Product Added : April 17th, 2013
Category : Apple
"This Best Selling Looxcie LX2 Wearable Video Cam for iPhone and Android – Retail Packaging – Black Tends to SELL OUT VERY FAST! If this is a MUST HAVE product, be sure to Order Now to avoid disappointment!"
Looxcie LX2-0001-00 Digital Camcorder – CMOS LX2-0001-00 Camcorders
I wasn’t aware that the earpiece made a beep every 30 seconds (audible to me, not to others) when recording. That is helpful for timing use of the moments button, but a bit annoying when using for long periods of time.
I have used the Looxcie while doing street photography, particularly when getting photos of police and protesters. I take high quality imagery with my real camera, but have the Looxcie running to capture any impromptu encounters with those who don’t wish to have their actions recorded. They focus on my Nikon, and not my bluetooth headset.
The Looxcie 2 comes in two memory sizes. 4GB or 5 hours of video and 8GB or 10 hours of video. The memory is divided in two so that half the memory is storage and the other half is the looping buffer. When you plug the USB cable into your computer and turn on the Looxcie it will show a little less then 2GB or 4GB depending which version you have.
Here’s Amazon’s link to the 4GB Looxcie: Looxcie LX2 Wearable Video Cam for iPhone and Android – Retail Packaging – Black
I bought the 8GB version from the Looxcie website because only the 4GB version is being offered at this time by Amazon. When I plugged it in I thought I had the 4GB version and had to contact tech support to figure it out. It’s explained on the website but not in the documentation.
I had a specific need for a camera that I could control from my iPod Touch. I can control the camera from a good distance away which is better then expected. I have a service dog and I’m going to use it for a “dogs eye view” as I work him.
I’ll update this review in a couple of months with my thoughts.
The device itself (not the apps) does exactly what it says. It records well. It records in a loop and you can grab clips by pressing a button, or you can review the entire buffer later, and extract clips ad hoc. It can also send a clip to youtube, facebook, twitter or by email, if you hold the same button for a few seconds. That’s great. My wife loves it, and I think it’s pretty amazing. It does have some downsides though.
- Video quality is pretty good. it’s not HD, but it’s nice. I think it’s better then what you might see in a cop car’s camera.
- Sound is actually better then I thought. So many people complain about sound and it wasn’t bad at all. When driving, it can pick up people talking in the back seat, and me in the front.
- I like the fact it loops the video. That’s pretty amazing. you just hit record and let it go.
- it works as a blue tooth device as well. that’s pretty cool. my wife called me, and it went to the Looxcie – pretty cool, and then when we hung up, it was still recording. no bugs in that for me.
- It wears on my ears though to have it hanging there more then an hour. The ball cap thing might help but then it looks more conspicuous. It also pulls inward so it hangs at like a 35 degree angle. it’s hard to get it to be vertically straight for me. I’m still adusting it. that might be fixable.
- I’ve had to restart the Looxcie device twice now, in the 4 days I’ve operated it. I think that’s a bit much.
- It would be nice if the press to send to youtube, was instant – it really just creates a clip and attaches it to an email and basically you have to press send. if you were in a bad situation, it would be better to just have it auto send. It would be a nice option.
- battery life is really poor. I think it’s what they print… if you run it in 480p it lasts maybe 2 hours. maybe a bit more. if you run it in the lower res it lasts like 4 hours or more. So bring a charger with you wherever you go.
- bright red light when you are recording, is displayed on the front. That’s a tad silly when you don’t want people to be drawn to the fact you’re recording.
The applications are another story. Luckily this being the weak link IMO, they can be improved upon.
- Looxcie live is pretty amazing, IMO. You can stream to someone and they can push to talk to you. But their talking doesn’t go to the bluetooth, it stays on the iphone. so if your iphone volume is up, you’ll get to hear it. if not… you wont.
- Looxcie moments is nice in that you can make clips and send to your social sites.
- Looxcie cam and Looxcie Moments are so damn buggy. they constantly can’t find the Looxcie, so I have to forget the device/pairing, then repair all over again. This wasn’t so bad the second time I did it, but after the fifth it got annoying. What’s really silly, is that Looxcie Live *always* finds my Looxcie device. But Looxcie Moments and Looxcie Cam, can’t, unless I reboot the looxcie or pair it again to the iphone.
- The Looxcie Desktop application just crashed on me this morning, after I started transferring the buffer to disk. That’s pretty frustrating. it takes like 45 min to transfer the buffer… i started it as I went to bed and in the morning the thing was hung on 100% complete, but it never transferred anything.
In summary, keeping this perspective with the price, it’s an excellent buy. at $150 or so, you get a device that you wear, and appears to be a blue tooth. It records up to 480p. Video and sound quality is great IMO. Keep in mind that blue tooth and network bandwidth constraints will cause Looxcie live to stutter or skip frames. But that’s a dependancy outside of looxcie.
I am a little self conscious with it. I almost think people know it’s a camera. I’m not sure. sometimes people stare at me. Maybe it’s the red light on it – which I intend to cover.
My wife likes it a lot. She see’s it as a security system you wear. You have a video streaming to your family/friends with your every move, so if something happens they’ll know. I think that’s a great marketing idea for the device. It might also be cool to have a gps inside too, recording your location movements.