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Jumbo 808 Micro HD Camera Review

I’ve decided to grab the bull by the horns and do something about the naming convention of these cameras because it’s getting out of hand….. let me explain.

If I were to go on Google with the intention of finding a review of the Sony HDR-TG7 camcorder, I’d search for “Sony HDR-TG7 Review” and amongst all the spam link-bait sites, I'd get some results that met with my requirements.

Unfortunately it's not as easy for people trying to find out information about this camera. The manufacturer goes by at least eight different names and they don’t have a homepage. The camera itself doesn’t even have a defined name. The previous model was known as the 808 #11 only because Chuck Lohr had been diligent enough to determine that it was the 11th Revision of the 808 camera. Versions 1-10 had varied resolutions between 640x480, 740x480 and upscaled 1280x960.

Version #11 of the 808 camera was the first one that recorded using the h264 .mov format in 1280x720. Prior to this model coming out, version #3 was generally considered the best one – but most of them had circuitry that was made by a number of different manufacturers incased in the same car keyfob case design.

This latest larger model has already been referred to as the Jumbo 808, the HD818, HD828, the V3 etc. So to make things easier for myself from now on I’m going to simplify things.  

I’m going to call all these mini cameras that use MicroSD and record in HD – “Micro HD Cameras” and I’m going to call the older camera the “808 #11” and this new one the “Jumbo 808”. Hopefully this will make things easier to undstand.

So with that said,  below is my review of the Jumbo 808 camera. I originally intended to just make a brief update – but in the end I decided upon making a full review. So if you’ve seen my 808 #11 review then you'll know most of this info already.

There are two important bits of information below that will hopefully pre-empt the majority of queries.


Here is a link to Eletoponline 365’s Jumbo 808 Auctions on ebay UK - You will find the camera here.




I've made a video that’s only been posted on this blog – because of it’s limited interest. This video explains how to change the Time & Date or flash the firmware. These procedures are identical whether you are using the 808 #11 or the Jumbo 808.

I put this instructional video together so that I can send people a link to it when I get asked about either of these procedures.

I have uploaded the firmwares used in the video on my Files & Drivers page. I am aware that people were having problems with some of the firmwares I’d uploaded in the past, I have no idea why as they all always worked for me. So again I’ve tested these firmwares and they work for me but I can’t guarantee that these are going to work for everyone.

There are only two firmwares this time to make things easier.

One that creates a new file every 50 minutes and overlays the footage with the Time & Date stamp and another that creates a new file every 20 mins but without the Time & Date stamp.

The stock firmware that came on my camera recorded in 20 minute segments with a Time & Date stamp. 

Now, other firmwares may be available from other places (RCGroups Forums for example) but I’m only going to post these two here. Now, if you do somehow manage to knacker your camera up – you are on your own, so please take care.


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Reader Comments (81)

Just caught the opening of part 2. Brilliant!

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBugsMan

I really appreciate all the effort you put into your reviews.
You stated that you contacted the manufacturer about the release of a Jumbo 808 Camera with a housing that ist more like the one of the ACT20 Camera.
Have you been given any specific details other than, "We are working on something new"?
I don't know if they are just around the corner with something like the ACT20 or if I should just try and get the 808 to be a little more water...repellent :)

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBen

@Ben Here's what they wrote to me in June.

"Dear,yes,we're planing to make different shaps in the future,and we're improving this HD camera steps by steps."

August 4, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thank you,

Do you know if the interior cable connecting to the lens is actually long and flexible enough to rotate it by 90° ?
By doing so enabling the cam to be installed onto a helmet vertically at the side instead of horizontally on the top.

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBen

Most emphatically NOT boring! Thank you for all your hard work. I'm sorry to hear you sold the MP3!

August 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGlen Richards

@Ben. No I don't think it would bend...I'd imagine it would snap first. All is not lost a box, yet to be opened, I have a camera that has the *potential* to suit your needs. It is commonly known as the "KGB spy camera" and is an h.264 marker pen style camera. It is available from Chinavasion.

I intend to get it out of the box and try and put my review together over the next three weeks or so. Unfortunately having reluctantly sold the bike, I won't be able to try it out on a helmet. It may also be absolute rubbish...but I'll have to find that out.

August 5, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

pffffffffffffffffff boring.........

your reviews are wonderful and your blog is opened all day long on my PC...

what do you plan to test in the future?

August 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarlito

I did a test with the #11 on my helmet, just put the velcro on the top of the helmet:

the pb is I was targetting a bit the road but it gives an idea..

August 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarlito

Definetly not boring!
Thank you for you great job and also for talking a proper and understandable english for all of us who are not native english speakers!
I agree with you wish list, and for a very selfish need, the waterproof with real underwater capabilities would be a great plus for me.
Thanks again and keep going!

August 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMcBerd

You're about the only blogger who could present a minutely upgraded product review and receive positive feedback from people. Nice job again, although I am a little confused as to the first gentleman dancing... you didn't hear that harmonious music??!?!?!! Heard from across the pond.

Waffle waffle

August 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris M.'s surprising how far back on a helmet you have to mount these cameras. I've made that mistake too, and had to reshoot videos as a result. It doesn't matter though, I still liked your video, I've never been karting and this gave me a good idea of what it would feel like, thanks.

