Pivothead Recon

Sport sunglasses with built-in HD video camera (Conceal)

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    Front (Conceal, shown with yellow lenses)

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    Back (Conceal)

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    Front, higher angle (Conceal, shown with yellow lenses)

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    Left side view (Conceal, shown with clear lenses)

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    Left side view (Conceal, shown with grey lenses)

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    Left side view (Conceal, shown with yellow lenses)

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    Left side view (Conceal, shown with yellow lenses)

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    Product Features

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    Right side view (conceal, with yellow lenses)

Item #: 841RE01

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by Woody Sherman

What you see is what you get

Point-of-view action cameras provide one of the most involving experiences you can put on a screen. Letting your intended audience see for themselves the thrills and spills of motorcycle racing, or downhill skiing, or wind-surfing, or paragliding... well, you get the idea. It's pretty intense. But there's always been one hitch: where do you mount the camera? Many companies provide a handy spectrum of mounting accessories, but they can take time and a little ingenuity to make secure. Plus, if your goal is to really show the world the angle you see, a helmet camera — on top or on the side of your head — isn't quite the answer.

The Pivothead Recon sport sunglasses feature a bridge-mounted point-of-view camera.

The Pivothead Recon sport sunglasses feature a bridge-mounted point-of-view camera.

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Versatile features in a wearable design

Perhaps it's time for a truly wearable point-of-view camera to come to the head of the class. Pivothead has made it happen with this exciting new hybrid of fashionable sunglasses and high-tech, high-definition camera. High-def video of up to 1080/30p resolution records directly to the 8 gigabytes of on-board memory. Continuous-burst and time-lapse still shooting is a breeze, with a variety of rates and resolutions available. And, with the Air Pivothead Wi-Fi® Drive accessory (not included), you can use apps for Apple® iOS® and Android™ smart devices to monitor and transfer your videos to where they can be preserved or passed on to others.

The Pivothead Recon is designed with the needs of law enforcement, outdoorsmen, and action videographers in mind. Its sturdy rubberized-armor frames come with three pairs of interchangeable polycarbonate lenses: Clear, Polarized Grey, and Safety Yellow.


  • camouflage-finish, rubberized-armor frame sunglasses with interchangeable Safety Yellow, Clear, and Polarized Grey polycarbonate lenses
  • bridge-mounted, hands-free HD video and still-shot camera
    • three HD video resolutions: 1080/30p, 720/60p, and 720/30p, MP4/H.264 format
    • 8-, 5-, and 3-megapixel still shots
  • variable time-lapse still-shot settings
  • variable continuous "burst" shooting
  • on-board microphone records 44.1 kHz/AAC monaural audio signals
  • four focus options: continuous, auto, fixed, and macro
  • view and transfer content wirelessly with the optional Air Pivothead Wi-Fi® Drive accessory (not included) and an available Apple® iOS® or Android™ app
  • 8GB internal memory — no additional memory card needed
    • allows for up to 1 hour of 1080p HD video recording time depending on usage
  • water-resistant (but not waterproof)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Dimensions and Included Accessories:
  • 6-5/16"W x 2-1/8"H x 2-3/4"D (when folded)
  • rechargeable on-board 3.7V/440mAh lithium polymer battery
  • micro USB 2.0 cable for charging and data transfer
  • zippered EVA protective case
  • lens cleaning cloth
  • quick start manual
  • Pivothead membership card
  • camera settings adjustment software for Mac and PC online at pivothead.com/support

Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Features and Specs
LCD Screen Size (inches) N/A
Viewfinder None
Total Pixel Count ---
Effective Pixel Count for Video ---
High-Definition Yes
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Manual Focusing No
Filter Diameter N/A
Optical Zoom N/A
Digital Zoom N/A
Night Imaging No
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Video Light No
Built-in Memory 8 GB Flash Memory
Max Recording Time w/ Included Battery ---
Digital Still Camera Features
Effective Pixel Count for Stills ---
Built-in Photo Flash No
Still Image Aspect Ratios 16:9
Inputs and Outputs
USB Port USB 2.0 High Speed
HDMI Output No
Mic Input No
Weight With Battery (ounces) 2.3
Width (inches) 6-5/16
Height (inches) 2-1/8
Depth (inches) 2-3/4
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Image Sensor Warranty 1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • Recon Conceal video recording eyewear with safety yellow lenses
  • Pair of Smoke Gray lenses
  • Pair of Clear lenses
  • 2' USB cable (Type A USB on one end and microUSB on other end)
  • Semi-hard storage case
  • Microfiber cleaning cloth (6.5" x 8")
  • Access Pass
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty card

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Pivothead Wearable Imaging: Pivothead Wearable Imaging can record full HD video, still images, and time-lapse photography on a tiny 8 MP camera installed in a pair of fashionable sunglasses. Video and images are stored on a built-in 8 GB flash memory. Pivothead eyewear can give you true point-of-view life recording.

Lens: Pivothead Video Recording Eyewear features a 4-element, Largan glass lens with a 75° field-of-view. There are four focusing options for video: Continuous Focus, Auto Focus (4" to infinity), Fixed Focus (2.8' to infinity), and Macro Focus (4" to 28"). You can also choose between Auto Focus and Macro Focus for shooting still images.

