By David Crane
defrev at gmail dot com
Frank Borelli of Borelli Consulting has a product review up on a a weapons-mounted "Advanced Tactical Camera" made by Pacific Concepts ATC/HBD Inc. called the TacCam. While TacCam doesn’t transmit live video and audio, it does store about an hour of it (A/V) on a 2-Gig SD card for after-action analysis of a tactical training session, shooting incident, or tactical op (tactical operation). TacCam offers a 30-frame-per-second capture rate with 640×480 VGA video resolution. Power is provided by two AA batteries, which can be AA-sized lithium batteries.
According to Borelli, "to achieve playback after the fact you can either connect the USB or RCA cables to play the video back on your computer or television, or you can remove the SD card and put it in your computer’s chip slot." Sounds easy enough.
measures in at just over 4 inches long and approx. 2 inches in diameter. Sans batteries or SD card, TacCam weighs only 3.2 ounces (3.2 oz), which is less than a quarter pound. With both installed, the unit weighs 7 ounces, which still brings it in at under a half pound. This relatively light weight is important, since TacCam is designed to to mount to a long gun’s Mil-Std-1913 "Picatinny" rail system/forend rail tube, and the less additional weight you can add to a weapon, the better, especially if that weight is out front. Once mounted TacCam can be rotated to orient the camera right-side up, no matter where you mount it on your quad rail system. The unit turns on with the push of a button. Frame rate of capture is adjustable, but you need to set your preferences before you start filming.
TacCam is submersible, i.e. waterproof/water-resistant, to 3 meters (approx. 10 feet) and survived five Frank Borelli drop tests onto concrete from a height of 3 feet. Why 3 feet? Don’t know. You’d have to ask Frank. Personally, I’d like to see how it survives a 5-6-foot concrete drop test.
So, how much? $189. Pretty cheap.
DefenseReview would like to see a more expensive version of TacCam that can both store at least 2 hours of audio and video AND simultaneously transmit it live at least 500-1,000 feet away, is submersible/waterproof to 50-100 feet, dropable from 20 feet, offers higher resolution, and also provides night vision/thermal/IR (infrared) "fusion" imaging–and does all this within one pound (1 lb) OA weight. And, what if it could also be a quick-adjust 1-4x weapon sight several reticle options? Now that would be something. Wonder how much something like that would cost.
In the meantime, check out Mr. Borelli’s TacCam review.
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