Gun-mounted cameras for LEOs are becoming a thing. A Minnesota department just announced they’ll be equipping their officers’ duty guns with Viridian’s FACT Duty Weapon-Mounted Lights. It’s an auto-on system that begins recording as soon as the pistol is drawn from the holster.
Now Viridian’s announced they’re offering their new X Series Gen 3 lights and lasers with HD cameras for the consumer market. As we saw in a recent defensive gun use, the presence of video evidence can mean the difference between a clear-cut case of self-defense and a situation that could be questioned by police or prosecutors.
Here’s their press release . . .
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – August 30, 2018 – Viridian Weapon Technologies has expanded its popular X Series Gen 3 product line to deliver even more robust features with the addition of a full-HD digital camera and microphone. The new X Series Gen 3 with Camera product line creates an entirely new category for personal protection, training and recreational/competitive shooting. The first two products from the lineup—X5L Gen 3 Green Laser with Camera and XTL Gen 3 Taclight with Camera—have begun shipping and are now available for purchase online and at select retailers.
“In 2017, we introduced the world’s first Weapon-Mounted Camera with a light and optional laser designed to clearly capture full-HD video and crisp audio from handguns and long guns,” said Viridian President and CEO Brian Hedeen. “This technology was developed specifically for law enforcement, addressing limitations officers can face with body cameras. Today, we’re excited to give consumers the same HD video and microphone capability on our popular X Series Gen 3 product offerings. The X5L® Cam and XTL Cam are designed to give customers a convenient, high-tech solution for capturing footage while training, competing, defending, or just having fun.”
X Series Gen 3 with Camera
The X Series Gen 3 with Camera comes standard with a 500 lumen LED light, green laser (on X5L Cam), multiple operation modes and Viridian’s proprietary INSTANT-ON® technology. Combined with a 1080p full-HD digital camera and microphone, this unique solution provides convenient playback for training, range time or competitions and gives legally armed citizens an added level of reassurance when carrying or in a home defense situation. Additional uses include recording footage during action/water sports, bow hunting or fishing, turkey hunting or any other close-range hunting.
When users choose to utilize Viridian’s INSTANT-ON technology, the unit automatically activates the laser, light and/or camera, depending on the pre-programmed settings, whenever the firearm is drawn from its holster. Not only does this eliminate risk of failure to manually turn on the device during a personal-defense scenario, but it allows users to conveniently capture footage to help review and correct shooting techniques or show off days at the range with their friends.
The highly advanced camera provides an unobstructed view from the end of the firearm, making it an ideal replacement for homemade action cams or supplement to the everyday carry setup.
Like all X Series products, the new camera models feature a super sleek design that fits in most holsters designed for the Streamlight® TLR1®. A removable, rechargeable battery eliminates the need to ever buy batteries again while on-board charging with indicator lights allows users to know the exact status in real time. Paired with waterproof construction and universal mounting, the X Series Gen 3 with Camera is one of the most technologically advanced weapon-mounted accessories available.
The X5L Cam and XTL Cam feature 1920 x 1080 HD video, integrated microphone, removable/rechargeable battery and more. The X5L model also delivers a powerful 5mW green laser sight (510-532nm). Both include a 2-year limited warranty.
More information on the new X Series Gen 3 with Camera product line can be found at ViridianWeaponTech.com/x-series-gen3-learn-more.
About Viridian Weapon Technologies
Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Viridian Weapon Technologies is devoted to applying cutting-edge technology to design compact, powerful self-defense products for the civilian, military and law enforcement markets. Viridian® is the leader in weapon-mounted technology and responsible for a number of firearm innovations including green and red laser sights, LED weapon-mounted illuminators and several shooting accessories including the Tacloc® Holsters. Viridian products are designed and built in the USA. More information is available at www.ViridianWeaponTech.com.