Video Options: The camera has an 8 mega-pixel Sony CMOS image sensor. You can record full HD video (1920 x 1080/30p), or choose 1280 x 720p at 60 or 30 fps. Video options include Normal, Black & White, Face Tracking, or Time/Date Stamp. Video is recorded in MPEG-4/H.264 format. Audio is recorded at 44.1kHz AAC mono using the built-in wind-resistant microphone.

Still Image Options: In addition to recording Full HD video, Pivothead cameras can shoot still images in 8MP, 5MP, and 3MP image sizes. You can also shoot multiple image bursts of 16, 10, 5, or 3 shots. Exposure can be set to Bright, Dim, or Automatic, with selectable ISO at Auto, 200, 800, or 1600. You can shoot color or black & white still images.

Time-Lapse Photos: Shooting Time-Lapse photos let you compress a long period of time into minutes or seconds. There are six Time-Lapse options: 1 shot every 1 second, 1 shot every 30 seconds, 4 shots every 8 seconds, 4 shots every 30 seconds, 10 shots every 30 seconds, or 5 shots every 60 seconds.

Controls/Indicators: There are only two controls on the Pivothead: a power switch and a two-way rubberized Pivotswitch control--press one way to record video and press the other way to record still images. The camera's settings can be controlled using the Pivotswitch. Three LEDs provide status indication for recording (red), charging (green), and power (blue). When changing camera settings the LEDs flash to confirm the settings.

External Control: If you connect the Pivothead glasses to your computer via USB, you can change the camera settings, including video/still image modes, focus, burst modes, and exposure. With the optional Air Pivothead, you can change settings, as well as view videos and still images, wirelessly on your connected smartphone or Wi-Fi device.

Storage Capacity: The built-in 8 GB flash memory will allow you to store approximately 1 hour of Full HD video (1080p/30 fps), 2 hours of 720p/30 fps video, or 45 minutes of 720p/60 fps video.

Battery: The unit is powered by a 3.7-volt Lithium-Polymer rechargeable battery with a capacity of 440 mAh. A fully charged battery will provide approximately 1 hour of continuous recording in Full HD (1080p/30 fps)

USB: The Pivothead video recording eyewear has a micro USB port on the right earpiece, which is used for charging the battery and to transfer your videos and still images.

Recon Model: The Recon Conceal (RE01) model has the following features:

  • Frames: The Real Tree Max-4 Camo frames are made of durable, lightweight Grilamid TR90. They are impact resistant, UV fade resistant, and temperature resistant with an adjustable, form-fitting nosepad.
  • Lenses: The glasses come with three pairs of lenses: safety yellow, polarized smoke gray, and clear. The polycarbonate lenses block 100% of UV A/B/C rays. The lenses are also impact resistant (ANSI Z80.3 standard).

Warranty Note: The warranty for this Pivothead product is 1 Year Parts and Labor. The warranty card included with the product (stating 90 Days P & L) is incorrect.


Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Quick impressions from the Lab

Comment by Jude Director, Digital Imaging,

The perfect hands-free video recorder

Written by Jude, Director, Digital Imaging, on 7/23/2013 5:04:00 PM

The product is very unique but it does an incredible job. These great-looking sunglasses have a built-in 8 mega-pixel CMOS sensor for taking brilliant 1080P HD video. I've used a set and can tell you the video looked better than video I shot with any other action camera. The Recon has a great wide angle lens, without a fisheye look, so your video looks more natural. And you don't have to strap or mount this camera to something — just put on your glasses and you're ready. They take great snap shots too! No more trying to keep up with the action, just look where you want to video and you have it.

On a recent R/C airplane outing, my son used a Recon to video his planes in action. Now imagine a plane traveling at 80+ MPH and you're trying to track it with a camera (the pilot can't do it — R/C control takes both hands). Then add in not knowing which way the plane will be turning or banking. Nearly impossible to get a good quality video.

All my son had to do was put on the glasses, hit record. place both hands on the R/C controller, and away the plane went. Since he had to watch the plane the entire time he flew it, the camera followed the plane effortlessly and provided exceptional video.

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Better than expected

Written By SteveK, Houston,Tx on Monday, April 21, 2014
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I looked around and found these for high definition recording.. They sounded too good to be true buy I decided to try them. I own a Looxcie 2 standard definition so I was familiar with the pitfalls of a head mounted camcorder. I charged then and turned them on. I realized that all the hype was true. They were worth the money to be able to record in high definition while playing with my grandhildren.
Stylish, you can use these glasses even if you are not recording.
Slow focus in some modes, for recording at arm's length, the lense records high so you have to remember to look down a little.
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1 question already asked

Does the glasses have to be on your face to record? [ Felix  Dec 11, 2013 ]
2 answers
  • Thank you for your answer and time. [ Felix   Dec 11, 2013 ]
  • The glasses would not have to be on your face to record. [ Jeff Staff  Dec 11, 2013 ]

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