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Saturday
Dec312011

The RD32 is back....along with a new Metal Bullet Camera (UPDATE - Oh, no it isn't)

It's New Years Eve and rather than being at a party, I'm posting my last video of the year (and there's nothing that I'd rather be doing). 

The subjects of this review are two of the three cameras Redleaf sent to me earlier in December. I suspect that they were beginning to think that I'd run off with them because these reviews did take a bit longer than I anticipated. My excuse is that I was waiting for some decent weather - and it's hardly stopped raining since they turned up. That and the fact that the 808#16 also turned up in the post one day before these, resulted in December 2011 being a very busy month for me.

The RD32 may be familiar to you from my earlier review, although this is an updated version, however the bullet camera is totally new to me. Both cameras unfortunately use the mjpeg video format, which in the past for me has resulted in dropped frames/jerky video and massive files sizes. You may recall from one of my earlier videos that I vowed never to buy another mjpeg camera....and I've stuck to that promise, but when someone sends two of them to you in a box from China, it would be rude not to give them a thorough test. Maybe these cameras will prove that mjpeg can produce good results after all.

The length of this video is rather ridiculous - you could watch an episode of the Simpsons in the time it takes to watch this, so perhaps I bit off a bit too much trying to review two cameras in the one video. 

I hope Redleaf don't mind, but It's going to take me another couple of weeks before I get the third of their camera reviews out. I really want to take the time with their 1080p .h264 camera to get some sample clips under optimum (sunny?) conditions so I can really do it justice.

So let me wish you a Happy New Year with a happy new video.

UPDATE 01/01/2012

In the video I mentioned that I would test out the battery life of the RD32 camera with the LED torch turned on. Well I've done that today and the results are quite impressive, the battery lasted 2.5 hours with all the LEDs turned and the camera recording. I still think that this camera would be an ideal road-rage evidence camera for cycle commuters....if only it could loop the video.

UPDATE 06/01/2012

 

BANNED!

 

I've been contacted by another HK company who advises that the RD36 Bullet Camera I reviewed is a patent infringement for one of their products and they've asked me (rather forcefully) to remove my video review. I have no personal stake in this dispute, although I am royally hacked off that I spent all those hours making a video, only to have to delete it a week later. I really don't have the time or inclination to get into the middle of a legal battle between two Chinese companies - and even though I don't think that legally I have to delete the video I have done so as a sign of goodwill. There are some things worth taking a stand on, then there are others that it's best just to let go. I really don't appreaciate the heavy handed manner in which the request was made, but I do understand that if I made a product that I believed someone else had copied, I wouldn't appreciate seeing publicity for that other product. That being said, my review of the camera wasn't exactly glowing, but I suppose even that could reflect on the original product. For example, if everyone wearing fake UGG boots was complaining that they fell apart and leaked then that would probably have a knock on effect the sales of the original UGGs. 

I can summarise the contents of my review here though - both the cameras I tested suffered from jerky video caused by the mjpeg video format used and I couldn't really recommend either one. The RD32 doesn't have purple video any more, if you get the right one (the one without the IR night vision and 20m rather than 30m water resistance). I may try to re-edit the video with just the RD32 part in it, but at the moment I'm concentrating on the next camera review (lets hope there aren't any problems with that one).

UPDATE - The video is back (minus the comparison with the Bullet camera). This makes the video pretty pointless now.

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Reader Comments (44)

Thanks for the review Techmoan, top form as usual !

Happy New Year as well.

December 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Nice review! But where is the bycicle that used to hang on your garage wall? :)

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterwillydilly

OMG! Thanks for the review!

And happy new year!

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCalvinH

"It's New Years Eve and rather than being at a party, I'm posting my last video of the year (and there's nothing that I'd rather be doing). "

Likewise, I would rather stay home but, alas, I will be dragged out tonight, here in California where it is still just half past 5 p.m.

Happy New Year, Techmoan.

Thank you for all of your high quality reviews. We all appreciate your fine work here.

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterteflonbubba

Thanks for that. Not ready to spend my money yet. On the third, please do check for the time-lapse function. For the hands- coat the affected areas with Neosporin and gauze before going to bed for three to five nights. Don't over wash your hands and make sure to towel dry them softly, but completely. Keep aftershave off of them. And keep them out of your mouth and other regions! ; )

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Great vid, lots of info, almost as funny as The Simpsons, and a great present inside!

Thanks again.

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCalvinH

@willydilly The bike on the garage wall is a ladies bike and much too small for me to ride (thank goodness).
@rob I don't think it does time-lapse, thats a pretty unusual function to have, but I'll be sure to check. The extremecam does time lapse well though. As far as my chapped hands go, thanks for the tips.

January 1, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for that very informative film, Techmoan. Those are much as I expected. Not that great at video recording.

Having said on here the other day I didn't need to pay for motion sensing thanks to your film I can see the point of it as a security cam feature. Could you show the motion sensing 'in action' sometime? If it has enough range that it could be left running tucked away in the corner of a largish room room I can imagine uses for that! So, if anyone wants to buy one I think I have found the RD32 Mk2 listed on eBay. (Currently for £51.95 delivered.)

But hold on!

If the H.264 is that much better I think I've also found the snappily titled 'H.264 1080P HDMI Full HD Sports Camera 20M Underwater 120Deg Mini DV' for £121.61 with delivery 'free'. Will that do motion sensing too? The wife (who still works in the film and TV industry - see 808 #16 comments) will be pleased if that has the DV out (and looking at the eBay ad, it looks to have HDMI out!)

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

"... crispy fingers..."

haha.... why so crispy?

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterteflonbubba

@Voyager03 I think the motion activation works pretty well, I did a little bit more about its range in my previous review of the RD32, but if I get the chance, I'll test it again. Well done on finding those cameras on eBay, they aren't the easiest things to search for, given their rather generic names. Yes the h264 camera does have HDMI out....but for the full breakdown, you'll have to wait a couple more weeks until I can complete the review of it.

January 1, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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