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Kudu Matte Black

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 Product Description

With the push of a button, the Pivothead Kudu Matte Black captures your memories in stunning full HD video and crystal clear audio. Just push a button to snap a pic from the most unique perspective on the planet — your own. Finally, you can record your life the way you experience it.

The eyewear features 1080/30p video recording and can capture up to 8-megapixel still images, with burst and time lapse modes available.

The Kudu Matte Black model includes the flat black frames with Smoke Grey lenses. Within the frames is a 4-element Largan glass lens, 8 megapixel Sony CMOS sensor, 44.1 kHz mono microphone, 8GB of flash memory, a Micro USB 2.0 connector, and a 440mAh lithium polymer battery.

A power button and pivot switch provides operational control. Connect your Pivothead sunglasses to your Mac or PC via a USB cable for complete configuration control and file downloading using the Pivothead Desktop App.


Full HD Video Recording: Record POV 1080p video at 30 fps, or 720p video at 30 or 60 fps. The built-in microphone captures 44.1 kHz AAC audio. Customizable settings give you flexible control over focus, letting you choose from continuous, auto, fixed, or macro focus options. You can also set your exposure to Auto, Bright, or Dim settings, letting you adapt to a variety of lighting conditions. Additional features include Face Tracking, Time/Date stamp, and Black & White mode.

8-Megapixel Still Images: Besides video, you can also capture 8, 5, or 3 megapixel still images. Auto or macro focus options are available, as well as the same Auto, Bright, and Dim exposure settings found in video mode. Photo mode adds the ability to set the exposure at 200, 800, or 1600 ISO.

Burst Mode: Capture bursts of 3, 5, 10, or 16 photos at full 8 megapixel resolutions. This is great for capturing action sequences or creating GIFs and cinemagraphs.

Time Lapse Mode: Six time lapse settings allow to you capture hands-free action sequences over an extended period of time in full resolution.

What's In the Box: The Pivothead Kudu Matte Black includes a flat black finish, smoke grey lenses, a micro-usb cable, and a microfiber pouch.

Video Capture

  • NTSC Resolutions - 1080p, 30fps 720p, 60fps 720p, 30fps | 480p, 30fps
  • PAL Resolutions - 1080p, 25fps | 720p, 50fps | 720, 25fps | 480p, 25fps 
  • Standards - NTSC | PAL
  • Mp4 H.264 file type
  • Quality Settings - Super Fine | Fine | Normal
  • Focus Modes - Auto (4"-∞) | Fixed (2.8'-∞) | Macro (4"-8") | Continuous (4"-∞)
  • Exposure Compensation - ±2.0 EV 1/3 stop increments 
  • Exposure Modes - Auto | Bright Outdoors | Low Light
  • White Balance Settings - Incandescent | Sunrise & Sunset | Fluorescent | Sunny | Hazy | Cloudy | Heavily Overcast | Blue Sky | Outdoor
  • Audio - 44.1 Khz Onboard Mic
  • Black & White Mode 
  • Face Tracking
  • Time & Date Stamp

Image Capture

  • Resolutions - 8 Megapixel | 5 Megapixel | 3 Megapixel
  • Single Shot | Burst Mode | Time-Lapse
  • Burst Mode - 16x | 10x | 5x | 3x
  • Time-Lapse Mode - 1 shot/1s | 4 shots/8s | 1 shot/30s | 4 shots/30s | 10 shot/30s | 5 shot/60s
  • JPEG file type
  • Exposure Compensation - ±2.0 EV 1/3 stop increments
  • Exposure Modes - Auto | Bright Outdoors | Low Light 
  • White Balance Settings - Incandescent | Sunrise & Sunset | Fluorescent | Sunny | Hazy | Cloudy | Heavily Overcast | Blue Sky | Outdoor
  • ISO Modes - Auto | 200 | 800 | 1600
  • Black & White Mode
  • Face Tracking
  • Time & Date Stamp


  • 77 degree field-of-view
  • 4 Element Largan Glass Lens
  • 8 megapixel Sony CMOS Sensor (3264 x 2448 pixels)


  • Configurable Auto Off - 3min | 5min | Never
  • Configurable Short/Long Button Push Settings
  • 8GB Flash Memory
  • 3.7V Lithium Polymer 440mAh rechargeable battery.
  • Charging - Micro USB, 5V DC 500mA
  • Data - Micro USB port

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 Warranty Information

Limited Warranty (United States)

*Note: Outside the United States, please contact a Pivothead Authorized reseller directly.

