Boblov M5 body camera review

Is the Boblov M5 body camera the ideal capture device for law enforcers and security officers?

Boblov M5 review
(Image: © Adam Juniper / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

This is a good device, with a range of uses, as you understand its limitations. Without image stabilization you may find that video is difficult to watch, but for the purposes of reviewing events it should be OK, especially with a better mount. Though untested here, we liked that a GPS version is available.


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    Sharp video

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    Records clear sound

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    Night Mode with 6 IR lights

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    Good battery life

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    GPS edition available


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    Clip difficult to remove

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    Clip obscures screen

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    No image stabilization

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    Siren easily activated by accident

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    Still images 3.6 MP, not 48

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    Can’t disable siren button

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The brand name Boblov might hint to British ears of ‘bobby’ – a somewhat nostalgic term for a policeman – but the technology here is not Dickensian. Boblov offers a number of different kinds of body cameras, a device that has become essential for many face-to-face workers in a litigious world. As well as law enforcers, emergency workers, security workers, and bouncers all have obvious uses for a good and rugged body cam. So do delivery drivers or ride-share drivers; any area where conflict might occur. Video, after all, tells a very complete story of events.

The key features we look for in this category are image quality (especially at night), recording time, rugged build, and simplicity of charging, reviewing, and downloading content. 

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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