Someday someone will get the wearable camera right, and it may actually look something like Ubiquiti Networks' new FrontRow camera, which weighs less than 2 ounces and can be worn around your neck like a pendant to capture your life as you live it.
The device comes in black or white and has both front- and back-facing cameras as well as an integrated 2-inch circular hi-resolution touchscreen. It actually looks fairly sleek and pretty understated -- and by that I mean it doesn't stand out like a pair of.
The only problem is that it costs $400, which would seem a tad expensive, especially compared to Spectacles, which retail for $140. Earlier wearable cameras like the Narrative Clip 2 ($200) also aren't cheap, but FrontRow seems more capable than those devices.($279) and newer
It has a standby time of up to 48 hours and can capture in story mode (time-lapse shooting) for up to 16 hours and in livestreaming mode for up to 2 hours. And since it's Android based, it can run a variety of apps. The company says it features native apps, such as a stopwatch and a compass, but also runs third-party apps, such as Spotify. That sounds interesting.
It also features a USB Type-C connector and has a quick-charge time of around 20 minutes.
I can't tell you how good the image and audio quality is because I haven't tried it yet, but the resolution for livestreaming is listed at 720p, which is technically HD.
Here's a look at FrontRow's other key specs. As soon as I get a review sample, I'll post a full review.
- Primary camera has a 140 degree wide-view lens (roughly double that of a typical phone)
- Water resistant but not waterproof
- Built-in microphone and speaker for local playback
- Resolution while livestreaming: 720p
- Camera shoots 30 fps
- 2K video capture (16:9) and 4K in 4:3 format
- Front-facing camera is 8 megapixels, selfie cam is 5 megapixels
- Battery lasts up to 100 minutes livestreaming, 10 hours in Story Mode, 100 minutes recording HD video and three days in standby
- Lanyard and clip-mount included (clip mount allows you to clip the camera to a shirt and also doubles as a stand)
- Price: $400 from Amazon