I’m a girl in my early 20’s. I like taking photos. And videos. I might not always be great at uploading them, but I like taking them anyways.
When you’re moving around, though, you don’t want to hold up your phone. You want to be rafting, or ziplining, or skydiving, or even just walking. When you’re at a concert, you don’t want to look through the lens. You want to enjoy the music, see the band perform, and watch other people hold up their phones. I wanted a hands-free camera for quite some time now, but I never found anything. Luckily, technology advances quickly and there are now a couple products you can use to record videos without holding anything. I was looking for a small camera I could attach to my glasses and would produce videos from my perspective, and I finally found exactly what I was looking for. Today, I will be reviewing the Geco Cam! Because that’s the only one I have.
Geco Cam ($214)
About the CompanyThe Geco Cam was created by three university students in Johannesburg, South Africa. They believed that "you should be able to live in that moment and still be able to capture it. They've been featured in a lot of places, like Interesting Engineering (they have one of my favorite Facebook pages), CES (I'll go one day), and Yahoo! News. With how popular GoPro is, I don't understand how Geco Cam or one of their competitors hasn't blown up yet.
How It WorksYou charge it up and attach it to your glasses using the elastic bands they give you. To turn it on, you click the button at the top and it starts recording after 5-10 seconds. To stop recording, you click the button again.
There are little colored lights that indicate whether you're out of battery or memory. To change your settings, you plug it into your computer and mess with the Settings file. There's a nice little quick guide that comes with it to explain the different color combos and how to do everything. They claim a battery life of 45 minutes @ 1080p and 1 hour @ 720p. I haven't actually tested this and I'm always wary of battery claims, but I haven't had issues so far. I also always pack an external battery.
VideosThere are three video quality settings: 720p @ 30fps, 720p @ 60fps, and 1080p @ 30fps. It records in .mov format and has a 100 degree viewing angle, which gives it a combination of fisheye and traditional angles. Here's a video I took while I was at the New River Gorge.
As you can see, the video's a lot better as an action cam. When you're just walking, it's a little dizzying because of all the little movements from my head. Every time I crack my neck, the video moves lol. Still, it's so nice to have an awesome memory from my perspective in video form.
StorageYou can record up to 8 GB worth on the microSD card they give you. I bought myself a 16 GB card so I can keep recording and charging without worrying about reaching anything close to the limit.
One Year WarrantyThey cover manufacturing defects for a year from the date of purchase. This doesn't include the result of use, negligence, accident, normal wear and tear, or water damage. They don't cover the shipping.
What It Comes With
- Geco Mark II (the camera).
- 8GB class10 microSD card.
- Waterproof Case.
- Tripod for the waterproof case. Looks like this, but blue instead of white:
- 2x Foam Strips. There are used if your glasses have smaller/thinner arms and you need the camera to be more secured.
- Elastic Bands. A whole bunch with different sizes to secure the Geco Cam to your glasses.
- Micro USB cable. I already have a ton of these, but whatever.
- Wallplug. I can't use it because I live in the States and it won't fit in my sockets, but I already have a bunch of adapters lying around.
- Contact card for your personal Customer Care Consultant.
- Two different Quick Guides. One comes with a paper clip if you need to reset the Geco Cam.
My Geco Cam ReviewOverall, I'm glad I bought this. If you compare it to a GoPro, it's more expensive and not as indestructible. But there aren't enough hands-free camera companies for me to complain. Besides, the Geco Cam comes with a waterproof case, a mount, and a microSD card. Until PogoTec and other hands-free camera companies launch, I'll be happy with my Geco Cam. Here are more detailed pros and cons.
- So convenient. I'm getting lots of footage I never would've gotten before. Once you click your button, you can use your hands again!
- Easy to use. Works right out of the box and you just click a button to toggle recording.
- Battery life. I went on a 2-3 hour zipline canopy tour and got footage of each line. It's not going to last 2-3 hours, but it lasts long enough for me.
- They ship anywhere for $10! "Any and every country." I'm going to assume this doesn't include Antarctica or North Korea, but you get the idea.
- Not too noticeable (for you. You might get some funny looks, but I already know I'm a dork.) It's pretty small and only weighs around 20 grams. I didn't really know how much that was, but basically, it's really light.
- Personal Customer Care Consultant.
- Secure. This is not going to fall off your glasses.
- One year warranty. This doesn't cover water damage or non-manufacturing defects.
- Requires glasses. Sunglasses would also work, but if you don't already have a pair you'd... you'd have to buy one.
- Button easy to click. Which is great when it's on your glasses, but when it's in your bag you end up wasting battery and getting lots of dark footage.
- Changing settings is easy, but you need a computer. Once you set your settings and leave the house, you can't switch down to a lower quality to save battery or switch up for better quality.
- Not quickly removable. To put it on or take it off, you take off your glasses and slide it out. Not terribly difficult, but mildly inconvenient.
- You pay for shipping if something happens to your Geco Cam. Using FedEx or UPS is just impossible because of their prices, and USPS can take two weeks to ship (but it's only $13!). Mine had charging issues after 5 months and I needed it back by the end of the month, which means I couldn't risk waiting for them to receive the camera, fix it, and send it back in time for my trip. Luckily, I found a local electronics repair shop to fix it for me in a few hours for a better price than the cost of USPS Priority shipping.
- Sweat makes your glasses move down your nose. This happens anyways, but even more so with the weight of the camera. If your nose isn't sweaty, the camera isn't really noticeable.
What do you think? Can you see yourself getting one, or would you rather stick with what you're using? Let me know!