Snapchat Spectacles

Originally published June 14th 2017 on Medium (@RichardDonelan) 

Snapchat Spectacles: For me they represent another great piece of kit in my visual storytelling tool kit! For someone else they might just be considered a gimmick…

Google were probably too early with ‘Glass’ – there simply wasn’t a market then. Always there and ready to shoot, Spectacles could do for videography what the iPhone did for photography… Not to mention the amazing first person story telling potential they unlock! See my unboxing and first technical impressions here: https://youtu.be/1gzyjUMqT9U”

Battery life out of the box was solid – certainly outlasted the storage capacity. The seem to hold their power well in stand too which is another big plus. Snap say that you can store up to 200 snaps but my storage seemed to be full after around 20… This could well be user error on my part but it’s also worth noting that you can transfer the data to the phone via bluetooth so I wouldn’t worry too much about memory either way… Uploading HD video to an iPhone can only be done via wifi – I find this process a little unreliable but I gather android handle this service better.

What about the quality of the sunglasses element? I normally wear sunglasses all the time when outdoors and am very conscious of eye health so have never before worn anything other than RayBan and Oakely as I have neither had a problem with either…

I can’t see how Snapchat would take a risk on using inferior glass, however, I have no expertise when it comes to opthalmology! Snapchat do suggest that people can talk to their optician about fitting custom lenses… Yusuf Omar has done this and has been wearing them extensively for several months no so would be interesting to run this question by him! I suspect the size and shape of one’s face will have a massive bearing hear also – especially when it comes to how the lens sits in relation to one’s face. In my case it was ok but I guess I have a small enough face…

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Available for €149.99 ex postage here: https://www.spectacles.com/ie/ and I also tipped Jay from Kodaline off about a vending machine in London which is where he got his from on Tuesday – he’s already producing some great content so be sure to check him out on Instagram and Snapchat! More locations here: https://www.spectacles.com/ie/snapbot/

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When I think about seeing a camera for the first time that could enable a viewer to pan around the room that cost €10k euro (and this was less than 10 years ago) I find it incredible that these guys are available for €150! Would I wear them all the time? Probably not… Would I wear them when I have half an inlacing that there are stories about or I want to find stories – absabloodylutely!! I’m really looking forward to bringing the world more 1st person experiences – totally amped in fact!!