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Sunday
Jul052009

Video Review of the AEE MD80 Mini DV Spy/Action Cam

I've put another video review together, this time of the AEE MD80 Mini DV Spy Cam.

MD80

The video explains all the details - so if you think you want a tiny video camera make sure you have a look at this  first.

I've got to try and  make these clips smaller in future - I know that people have an attention span of a few secs - yet I still go on about nothing for minutes. The ebay seller I used for mine was inesun - a reliable Chinese exporter. You can also pick this up in Maplin in the UK.




UPDATE -  After a few suggestions on the Youtube comments I tried the camera again with a different memory card and I'm happy to report that it doesn't jerk any more. The card I originally used was a Lexar card supplied with the camera - perhaps the memory was a fake, there is a lot about. I feel that I didn't give the camera a fair review, so I have added a new clip taken with the new memory card in it. The card I used in the end was a 2gb Sandisk, it's not SDHC just SD (micro) and I imagine it will be a class 1 or 2.

NON JERKY CLIP....



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Reader Comments (20)

Got mine recently am pretty happy with it. Though for some reason none of my computers recognize it when plugged in. It was recognized at one time now I get a windows pop up saying usb device not recognized. Ive tried everything to get it to work but no luck. Thanks for the review on this camera, nice work.

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

How do you change the Date that shows on the Video???
Mine reads 5-16-2008 & I would like to put the Right date on the Videos.

Thanks in Advance,

Greg

April 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGreg Friason

My version of the camera doesn't display the date or time but click through to the video on YouTube and then watch one of the video replies that someone has posted that explains how to do this.

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTechmoan

Yeeh, I have got a AEE MD80 Mini form http://www.digimartz.com/Wholesale-mini-dv_c88 , Very gread , Buy one ,you will love it!

June 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteruiplayer

Great camera for the money!
Learn all about it at

minidvforum.net

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterminidvforum.net

Excellent info. I am starting a company using spy cams and your reviews were the best I have seen. Please do more. Good luck!

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris Mercer

hey tech, i have a MD80, does not say (AEE) on the package, but have had no luck with this DAMM THING, usb does not reconise, software disk does crap for INSTALL, pls help......james

September 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjim saunders

Mine seems to have crashed after a week of use and I've got no way of resetting the device. :-/

I wouldn't mind, but I've also got a cheap Chinese copy too, which has lasted longer than the original.

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCab

Hello,

First of all, I say that I find your review of Mini DV MD80 very interesting.

I have a fake MD80, yet for my fault she crashed. I thought I had inserted the micro sd card in MD80 and execute a formatting, the problem is that the card wasnt inserted and so i formatted the MD80 (delete the firmware of the MD80 and not the contents of the card).
Thereafter, the computer no longer recognizes the MD80 and when the turn on, she is blocked with the lights on and not working.

Did you know any way to installing the firmware? Already now, i take this opportunity to ask if you know where can i buy replacement batteries, I have some colleagues in the batteries of the MD80 them are dead and need to be replaced.

Thank you for your attention, Best Regards

October 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRuimsr

tnx for answering to Mr. "Best Regards"!
:P

May 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterOwner of this shit

im a doorman in a particulalry rough area of newcastle, would you say this would be ok to use on the door, attached to me?, i dont want to spend too much for obvious resons. could you reply to me via email

cheers scott reed :-)

March 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterscott reed

It won't be good enough for night recording, but for the price you could give it a try.

March 27, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

good reviews! but check this. for the fake md80 (md001) this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-qH7WXprSI
"MD80 vs D001 output test" the fakes are easier to obtain, and most sellers get confused

August 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjms green

I am in the process of making a hidden surveillance camera for work. I took one of the AEE MD80 type cameras and took it out of its shell. I then took the batter off and soldered a 3.7v gopro style batter to it (for longer record life). I also added a 32gb SD card which seems to be working well. I put the unit inside of a power bow to hide it. Here is the issue. I hit record, and it records for around 5 or 6 hours. Then it stops recording. I can hit the record button and it will start recording again. It still has power and plenty of space on the SD card. Could it be an SD card issue or a software issue? The camera and battery do not feel hot to the touch so I am failry certain it isnt an overheating issue.

May 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterASUTodd

When you pull the files off the camera is it just one 4GB file - or is it a series of files.

May 22, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

A series of about 1gig files.

May 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterASUTodd

It does about 1gb per 30 min. I'll get around 5 to 6hrs with about 10gb used.

May 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterASUTodd

It does seem like it's overheating - or perhaps with it being an older camera it has difficulty with 32GB cards - it's hard to say, but I can't think of anything you could do to sort this out.

May 23, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Lots of people don't seem to get the instructions with the clones. I set up MD80 Instructions where you can download a scan of them, and my translation from Chinglish. Hope you find it helpful!

October 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDave BW

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