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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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Tom, About the iris thing - I'm no expert in cameras - I'm just an end user, so I'm probably using the wrong phrase, by using human words to describe electronics. I thought there was such a thing as an electronic iris that controlled the light, if not then I'll have to adjust the way I describe how rapidly cameras can react to light in future videos.

The reason I thought the footage was dark, was because when I put the Crocolis camera in the same mount the footage wasn't as dark - so something is amiss. If I hadn't mentioned it then some clown would then accuse me of being too uncritical and being in Chinavasion's pocket- it's impossible to win, or even lose gracefully in these situations. Maybe I should avoid cameras for a bit.

July 25, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi. Back again.
As a further comment from my top one, I have received the camera now and used it a bit and can only say that I'm pleased with the video results. But, as far as sound goes its rubbish.
I am now going to get another 808 camera and modify it to accept an external microphone as I did with the last one I had (which I accidently buggered up by trying to fix the car charger and subsequently fried the battery somehow).

I tried different decent microphones but they all were too distorted. I also taped over the hole for the internal microphone but it was not good either. I usually use an external mic situated under the seat towards the rear of my bike and it worked fine on my modified (external mic jack socket & fish-eye lens) 808 keyfob cam.
The exdreme cam seems to be set far too sensitive for sound.

Dear TECHMOAN, if you're in touch with the manufacturers can you see if its possible to flash the sytem so as to make it less sensitive to sound.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2FfazZBm1s

Link above is an old vid from the 808 keyfob cam. I'll post one below somewhere for the exdreme cam when I've uploaded it.

Cheers.

July 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

Hi Techmoan, I know what you mean when you say you can't win or even lose gracefully; I write the technical articles for Film and Video Maker mag and I'm very aware that there's far more tekky people out there than I will ever be and I'm picked up on the tiniest things. But don't stop reviewing cameras the way you do - I find them excellent.

No, no such thing as an electronic iris or electronic ND filters. The exposure is controlled in the simplest possible way, by having an ISO and shutter speed combination that lets in the 'right' amount of light. Easily checked by using the cam for taking stills in all sorts of lighting conditions and viewing the meta-data on each frame.

All cameras are set up slightly differently as regards exposure, so I didn't see that underexposed road shot as anything you'd done wrong or differently.

tom.

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertom hardwick

Re: my previous comment.

Vid for xdreme cam:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTaSemqmIpM

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

I didn't plan to buy such thing until I find your excellent review. I watched every pieces about cams at one (long) night, so now I've got my own Xdreme camera, and I'm very happy with it.
I'm actually testing all of the functions, using like car cam, and I will use it on my RC glider. Also have a plan to make video with auto capture feature.
I will check your site time to time for new reviews.

July 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBalazs - Hungary

Modified sound exdreme camera

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlcUjNUS4fI

July 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

Thanks for a brilliant review. Your videos are very informative and funny.
Keep up the good job. I really appreciate your videos.

I bought the Exdreme camera from Chinavasion and I'm positive so far...

BUT there is one thing the guys forgot in the menus:
The DELETE option. One cannot delete a movie or photo. It gas to be done from a PC/Mac.

I give the camera a very high rating and recommend buying it :-)

August 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjenshenrik

I have been deleting videos from this camera. Press the menu button to get to the video file context, here you should see thumbnails of your videos, hit the record button to bring up the delete option. Same goes for the photos.

August 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterOz

Hi

Thanks for the review.

I purchased this camera after seeing the review on the Crocilis camera, and going to Chinavasion's website, I noticed that this was the successor to that camera. I have to say I'm quite pleased with the camera so far, and I've shot a ton of footage on it. As an experiment, I shot footage in every different resolution, and dropped them into a Final Cut X editor, which handled all of it with no problems.

As far as the waterproofness of the camera, I used mine in a rather large aquarium at a local museum, and it is waterproof at 2 meters. One note though, it is positively buoyant, so unless you attach some type of weight to it, the camera will float. I ended up using a piece of PVC pipe attached to the right angle mount which came with the camera so I could steer it to where the fish were. It does well underwater, and the audio is actually quite acceptable, you can hear all kinds of fishy noises.

Due to the fixed lens, the camera does not focus really closely, but that's to be expected, the only time we noticed was when a fish got right up into the lens. Other than that, it's quite amazing video, especially for an inexpensive camera.

I've tried out the motion detection, and in full HD, it can detect a cat switching it's tail at 4 meters. I've not gone much further than that with it, but it does seem to work well. It also detected a piece of paper waving when the air conditioning came on.

Overall, I'm quite impressed with the camera, and despite the complaints about the audio with the back closed, I've been able to use the audio that I did get for synch audio for editing purposes, we almost always record audio on another dedicated audio machine, or another camera which is set up for external audio.

August 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVictor

Oz:
You're right. It is possible to delete files.
Thanks for correcting me :)

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjenshenrik

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