August 5, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@Chris M apparently that chap is a regular, he normally dances to "Hit me baby one more time" played off a CD. Ive been told that whatever the song is, the dance moves are the same. It takes all sorts.

August 5, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@Carlito. I wouldn't recommend viewing Every day, I only try and update every couple of weeks. At the moment I'm looking for interesting things to review...I've got £100 of credit at Chinavasion, but I'm waiting for something to catch my eye that's a bit different or unusual.

August 5, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@Techmoan. OK so you will appreciate when I post a video taken with my MK Indy on track ;)

August 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarlito

Hey Techmoan, another great video. Definitely not boring, I appreciate the little bits of humour you put in them.
Looks like you got yourself a MX-5! Great choice, I drive one myself.

My 808 #11 camera arrived just as the new jumbos came on the market. No big deal really, I planned on running the camera in short spurts anyway, and I also got the AA battery extender as well. I agree with you that it would probably be more useful if the cameras came in more camera-like form factors, especially if it meant even longer battery life or more features.

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClive C.

Wonderful video review, as all your reviews are!

I am glad I waited to order, as I think the Jumbo 808 is the way to go.

My question is that, on the ebay site for the cameras, it says that it can be used with their dedicated car charger to power and record at the same time. If I am right, I remember the car charger being a rather bulky thing at the end that goes into the car lighter. Does the flat USB and cable take the place of that charger, or do you still need that particular one?

Thanks again for all of your efforts. They are certainly appreciated!

PS - more party streamers in your videos!! lol

August 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterltlarry123

aww.. i bought my #11 the day before this was posted. oh well. still cant wait to get it! thanks for your hard work.

August 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergotrees4

Techmoan - Thank you for the for the honest & informative reviews. Based on the information provided, I just bought a couple of new units (808 #11 & 808 Jumbo). Looking forward to using them on my ultralight airplane when they arrive... Glad I found this great tech site...

August 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBartyM

Hey Techmoan
Thanx for ur efforts
i send u two mails but you dont reply me. plzzz reply me

August 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteranees

@anees - I get 100s of emails but I'm pretty sure I've replied to a number of your emails. If you are asking about the KGB spy camera again - then yes I have one, I'm testing it over the next few weeks. It is pretty much the same quality as the Jumbo 808 but with a narrower viewing angle and is rather inconveniently shaped for my purposes but is has more configurable settings. Unfortunately I can't send anything to Pakistan - I'm not a trader, just a reviewer. The KGB spy camera can be obtained from Chinavasion.

There will be a review of the KGB marker pen shaped spy camera in a Few Weeks.

August 10, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@Techmoan - Thanx for ur Quick Reply. i Really appreciate all of urs efforts & work. yes i m waiting too so long for the review of KGB marker pen shaped spy camera and ofcourse i will watch it soon . thanx once again in advance for the review of KGB marker pen shaped spy camera. Bye & Take Care

August 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnees


here is a test with my MK:

the strange thing is the fact that it seems to be filmed under the water....

August 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarlito

I happened on your website when researching micro HD cameras suitable for mounting on an airplane. With all due respect to your critics, your diction, vocabulary and mellifluous style are impeccable and you cover all the information that I am looking for to make an informed decision. Thank you for your work. I thought your party popper reply for the bored was clever!

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonald

@ Carlito - The underwater effect you are getting is CMOS roll - from camera shake. You need to try and find a way to dampen down the shaking - perhaps try attaching the camera to a sponge or a piece of rubber.

August 14, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

"... not boring at all..."
"...diction, vocabulary and mellifluous style are impeccable..."

Two thumbs up! Love your videos and website. Thanks for the great work.

Buzz cut in the rearview mirror looks sharp. Oh and, good luck with the mid-life crisis! ;-P

August 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterteflonbubba

Quality info on this site. Don't change your style Techmoan, that party-popper nearly gave me a stroke!

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWilko

I've search the internet, but i wasn't be able to find an supplier for this camera, where i dont need paypal to pay for it. I cannot use paypal any more because of an issue with them (they wanted to break some privacy laws such as sending a id copy to unblock my account)
So i need to find an supplier which also allow to pay by bank transfer.
Do you know a supplier wich supports that?

thanks in common.

(sorry for my poor english)

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRutger

@Rutger. The is only one retailer who both manufacturers and sells this camera. The company is Eletoponline365 on Ebay. They have a number of different Ebay accounts/stores with different names, but they are all connected and therefore have the same trading restrictions. If you cannot buy one from here then you won't be able to buy one at all.

August 28, 2011 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@Rutger . me too wanna buy this camera but i have a couple of problems 1st one is, in my country there is no paypal service available and the 2nd one, is ebay didn't ship thier products over here in my country. if u ever kown about any supplier or dealer for this camera plz send to me thier link. thanx & take care

@ Techmoan. hey Techmoan,
u know there r alot of people like me and Rutge who want to buy Jumbo 808 but have difficulties
plzzz request the Eletoponline365 on Ebay on our behalf that we seriously wanna buy this camera. therefore they make is possible for us to buy our own Product
thanx & take care

August 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnees

Is this still the best option for in car recording? is there any firmware options for continous recording loop?

August 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStef

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