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Saturday
Jul092011

RD32 HD Waterproof Action Camera

Wow I've really bought some rubbish recently. The problem stemmed from the fact that I felt I was taking too long between posting updates to the site so I decided I should buy a a few more things to review. In hindsight I would have been better off saving my money, but I suppose that I'm doing a public service by warning people away from repeating my mistakes This camera really does have some serious issues that needed demonstrating.

 

As I say in the review - this will be the last MJPEG HD video camera that I review. I've yet to find a single camera using this compression method that doesn't create jerky video. In comparison the HD808 #11 camera records at a constant and smooth 30fps and it's h.264 files are a fraction of the size of the equivalent mjpeg ones.

 

If you really want one of these cameras (why?) then here a couple of links to online retailers. 

Chinavasion

Dealextreme

Why is this review so long….we'll the camera claimed to do a lot of different things, waterproof, motion-activation, night vision, so all of these needed to be tested in some shape or form. 

So here is my longest review so far - and unfortunately it's of a product that you shouldn't buy.

 

 

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Reader Comments (39)

Thanks for another great review, shame the camera falls short. Looking at the sealing at the back I'd be impressed if that actually went to 30m...

July 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJames

Wow, total Prince vision right there. How bizarre, but could be just a faulty unit?
On the MJPEG issue, do you think it has more to do with the hardware chosen or can new firmware create h.264?
I hope the Chinese manufacturers are reading this and taking notes on how to make the next version better.

July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClive C.

A very useful and even-handed review, thanks. I have never been a fan of AVI/mjpg so this just tells me (the same as you!) h264 every time.

July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRichard C

LOL @ "I suppose this is what it'd look like if you were being drowned by me... wearing purple." Thanks again for a great review.

July 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris M.

i have it, yes is also for sub or when you have an action movie with rain.
other h264 camera, like HD808 #11 does not have these thing.
weight 75 g , i want to use also to fish

the space is not so important with today sd card , you can do a 3 hours video hd with 32 gb card.
it had led withe light, and IR (no light) mode, motion detect and photo mode in motion detect
i think a very good product also with avi/mjpeg, at low cost.

bye

July 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlorenzo

Thanks again for 'taking another one for the team' ;-) apart from the recording format and the size of it I was almost set to buy one! Obviously I will not be bothering now.

I'll just be hanging on for the makers of the HD808 #11 to work their way through your posted 'wish list' - hope they don't take too long...

July 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGraham K

Sound your site thank for your informative idear of great cameras

July 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersteven

Your review is quite extensive and very well done (I am discovering your site by the way).

I have a camera of this serie, and I wanted to tell a few more things :
- My camera doesn't have IR lights, and has not the 'purple clothes' thing. So I guess it is only the camera with IR leds that have this problem (I bought the red one on DX).
- I am not so sure about the camera automatically switching off after 3 minutes in motion-activation mode. On mine, the LEDs are switching off, but the motion-activation capture still works, and you just hav to press a button so that the LEDs switch on again! I think it is written in the user guide sheet and I have tested this in photo mode, it actually works.
- I have actually dived with it at 15m this summer. I must admit I thought the camera would be drowned before the dive was over, but it wasn't! And more astonishingly, in good light condition, the underwater videos seems to be sharper than the 'normal ones'.

Everything else is correct. The camera is fun if you dive and intend to capture some of your underwater trip, but it is not so good in other cases. It is the cheapest 30m underwater camera I have found until there (and my first one), but if you can find some better gadget around this price, you should consider buying it instead of the RD32.

I hope this can help, and I apaologize for the mistakes in this post, as english is not my mother language.

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMcBerd

@McBerd

Many thanks for taking the time to post this info. Your description of how the motion activation works sounds more logical than the way that I thought it operated. I won't be going back to test this again, but hopefully this information will be useful to anyone who finds themselves here after buying the RD32.

August 2, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

ive lost my tv controls is there a flash to get the menu back tryed reset nothing happend

December 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

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