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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)

Rob, while I would not want to give any commercial company promotion on Techmoan's blog, it is simple enough to find a link to the aforementioned Bullet HD camera on an established UK head camera web shop.

They are selling it for £164.99 but, as usual, you can find it for a bit less on eBay too.

January 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

Oh no Techmoan - dont retire! Dont let them get to you! Techmoan.com is one of the best sites for gadget reviews that I know - and you have a James May voice :) People love Techmoan.com!

Like I wrote before - these people from the silvercreation company have no legal grounds for nothing. The only thing they can do is to bark and try to annoy you :) If they want to stop the knock off they should stop it in their own city. After all they reside in Shen Zhen. I am very sure thats also the place where the alleged "knock off" comes from :) The company owners should meet up and beat each other other the heads with their bullet cams and see wich one is better... tststs :)

You should add a legal disclaimer to your blog stating that you only test gadgets that are in your possesion. Maybe you should add such a disclaimer to the infos section of the youtube videos as well. That way people will understand that your reviews arent advertisements.

As for the complaints and threats - I would put on a standard email with legal notes to answer to these people. That way I wouldnt have to read the complaint and put on a new statement each time. If people dont talk to me in a reasonable and polite way -> spam folder!

January 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterwillydilly

"Only fight battles that you can win, but do not give up on the war."
The world would be a poorer place without your video reports and droll comments to amuse me in quiet moments, so do not give up. As for Shen Zhen companies complaining about copyright :-o incredible. Even if they have a point it can still be made in a reasonable and civil manner !
It has become all too acceptable to be rude in this day and age, sad.
Anyway go forth and enjoy your 2012, and may the force be with you.

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGraham

Many thanks chaps. I've been working hard on the 1080p h264 camera review this weekend and should have it finished off within a week. I am a bit concerned about the rendering of this one as I really want to get the review out in 1080p, but my old laptop may have other ideas about this. Each render will be an overnight job, so dependent on how well it goes I may have to do this two or three times. I will endeavour to post some original unaltered sample clips from the camera here so you can see their true quality.

January 8, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Don't let the B******s grind you down Techmoan, keep doing the reviews, we all appreciate and enjoy them!

Mike

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike

The lowest price I saw for the HD (1080p) Bullet cam was £229 in the UK.
Pricey!

The knockoff is $120 US!

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTrailCamFan

The (allegedly genuine) one is pretty easy to find for £160. Try searching for waterproof sports bullet head camera 720p' or various combinations thereof. I get lots of hits on both Google and eBay leading to things that look like it (although they may be 'fake' too!)

As I said, you can get 'branded' ones for near that price, so I think someone is chancing it and, to me, things like that are dubious value for money.

January 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

Sorry all that work was for nothing. I saw the video and it was great. Keep up the good work. I hope this doesn't put you off from making more videos. All your videos are great and I wish you would make 2 a week!

January 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDoom

I guess you won't be astonished with the "genuine" bullet cam, if you look the demo videos on the "officiall" site you can see that the quality is just horrible for a >50$ camera

eg: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zhf5xgRDK5M&feature=player_embedded

January 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIaceI

@lacel That settles it...if these people get in touch (which is unlikely), I wont be reviewing any of their cameras. I have enough sub-par cameras already.

January 14, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

hello friend great video
i ned a favor , if is posible. i buy a r32 camecorder but a cd drive is empty
coul you tellme en i dowload the drives
tanks

February 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commentervitor simao

Techmoan Thank for your excellent work at keeping us informed. I really hope you understand how much your work is appreciated and eagerly anticipated. I didn't know if the matter with the IR recording on the RD32 was clarified. In the video review you said it only recorded for in the IR mode for about a minute. Because you initially thought the camera stopped recording in the motion detection mode after 3 minutes, I wondered if in the IR mode the camera continued recording but with the lights out to make it less detectable.
I looked for an answer in the posts, but couldn't find it. I still like the camera, and am considering purchasing one if the IR mode works for more than a minute. I can also use it to shoot video the next time I attend a Prince concert. That should really be a great video.

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDanDan

@Vitor Here is the RD32 disc.... http://www.mediafire.com/file/20x4ncuyd1j5d1m
It doesn't have much on it though.

February 13, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@Doom lol I love that the company told him to remove the video but in the video you linked, they are clearly using a remixed version of a copyrighted song which I bet they didn't pay for ; D

March 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbdc

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