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Thursday
Jul052012

A 1080p Wired Bullet Cam

This review is almost a half-hour long, and yet I'm sure that I will have skimmed past things that I wasn't interested in, but other people would want to know about. Therefore, if there is something specific you do want me to cover in a follow up video, let me know in the comments and I'll see what I can do if/when I get the chance to do a follow-up video.

CLICK HERE for RAW SAMPLES from this camera.

If you click the link above you will find a shared folder  containing 720p60 & 1080p30 clips as well as a few stills.

So why no price or seller link? (Updated  now included.... see below)

You will notice that there are no links to a seller or even details about the price. I briefly explained why this was the case at the end of the video, but I'll elaborate here. I've been contacted by resellers/retailers who have indicated that they would like to use my videos as product demonstrations on their web stores, but when I promote the name of their competitors as my source, it makes it impossible for them to embed the videos on their site. Therefore for this video I'm trying something different. I've reviewed the product but left out any mention of supplier or price.

If there are any resellers who do stock this camera and want to provide a link to their store in the comments below, please feel free to do so. Likewise, I'm happy for you to embed this video on your website/store. Also if anyone spots these for sale anywhere, you can also post a helpful link below. I'm basically putting a call out and asking you to help one other to find the best place to buy this camera from.

This is just an experiment to see how this affects my viewing numbers. Don't worry, the next few items I'm reviewing after this have been sent to me as review samples...so of course I'll be providing full links to the retailers on these products. You'll have seen a subject for a future review making a cameo appearance in this video. However, please be patient as these reviews take me a long time to put together.

P.S By the way just because the control box has an HDMI in socket on it doesn't mean it will work as a PVR. The camera is using this as a data port only, not for streaming encoded video.

EDIT 12/08/12 I've given the experiment long enough and now it's time to name where I bought mine from

When the auction I've linked to expires, you'll have to look at the seller's page to see if he is selling more.
In future, links to sellers will be on this blog rather than in the video...because that will enable me to keep this information up to date.

UPDATE - 18/8/12 I've now done a review of the car accessory lead and the microphone. This video also includes some night driving footage for those people who were interested in seeing this.

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Reader Comments (162)

I think aliexpress is a marketplace a bit like eBay...with different traders selling their products though it...some good, some not-so- good. I've got a new camera on its way from a seller on Aliexpress at the moment, so I'll see how it works out for me.

August 16, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@techmoan

Great, i'll be interested to hear how you get on. I suppose its like many things when dealing with items from china, unless you have dealt with the seller before you're never quite sure how it will work out.

It appears the ebay seller you bought the bullet cam off wont ship to Ireland as "all the item go missing", hard to understand as i bought many items from china and none have gone missing but i guess i am now left with having to look for an alternative seller (hence my quick search about aliexpress and reviews about their site).

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJim

@techmoan
so am i (like Jim). My experiance. As i wrote here, i have pronlems with the 1080p Wired Bullet Cam when i put it on pre war vintage cars. The disturbances are have. By chance i found this supplier:
http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/290166078/Newly_upgraded_FULL_HD1080P_Sports_camera.html. I noticed the ferro solenoids at the cable and wrote Terry Wong. The answer came immediately. It seems as alibaba.com is the "mothersite" of aliexpress.com. I did not buy form aliexpress.com yet, but what i think is great is the fact that you can give feedback for every single order. Are this feedbacks fake?

Thanks for the brilliant review Techmoan. I've bought one from jingjiniao20070922 on ebay on the back of your review and am quite happy with it so far after a week of commuting (in Manchester). As some others have found the sticky velcro patches are not up to much, mine came away from its own adhesive after a day so Im now using the elasticated one which seems better.

Mine doesnt suffer from the high pitched noise that some of your raw samples have, it does however have terrible distortion on the right audio channel.Bbut it is perfectly fine on the left channel. I am now using an external mic instead and the input from that is fine without any distortion. I would hazard a guess that the wind noise you have in your review is actually just distortion on the right audio channel. (I switch the channels on and off in VLC).

If it helps anyone - the ebay listing/manual says the external mic is a '3 rings' jack - which would suggest a TRRS jack, however this doesnt work. I had to rewire the TRRS mic i had bought to simulate a TS connector (mono) to get it to work. So basically it needs a cheapo 1 ring mic not the 3 rings it suggests!.

August 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJames

Another great review. Very nice and professional job!

