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I'd strongly recommend not to buy any SD cards off ebay - I've heard about too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. My inbox regularly gets messages from people who bought a £150 camera then cheaped out and bought a £3 memory card on ebay - Then when it doesn't worth they blame the camera! It doesn't make any sense. Good memory is cheaper than it's ever been - see the links above.

A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.


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To give you an idea of the extent of the fake goods problem. In a 2016 survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold through Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 


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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..




(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)

@Locouk Can you please tell me the name of this software, and does record sound too? I found one too which is really good but with no sound: MJPEG recorder. If your records sound too, it will be brilliant.

Thank you

July 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGabe

@Gabe It's called "WebCam Companion 3" made by Arcsoft. There is built in motion software and capture software.. I hope this is what you are looking for, it came as part of my PC software package when I bought it.
I find it a hastle trying to get my 808#11 into webcam mode, but then I don't tend to use it as a web cam! LOL
All the best, and please reply if this is what you are looking for.
Kind regards,

July 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLocouk

@Gabe, I've made a quick video for you.. just to show the quality of the cam working with the software.
I hope this helps.

July 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLocouk

I have tried to use a HTC charger on the 808 camera
The result was: A very loud plop and smoke :(
The battery charger chip exploded, due to the strange wiring on the 808, the HTC is also not standard.
The cam itself is not damaged, en works oke but can not charged anymore.
If the battery runs dead, its over with the fun :(

July 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

I wonder, what kind of USB cable did you use?

July 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWFvN

The HTC charger is model ADP-5FH-D with the usb cable attached.
In this cable is special connection (pin 4 to GND) to let the phone know a HTC charger is attached. Normal draw is 500ma and with the HTC charger the phone can draw 1A.
This combination ???? makes a 808 cam go BOOM, strange. The 808 do not like pin 4 to GND?????

July 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

Good news :)
The special cable provided with the cam charges the cam :)
Its not broken,
I think that a circuit board wire blew.

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

I can't get the firmware on the RCGroup can anyone help?

November 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRaymond

I am asking for help, I have recently bought the latest version of this camera and right from the start I has been dropping frames making it totally unwatchable. The picture and sound are good between dropped frames , which are many.
I contacted the sellers who promised some firmware which I have never seen.
Returning it means paying the postage so not really worth it.

I am using a 4gb sandisk class 4 card which should be ok as far as I know, but still no joy.
I am using a Mac Mini with 1.4 gb processor speed so I don't think this would be the problem.
I would be grateful for any suggestions to resolve this or do I have a crap jumbo808 camera.
Happy to be contacted directly

December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMole

Is there any way to turn of the sound on this camera. Mine is awful when on a bike or car?

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarkW

@MarkW No way to switch off the sound on the #11 (although you can on the #16)/ Best to either edit it out or put some tape over the mic hole.

January 9, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I flashed this firmware to get rid of the time and date and it worked great Thanks FW96630A.BIN

February 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter126andy

Hi, my 808 #11 V2 camera was working just fine, but now it has started to turn off during video recording. The videos works fine, but the camera shuts off at random time intervals. Sometimes it records for 12 minutes other times for 10 seconds. I have tried to leave the camera on a flat table recording to leave out vibrations and other stuff from source of this problem, but nothing helps.
Could this be the battery or perhaps memory card that has issues? Anyone experienced this?

Best regards Hans Milling...

July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHans Milling

@Hans. Both my HD808 #11 did the most stupid things, like dropframe, getting stuck, losing recordings. The Jumbo battery was new, but is defect( out of the box). A second battery of the Jumbo type FA106180 did the same thing. So, change the battery, and your HD808 will work like a charm.

Best regards, Robert Logger.

September 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Logger

Oh my gawd......the "Chuck Lohr's excellent 808 website", why is he so obsessed with these junky cameras????

I believe you've already gave them way too much time. Time to move on to a upgrade, $100 camera?

I want you to make money, be happy and review higher grade cameras, that actually work.

Thanks and please keep up the reviews.

March 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjettywolf

I would just like to share my stupidity with all you guys out there trying to resolve dropped frame problems with the 808 keychain cam (in my case #16). I purchased a 32GB class10 micros SD card off ebay (against Techmoan's best advice) and got a lot of dropped frames. So I purchased a puka SANDISK class 10 microSD from the UK but things were still just a jerky. I read that the best memory for this is class4 so I tried that...just the same. It turns out that the problem is not the camera or memory it is the low-end Lenovo netbook I was using to play back on. It works great on my Lenovo Think PAD. So, before investigating dropped frames on these smashing key cams, check your play-back device first. Anyone want a used 32GB class 10 microSD card?

May 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMitch

Hi all, this is my first post, as I've got my 808 #11 two weeks ago, so far I've tried three FW from RC forums to make the camera display the time and date, no luck. Now I am faceing other problem, when trying to record continuously on a 32GB class 10 Samsung microSDHC, the camera will record for cca 70 minutes, then it will stop and go into stand-by mode. Is there any chance to fix this? I've got the camera from eletech086 on ebay, I've contacted her and she sent some FW (50 min, 70 min), none is working. Any ideas would be much appreciated. Thanks! PS. Please excuse my English, I'm not from here. PPS. Matt thanks for the great reviews!

May 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbogdan

These cameras use the FAT file format. The maximum file size allowable in FAT is 4GB. I'm guessing your files are 4GB in size.

May 16, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Yeah, they're 3.6GB in size, thanks for your reply! I've just got another FW (Rel2 - Recover time - 70 min) from RC forum, and...miracle! It is showing the time/date stamp on the movie. Now I have to start recording and see if after 70 minutes ( or 3.6GB, as up to now ) it will automatically start another recording session. I will keept it connected to my laptop while recording. Cheers!

May 16, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbogdan

Hi, I'm in trouble! I'm not able to make it automatically start another recording after finishing the first 3.6 GB. Is there any way of fixing this? Thanks a lot! Cheers!

June 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbogdan

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