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This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

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What SD CARD should I buy?

If you want an SD Card for your camera - these are the ones I use and recommend. 

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.

UK & US LINKS & PRICES BELOW

RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)

 

 

SPECIAL DASHCAM CARDS

The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for dashcams...here's some.

 

VERY IMPORTANT. These links take you to the product, however Amazon have three different ways of selling. There's Amazon Direct - This means that you are only dealing with Amazon themselves, then there's other sellers that use Amazon's facilities - these show as Fulfilled By Amazon and finally there's Market Place sellers that advertise on Amazon, but operate independently.  I strongly recommend that you only use the first...the Amazon Direct - Sold By Amazon option. Even if it appears that you are paying a couple of £/$ more it is more than likely you are comparing the price of a real item against the price of a fake.

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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Thursday
Aug042011

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.

BUYING A JUMBO 808

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

SETTING THE TIME & DATE

                      &

FLASHING THE FIRMWARE

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)

@Carlito...it'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

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