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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)

.. ok sorry my bad .. the camera is fine .. it was my media player at fault (Media Player Classic). Windows Media Player works fine. I also discovered that changing the camera resolution to 848x480 fixed the (ie my) player problem.

September 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFoiler

Received shortly my 808#16.
A took your review for the first testing. GREAT !
A lot of settings more are possible in my version:
Date time=[2013/06/14-13:32:00];date time setting,format yyyy/mm/dd hh:mm:ss,
Movie resolution=[0];Movie resolution setting,0:720p 30fps,1:wvga 30fps,2:vga 30fps,
Movie cycle time=[1];movie cycle time,0:5 minutes,1:20 minutes,2:40 minutes,3: 70 minutes,
movie Loop Recording=[0];set loop recording on or off,0:off,1:on,
Movie stamp=[1];set date / time stamp on or off,0:off,1:on,
Movie sound=[2];set movie sound,0:mute,1:level 1,2:level 2,3:level 3,
LED=[1];set LED flicker when recording,0:off,1:on,
Movie quality=[1];set movie quality,set movie data rate,0:10 Mbps,1:7 Mbps,
Power off=[1];set system auto power off time when system pending,0:off,1:30 seconds,2:1 minutes,3:2 minutes,
Movie Flip=[0];set movie rotate,0:off,1:on,
TV out=[0];set Tv out,0:off,1:on,
Capture Size=[0];set photo size,0:1280x960,1:1280x720,
Auto Record=[0];set movie auto record,0:off,1:on,
Exposure Value=[2];Exposure compensation,0:-2EV,1:-1EV,2:0EV,3:+1EV,4:+2EV
White Balance=[0];Set White Balance,0:Auto,1:Daylight,2:Cloudy,3:Tungsten,4:Fluorescent,
Contrast=[2];Set Contrast,0:-2,1:-1,2:Normal,3:+1,4:+2,
Color Effect=[0];Set Color Effect,0:Standard,1:Mono,2:Sepia,3:Cooler,4:Cool,5:Warm,6:Warmer,
Saturation=[2];Set Image Staturation,0:-2,1:-1,2:Normal,3:+1,4:+2,
Set Time Lapse Shooting[0],0:off,1:1s,2:2s,3:5s,4:10s,5:30s,6:60s,
Motion Detect=[0];set motion detect,0:off,1:on
{MicroDVR mov 2012/10/09 v0.49}
{LDMICDVR,v1.1S,09/28/2012}

Updating my settings:
The camera deleted my config file.
Did you have the same experience?
My editor still had the file open, so that I could save the file on my PC.

For the moment - Thanks for reading!

toni

June 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterToni

Hi techmoan,

I really enjoyed you reviews and I finally bought and received my 808. You got an interessing idea to attach the 808 by an microphonringbalancer and an bracket? to your motorcycle. I tried it with a plasticholding but the vibrations totally crashed the record. The worst are the buttons on the cam that are doing a clacking sound. Have you experienced similar things or is it just MY model? Do you know a way to change that weird noise? I am grateful for any sugestions you have.

Sincerely Michael

July 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMicha

Firstly amazing information, and coverage of other questions i had in mind are now answered. Please excuse the appearance of a typical question, that you may already received. Regarding the time span of the 45/70 minutes of recording, i have took on board your point of your opinion regarding # 11& 16 of the 808, accompanied with saying the proposed seller on ebay only supplies this true identified camera. If i may approach you with a query regarding the 808 # 18 has in the you tube video by adam scott wandt / which is found amongst your other you tube videos my query is the recording span is suggesting hrs rather than minutes, .i do not know whether this #18 is a newer or different version which i am trying to conclude which 808 i should get clearly a longer recording time is an advantage but at what loss im not sure. Please forgive me for applying this question to you instead of putting it straight to adam but i am hoping that your good self & possible other contacts will supply me with the right guidance. please please desepratly seeking this advice since i have a serious behaviour problem with a local neighbour. I need to get the evidence as nothing can be done without it kind regards andrew hickman

July 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterandrew hickman

This flickr set shows a simple way to modify the suction cup to work. I found these hard pieces of rubber at a local thrift store. They were from a splint or boot that folk use for foot problems. They cost me $3 dollars apiece, but the rubber pieces have been well worth it. The rubber pad has a Velcro backing sewn to it. I simply put the opposite Velcro backing onto the surface I want the camera mount attached to. I removed the latch mechanism to the suction cup and will bolt it to the hard rubber pad. The pad will then be stuck onto the side of my sidecar for filming. The case or housing for the 808 #16 key chain camera is screwed down to the suction cup. This mount works equally well with my GoPro cameras, my 808 cameras and my SJ1000 camera. I believe it will work for my Mobius camera, but that one is still on order.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/a1930ford/sets/72157635023215356/

August 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCoupe1942

Hi ,
Thanks for your perfect reviews all these years.
From one of these I decide to buy this camera a few years ago and I still use it as an action and UNDERWATER camera
I can see from your videos that you like to do patents some times so you might find interesting this link because now I believe that 808 cameras are the smallest action cameras out there only with 1 euro cost
You can see all my 6 videos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLDlNEnlADU&list=UU1BE5MmohCVnhwtIEPxQ0Sw&feature=c4-overview

February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJlogres

Hi Mat, great video as always.

I'm looking for a pet cam, the ones on ebay look a bit rubbish so I was wondering if one of these might be better. Since the lense is on a ribbon could I just drill a hole in the 'top' and flip it around so the dog could wear it like a medallion on his collar?

March 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAM

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