2024: wearable cameras for protection, security, and fun

One of the best body cameras, attached to protective clothing
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The best body cam can help you stay safe, by collecting video as you work. Law enforcement and security personnel have the most obvious need for them, but anyone wanting evidence for a potential insurance claim or legal battle will find them useful too. They might not be a bad idea if you have to walk through a bad neighborhood, either. Plus, content creators can use them to collect behind-the-scenes footage, or stream their process to followers in the most immersive and personal way possible!

In other words, just like cyclists use helmet cameras, and motorists use dash cams, all sorts of people can find body cameras handy. But how do you choose the right one for your needs?

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Chris George

Chris has been writing about photography professionally for nearly 40 years and has tested hundreds of different cameras. He has advised lots of parents about choosing the right cameras for their children – and has bought a fair few for his four children too! He has been the editor of What Camera, N-Photo, PhotoPlus, Video Camera, and Digital Camera magazines.

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  • Viewing Angle, or Field of View, is important because if a camera has a relatively narrow field of view important events can be missed at the sides of the frame. The human field of view is around 114˚ not counting peripheral vision, but most body worn cameras don’t turn with your head so a wider field of view is usually better.
  • Attachment. How you wear your camera is crucial, so think about what you wear (a uniform?) when you’ll be wearing the camera and where you can attach the camera. Will the weight of the camera pull your clothing and make it sway? How will that affect the video?
  • Battery life, or operating time, is important. It’s also worth remembering that features like night modes with IR lighting can use power a little faster, so better not cut this too fine.
  • Cellular. It’s also possible to source cameras – like the Halo Connect and Reveal K-7 – with built-in streaming, but these devices are designed for large corporate installations rather than the average user. Hopefully, some of the features will trickle down soon.
  • Infrared. A night mode with built-in lighting results in a slightly spooky red glow from ‘invisible’ lights but can capture details near you with no other light. It will draw more battery, though.
  • Storage. Choosing between removable memory cards – useful for quick copying to a computer – or simple built-in memory for looped recording will depend on your needs. However, it is possible to record in a loop to removable cards too. In either case, when a significant event has occurred, you need to be sure to transfer and copy it before you use the camera again in case the data is lost.
Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.

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