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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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mic solution?:
http://www.openobject.org/objectsinflux/images/bat%20detector/modded%20plug.jpg
And using ultrasmall wires like these:
https://www.flyandspin.nl/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/u/w/uwx.jpg

Probably no problem with closing the display. Other end fitted with a contraplug. Just some tape around the new connection, and i think it will be watertight enough for rain. And still have good sound quality!

Pity the camera is so expencive... Otherwise i would have tried it myself.

July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRutger

Great review Techmoan.
You did rather complain that the camera was making the shot too dark, but in reality he had lots of sky in the shot and the camera was simply adjusting the overall exposure to give the best result. No clever spot metering or centre weighting here.

You also said the camera took a long time to adjust its iris to the changing lighting conditions, but I'd be very surprised to learn it had something as expensive as an iris on board. I'm betting its the same as the Extreme cam in that exposure is controlled by adjusting the ISO value and the shutter speed per frame.

You're right to say the front element is a piece of flat plastic (so that the cam shoots sharp footage under water) but the new design stops you using the top off a WD40 can as a push-on lens cap. About the only thing missing from that box of bits 'n' pieces.

tom.

July 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertom hardwick

Another cracking review - how did you manage to find enough dry days to get the footage ;-)

July 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergrahamk998

Grahamk998 Are you for real? I heared something to the effect that UK only got 1 Sunday a year but is this for real? Its such a struggle to find at least no rainy days?

July 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge-Romania

How's the sound quality? is it so much better? And the mountings did it jump off?

July 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPinoy Pilot

Pinoy,off course it didn't jump off :| And yeah,sound its not so much better,its perfect.Check out the video and you'll find out.Its an awsome video and a briliant review.

July 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge-Romania

I've got one of these, here is a video I took from my bicycle.

http://youtu.be/YZfYE-diHfg

and a comparison video taken with another (1080p) camera, on the same circuit, same time of day just another day.

http://youtu.be/4Vg0FEZz59Q

I didn't use the included bicycle mount because it was kinda heavy and made the camera stick out too far for my liking, I used a custom modified mount I made myself.

July 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterOz

I'm thinking about buying one, but I'm not sure. How deep can it be under the water (recording, of course)? Can you hide all the info ( date, hour, ...)?

I hope someone help me.

Jose SJD

July 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJose San Joaquin

Jose SJD Its in IP 68, about what can find more about here " http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_Code " .For what 6 and 8 from IP 68 mean check the table.You'll find 8 mean its waterproof over 1 m however it can meen something else too.At other producs i saw IP 68 up to 3 m though it depands on the materials used,what water preasure they can stand at but i think 3 m its preety safe,though it wont be suiteable for open water sea or ocean diving cuz you usually dive more than that.Limit its probably the coral reaf is at few meters.If you dare you can go up to 5m and after like 30 m if nothing happens let us know :P Or wich the limit is ,more or less then like 3 m :P

July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge-Romania

I wanna mean 30 minutes not meters :)

July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge-Romania

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