Wearable cameras are very small, discrete cameras housed as watches, glasses and other subtle wearable devices. But donâ€™t let their size fool you, small wearable cameras are not just convenient, they snap away capturing opportune and continuous high quality photos allowing you to live in the moment.
An OverviewWearable cameras are typically â€˜always-onâ€™ with all day battery lives configured to work automatically with minimum intervention.
Why wear a camera?Wearable cameras are commonplace in the activity and sporting world to capture adrenaline fuelled moments such as skydiving, motorcycling, biking, canoeing, surfing and parachuting. More recently, as part of the lifelogging concept, there has been a growing trend to capture memorable days such as engagements and weddings, christenings, birthdays and even large group dinner parties.
Where on the body are wearable cameras worn?Small wearable cameras now have a wonderful balance of being lightweight and compact yet rugged and durable. This perfect balance makes it possible to attach a camera onto an item of clothing such as a t-shirt or hat or simply worn around your neck. They can also be mounted onto a piece of equipment used during activity such as a helmet, the steering of a bike, the end of a surfboard or an extendable rod to get advanced angles or selfie style portraits taken from further back. Google Glass and Flywire on the other hand can give your videos a 'line of vision' camera angle by being mounted on a pair of glasses.
Photo, video or photo and video?A key differentiator when looking for a wearable camera is whether you want a device that captures photos only, video only or both. Wearable video cameras are almost as compact as small wearable cameras but can capture HD video. They also come with a range of options such as instant cloud storage syncing and replay functionality.
Wearable camera brandsCa7ch Lightbox is the smallest live streaming and social wearable camera. Weighing in at 20g, Ca7ch magnetically clips to an item of clothing through back and front magnetic parts. The Lightbox system lets you share the world through the videos you've captured live & hands-free. Currently available for international pre-order. The Get Narrative Clip, formerly known as Memoto, is the worldâ€™s smallest lifelogging wearable camera. Photos are securely saved and organized using a state-of-the-art smart system and comes with either a 3 or 12 month subscription service. It clips onto an item of clothing and only weights 20 grams (0.7 oz). It has an impressive storage capacity of 6000 pictures and decent 2 day battery life. Available for order in the US & internationally.
Autographer is a small, hands-free and fully automatic photos only camera that clips onto a shirt pocket and worn around your neck. Available for order in the US, UK & EU.
Google Glass, the much hyped smart eyewear which frees your hands and enables you to live in the here and now to take photos and videos. Worn like a traditional set of glasses but with a 'connected' device on the side arm and ear piece of the glasses. Available for order under the Explorer Program in the US, UK and internationally.
GoPro although not as discrete as other wearable cameras, can be attached to a helmet, clipped onto your bicycle steering or even encased in a water proof case and taken with you when surfing to capture both photos and video footage. Available for order in the US, UK and internationally.