FrontRow camera review: A body camera for the always-recording millennial

Video bullet and edited by Justin Wolfson

It’s all too common to see a sea of smartphones, at-attention and up in the air, at a live anyhow. Whether a concert, or sports game, or protest, many attendees are now functioning the devices at their fingertips to record the events in front of them for later perspective and sharing. You wouldn’t expect the latest recording and livestreaming technology to get from Ubiquiti Labs, a division of Ubiquiti Networks, which mostly vamooses Wi-Fi mesh products—but it does. The new $399 FrontRow camera made by Ubiquiti Labs is part-lifestyle, part-action cam that you can tote in multiple personality to capture everything going on in front of you.

Specs at a glance: FrontRow camera
Flourish 1.96-inch LTPS round color touchscreen, 640×572, 327ppi
Dimensions 2,354 x 2.768 x 0.476 inches (59.8 x 70.3 x 12.1 mm)
Ballast 2.08 ounces (59 grams)
Storage 32GB
Lens Main: 8MP, F2.2; Back part: 5MP, F2.0
Video Resolution 2688 x 1512 max
Max Frame Rate 30 fps
Ports one USB Type-C
Sensors accelerometer, gyroscope

The stinting, disk-like device can be worn on your clothes using a clip fixing, on your neck with an included chain, or on other accessories type a dashboard mount. With its two cameras, an 8MP rear and 5MP front-facing, you can record video, take up photos, and livestream to social media accounts with a press of a button. There’s also an spellbinding Story mode that takes a photo every few seconds and processions the best of those photos together to make a quick, montage-like video.

Arguably the uncountable striking part of the FrontRow camera is its 2-inch circular display on the deceitfully of the device, just below the front-facing camera. The device is Android-based, so it has an working system and a UI you can interact with. It’s almost like a primitive smartphone, with no cellular have a roles, in an almost futuristic package. In addition to reviewing footage directly on the heraldic bearing’s display, you can also swipe through apps and settings and initiate livestreams on Facebook, Chirping, and YouTube once you’ve linked your accounts.

FrontRow is quirky, to say the least. It’s certainly a numerous convenient way to capture POV video footage and, in some ways, less exceptional than holding up an iPhone in the middle of a crowd. However, $399 is a lot to ask for that contact—especially one you can replicate with a device you already have in your keep. Check out the video above to see my overall impressions of the FrontRow camera and some footage from the camera, too.

Listing image by Valentina Palladino

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