Panasonic Body Camera Tested

Author: John Scanlan, Published on Mar 16, 2016

Bodyworn camera use continues to increase, with more police departments mandating it and the US pledging $75M for new cameras.

In this report, we share test results of the Panasonic Arbitrator BWC, part of Panasonic's line of evidence capture products (also including in-car video and evidence management).

We wore it and shot it, testing while walking and running:

And shot it out against conventional IP cameras to see how it performs, including:

  • Full light, low light, and WDR scenes
  • Motion stabilization when walking and running
  • Ease of use for recording
  • Importing/exporting video

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Comments (5)

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