Pivothead frames, lenses and electronic components are guaranteed against manufacturing defects (1) year from the original date of purchase. Dated proof of purchase from and Authorized Pivothead Reseller will be required for all warranty claims. This limited warranty extends only to products purchased from Pivothead or a Pivothead Authorized Reseller. In the event of defects during this period Pivothead at its option will repair or replace the defective part or product with a comparable part or product. Any repaired product will be warranted for the remainder of the original Warranty Period or thirty (30) days, whichever is longer.

Exclusions and Limitations

Scratches on lens or frames are considered normal wear and tear, and are not covered under this warranty. Pivothead reserves the right to determine what is considered a manufacturing defect.

This limited warranty does not apply if:

(a) if any electronic compartments have been opened, the warranty is void
(b) the product has been altered or modified in any way, except by Pivothead,
(c) a repair has been attempted by anyone other than a facility authorized by Pivothead to repair the product,
(d) the product has not been operated, or maintained in accordance with instructions supplied by Pivothead,
(e) the product has been subjected to abnormal physical stress, dropping, water or sand damage, misuse, mishandling, electrical current fluctuations, negligence, or accident,
(f) the serial number on the Product has been altered, defaced, or removed.

Pivothead excludes liability for any loss or damaged data which is erased in connection with the repair or replacement of a warranty claim. Pivothead is not responsible for shipping charges associated with warranty returns. Pivothead assumes no liability for any accident, injury, death or any loss or claim related to or resulting from the use of Pivothead products.

Please note, all apparel purchases are not eligible for return unless new and part of a bundle package.

Obtaining Warranty Service

Please contact our Customer Service Department at service@pivothead.com if you are needing warranty services or have any questions at all. We’re here to help five days a week and will respond within 24 hours (usually much quicker though).

Our Customer Service Department will make all attempts to rectify your problems. If we are unable to resolve the issues, we will ask you to send in the product(s) for further review / assessment. In order to send in your product(s) for further review, you must first obtain a RETURN AUTHORIZATION NUMBER (RA#).

Once you have received the RA#, as well as our return address, kindly return the product(s) with a copy of your original receipt and a brief explanation of the nature of the problem(s).

Once our team receives your product(s), we will first determine if the product(s) are experiencing issues because of a true manufacture defect or owner abuse/neglect. If the product(s) shows true manufacture defect, we will either repair or replace the product(s). Please be aware not to attempt repair yourself, as this will void the manufacture warranty.

* Shipments without RA#, original product packaging and receipt will not be accepted, and returned back to sender without review.

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 Product Reviews

  1. Nearly perfect

    Posted by Dana on 15th Mar 2016

    The only problem is that they lowered the price after I bought it.

  2. as good or better than GoPro

    Posted by Nathan on 23rd Nov 2015

    Bought these and a few other things for under $280 total, including shipping. Field tested them (I play Airsoft regularly) and was beyond pleased. The video and sound quality both exceeded my expectations. They're comfortable to wear with gear on, I had no fogging issues (airsofters and paintballers know the pain) and the ANSI lenses installed with no issues.the only downside I found through 6 1/2 hours of play was recording in near pitch black is near impossible, though that was expected. 10/10 WILL keep and use again.

  3. Ottima scelta

    Posted by ENRICO BRACCIONI on 12th Aug 2015

    Il prodotto si è dimostrato superiore alle migliori aspettative.
    La qualità dei filmati e delle foto è risultata eccellente. Facile da usare anche per scaricare i files nel computer

  4. My GoPro Replacement

    Posted by Nino Mangione on 15th Apr 2015

    I will be using this product while on bicycle tours in Europe. What sold me were the status LEDs visible in the corner of your eye. With the helmet mounted GoPro you could barely hear the "beeps" that let you know if it was "on" or "recording". After a day of riding a helmet mounted camera, even a light one, is tiring because of the high Center of Gravity.

    I'm also hoping to sneak the Pivothead into museums which do not normally allow cameras inside.

