I have been sent the Brifield BR1 Body Worn Camera for review and I do love a good body worn camera!
This is the latest and just released camera from Brifield and it whilst it isn’t the smallest of this style of body worn camera, it also isn’t the largest.
I very, very rarely post an unboxing or what’s in the box video but this was boxed up so very well, the presentation is so nice that I felt compelled to as you can see in the above video.
It comes with a nice range of accessories and even a Klik Fast dock!
So my I doff my cap to Brifield for that!
Here are the specs and what not for the BR1;
- Dimensions: Height: 9.5cm | Width: 3.2cm | Length: 5.9cm
- Weight: 180 Grams
- Water rating: IP65
- 2 Inch LCD screen
- Built in microphone
- 160 Degree wide angle lens
- 128GB built in memory card (Non-removable)
- LED Torch light
- QHD 1440p @30fps 1296p, 1080p, 720p, 480p
- Image: JPEG | (5MP 3008 x 1692 16:9) (12MP 4608 x 2592 16:9) (20MP 5984 x 3366 16:9) (25MP 6656 x 3744 16:9) (30MP 7296 x 4104 16:9) (40MP 8448 x 4752 16:9)
- 3100mAh built in rechargeable battery. Up to 14 hours battery life depending on the resolutions: 1440p = 9 Hours | 1296p = 10 Hours | 1080p = 11 Hours | 720p = 13 Hours | 480p = 14 Hours
- Audio is WAV
- Infrared night vision (Manual/Auto) Quick one button press to turn on/off in manual mode
- Loop record
- H.265 video coding – provides higher quality video recordings, it takes up less memory space encodes videos at a lower bitrate
- Motion detection
- Playback on screen
- GPS – stamps the live coordinates onto the video
Yes an impressive 128gb of storage on the BR1 makes it the camera with the largest storage that I have had for review and couple that with the H.265 video coding and you have plenty of space as the H.265 not only allows for higher quality videos but the compression rate is higher meaning it takes up less room!
Now even though you can get up to 14 hours of recording from one single charge depending on settings such as GPS etc, it would mean recording at 480p and I can’t see anyone doing that.
But 1440p at 9 Hours, 1296p at 10 Hours & 1080p at 11 Hours is very reasonable.
In the video review above, you can see the quality of the video recordings and at this quality I choose to use these cameras when filming reviews outdoors for different angles.
It really is amazing at the quality you now get from such a compact body worn camera!
The night vision is grainy when it flicks over to Infrared, it isn’t the clearest I have seen but it isn’t grainy to the point of being a big issue.
And this is where you have to make a decision in the settings on infrared.
You can select auto but then if you are in and out of lit areas it will keep switching back and forth and unless it is very dark, the quality of the video without IR is acceptable if not better than with!
The video is filmed on a loop, meaning that if you have filled the 128gb, it will go back and start recording over the oldest footage.
The video is filmed in split sections and via the menu you can select the length of those sections at;
- 1 Minute
- 3 Minutes
- 5 Minutes
- 10 minutes
- 15 minutes
The BR1 also comes with a ‘Star’ button and pressing this marks and protects that section of video making it easier to find.
This could be used if you are in security or paramedic, police etc and you need to mark a section for the purposes of identifying someone or marking an incident.
The Brifield BR1 Body Worn Camera also takes photos even whilst recording with an amazing 40MP at 8448 x 4752 16:9.
The BR1 also has built in GPS, but this is a coordinates based tagging rather than map integration and I think we will likely see that on these cameras in the next few years.
With the option to enable motion detection, I have used this style of camera in my garden as a wildlife camera and they are better than my actual wildlife camera.
The built in Mic is very good and the quality of sound is very good and makes it easy to listen to what is being said when playing back videos.
The one fault that I can find with this camera is that if you accidently hit the Audio (for voice record) button, it mutes the microphone and even though a notification pops up on the 2 inch screen, when wearing the camera you can’t see it and there is no audio or vibration feedback to tell you this has happened.
- SECURITY EU GDPR (Data Protection)
The BR1 is compliant with EU GDPR. It has a password lock, and you can only delete the footage from a computer, not the device itself. You can also assign a personal ID stamp to the videos, so you know which camera it is and which staff member is wearing the BR1 .
There is so much to this camera and I have given a brief review on it with some of the features and settings available.
All in all the Brifield BR1 Body Worn Camera is a very nice body worn camera and these cameras not only work to capture incidents but they also work as a deterrent.
Unfortunately I feel the need to always wear one when I am out, as a wheelchair user it is a sad fact that people feel the need to be verbally abusive, also physically although I fortunately haven’t had that.
Wearing a body worn camera definitely acts as a deterrent!