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The RD32II 1080p .h264 Sport Cam



This video took a lot longer than I anticipated, but here it is. I've uploaded part 1 in 720p and part 2 in 1080p. This was to avoid oddballs asking what was the point of doing a 720p review of a 1080p camera (as happened with my Extreme camera review). However this isn't really a solution to the problem because Youtube's 720p and 1080p video both bear very little relation to the footage that was originally shot by the camera.

I've converted the video and then editied it and then converted it again and then uploaded it to youtube which converted it again - you can therefore appreciate the fact that the footage you see on youtube doesn't really do justice to the quality of the originals. For example, the Youtube clips start off jerky and then smooth out after a few seconds...the originals of course don't do this.

This isn't a unique problem, if you read any photography magazines they are reviewing multimegapixel cameras and printing credit card sized sample shots on low dpi paper. Car magazines don't let you test the car out, AV magazines try and describe sound quality etc etc.... So like those examples all I can really do is give you an indication of the quality, not a direct demonstration of it.

As I mentioned in the video - the .h264 avi files created by this camera could not be imported into my iMovie so I had to spend a day converting them using MPEG Streamclip into .mp4 files. This was a major inconvenience and something that will probably stop me from using the camera again in the future. Now I'm using a Mac with iMovie. I haven't tried these in Final Cut or any PC editing package, so they may import fine into other editing packages.

Downloadable Test Clips

Therefore  to enable you to test out the original footage from this camera with your own editing packages or just play back some unmolested clips - I have uploaded a few short clips. These are all 1920x1080p 30fps clips you can download them here.

If you just want my opinion and all you want to do is film clear sharp HD footage and don't want to edit it on a Mac in iMovie, then I would strongly recommend this camera. I know that I mentioned the footage had a blue tinge, but unless I had put it up side by side with the Extreme cam, I don't think I'd have noticed it and I also wouldn't have noticed how much more vibrant the colours were on the RD32II either. The footage is very smooth without a dropped frame in sight and the sound quality is totally acceptable for a camera of this sort.

More Info

If you want to see the Camera on the Manufacturer's page here is a link. You can look at the specifications here, which tell you things like you can fit 41 mins of 1080p or 720p 60 video on a 4GB card, the recording battery life is 2.5hrs (it's 1.5 with the torch lit at the same time), charge time is 3 hours and the camera weighs 86g.


I'm really taken with the 5MP fisheye photos too, they can turn out surprisingly well. My technique when taking a photo is to take four or five shots of each scene, pointing the camera at a slightly different angle each time. When I get home I download the photos and choose the best framed picture of each scene. It reminds me of the days of getting films developed and hurriedly flicking through the envelope of photos hoping that I managed to get a good shot or two - but without all the expense. I've uploaded a gallery of photos from this camera here.

Where can you buy one.

I've seen this camera on sale for about $145 or £90 including shipping (budget for import duties too) which seems a little bit high, although it's early days - something like £75 would seem even more right. Whatever you do though, don't get it mixed up with the original RD32, that one takes 720p mjpeg video and isn't a patch on this. Look out for .h264, 1080p and laser mentioned in the specs- and don't expect it to always be called the RD32II either. 

Places I've found selling this camera are below (Dealextreme also sell the mounting accessory pack).


Yellow Camera At Dealextreme 

Black Camera at Dealextreme

The Accessory Pack at Dealextreme 

Part 1 and 2 of the review are below - but view these full screen in HD to get a better idea, and don't try to view the 1080p versions on an old computer unless you have a fire extinguisher at the ready.



UPDATE: 15/01/12 Importing the Video into editing packages - For iMovie users, you may want to try out a piece of software that was suggested to me by a reader - FLVCrunch, an easy way to convert the files into MP4s which can then be imported into the Apple editing package. Also look in the youtube comments for people reporting back with their results when using other software - the clips from this camera are reportedly working fine with Windows Live Movie Maker, Adobe Premiere and Vegas 9.0b.

