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Sunday
Dec252011

Christmas presents... The 808#16 Camera.

I finished editing this video together at 1:30 this morning (Christmas day) - I was more than a bit punchy when I finished, so I can't tell whether it's informative and interesting or self indulgent and annoying, but it's too late to change anything now anyway - so here it is.

If you want to know everything about this mini camera - as mentioned in the video, you really need to get yourself over to the RC Groups Forum and Chuck Lohr's excellent site . On the RC Groups forum You'll even find links to some excellent PDF instructions

Right, I'm off to have some turkey, hope you are all having a good Christmas and you got something you wanted (I'll be playing about with my 3DS after lunch).

29/12/11 UPDATE - Contrary to what I said in the review, it has since been discovered that the Webcam Function does not have sound. This is not the end of the world and I'm confident that no one buys this camera just to use it as a webcam - but I thought you should know.

As far as the FOV goes, yes the older #11 and Jumbo cameras do have a wider Field Of View than the #16- not massively so, but it it there. I tried to do some side by side comparison shots to show you how much there was in it - but unfortunately I've irreversibly managed to mess up the focus on my #16 camera and no amount of fiddling will sharpen it up. I'm going to order another one from eletoponline365, but in the meantime, further testing is postponed.

I bought mine from his seller

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Reader Comments (67)

Merry Christmas, Thanks for posting a review as a Christmas gift to your loyal viewers. Now I feel bad, I didn't get you anything.

Kirk

December 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKirk

Compliments of the season Techmoan, enjoy the turkey !

December 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike

I have read/seen almost of your cameras reviews/videos. Funny and informative. Merry Christmas, eat your well deserved turkey, and thanks!

December 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCalvinH

Thanks for that, I'd only just discovered that they were doing the #16 and wondered when you were going to get to look at it.

But, to sum up what I remember from just watching your video, it has more options than the #11, the lens is not as good and the footage taken inside the shopping centre was not as good but it is now your favourite version?

I've got the Jumbo 808 and while think that it is pretty amazing value for money ( I paid £27.49) what holds me back on updating it is that I completely agree with the comments you made towards the end about the peculiar packaging choices they are making continuing with the 'key fob' idea. The sooner the circuitry is repackaged into a case with a mount that can be fixed (level) on various tubes or flat panels the better.

I don't think it has to be a 'bullet' camera either as I think they can be hard to set so the horizon is not cock-eyed. And if the new shape can design in some shielding from wind nose all the better too.

Thanks for your efforts, I really enjoy watching your little films.

December 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

Thanks for all the positive comments and good wishes.
Just a quick update and request for your input. The manufacturers have sent me a new firmware (I've yet to test this), but it could improve the low light performance. They have also asked me what kind of case I'd suggest they put this camera in. They are only a small operation, so don't have unlimited funds....so can you think of any suitable designs? I'd suggest a metal waterproof torch style case, like the ACT20 camera with different interchangeable screw in lenses (available separately). But i know the people that put this camera in remote controlled planes would prefer the case to be as light and small as possible (probably the shape of a tictac case). So to me that suggests two designs. Do you have any ideas before I write back to them?

December 26, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I'd have thought it is possible to have a light and waterproof 'torch' style case that is also tough enough. Personally, as I indicated above, a totally round 'torch' shape could be difficult to mount level - unless there is a flat base perhaps? And if it has that could they include a tripod mount?

The idea of interchangeable lenses is excellent but probably an expense they could do without if they just made it with a wider field of view. I'd wager that most people would only use it as an ultra-wideangle. Shielding wind noise would be hugely beneficial for those that use it on vehicles too.

But I'd like to to remain 'budget', they don't need to go after the Gopro market!

December 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

So a small flat waterproof plastic case with a 120 degree wide angle lens sound like a good compromise.

December 27, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

trouble with waterproof is that the mic will only pick up muffled sound

id forget waterproof - it would add too much cost

just a wide anngle lens with better mounting optioins is all u need to tell them

December 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermatt

A small case with a 120° wide angle lens, a degree of water resistance, a wind shielded mic and a flexible mounting system would be fantastic for (say) £40.

December 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

A rectangular case with a small tripod mount. Waterproofing is an excellent idea. Built in PIR (for motion detection) switch you could turn on and off would be fantastic for us trail cam fanatics.

Keep those excellent reviews coming!

December 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrailCamFan

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