Cop Cam is a wireless surveillance camera that is smaller than a square inch. Does it really work? Here is my Cop Cam review.
About Cop Cam
Cop Cam is a small security camera that records HD video. It also includes a motion sensor and a microphone for recording audio. The official product website is buycopcam.com, which was registered in April of 2018. The screenshot below shows how the product website looked in September 2018.
Claims & Features
- Can be hidden almost anywhere (small and wireless)
- Records high definition video and sound
- Includes motion sensor
- Quickly uploads to computer
- Covers double the area of an average camera (up to 140° of space)
Cop Cam costs a total of $49.97 (two monthly payments of $19.99 + $9.99 shipping). There is an optional double offer which costs a total of $69.96. Each camera comes with a swivel clip and 8 GB memory card. Also available is a deluxe offer for a total of $64.95. There is also an optional double deluxe offer for $99.92. The deluxe version of the camera includes 4X the memory of the regular version. At the time of this writing, Cop Cam is not available in stores.
Cop Cam Review
Cop Cam is a wireless security camera that is just under an inch in diameter. It features one-touch operation, along with video and photo modes. It records audio and video, and also includes night vision and motion detection capabilities. There is an 8 gig micro SD card included, which I estimate to hold roughly 80 minutes of video (which will vary). The video is looped, which means if the storage fills up, it will go back and record over the earliest video shot.
After opening Cop Cam, the first thing the instructions tell you to do is charge the device. Although that should be straightforward, I found the charging to be one of the most confusing aspects. That’s because if you charge it on a computer (via the included USB cable) or plugged into an outlet, you’ll see two different sets of charging indicators. For example, when you charge it through your computer, the lights on the Cop Cam alternate red and green. When you charge it in the wall, the red light blinks on and off. When finished charging, the lights turn off when plugged into a computer, but the light goes out when finished charging via an outlet. While charging from the wall, the Cop Cam records video the entire time (which I find strange), but when charging on the computer, it does not.
Once you’re done charging, it’s time to do some filming. I tried a few tests out on my patio where I placed the Cop Cam on an old grill in hopes of catching my dog Bailey as she roams in and out of the house. The first night I attempted that test, nothing recorded at all, even though I confirmed the red light was on as I set it down. I attempted the same test again the next day, making sure that the Cop Cam was fully charged. This time, it turned off rather quickly – while Bailey was moving around in the camera’s field of view. It eventually turned back on from motion, but by that point, I had been playing with Bailey for about 2 minutes, right in front of the Cop Cam without the motion turning on. For my third motion detection test, I left a fully-charged Cop Cam on my patio for 11 hours while I left the house. It only seemed to stay on for about 30 minutes before turning off completely.
To use Cop Cam, you simply press and hold the lone button in order to start recording. I tried Cop Cam in a variety of settings, including on my dash, as a hand-held camera, and at night. I found that sometimes the colors seemed accurate, but other times everything had a pink or purple tint. When compared to my Sony RX100 V, it was apparent that the Cop Cam lacks any stabilization when used in a handheld environment. Further, the advertising states that Cop Cam has a 140-degree field of view, but it looks “zoomed in” compared to my camera and even my iPhone.
A couple of other problems I noticed were with the time stamp, as well as the placement of the micro SD card. There is a time stamp on all video, and this is not addressed in the instructions. I could not figure out any way to turn it off or to set it, so my time stamp is always about 8.5 months off. The placement of the micro SD card on the bottom of the unit also seems strange because if you place it on a flat surface and then press the button, the downward pressure on the unit often makes the card pop out of the slot. That means you need to hold it in your hand and press the button before placing it in the desired location.
The instructions mention a photo mode, which is activated by holding the button down for two seconds. This supposedly displays a green light which confirms you’re in photo mode. I never saw the green light, however, as it always went straight into video mode. Holding it down even longer would turn the unit off, so the photo mode is not something I was able to test out.
The final issue I had with Cop Cam was that the files it created could not be ready by my default Windows video player, nor could I import them into my video editing software to create my YouTube review. To view them, I had to use Windows Media Player, and to edit them I had to run them through a lossless video converter. It would appear that the AVI files created by Cop Cam use a codec that is not commonly used.
Overall, I believe Cop Cam is a great idea that has not been properly implemented. I hope the makers can fix some of these issues in future production runs in order to bring this closer to its potential. When it works, it’s a pretty neat little device. I just seemed to encounter too many obstacles to get this to work the way I had hoped.
Be sure to watch my full Cop Cam review below.
There are, of course, numerous options in this category, such as this $52 mini spy cam that allows you to view it via your smartphone. You may also recall the Polaroid Cube, which came out several years ago and looks similar to Cop Cam.
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