    The Pivothead provides great video and pictures, and, the lens quality on the eyeware is clear and provides good UV and wind protection.

    The only downside is that it is not waterproof so I will need the GoPro for high humidity, rain and SCUBA.

  5. Exceeds expectations

    Posted by Jeff on 10th Mar 2015

    These glasses perform as advertised. I am amazed. Very easy to use and great video quality - HD!

  6. Love the glasses

    Posted by Greg on 25th Feb 2015

    I love the Kudo Black glasses that I bought, the video quality is better than Ive seen in other glass. The only problem I have is I think for $200.00 a case should come with them not have to be ordered separately.

  7. A great idea, but just needs a little refinement.

    Posted by Unknown on 30th Oct 2014

    I purchased a pair of Pivothead Kudus looking to obtain hands-free video while coaching competitive swimming. I am an early technology adopter/innovator in my field and I think there is a huge potential market for these devices among other coaches. However, the current design will need to evolve a little bit for widespread acceptance.

    I really like the idea of being able to capture exactly what I see from my POV so that I can show my swimmers ways to improve their technique. I also like adding my spoken commentary as I record to jog my own memory later on.

    In the past, I had a choice of either holding a video camera in front of my face—or to use a stop watch alone and rely on my memory for analysis and miss out on the huge benefit of video for later analysis. With Pivothead, I can get both hands-free and eyes-free POV video and still have the option to either use a stopwatch or not.

    I use the hi-def video to get exact time splits by counting video frames. That way I don’t have to use a stopwatch or write times down in a notebook. I just watch my swimmers and concentrate, without distraction, on what they are doing and talk while the video records what I see.

    I really r-e-a-l-l-y wanted my Pivothead glasses to work out, as it can potentially solve a pressing need. Unfortunately, I am sending mine back for the 30-day money back refund for reasons that I will detail below. I will certainly consider the next generation, however, if Pivothead can fix a couple of problems with the current design…

    I think the folks at Pivothead are definitely on the right track here and this is a great idea, but this current design has a couple of issues that I would love to see resolved…

    The first thing for my next generation design wish list would be to move the recording status LED to a place where it can be easily seen while wearing the glasses. As it is currently configured, one has to completely remove the glasses to see if they are recording (which totally defeats the whole hands=free’ idea). Several times I have thought I was recording only to be disappointed when I later find out that the device inexplicably shut off for whatever reason. Putting the LED in front of the eye where it can be seen by the user makes so much more sense than on the inside of the temple (out of view), as it is currently configured. To me, a user must have a constant indication that the deice is recording (or not).

    A small microphone in the temple near the ear that emits an optional ‘beep’ when the recording status changes would also be a nice touch.

    Another annoying issue is that there is no way to adjust the up/down alignment of the camera. The current design shoots way too high when the earpieces are placed normally on the ears. In order to use mine to video a subject approximately 20 feet away, I must slide the temples up about 1.5 inches above my ears, which looks ridiculous aesthetically. A small adjustment capability, perhaps on the temples at the hinges, would do the trick.

    The biggest problem I have with my current Pivotheads is that for whatever reason, mine inexplicably quit recording when there is still plenty of storage and battery remaining—and then they won’t start recording again. That is the main reason that I am sending them back, obviously, but I really hope the folks at Pivothead make a few needed changes to this otherwise great idea so that I can reconsider them in the near future.

    There are tens of thousands of other coaches out there just like me who would love to have something like this that works well and is reliable and durable—so Godspeed on the next revisions and please let me know when the next generation is ready.

  8. Video on the go

    Posted by Cheese on 11th Sep 2014

    Great set of glasses, with nice video quality.

    In low light conditions the video suffers from a little bit of a grainy effect, but not too bad.

    Glasses are obviously a little heavier than a standard set of sunnies but not uncomfortable.

    Great product, would recommend for anyone who needs a hands free camera or anyone wanting to do P O V video.

  9. great product!

    Posted by Tom Hoy on 26th Jul 2014

    My footage from these glasses will not only be used for entertainment and storing great memories, but will be instrumental in evaluating military actions overseas. When I'm home, these videos will be admitted as evidence for my police job. Great clarity of sound and sight AFTER the chaos stops. Invaluable!

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