Wristcam is an Apple Watch band like no other. This band breathes new life into the Apple Watch with the addition of a front and rear camera for image and video. Created by a team of former Apple Watch app designers and developers, this $299 watch strap is certified for Apple Watch.
As the first dedicated camera for Apple Watch, the device has an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera. It takes 4K photos and 1080p videos. In addition, it offers internal storage of 2,000 photos or one hour of video.
What’s in the box
In the box, you’ll find a dual USB-A power adapter and charger along with the Wristcam itself. Don’t worry, the Wristcam is quite a bulky watch strap. There is a user manual and an extra strap that users can adjust as they like.
As for charging, I tend to charge about twice a week. The Wristcam goes on a MagSafe type charger where it will take around 30 minutes to an hour to charge. You can check your battery in the Wristcam app if you’re wondering about its status.
Before setup, you’ll want to download the Wristcam app to your iPhone and create an account. The app will then be on both your iPhone and Apple Watch. The app will guide you through the setup process where you will rearrange the settings as needed.
A camera for your Apple Watch
Wristcam is a great way to take photos or videos without your iPhone. In the iPhone app, you can upload photos and videos to Photos or edit and share them with others. Additionally, there are Siri commands to operate the camera. There are even downloadable watch faces with a button to go straight into the Wristcam app.
The Wristcam can be worn while swimming, showering, exercising, etc., just like with your Apple Watch. The strap is made of rubber, which makes it easy to clean and water resistant.
Is it compatible with FaceTime?
Unfortunately, Wristcam is not compatible with FaceTime since it is a third-party accessory. However, you can still video chat with other people and send video messages. If someone doesn’t have a Wristcam, you can send them a video message, but they’ll need to download the Wristcam app to view the messages.
Why buy a Wristcam?
While it’s not for everyone, there are definitely use cases where a Wristcam is a good idea. As someone who has a Cellular Apple Watch, I don’t always have my iPhone on me. Thanks to Wristcam, I always have the photo functionality directly from my wrist. I like to think of the device as a kind of GoPro for my wrist. All in all, I feel like if you’re athletic, outdoorsy, or a GoPro type, this is a great watch strap for you.
If you want to buy one, you can buy one on the Company Website. Prices start at $299 for the standard band.
While I like the idea of the device, the Wristcam isn’t as simple as it should be. Get ready to watch about 15 how-to videos offered in the app to learn more about the device. It takes time and patience to perfect its use. However, the device works – it still takes decent photos and videos with only your Apple Watch on you. Remember that you may want to do some extensive research on the product before dropping $300.
Do you own a Wristcam? Is it something you would be interested in using? Let us know in the comments.