Snapchat (now Snap Inc.) isn’t a company that comes to mind when you think of camera hardware, but they’re changing that. Today the company announced a camera called Spectacles.
To me, I find the idea of Spectacles quite interesting. You can record moments seamlessly without anything having to interrupt your view instead of having to stare at your phone and watching the moment through that.
Spectacles come in three colours, videos are recorded by pressing a button on the left hand side of the frame. Videos are saved on the device itself and then wirelessly synced to your mobile device and saved into the Memories section of the Snapchat app.
One controversial issue though is people secretly recording others in public, but Snap has attempted to tackle this by adding a ring light onto the frames that will illuminate when Spectacles is recording its 10 second clips.
Snapchat just solved the portrait vs landscape video argument forever pic.twitter.com/iOsKeaeXkb
— Owen Williams (@ow) September 24, 2016
One of the main features of Spectacles that stood out to me was the 115 degree wide angle lens that comes on them. This camera is much more similar to the eyes natural field of view compared to a smartphone camera lens, and by having the spectacles on your head as well the footage recordings can be just as you saw them. This makes the footage recorded by the Spectacles circular, which may not make sense at first but this means that your phone does not have to be rotated a specific way to view them (see above), which I think is extremely sleek.
The Spectacles will have a one day battery life, they can be charged in their case, and they will cost $130, which is a bargain in comparison to Google Glass’ price tag when they were available, and will be released slowly to see how much demand there is for Spectacles, as well to see how users use the device.