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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)

I'm afraid to screw the camera, or that my eBay seller will not accept to replace my product.
My eBay seller removed the timestamp for me, so I can't really compare the change (if there is) between the firmwares.
40$ is not cheap and I've seen much better videos that were taken with this device, I really hope that I will solve this problem out.

May 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngel of Death

I have updated the firmware to the last one, there's no change in the quality and the spots are still there.
I'm very upset and have no idea what to do.. If anyone has any good idea let me know.
Is it possible that my lens are just dirty or something? And if so, how can I clean them?

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngel of Death

My darn #11 has recently decided not to work: Ive been totally impressed with the device but now its really royally miffed me!

Been through the main thread on what to do when this happens but Im at this stage now, and I cant resolve it.

Camera has operated fine of late until I tried to switch on for use the other day. It wouldn't switch on at all. Battery was charged, red light when plugged in (goes off when full). Very od as its been good of late and had upgraded fine previous.

So this is the situation:

Upgraded cam with different firmwares - all have same result.So I've tried different approaches.

Cam only shows red LED when plugged into PC - doesnt come up with yellow LED and cant access unit through Explorer.

Only way the cam operates is when I add a firmware to the card outside the unit, plug it in and start the device (after the 20 second wait for it to flash/boot)

The cam operates fine after this, but when switched off it wont restart. It appears the cam ony wishes to work with the firmware file on root. Every time it switches on it reflashes the firmware. If I remove the firmware the camera does nothing and won't start.

The unit doesnt allow to be viewed in explorer at all which is odd as I used to press the large button once plugged in to connect. This doesnt even work now...

Any ideas. A few guys seem to have similar problems on the RC forum.

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJezworld

Dirt on your lens mostly looks like darker spots so my guess is they're hot spots. As far as I know, there is no fix.

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterQuemo

Is there no way to clean my lens? Even if I open the device?
Because they do look like darker spots on the video.

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngel of Death

Perhaps you could upload a vidio to Youtube or something. I'm not sure what kind of spots you have. So could you show them?

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterQuemo

Here is a video that you can clearly see the spots:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIjB4__krGE

There are 3 on the right side and 1 on the top left side.

My eBay seller told me that he will contact the manufacturer tomorrow and see what I can do.
In the worst case I will send it back and receive a new one, but I don't wanna wait too long.

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngel of Death

This seems to be caused by dirt on the lens or perhaps on the sensor (behind the lens). If it's on the lens, you might get it clean by wiping it with the tip of a cloth for cleaning glasses. But the lens is very tiny, the spots are, compared to the lens, even smalller so it may not be easy.

if the sensor behind the lens is dirty, it's difficult story I personally wouldn't try to fix.

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterQuemo

Since I have received this camera with these dark spots and I tried inserting a cloth into the pinhole to clean the dust, I believe this is on the sensor.
I guess I will have to replace the camera.
Thanks for your help :)

May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngel of Death

Dear Thechmoan ,

thanks for your answer . I think my camera is not a good one . The memory card still pops out !
I put a peace of paper in it to make the card stay !!! it is not usual... Otherway, when it stays in it, it makes very good vids
I wrote to the seller on EBAY( internet shop 35 ) and i don' t understand his answer ( I don't speak very good english as you can see ! )
I think i'll buy another one . I'm looking for a SERIOUS seller .
Could you tell me a good one ( in private if you prefer )
I dont want make a second mistake..
Thanks for your kindness

regards

Eric

May 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commentereric

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