We tested out a surveillance camera to see how good it can record videos.
We will trying something different this time, instead of the usual gaming-related gadget, we will testing out a portable surveillance camera from Transcend that is targeted for law enforcers to see how useful this is for their everyday job and how detailed are the photos and videos.
Before we start, here is the specifications of the DrivePro Body 10:
- Resolution 1080p (1920 x 1080)
- Frame Rate 30 fps
- Aperture 8
- Angle of View 160°
- Microphone Built-in
- Recording Time: Up to 3.5h continuous
- Memory Card Support: microSD 8/16/32GB (Class 6 or above)
- Connection Interface: USB 2.0
- Video Formats: 264
- Battery Type: Li-Polymer 1530mAh
- Operating: -4 to 149°F / -20 to 65°C
- Storage: -13 to 158°F / -25 to 70°C
- Dimensions: 3.48 x 2.06 x 0.77″ / 8.84 x 5.23 x 1.96 cm
- Weight: 8 oz / 108.0 g
The package includes the camera and the essential items like the charger and micro USB cable, it also has a Transcend 16GB MicroSD card that can record up to 3-4 hours.
In terms of build quality, the DrivePro Body 10 is sturdy enough to withstand everyday abuse such as bumps and scratches thanks to the tough body casing of the handy camera. It only has two dedicated buttons; the larger one for powering up the camera and the smaller button just below the power button for the snapshots. The camera is using a standard micro USB connector which can be compatible to any micro USB cables for charging and transferring data. The DrivePro Body 10 can be connected to any laptop or desktop computer to transfer the videos.
The DrivePro Body 10 is easy to operate; press and hold the power button until it beeps to start recording, you can take photos while recording by pressing the snapshot button, press and holding the button again until it beeps to stop recording and power off the unit. There are no other special options to navigate and no other accessories needed, just hook it on your jacket or shirt and you are good to go, it has a back clip that can swivel so you can clip on your shirt or bag that has a better angle for the recording, though there is no special mount or peg that you can attach to any tripod or monopod, since this camera is meant for personal surveillance. Battery life is around 2 to 3 hours on continuous recording and charging to full capacity can be up to 3 to 4 hours. One complaint on the camera is the constant red LED blinking whenever it is recording a video, which can be distracting and there is no option to disable it.
In terms of video quality, it can record 1080p videos in 30 frames per second and on mp4 format. Nothing impressive on the quality as there are some noise issues on the recorded clips, making it grainy when zoomed in, but the footage is clear enough that you can still recognize any person on the video. Color grading on the video can be a bit washed out depending on the lighting condition, it also has an infrared feature that allows a better video recording on dark areas and on night time, however that is no manual option to activate the infrared as it automatically turns on if the sensor detects low light surroundings. Also don’t expect that the camera has any stabilizer features when in motion such as walking, as the footage will definitely be shaky. There are no ways to improve the video quality of the camera as all are set in one preset. You can check out our sample video for the overall video quality of the recordings on the DrivePro Body 10 as well as some sample images of snapshots. A toolbox app can be downloaded to set up an auto back-up feature to the DrivePro Body 10 every time it gets connected to any computer or laptop, but even without the toolbox app, you can access the files from the camera through the windows explorer just like any standard storage device.
To sum it all up, the Transcend DrivePro Body 10 is mainly used for surveillance purposes, if you are looking for a decent action camera with customizable recording features, this is not meant for that. It may not have the nifty features of a sports camera, but it is enough to provide law enforcers a good quality videos that can be used for their everyday work. This can even be useful as a personal surveillance when you are on the road. Plus the build quality is strong to withstand a drop from several feet and is water resistant to withstand everyday abuse in the field, and another plus side is that it is easy to use from the get go. So if you need a sturdy portable surveillance camera that is convenient to use, you can go with the Transcend DrivePro Body 10.