UPDATE: 17/01/12 I've had a few requests for downloadable 720p 60fps Clips - which is understandable as youtube can only display 30fps as can my editing package. So is a link to a single clip (24mb)....and here is a zip file containing that clip and another five as well (173mb). If your computer is anything like mine, you may only get the full 60fps effect if you view these full screen. 

UPDATE: 01/03/12 Dealextreme now stock this camera & The Accessory Pack (Essential for mounting it to things other than a bicycle) Links have been added to the sellers section above.


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Reader Comments (130)

For someone who's sworn to only get "h.264" cameras from now on, it sounds like you still don't have a good set of MPEG-4 tools.

Get GPAC for OSX:

Use the MP4Box tool:

MP4Box -new file.mp4 -add file.avi
(assuming all of the streams are supported MPEG-4 codecs)

Bingo, the streams will be repackaged into a new MP4 container file. Since it's not a conversion/transcoding you won't lose any quality and it should be fairly quick.

I don't know about Quicktime compatibility, but it's a step in the right direction.

January 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIan Tester

Thanks for another professional quality review.

I am suprised they took out the motion detect function. I did have the original RD32 but ended up taking it back.
At the moment I am going to consider a 808 #16 rather than these more expensive options.

January 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMainsail

@Ian. I'll try those out, but I'm pretty sure these files will defeat all attempts to repackage them. I'll let you know how I get on. You can always download some clips and have a play about yourself too.
OK - Tried it, before I got to the conversion, it locked up my Mac and had to force a power down. Uninstalled, not for me. Let me know how you get on.

January 15, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for the review Techmoan. I like the two part HD offering!

That looks like a nice little camera, albeit annoying that its output can't be edited in iMovie easily and that once it is converted you ended up with dropping frames (kinda defeats the object) and it really is a bit pricey.

I'm thinking more and more that these manufacturers really don't get the point of a cheap camera. It needs to be cheap(!) and easy to use. They are getting to be pretty pricey and still have niggling little faults, that can be excused on a sub £30 keyring camera but less so when it is going to be the best part of £100 once it gets to you. You show that there are accessories for it, but where can you get them?

Doesn't look great value for money to me. But I would have never known had you not put a lot if effort into the review. Thanks for all your hard work!

January 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

@Voyager03 I think the dropped frames after conversion were partly my fault. I made the bitrate too large (in an attempt to keep the quality unaffected, but then overwhelmed my laptop with the massive file sizes). My iMovie is playing up and refusing to produce h264 Movie output, so I had to use MP4, which youtube will have then converted again. You should try out one of the original files from my site to see how you get on importing it into your software - I may just be unlucky.

I wondered about the accessories, perhaps some companies will sell these in a bundle with the camera on Ebay.

January 15, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@ Techmoan. I have a 2009 Mac Mini 2.53, 4Gb memory.

Just tried to convert using FLV Crunch. Seems quick enough and then at least imports into iMovie. Give it a go and see if you still get dropped frames.

That might make the camera a bit more usable for Mac users anyway.

January 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

If you have access to a PC I can highly recommend EncodeHD from Dan Cunningham:

On the files you have uploaded it converts the video container to MP4 & the audio to AAC in seconds without encoding the whole file again.

All of the files now play fine on my set-top box where before there was no audio.


January 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIan


....and how I get h.264 from iMovie 11.

If I pick 'Share - Export movie' I see 1080p listed but I can only select up to 720p. But if I go via 'Share - Export using QuickTime' Ensure 'Movie to QuckTime movie' is chosen and then click 'Settings', I can choose all sorts including h.264 and HD 1920x1080 16:9.

Produces MASSIVE files though. 720p is fine for my eyesight and this aged monitor.


January 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

Another GREAT review.

Thanks for watching... I mean thanks for posting.

Keep up the good job.

BTW, this is probably the camera I like the most. It satisfies my needs.

Best regards.

January 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCalvinH

Anothr fine review Techmoan, thanks for all your hard work.

January 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike

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