Like you I'm interested on technology, video, etc...
I tryed the Toyota iQ, possibly my next car. And also looking for a smart motorcycle to replace my Suzuki GSX1250FA.
Are you considering a test of your Honda NC700S? It would be great! ;-)

Daniel (from France)

August 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

Daniel, I'm trying to put together a review of the bike (NC700X DCT) - but I haven't a clue about bikes, I just like riding them. So whatever comes out will be very non-technical and probably a bit amateurish.

August 18, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I watched your comparison between your Smart and your iQ, not amateurish at all.
I'm specially interested on the DCT version.
Thank you.

August 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel, France

Hi.

Has anyone tried this at night. How much can you see?

August 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParv1

Parv1 - I included a quick night driving test in the follow up review of the accessories for this camera - I've posted that video at the bottom of the article now.

August 19, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Happy to report that mine arrived today from AliExpress. It is the same camera and is working ;-). Couple of things I haven't notice mentioned is that exposure can be manually adjusted on the fly, ie while recording in about 10 increments +2 to -2. You can also charge while recording and I tried it with a mobile power bank (DX SKU 124421) to extend recording time while on extended rides.
This is the seller, http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Full-HD-1080P-Sports-Camera-Action-Camera-1080P-Helmet-Camera-Free-shipping/902839_567105904.html bought at US$159 shipped and arrived in Australia in just under 4 weeks.

Thanks Matt, keep those reviews coming.

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLes

Just received mine and it is just as described. I bought it on ebay from "estore009", very quick delivery and well packaged.
Ordered August 6, received today August 20, just 2 weeks from China to Denmark,, pretty quick.

The only thing was that there was some dust particles in the inside of the lens cover, I unscrewed it and cleaned,, no problems.

The motion detection works fine, very sensitive and responds quickly.. about 1/10 of a second I would think. But nothing that I will use.

Looking forward to get on the racetrack :-)

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjano

Jano

Please keep us informed. I'm wondering, whether your videos will be OK. You might have an issue with your car as well. My cam works fine as long the engine is switched of. With the engine on -vintage cars- i do get terrible pictures and i heard that some race cars face similar problems. Hope your cars electrical system is interference suppresst.

Good luck on the race track.

Rudy,

My car, a 1968 Lotus Super Seven, has a fairly modern electrical system with a alternator, and I dont even intend to connect the cam to the system, just running on the internal battery, I hope the battery can last a hour or so.

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjano

Jano

It is unfortunately not the 12 V power cable that causes the disturbance, it ist the cable from the lense to the cam. I got now ferros to hopefully fix it. But i think with your 1968 Lotus you won't have any problems.

An other thread is how to mount the cam. The accessories -albeit probably good if you want to put to put the camera on one car and leave it there- are all plastic. Through techmoan second video, the car kit, i came across this mount: http://www.dogcamsport.co.uk/hq-bullet-camera-roll-cage-mount.html. Could not find something similar here in Switzerland and ordered it today. Very good service. I hope i can pick it up Thursday, when i arrive in London. Had it sent to a friends address there.

Can you tell me if this is the same product with all accessories or not ?
http://www.aliexpress.com/product-gs/586725212-Free-Shipping-1-4-inch-CMOS-Split-Type-Mini-Sports-Full-HD-1080P-DVR-with-2-wholesalers.html

I am wandering if the product in that site also includes all the accessories what you have shown in your review, as there are no image regarding the accessories it includes other than few hardware compatibility based information in the "Feature".

thanks in advance.

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersubhendu

Well, I've bitten the bullet(cam) and ordered from jingjiniao20070922 on ebay as well. Hopefully it will arrive in plenty time for my cycle sportive in September 9th - 110 miles through the Scottish Borders between Glasgow and Edinburgh. It should be a good test (though hopefully not of it's weatherproofing!).


I'll hold off buying a spare battery until I've found out if I can power it from the "Znooda" Portable Battery Pack I got with my 808 #16 camera. That can either power or charge my existing cameras or my Garmin Edge 800 so hopefully it will work with this.

August 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlasdair

Oh, and I'll decide on whether to get an external mic after testing too. I'll likely want to put the recording unit in either my seatpack or a pouch attached to the top of my frame, so the internal mic would be muffled.

August 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlasdair

Sorry for "spamming" the board ;-)

Email this morning to say the camera was dispatched today. Not bad considering I ordered it in the early hours of this morning (albeit probably business hours in China). I'll keep everyone posted (n pun intended) on delivery.

