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Snapchat Spectacles V2: wearable handsfree camera
by Seth L.
SEE IT. SNAP IT. SHARE IT.

The Spectacles V2 is big, circular and stylish - just like one of those killer shades that you throw on for good measure when you go for summer holidays. Like any good pair of sunnies, the V2 is made to be lightweight and comfortable so you can easily carry it with you in your board shorts pocket or drop into your beach bag. They come in three colors - Onyx (black), Sapphire (blue) and Ruby (red) with two choices of lens coating Moonlight (light) and Eclipse (dark).

So yeah they look like any run-of-the-mill shades but the built-in camera is what Snapchat is trying to sell you. There’s a button on the top left of the frame which you can press to take a 10-second video. Press it again to record up to 30-seconds. To take a photo, do a long press and hold. Videos are recorded in HD 1216x1216p while photos are HD 1642x1642p.

You can take up to 70 videos or 1500+ photos per charge and if you are running low on power, just drop it back into it’s carrying case to charge it back up. The case itself hold up to three charges for the Spectacles V2 before needing a recharge itself.

Don’t worry about wearing it to a pool party or on a banana boat ride, the V2 is built to survive splashes and it’s even water-resistant in shallow water. The V2 captures photos and videos in Snapchat’s unique HD circular format and you can choose the orientation when you share them.

The Spectacles V2 has a similar problem with the V1 - syncing to your mobile device could be done better, with too many unnecessary steps and taking quite a fair bit of time for photos and videos to transfer over. That could only be the drawback we see with the V2.

VERDICT

After a closer look at the Spectacles V2, we think it is starting to grow on us. Compared to the V1, the V2 can do both photos and videos, is water-resistant, lighter with a better build quality, comes with light or dark lenses and you can order them prescription-glass options as well. Snapchat has truly brought us a fashion product that functions just as well as a social media companion, blending style and practicality into one package.

The Spectacles V2 can be purchased online now at https://www.spectacles.com/ for USD149.99 (RM600+-) a pair.

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