Choosing the best wearable camera

Wearable cameras are used in many ways. While Barack Obama asked Congress for funding to supply 50,000 of them to police departments for crime prevention, there are more uses for wearable cams.

With wearable cameras you won’t have to search your phone in your pocket and take a picture, so whether you are playing on the beach with the kids or biking down a ravine, wearable cameras capture the action of your life.

You don’t have many options yet, but this will change when the hardware components become more efficient. The Narrative Clip, previously known as Memoto is the best device right now on the market, but action cameras like GoPro can fall into this category.

You may want to check this guide before buying a wearable camera.

Specs and design

The camera needs to be as invisible as possible if you are going to carry it with you all the time, because the people you come into contact with are going to be always smiling, making faces or trying to hide. It must be cozy to carry, so you can take it in your daily adventures.

The Autographer camera as the Narrative Clip is trying to be as invisible as it possibly can, but people are always going to see it. Clip it to your clothing and the camera will decide when it’s the best moment to take a picture.

Getting all the pictures you need

The resulting size of your pictures and the number of megapixels offered by the lens is the most headline specification, but the important thing at wearable cameras is the storage preferably than photo quality. Both the Narrative Clip and the Autographer have a 5-megapixel camera, so don’t expect these cameras to give you shots like a Smartphone.

A good wearable camera needs to have space to save photos and videos before syncing it back to your computer. The Narrative Clip has the same specification as the Autographer when it comes to storage (8GB). The MeCam offers 4GB, 8GB or 16GB of storage, but the photos lack in the matter of quality.

Software matters

The apps and software that are coming with your camera are doing the hard job by searching through all the pictures your wearable camera took and selecting the best ones. The algoritm used by the Narrative Clip, is studying the make-up of each picture and decides which ones are worth keeping, but if you want, you can browse through all the images yourself.

Google Glass has an advanced on-board operating system, which can take pictures, record videos and on top of that you can get phone alerts, Web searches, directions, everything in front of your eyeballs.

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An action camera might be more useful if you want to record more videos rather than images. The action cameras can record some amazing footage and can be clipped on a helmet, handlebars or clothing. For example the GoPro Hero 4 can capture videos at a 4k resolution.

Keep in mind that not everyone wants to be filmed or photographed, so you may want to take into consideration the Autographer which solved this problem by using a colourful lens cap that indicates you’re not recording.