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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)

Excellent review and very helpful, thanks and Happy New Year

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAldenone

As usual, excellent job, Techmoan.
For the "crispy hands", I think aloe based gel is the best remedy.
I look forward to see the next review.

A very Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!!!

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteradi

Very good review as usual, even with my New Year's Day hangover.
Can you tell me if the motion detection is PIR (Passive infrared)?
And, does the h264 also have motion detection?

I'm assuming the on old RD32 with infrared detection, the lights come on automatically in darkness?

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTrailCamFan

Just out of curiosity, what do you do with all this hardware they send you after you review it ? :D

Love your videos, really informative reviews. Keep up the excellent work and may 2012 bring you many wonderful moments!

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTomaz Z.

Happy new year to you, Techmoan! Thanks for your great reviews! I will stay tuned to your website for an other year, no doubt!

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdavid

Thanks for another great review, can't wait for the h.264 camera review. Hope you had a good new years!

January 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJames

@Trailcamfan The motion detection is not PIR and the old RD32 doesn't automatically turn its lights on. I'll let you know all about the h264 cam when I've tested it out.
@Tomaz Z Virtually everything that I've tested that didn't have to go back is still stacked up in boxes. They quite often get used again later for comparisons , like the 808 #3 and #11 did recently
@ everyone else. Thanks for the kind words and good wishes, I hope that 2012 is an improvement on 2011 for everyone.

January 1, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Excellent review again. I always look forward to your reviews & especially your dry wit humour. I liked your comment about the Germans flattening the area in Manchester in preparation for the German style market.
Keep up the good work and a happy & pleasant new year.

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTony

Great reviews Technoan, indeed, I am very happy I have found your website...

Happy New Year

Roman

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoman

Hi
Love your prompt, detailed reviews
Aldi stores in Australia recently had these cameras (maybe the last model) for sale at the low price of AU$80
http://www.tevion-kamera.de/popups/AC_5_aus_popup/


Watching your reviews helped me get the most out of the unit
I think you need to look more at the movement record option as its really handy to have
Currently i have a camera on my car windscreen wipers (outside) and using motion it records as i drive
i have it set to record in 5min setting and this breaks the files to about 400mb each (in medium quality), will try higher today
i also have it set to audo delete when full, so really i dont have to touch it unless i want to stop/remove from car (mounted on 'handlebar' mount)/or charge it (might look at car supplied power out on the bonnet.
The motion sensor is pretty good and would be perfect on a commute etc, 'just in case'.

Our unit was Tevion ActionCam #375211 V34 HW1, build 2011_07_04 so not as current as these models.
it also had the accessories you listed as well as a keyring on the removable cap (which rattled too much and was removed)
also it had a spare clear rubber seal ring and really good local instuctions.

Aldi have great 60day return policy so if nothing too much can be done about the jerky video and purple cast i reckon a few might return their's. i'm also talking to local support and they are looking at issues too.
it came witha 2gb microsd card with better than class4 specs, i'm now using a c10 32gb samsung and still getting minor dropped frames

again, thanks for you detailed reviews

D

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMitH

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