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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)

The eBay seller I bought mine from is called ELETOPONLINE365. The delivery was remarkably quick... but I can't comment on how good they would be at handling returns or replacements.

May 17, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I also bought my HD808 #11 from ELETOPONLINE365. It was delivered quite fast. But just as Techmoan, I don't know how good they are with faulty products.

May 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSwa

I just flashed my 808 with FW4 according to your instructions and I've encountered a problem. The camera will snap photos in photo mode but when I try to record video while it's in standby mode, it simply turns off. It's fully charged with an empty card. I've tried to reflash to FW1 but I'm getting the same results. Any ideas? Thanks.


May 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike

@Mike so you've definitely removed the bin file from your card so it's not continually re-flashing itself. I'm not really sure what else to suggest. If you look at the bottom of the post you will find a link to some more firmwares on the RC groups website...perhaps give one of these a try.

May 21, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan


THANK YOU! For some reason the firmware listed on your page did not work for me. I used the continuous recording & time removal firmware listed on the RCgroups forum and it did the trick. I appreciate the help, I was pretty close to giving up on this. Thanks again.

May 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Just a side note for anyone else who happens to run into the problem I had, I've just realized that although I upgraded my firmware with the Revision 2: continuous recording & time removal, the camera doesn't actually continuously record as mentioned. The file limit seems to be 1GB/20mins along with the 4 second gap in between file changes. The time has been removed however. But I guess I can't complain considering my camera is no longer bricked.

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike


Ive tried new firmware as posted - and unfortunately the camera still seems bricked. The cam upgrades fine but just simply doesnt switch on when the main button is pressed. It only comes on if the firmware is present on the root of the mc.

Any ideas if there is a solution?

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJezworld

@ Jezworld, which firmware exactly did you use? I tested probably 20 different 'versions' from 5 different sources. All but one worked for me so keep trying. I would recommend using the one from the RCgroups forum as that did it for me. If you can't find it, I'll post it up when I get home. Good luck.

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike


Ive used them all to be honest!

The thing just sint playing ball. I tried the one featured here (20th May?) hoping it would remedy the unit but sadly not :S - Just refuses to restart after firmware is removed from flash drive.

Tried all sorts of combinations to try and remedy this.

One thing for certain - the drive doesnt mnd being updated - this does it fine. Its the boot up process it cant seem to handle after this firmware is removed from the root.

Hope you can help Mike!

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjezworld

Hello Techman, it´s possible to use this camera with a 180º lens like this??

Thanks you, for this blog

May 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSergio

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