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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)

Personally I think that if you start getting into 'motion sensors' (or even 100% waterproofing) you are going beyond the cheap video device into the realm of specialist kit.

I don't see these things as that. They are cheap video cameras. I'd guess the market is predominantly people who mostly want to stick them on their model planes/bicycles/motorcycles/cars and film images they could not otherwise get. If they can be re-purposed for specific tasks that's fine, but not a reason to set up a mass production line.

December 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

Seems like #16 version has a smaller FOV?

December 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDilemma

If you think the market for these cheap cameras is predominately for model planes/bicycles/motorcycles/cars,etc. why not broaden the market with an additional component? Actually I disagree with you as to its purpose. Obviously it is meant for surreptitious video recording otherwise why a key fob camouflage?
I am looking at it from a purely selfish perspective. .People in the trail cam community spent hours trying to adapt cameras like this for our use.
The quality of this device is amazingly good compared to commercial trail cams in the $200-$300 range.
While a feature like this might be tailored for a specific market (believe me, everyone I know would run out to buy a cheap mini trail cam like this with a PIR function) I don't know of anyone who wouldn't enjoy a morion detection option.

December 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrailCamFan

I, for one, have absolutely no reason to want a motion detection function and I do not want to have to pay for it.

The device may originally be marketed as a 'spy cam' and many may well be used for that! But the vast majority seem to be being strapped to model planes, bicycles, motorcycles and cars and the footage being uploaded to Youtube and the like. The eBay ads for it show it being used as an in-car dash camera not a spy camera!

I think the device would be better developed as a cheap 'adventure' cam, but then I'm not the manufacturer sinking money into it.

Perhaps fabricating the circuit board so that it can more easily be modified would be something worth asking for. My wife (who works in film and television) wondered if it could have a video out so that you see what you are getting when you set it up, but I think that is beyond the remit of a cheap camera like that. But leave it to the hobbyists? Could be a way to go.

December 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

Another outstanding review from you......
They are great value for money... Adding extra features would only make the price go up....
Two very cheap improvements i feel would be.... Some kind of a clip to make it easier mounting to things.... Plus i feel it is time they came out in different colours or even a transparent one.... or have different covers available....

December 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarl

recently i bought the jumbo 808 camera. I wondered if you know: is the firmware of this new #16 camera, usable for the jumbo 808. Because of the configuration, wich is very useful i think. also the flashing light during recording is very useful, But i like the jumbo 808 more because of the size. Its more rectagular.

I hope you will have the answer.

I hope you enjoyed your christmasdays. I enjoyed your review as always!

December 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrutger

Motion activated would be awesome IMO. This could be added very cheaply and open the market spectrum to all kinds of Spy type camera setups, as well as those interest listed previously. Quality like this is hard if not impossible to come by for the average users at this price. Keep up the wonderful objective informative reviews. Happy Holidays.

December 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOrk

I tried to email you via your page Contact but it wouldn't submit - you are very entertaining. I guess I'll have to read your blogs to find out where one would buy keychain cams, etc., since I can't find in local stores in Canada. Until I stumbled on a pencam in a local flyer, which was sold out, then Googled it, then stumbled on your YouTube review, then your page....I didn't even know such things existed except in spy movies. I lead a sheltered life, lol....Looks like you do reviews on other tech stuff - will you please adopt my elderly father who keeps buying the latest gadgets and then Skyping me to find out what to do with them? I barely know how to use my basic laptop! ha ha

P.S. Hope you had a lovely Christmas between doing reviews pre and post...

December 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlynda

As mentionned by dilemma, it seems that #16 has a narrower angle of view, which is a pity as almost everyone seems interested in getting a wider angle... Maybe the #11 lens would fit on this new camera to improve things a little?

Improvement wise, I think that a single switch operation would ease things for all remote applications (like RC models). Camera beeing off, a single push on the switch would turn on + start the recording. Another push would switch completely off. Then, for those interested in taking snapshots, a 2 switch process would be fine. But how many of us are interested in snapshots?

Then, maybe a 1/4" thread somewhere would be appreciated for mounting the camera?

Thanks for your reviews, looking forward to seeing the next one!

December 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdavid

Hello again. I've emailed Eletoponline with some suggestions about cases and future improvements .and I've also directed them to these comments so they can read them themselves. I agree about the FOV being narrower....it's something I forgot to cover in the video and I can already tell its going to be the one thing I'm goint to get countless comments about over the next year or so. As soon as I get a nice sunny day I'll take my Jumbo 808 and the #16 outside with the latest firmware and I'll try my best to line up some shots identically so that I can compare them properly and I'll append my findings to the end of the blog post. However if you want continued and more technical support for this camera, you'll probably get a quicker and more accurate response from the RC Groups people ....I've moved on to testing some other cameras, but I'll probably return to the #16 when those reviews are complete

December 28, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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