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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)

@Quemo
I get a buzzing sound recorded whenever the camera is near anything electrical.... Similar to how the sound of a mobile phone is picked up on a radio. There is also a buzzing sound when the battery is nearly empty, but this only occurs within the final few seconds of the battery life.
It does sound like your memory card is broken. Have you tried formatting it with the special formatting utilities mentioned in the most recent posts on the RC groups forum... Maybe these can fix it.

May 11, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@João
To start with just go for the quick cheap and simple option, duct tape it to your helmet. The tape holds it on safely and peels off easily without leaving any residue. Putting it on your head also dampens the vibrations.

May 11, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I use this #11 cam for mountain biking and Airsoft - things Ive found to work really well:

Mountain biking - Either duct tape the little keyring camera to the central rib on the top of the helmet - make sure its towards the front of the rib so the angle of your head doesnt just show horizon all day :) Also you can strap it to your shades/glasses to the right or left of the arms/frame. I think this works really well as it shows EXACTLY what you see.

Airsoft/Paintball - As above - I use Bolle, yellow tinted sunglasses that protect your eyes from enemy shots etc. Now the plastic sunglasses frame on these is similar to Oakleys/Arnettes etc. The camera simply secures to the side of the glases frame with duct tape and secures it ALL DAY no problem at all. Dont bother with nifty mounts, velcro or anything, simply a roll of black insulation tape secured so that the cam is level, at eye level, with the controls and SD card available to access easily, is the perfgect solution to mounting this cam.

If anyones keen I'll assemble some pics of the footage captured plus the way I attach it to the glasses. Just respond here or mail me.

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJezworld

Hello Techmoan,

I bougth the same camera as yours ( # 11 ) Very good quality of vids .
The problem is with the memory card : it often " jumps " out of the camera ! It does not stand on it !!
It is a micro sd hc 4 GB from Taiwan .
Does it come from the card or from the camera ?? Does it happen with your camera ??
Thank you very much for your advice
Regards
Eric

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEric

Techoman...some help please ;)
1- what is the battery time limit? fully charged?
2- to upgrade the firmware, only using an external reader will be possible?
3- what kind of SD card should i use?

I just received now...and the film it makes is amazing...cheap camera and a high definition no doubt!
Hope you can help me

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoão

@Joāo
1- what is the battery time limit? fully charged?
45mins

2- to upgrade the firmware, only using an external reader will be possible?
Not sure what you mean...but just copy the info in the video or watch the Successful Flash video.

3- what kind of SD card should i use?
Micro SD or SDHC class 6.

May 13, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@Eric.
Mine never pops out...you are pushing it in until it clicks aren't you? I haven't had this problem myself...suggest you put some tape or a blob of glue from a glue gun over the slot (which can be peeled off).

May 13, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for the great reviews and tutorials! I downloaded the new firmware with no issues. Time stamp is gone! Thanks!

May 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

Hello, I have a big problem with my 808 #11 camera and I might replace it (as my last resort).
The first problem is that I have 3 "spots" on every video I shoot but not in stills photos (so it's probably a problem with the firmware).
The second problem is that the video is very grainy in low light! It's way more grainy than in any other video I've seen on YouTube and the quality in both low light and bright light is not as good as in the other videos in YouTube.
Could this be a firmware problem or should I send it back?

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngel of Death

Why don't you try another firmware? There are a few you can try (in this blogpost of Techmoan). See if that solves your problem.

I also have a few hot pixels. Mine appear when the camera gets warmer.

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterQuemo

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