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Saturday
May072011

HD808 #11 The Story So Far

The chaps on the RC Groups forum have got hold of another firmware for the HD808 camera and I thought I should post it up here. It's been a while since I did my video review of the HD808 camera so it also seems like a good opportunity to tidy things up a bit.

Firstly, No I didn't brick my camera. When I made the video I thought I had, but it turned out that it only looked that way, I brought it back to life and it's still working today. 

My original review and accompanying text are here  (details of some retailers are included here as well)

Secondly, If you want to know all about the 808 Cameras in general, there really is only one place you should go, and that's Chuck Lohr's excellent 808 website. If you can't see an answer to your question there - then you are asking the wrong question. 

Thirdly, I mentioned this in the review and must give credit where it is due….There is a massive thread on the RCgroups forum all about the HD808 camera. This is where I've downloaded all the firmwares from and the diligent and detailed work these enthusiasts have collated on the HD808 is amazing. If there are any more developments with firmwares for these cameras, this is where you will find out about it first.

Finally, I've re-organised my firmwares and they are linked below….if any more turn up, I'll add them to the bottom of this post. Note that firmwares 2-4 are iterative…i.e. FW2 removes the time-stamp, FW3 removes the time stamp and adds continuous recording, FW4 removes the time stamp, has continuous recording, and reduces the flashing brightness that was very evident under certain lighting conditions. 

The instructions for upgrading the firmware are as follows…

I suggest you use a card reader and a fully charged camera.

Download and extract the zip file. Get the file called "FW96630A.BIN" and copy it to the root of your memory card. Put the card in the camera. Tap the On button and then wait for the yellow light to come on, this should take about 5 seconds. Turn it off again and remove the card from the camera and then delete the "FW96630A.BIN" file from the memory card and put your card back in the camera - that's it.

I have tested all these firmwares on both my HD808 cameras without any issues - but remember that Flashing your firmware has a risk attached to it - it could go wrong and you could break your camera. Many have succeeded but some have failed..

 

FIRMWARES

ALL FIRMWARES NOW DELETED FROM MY SITE

(Too many people were reporting errors with these firmwares - so I've removed them)- Please get any Firmwares directly from the RC Groups Forums instead - Links Below 

 

UPDATE - 20 MAY 2011 

There have been some new firmware developments on the RCGroups Forum. Rather than repost these again - I'd prefer to link everyone to the source. The people over on the RCgroups forums are able to provide a lot more information, detail and ongoing support regarding the HD808 camera than I could hope or want to do.  I really prefer to review a device and move on to something else - rather than continually revisiting and revising. So I suggest that from here on in you keep your eye on the RCgroups forum  for future updates on this camera - and here is the link to today's new firmware.

You can see a video of a successful firmware update below.

 

 

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Reader Comments (80)

Hey, thank you for all the time and dedication you've put on introducing this camera. It is also very nice to see the firmware files listed here where they are easily accessible.

May 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertigrus

You provide great reviews for all the little gadgets I like to read about. Glad I found you on youtube. I'll be definitely buying one of these little cams soon. Good to see Manchester from a different prospective too hehe

May 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNick

I have tried to use your instruction to remove the date stamp.. But why the date and time still have at my video??? Can you help me to solve this??

May 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpipi

@pipi - No idea why this didn't work for you. Are you sure that you are putting the FW96630A.BIN file on the Root of your memory card and Not in any folder? Does the light take a while to come on after pressing on - as shown in the video demonstration.

May 8, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Could I drill a hole in the case and turn the camera 90 degrees? What I am after is the ability to wear it like a necklace. Love your blog and youtube videos. Thanks for all your hard work

May 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermeeko

@Techmoan: nice website + very useful information on the HD 808 #11. Also it's a nice extra that there is a video review. Keep reviewing gadgets!

@meeko: You can do that, it's also done in the video on this page.
You need to have some soldering skills if you want to use a cable this long. If you just want to tilt it 90 degrees that could be possible just as it is now, enough space, connector lenght, possiblity to drill a hole, ...

May 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSwa

@swa hey thanks for the info. Yep 90 degrees will do what I need.

May 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermeeko

Hi,

Love your website! Great and very usefull reviews.

I bought a #11 (10000kbps version).

My device seems to refuse to start recording when connected to any powersource. When connected to my PC, it's not too strange but when connected to (for instance) my car battery, it just doesn't start recording when I push te front button (nearest to the lens). In order to start recording, I need to unplug it from the powersource, then power up the camera, then push the font button to start recording. After that I can safely connect the USB cable to power it. Do you encounter the same problem? (right now I'm running the latest 'exposure' firmware)

Best regards,

Quemo

May 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterQuemo

@Quemo You are experiencing these problems whilst using the supplied car adaptor?

May 8, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

thought i'd briefly mention that the youtube video on this post is set to private. can't view it. thanks for all your time and energy put into these reviews. they've been very helpful.

May 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbalckfeathers

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