Gear: vidmic


Category: Technology & Software
Subcategory: Video & Still Cameras
Price: 600.00 and higher
Average Rating:
(12 Votes)

• Protects departments and individual officers from frivolous law suits • Dramatically reduces hours spent on writing reports • Allows for implementing a chain of custody of evidence protocol • De-escalates confrontations as citizens become less aggressive once they know they are being video taped

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    Anonymous, Wed, 27 Feb 2008 15:21:36 UTC.
    1st review

    its nice to have until l your co workers find out their being recorded

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    Police352, Wed, 02 Apr 2008 21:18:56 UTC.

    Now supervision can criticize how we do our jobs. I don't care if it can protect you against frivolous lawsuits/complaints, the burden of proof is not on me, I don't have to prove myself innocent. Yes this device may help you, but will hurt you more. Hey here's an idea, how about recording and monitoring our vitals (heartrate, etc) like in the movie "Apollo 13" Now we can't even take a crap without it being on record!

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    rghstkcwby, Mon, 21 Apr 2008 05:58:00 UTC.

    our dept requires we record everything...Dig Voice Rec & Mob Vid Rec....heck whats one more,,,,,

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    mike911, Tue, 22 Apr 2008 18:59:13 UTC.

    Awesome tool. It is highly used by SRO's at schools.

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    verrett10, Thu, 08 May 2008 08:10:47 UTC.

    ITS COOL but I tryed it out and honestly I didnt find it to be worth the investment at all...
    good daytime video but sketchy night video. You can hear yourself great but not the people around you. great invention cant wait till its got the kinks worked out and its a little bit more affordable.

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    egilpin, Sun, 25 May 2008 16:30:40 UTC.

    I'm a baricuda about my officers recording all contacts with citizens. We now equipe all our duty Officers with personal audio/video recorders (VIDMIC by Earhugger). They work great and most people dont realize they are being recorded. They go where the Officer goes and documents what goes on from his perspective. We have used the videos numerous times to exonerate my guys of wrong doing and turn the light back on who needs to be in it, i.e. the bad guy. If you are a supervisor I would strongly suggest you look into and push for adoption of this new tech. It will make your job soooo much easier and makes convictions a snap. I dont get a kick back from Earhugger on this so I'm pushing the unit just on it's merrits. If you have any questions or are in the process of working out implamentaion of the units or similar units in your Department don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions.

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    Anonymous, Fri, 03 Oct 2008 18:25:56 UTC.

    I'm currently field testing this tool. I like the idea, but it still needs some more work. You have to wear the earpiece in order for the audio to be heard while the radio is transmitting. We were going to order 10 if the field test were outstanding, but I think we're only going to order 3 right now and see what kind of improvements they make to the Vidmic.

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    JIMROC, Thu, 23 Apr 2009 17:13:50 UTC.

    great product

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    wojomar, Thu, 07 May 2009 23:55:48 UTC.

    I tested this product out and thought it was a great product in the sense of having something that can exonerate you from a frivilous complaint or to keep you from getting sued for something you did'nt do. There were some bugs while using it and I asked someone from the company to contact me regarding the bugs, but they never did. I think the price is too high for most departments to afford. Were a small unit of 19 officers and our budget is small to outfit everyone with one. If the price was lower, I believe we could probably justify getting the approval to buy some. I hope the bugs get worked out and the price comes down so we can invest in a couple or enough for the whole Unit. If you can afford it, buy a couple to evaluate.

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    Berne_4, Thu, 06 Aug 2009 01:47:21 UTC.

    Just started using this. Nice to have for hands free, picture quality is good.

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    clafountaine, Tue, 20 Oct 2009 09:37:12 UTC.

    Our department is currently testing this product. First off, Most of our guys wear our mics over our shoulders and clipped just below the top button....With this device everything is recorded upside down when wearing it this way so our officers will have to adapt to wearing the mics with the cord hanging down the front of your shirt. Myself personally, I wear the mic across my back so its not getting in the way of me trying to subdue or handcuff a suspect.

    Also, the clip on this mic is very very small in relation to most mic's. The mic comes loose with any sort of physical activity and becomes a problem and makes the video recording useless and is one more thing to have to worry about.

    The audio recording is very low except for the person wearing the mic and the mic itself is very bulky.

    The device is nice to have as it sticks with you on calls, unlike a cruiser cam. A good idea, but needs some refinement. The Mic needs to be made more compact and lighter and designed so it can be worn either way. The video is fairly clear (good enough to know whats going on) and does a decent job of showing the "officers" point of view. The cam does tend to either over shoot people or record their chest, but you generally know whats going on. The training video basicly instructs you to walk like a stone solider so the camera does not bounce around to much. You need to make slow smooth turns in order to record properly. Just not realistic.

    I personally am not interested in using this product myself on a regular basis.

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    jdob02, Sat, 13 Nov 2010 07:34:04 UTC.

    The VidMic is great on patrol to gather evidence. However the downside it is big, heavy and sometimes getts in the way. a small model and one that can be worn like reg mic (over the shoulder) but still have the quilty of video that it has now would get 5 star rating from me.

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