[Indo Defense 2018] China’s Response to the MOHOC Helmet Camera

    In what has to be one of the more obvious Chinese reproductions of foreign products this year, we introduce the Shenzhen Bewin Video Electronic Co, Ltd’s “Digital Individual Combat System”. The helmet/body mounted camera system is a painfully obvious and direct copy of the MOHOC company that first introduced their system at SHOT 2016. In 2017 they made a number of upgrades and really remain the only alternative to commercial action cameras when it comes to using them in a Military/Law Enforcement environment.

    With a few exceptions, the “Digital Individual Combat System” is essentially a direct reverse engineering of the MOHOC camera. Unlike the MOHOC it uses an external power source instead of batteries that can be changed when the power dies, it incorporates a PTT function and it has an “SOS”/Alarm button. However, the biggest difference is that the Shenzhen version has a second camera mounted at the back of the device so users can get at least a front and a back view while using the system. Because the Chinese company probably won’t be selling their product in a U.S., Australian, or European market, unfortunately there appears to be little the original MOHOC company can do, unless of course the Shenzhen version is brought in by a dealer.

    The camera comes in a foam formed hard case with all its accouterments and accessories. Note the “SOS” button and USB slot, in addition to the recording button. -Miles V, Indo Defense 2018

    According to the brochure, the front camera can record up to 1080P resolution while the rear camera up to 720P. The PTT function uses a Bluetooth-enabled headset to make calls while on the move. It also supports 4G networks and even WiFi connectivity. All of these networks are usually out of the question when it comes to a Military/LE equipment purchase due to the vulnerability of these systems to hacking.

    -Miles V, Indo Defense 2018

    Mounted at the 12 o’clock position on a helmet with velcro attachment system. Note the front and back cameras -Miles V, Indo Defense 2018

    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.

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