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.