Eyewear Cameras for Competition/LE usage

iVUE is an eyewear company that produces sunglasses that have an integrated camera system in the bridge of the frame and can record 1080p footage at the press of a button. The company has been around for several years now and customer videos using their products have been on Youtube in that time as well. Although I’m singling out iVUE because they are the only eyewear camera product that has seen extensive usage in the shooting sports, there are a multitude of eyewear products out there that can do the same, if not a better job of capturing what appears to be the best “First Person” angle footage we have seen. Previously this sort of footage is reserved to helmet cameras such as the Contour, GoPro head kits, and even body cameras as worn by many Law Enforcement officers these days. All of these are good pieces of kit, but sometimes they don’t get that true first person footage that we are constantly striving for, to see pretty much what that person was seeing while they were taking the footage.

Which is why I’d like to bring these camera glasses to the attention of TFB because I think they can have an enormous impact on how we can not only record events in the shooting world, but also in the LE/Military world because of just how practical they are. Being integrated with a frame of glasses, this cuts down on weight and gear because you are working with less equipment overall, in addition to getting a better field of view than a body camera, hat camera, or even helmet mount. But from a safety standpoint, I’m curious to see if the lens’ are Z87 ballistically rated, as Z87 is a basic requirement for a number of Military eyewear usages. In addition, I’m surprised that this particular brand doesn’t have accommodations for a “Brain Strap” or some sort of lanyard that goes around a user’s head, to prevent the glasses from accidentally being knocked off.

According to the product’s Amazon review page, it has suffered some drawbacks to do with sweaty environments. Hopefully the company takes these issues in stride and works to fix them. In the meantime, there are numerous other eyewear cameras for very good prices out there on the market that we can choose from as well.

Our own Nick C. has this to say about POV glasses-

I have dabbled in POV cameras for about 5 years now. POV Sunglasses cameras do not work well for all guns. I had tried the iKam glasses at Cabelas. There are other similar setups. I have even tried using Google Glass as a POV camera. The problem arises with where your head is pointed vs where your eyes are looking. Many people forget this fact. When you shoulder a long gun, often your head is pointed off to the side and down. Not inline with the long gun. Handguns is easier especially if you shoot isosceles. I have used a GoPro suspended over my left eye to get the best possible POV. But it has its limitations. Like cutting off like left eye view. It is ok in competition and acts like a blinder in bullseye shooting.

This is an example of a soldier qualifying with his M4 service rifle. I like how in this video you can also see through the very same sights that he is using.

An example of an action pistol match.

Shooting clays in Trap-



Miles

Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.

Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I’ve made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at miles@tfb.tv


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  • Nandor

    I’ve got a pair of Pivotheads but wanted 60fps so I could capture muzzle flashes. Unfortunately in 720p mode it drastically cuts down the field of view by recording only in the middle 720p worth of pixels on the sensor. I just picked up the 135degree iVue glasses and their 720p60 mode has no such issues. Nice wide viewing area.

  • Nicks87

    Cool I like them.

  • Phillip Cooper

    This is the kind of stuff I want to see on the firearm blog.

    Seriously!

    I’ve been looking for something like this that costs less than $500 for a while now. I’m ordering these, soonest!

  • mrpotatocat

    Porn glasses, cool! Seriously, these are pretty cool and I cant wait for them to get into the hands of the content creators to ramp up their videos.

  • valorius

    They’re basically just Apple glass aint they?

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Probably a lot cheaper.

      • iksnilol

        And more durable.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    This is a better solution than body cams.

  • Jessica Nietzel

    Hey, that’s me!!! Or more specifically, I’m the shotgun and pistol shooter in the first video!! I bought these glasses over a year ago to record my matches and I’d buy them again in a heartbeat. A couple things to note if you’re interested in using these glasses to record pistol shooting; If you shoot in more of a turtle stance with your head tilted downward you’re going to get great footage of your forearms but not much else. I’ve never had any trouble with sweat, dust, rain, etc while running the glasses in matches and I’ve shot in everything from pouring down rain and anywhere from 30-120 degree temperatures (I live in Phoenix). The glasses are heavier than normal shooting glasses because of the camera, but I’ve had no trouble with the extra weight, even while wearing them 8-10 hours during all-day events.

    They take a little getting used to, but I just think the footage from the location of the camera is so much closer to what I actually experience than any other camera I’ve tried and the price is more than reasonable.

    (I’m not affiliated with iVue in any way, I just love their product!)

    • Nicholas C

      Glad to hear they worked out.

      I had problems using them with long guns. Head position vs eye position.

      Check out the article I posted during Shot Show about AIMCAM it is an adjustable camera on glasses.

  • Just say’n

    I’d like something like this to help me diagnose why I suck so bad at shooting in USPSA matches :-/

    • Nicholas C

      I used a GoPro for that. It helps to review your stages and you can hopefully spot areas that are rough and need polish.

  • Rick Grimes

    My solution is a Runcam HD cam (a little bigger than the size of a match box), with an adhesive backed Nite Ize pocket clip on it. Easily clips onto the bill of a ball cap for the first-person perspective I want, low profile, less than $100, great quality full HD video, decent audio quality (better than those glasses). Another camera to look at for mounting in this way is the Mobius camera. Both the Runcam and Mobius camera were designed for putting on aerial RC vehicles, so they are very lightweight. Hope this helps someone.

    • LGonDISQUS

      gyuh, now I’m debating to get a couple of these just for kicks and giggles. Thanks. ☺????

  • I still stick with the GoPro and head strap. Sure, it look stupid, but, it works. By not combining the glasses with the camera I can switch glasses depending on match or location conditions. I also can use the camera on many other mounts for lot of activities.