Boblov C18 mini body camera review

Can a more discrete body camera pack the same punch?

Boblov C18 review
(Image: © Adam Juniper / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Though there are some quirks, and we certainly weren’t impressed with the phone app, the C18 seems to be a practical way to capture video – especially to document events for legal reasons – without incurring much load. We see obvious use for officials and cyclists, though we wouldn’t use it as an alternative to an action camera.

Pros

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    Small and portable

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    Sound-only recording option

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    1296P ‘higher than HD’ video

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    Solid build quality

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    Adjustable clip

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    Tripod mount

Cons

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    No on-device playback

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    No night mode

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    Menus can be a little frustrating

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    Wi-fi app has privacy concerns

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    No image stabilization

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Boblov is a significant player in the body camera market, but many of their products sport a robust size and shape; similar to a classic police radio. They have the clear advantage of deterrence – as well as room for batteries and a solid housing – but for many there is the need for a wearable camera that is more discrete.

That’s where the Boblov C18 or C19 models come in; not much bigger than a pack of chewing gum but still able to pack several hours recording for whatever your purpose. 

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 


Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 


He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook