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SJ4000

TCL SVC200
SJ1000
 
Sony AS15/AS10
Liquid Image EGO

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G1W Budget 1080p Cam
Mini 0803
Vico WF-1
Vico Marcus 3
DOD LS430W
Mobius
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Innovv C1
Mobius

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What SD CARD should I buy?

If you want an SD Card for your camera - these are the ones I use and recommend. 

I'd strongly recommend not to buy any SD cards off ebay - I've heard about and experienced too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. 

NOTE - Some cameras work more reliably with Class 6 Cards as a Maximum (The Mini 0801 is an example).

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Saturday
Apr162011

"The Smallest 720p Camcorder in the world"

After being impressed with the 720p HD 808 #11 camera I decided to see if I could find another mini 720p camera, but one that wasn't designed as a covert spy camera. It's still early days for mini HD cameras and the choices are limited but I found a few Chinese eBayers selling a camera called the Y3000. I thought this camera would be an interesting one to compare with the HD808 because the 808 records its video in the .mov format whereas the Y3000 records as .avi. This meant that the cameras were definitely different internally from one another.

The design of the Y3000 is clearly a copy of the Chobi Cam One Camera, albeit with a number of improvements, the most notable of which is HD rather than VGA recording. I was interested to find out if the lens on the Y3000 could be swapped with one of the optional Wide Angle or Fisheye lenses designed for the original Chobi One.

When the specs are compared against the HD808, the most notable difference is that the Y3000 features cycled recording. This means that the camera splits its recordings into short file segments, in this case 3 minutes, and then re-records over the oldest file whenever the memory card is full. Depending on your requirements this could be either an essential or an undesirable feature.

[EDIT] - Now available from Dealextreme - Product Link Here for approx £27

or eBay here -

I suppose most people just want to know if this is a better camera than the HD808. Well it's a little bit less clear cut than that, so I'll try and present the case for both cameras and let you make your own mind up.

My video review is below.

I've got a gallery of re-sized pictures taken with the camera HERE

Below are a few thumbnails of these pictures which link to FULL SIZE unmodified originals.

 

HOW TO CHANGE OR DELETE THE TIME STAMP (info provided by Bob in the comments - thanks Bob)

To set the time and date of the Y3000 you have to put a text file in the root of the SD card. The name of the file must be TIME.txt.

The content of the file is a string of text like this:

2011.11.25 08.12.00 Y

This means "set the current time and date to 25th November, 2011, 8:12am, and ("Yes" ) show the date".

If you were to put instead

2011.11.25 08.12.00 N

This means "set the current time and date to 25th November, 2011, 8:12am, and ("No" ) don't show the date".

So, open notepad, write the string, save to the root of the SD card as "TIME.txt". Put the SD card in the Y3000 and power on the Y3000. That's it.

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Reader Comments (58)

hi, great site and great review. i was wondering what the field of view was like compared to the other cycle record camera you reviewed, the DVR D011? thanks

April 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjames

@James. The FOV is much better on the Y3000 compared to the D011.
The Y3000 and the HD808 have pretty much the same FOV. The D011 also had the same FOV as the DVK808 #3 I tested. So in a long winded way I'm saying if you watch the HD808 #11 review where I compare the #11's FOV to the #3's you can see how the FOV of the D011 would compare to the Y3000.

Hope that makes sense.

April 18, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thank you for taking time to make this comprehensive and informative review!
It really helps to make the right decision about purchasing one of the cameras.
Keep it up! :-)

April 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChieftainY2k

Great review, as always. Thanks for sharing!

April 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJose

I really mistake your voice for James Mays of Topgear...aswell as your style! (take it as a compliment!!)

Great reviews, I had to watch a bunch of them, even though I didnt really care about some products :)

Recently I stumbled across this little camera http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260696163189&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT so I ordered it yesterday, lets see what it will do. The format is Motion-JPEG, so I took the plunge and wait to be surprised. Do you have any experience? Does it look OK in your opinion?
Thanks, keep up posting great quality reviews, bye

April 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLukas

@ Lukas - you'll have to let me know how you get on. I have a stills camera that records video in m-jpeg (a Panasonic LX3) and the files take up a lot of room, so you can't fit much on a card. The looping video and motion detection functions are both useful - I wonder if you could just leave it permanently attached to a USB power supply and it would auto start and stop whenever the car moves - that's a feature a few people would like to have. Please report back when it turns up.

April 28, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Have you tried this camera with the class 10 card yet, if so, how did it perform?

May 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercloggsy

Can you add the content of the CD as a download? My disk was completely cracked when I got it. Thanks.

May 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterForeshadow

great review it helps aaaalot/THNX

Wide Angle Camera Mounted on Firework POV below/great recordin' shows the potential this camera has!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUCbETKaIfs&feature=player_embedded

July 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfuelyournews

Hi
How do you get rid of the date in the y3000?
(In my camera it was on when I got it)
Thanks!!

July 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpasha

Just curious if you've ever had this cam not go into video mode? I've had mine for a week and recorded one 33 second vid just to test. But after that I've never been able to get into video mode, only picture mode. I've even hit the reset button while the cam was on and off with no luck.

October 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

miniinthebox.com offer them for under 25 pounds (28€ / 39$) free shipping

October 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermixster

Great review, thank you. I have bought the y3000 camera too. When it's connected to the power supply it could not record video. In your review you show that with a different usb lead it works fine. What kind of USB connector has the y3000 camera? It is smaller than micro and mini USB, and I cannot find the right USB lead. What is the name of the connector? Where can I buy a new lead? Thank you.

December 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbob69

@bob69 Unfortunately there's more than style of Micro USB lead. Have a look at this article on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB#Mini_and_Micro_connectors

I haven't got the camera around at the moment to look at, but hopefully this will point you in the right direction.

December 6, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Please could anyone explain how can I get rid of the date in the y3000?
Thanks.

December 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOvoOno

@Ovo Ono. To set the time and date of the Y3000 you have to put a text file in the root of the SD card. The name of the file must be TIME.txt. The content of the file a string like this:

2011.11.25 08.12.00 Y

which means "set the current time and date to 25th November, 2011, 8:12am, and ("Yes" ) show the date". If you put instead

2011.11.25 08.12.00 N

it means "set the current time and date to 25th November, 2011, 8:12am, and ("No" ) don't show the date".

So, open notepad, write the string, save to the root of the SD card as "TIME.txt". Put the SD card in the Y3000 and power on the Y3000. That's it.

December 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbob69

@bob69

thank you so much, I did everything according to the instructions and the date is no longer on photos and video clips...

December 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOvoOno

Is it possible to turn off the flashing led when recording a video ??
thx !

February 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I have the Y3000, but have missplaced the cable. But that cable isent a micro-usb is it? Or at least cant get my mini or micro USB leads to fit. It is smaller and also apperes to have more than 5 pins(7? to small for my eyes to see).
What cable is it? anybody got a hint, I need to get a new one.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjano

I haven't got the camera around at the moment to look at

March 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbnaat

Does y3000 have motion detection?tnx

March 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterj1mbo

how would you compare this overall with the chobi cam one ? audio and video quality

thank you very much:)

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersiri

I want to ask how to remove date and time when recording video

March 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdaniel

not happening and not going to get out of date videos, display images in the sequence of operation does not remove the date.

March 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdaniel

@Daniel Look back at the comment that is seven above yours (the one with the pink text) for the answer to your question.

March 23, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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