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Thursday
Aug122010

Mini DV D005 Review

I've put together another video review of a mini "spy" camera. There seems to be a real interest in these videos - so I've started to buy new cameras on a regular basis just for review purposes. I try to break even by spending any money I make from adsense clicks (the adverts that pop up over my youtube videos) on new items to review.

I don't think I'll ever get rich from this scheme - but it enables me to buy a few more gadgets than I normally would (even if I don't really need them). I've already got another mini video camera on its way from HK - so in a few weeks I should be able to post another review.

Anyway, here it is.....

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Reader Comments (13)

Very nice review as usual! One question. How big are the videos it produces? The same as the keychain cam?

Thanks
Ambrose

August 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmbrose

Hi Ambrose,

It seems identical approx 12 mins per GB.

August 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTechmoan

i'm having trouble downloading it and doesnt seem to turn on eek

August 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermaxmw

Thanks for your review. I like this little camera better than the MD80 clone I got at the beginning of the year.

When i took mine apart, the lens was attached to a ribbon, not on a foam pedestal like yours. All I get is white video/pics now! So be careful if you plan on getting a good look inside. All I wanted to do was tape the mic hole from the inside so I'd lose the "whoosh" sound effect when making vids on the bike. I had to order another camera.

August 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommentertheWolfTamer

Lots of help,I could not find out why I was only getting only short takes now I know I was in the wrong mode .
Thanks Mike

September 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Yes, it confused me for a while too.

September 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTechmoan

Hi, We are Supplier of Electronics products, Telecom, Mobile Accessorry, in Hong kong, We have new MINI DV CAM T7600.

1.3 mega pixel. high speed moving, support 32gb mini sd card maximum.

can take photo and record.

It can record video while charging with power adapter.


Add me for pricing and stock availablity. MSN: shobihk@hotmail.com


Thanks

Shobi

November 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShobi

Trying to start my camera but nee:(
The issue is:on standby mode, I press M and it continuously blinks red for a while then it stops blinking. Cant connect it to the laptop via USB which once I was able to.
Do you think it is dead? Or the battery is dead? Ever experienced such a case?
I am due to start my 5000km annual ride:(
Thanks in advance.

June 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterthe venturer

Hi, I have one d005 but the movies r a little bit strange because its horizontally wrong images, i mean.... the lens seems to be crooked or lopsided maybe...... like in this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwGzm28aZIQ) can i fix it? how? sorry my EL.........

June 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRodrigo

@Rodrigo. You can see in the video how the lens unit is just stuck to a piece of sponge rubber. Open the case like I did in the video and see if your lens is stuck on at an angle...it should be an easy problem to fix.

June 26, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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