August 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlasdair

Hi Techmoan,

I orderd one of these cameras on the strength of your review (excellent by the way) from a seller named Doug (necaver) on Ebay ( search for - Full HD1080p Sports Action Helmet Camera and DVR Bullet On Board Cam 30/60 fps - select international ) for £123 delivered the guy was great to deal with and very helpful, it arrived this week (17 days from placing order) I hope to test out fully over the weekend but after my first try with it its a keeper so easy to use and great picture quality if it turns out to be as good as I hope I'll be ordering another to capture the rear view as well as the front.

Thanks for the great review.

Klippie.

August 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKlippe

@Klippe I'm still happy with mine. It's the camera that I use every time I'm out on the bike.

August 25, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I've been meaning to ask, how many of you have been stung by Customs for VAT and Post Office/courier for a handling charge? I'm hoping I won't have an extra £33 or so to pay.

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlasdair

@Alisdair. I didn't have to pay anything extra on his camera.

August 26, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I think that getting stopped for duty is a bit of a lottery but it helps if the sender does not claim it to be exceptionally valuable.

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

@ Techmoan, fingers crossed I am as lucky then!

I'm just wondering as with the levels for duty being charged on the likes of optical media dropped to £15, maybe they are clamping down on how much is allowed to slip through the net. I was probably more fortunate than unlucky when it was £18. But this is the most expensive item I have imported so I'm less sure what to expect.

It's annoying enough to be charged VAT on something not being bought from a UK retailer, but all the more galling that our wonderful Royal Mail has the nerve to charge £8 to submit a parcel to Customs and Excise which, for those who don't know have a department in the the very same Mount Pleasant sorting office international mail goes through!

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlasdair

@ Alasdair, how do you feel about businesses that avoid paying tax?

Import duty is liable on goods you import, but the system can be a bit of a lottery so you might not pay it. But I would presume that I will and factor that cost (@£25) into the purchase before I click to buy.

August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

The seller marked my package as accessories and no duty was due...fantastic. I agree, always factor in import duty and VAT before buying any expensive goods from abroad.

Anyway I gave my camera a good test over the weekend and today to and from work...I'am very impressed, the picture quality, sound and most of all its ease of use is outstanding, I also have a Drift HD170 Stealth but its no match for this one it does everything so much better, I'am going to order another so I'll be selling the Drift to pay for it.

One other thing I tried out was a "Sanyo MM01" mono microphone I bought for the Drift on this new one and it worked great it gave a very clear sound recording and most important no clipping just nice crisp sound. I ordered another last night from this seller - lucy1988hj03 - its a Buy It Now or Best Offer for £9.99 plus £2.50 p&p I offered £7.50 which was accepted so £10 buys a great quality microphone for this camera...bargain.

Now...I can't wait to try it on my bike...


Klippie.

August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKlippie

@Klippie Glad you are happy. Thanks for the tip on the microphone. The area around the mic socket is a tight squeeze, so it's good to know which ones will fit.

August 27, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@ Voyager03,

I'm not quite sure why you're asking how I feel about tax avoidance but I don't agree with it, assuming it's being done illegally.

What I am against is the UK government making money (i.e. VAT) on a product which has not been sold in this country and/or by a UK seller. It just seems a bit "cheeky" to charge a UK tax on a non-UK-supplied product. It seems akin to the USA's heavy taxation on imported cars supposedly done to protect their domestic motor industry. Not really a proper free market. An extreme example perhaps but just an analogy.

I like to buy British when I can but I reserve the right to choose to purchase elsewhere. Unfortunately, the government reserves the right to charge me a UK sales tax regardless of source.

Anyway, like you, I factor in the potential for being charged and decide whether the "risk" of it is worth the purchase :-)

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlasdair

@ Klippie,

Thanks for the microphone tip. If nothing I have suits, I may go for one of those too.

Are you using the camera on a bike, motorbike or car? Assuming the microphone is being used externally, how is wind noise and how directional is it? In other words, would having the mic facing rearwards reduce wind noise without a heavy effect on sound pick-up?

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlasdair

@Alasdair

Why does it "...seem a bit "cheeky" to charge a UK tax on a non-UK-supplied product."?

You are eligible to pay VAT on everything you buy whether it is 'imported' or not. That is how the government raises tax revenue. That they don't bother chasing payment on many small, cheap goods is because the cost of claiming it back is greater than they would gain by doing so. But a hundred quid camera probably does not fall into that category.

Just expect to have to pay and consider yourself lucky if you are not charged. I'd guess that the chances are you won't be.

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

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