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Sunday
Jul152012

Xdreme Camera Review

Does the Xdreme (Blue) improve upon the Crocolis (Red)?I'm trying to catch up on my reviews at the moment, so if in my rush I've forgotten to include something in this video, let me know and I'll try and cover it up in a future mop-up video when I've got sufficient time.

One thing that I did intend to mention was the size of video files created by this camera. People with good math skills can probably work it out from the video bitrates, but for the rest of us I can confirm that in my tests 15min at 1920x1080 30fps took up 970MB of space. 

One thing I know that I didn't test is motion activation. I know that some people are interested in this feature, but I really can't figure out how to demonstrate it in a meaningful way. Clearly, when the camera in this mode if I wave my hand in front of the lens it starts recording...but is that all people really want to know, because it all seems rather rudimentary to me. Let me know.

If you want to download a few short samples of clips from the camera Here is a folder on pcloud.

I am trying out affiliated links, so here is my link to the Xdreme camera on Chinavasion. Remember though that in the UK, you will likely get stung with customs and 'handling' fees when you import from China, so factor that into your budget.

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    plus). @Ritschimuc: du suchst eher so eine Action Cam? guck mal auf techmoan.com z.B. die Xtreme an: http://www.techmoan.com/blog/2012/7/15/xdreme-camera-review.html Die hat natürlich eine deutlich besser Bildquali als die Car Cams, an eine Go Pro Hero 2 reichts aber

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Thanks for that. I was hoping you would get round to this one. After breaking my jumbo 808 I was in desperate need of a new one and ordered the xdreme camera.
Luckily your review shows I won't have wasted my money. Just waiting for its arrival. :-)

July 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

Thank you! Excellent review - not often is a single review enough to purchase an item, but this covered all my questions! I will be going with this one.

July 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRubberman

Excellent review as allways! Do you have a cat? Maybe that's a nice subject for the motion detection functionality. You could point the camera at a place the cat frequently visits for a day, see what he's up to while you're at work. :-)

I've got a question about the automatic image orientation: does it level the video like a leveler (ie is it level to the horizon), or does it just turn the image at 90 degrees steps?

Owh, and another question: Could you use it as a we.... ;-) just kidding...

July 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGerrelt

@Gerrelt I don't have a cat, but it was a sound idea. The orientation sensor just flips the video the other way up (180°).

July 16, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for the review! Ordered the Xdreme HD two weeks ago. Looks like a good purchase to me now!

July 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark Mevius

SOLD...! :)

Thanks for the review...

July 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterViper

Splendid review, as usual.

I managed to wreck my Crocolis by somersaulting a motorbike on top of it.
It still records but is cosmetically challenged and structurally compromised.

This looks like an excellent replacement for when I'm suitably recovered.

Thanks

July 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

I could not find any specifications as to how deep you can take this camera into the water. I asked Chinavasion, too, and they said they don't know. Have you any idea how waterproof this camera is?

Thanks for the review!

July 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPete

Techmoan, thank you very much, great review as usual. I was expecting a higher bitrate on this one. The footage looks really good, I want to buy it but there is one thing. For the color correction work we need like 2 or 3 times as much bitrate than it gives now, or the footage breaks apart at color correction. Can you talk the guys at Crocolis into releasing a firmware that gives an "extreme" quality setting, which gives higher bitrate? Manually adjusting shutter speed and/or an exposure lock would be nice too:) Gopro claims to release a firmware update called "protune", which adds a new recording bitrate of 35Mbps. The guys at Crocolis need to catch up :)

July 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBurak Soysal

As i sad on YouTube its an excelent review of a camera that solves a lot of issues and is the video that got me most excited i was in year,i was like a kid in a candy shop.Anywayu :) ... As another fellow blog viewer said,you could use a cat or any kind of big animal for motion detection so we can also HOW FAR or better said CLOSE action has to be to trigger it.Another thing is that you could get the camera facing forward clamping using the handlebar mount either on handlebar by holding in place that rubber or foam piece with zip ties either on bikes forks.Beside that i can't point another lack in the video.Again thanks for this and the rest great review.I'm pretty sure im not mistakeing when i say you had found the second call.If you ask me,you're one of the best reviewers if not video uploaders on youtube.

July 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge-Romania

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