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This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

Two digit Led display shows battery level

 

What SD CARD should I buy?

If you want an SD Card for your camera - these are the ones I use and recommend. 

I'd strongly recommend not to buy any SD cards off ebay - I've heard about too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. My inbox regularly gets messages from people who bought a £150 camera then cheaped out and bought a £3 memory card on ebay - Then when it doesn't worth they blame the camera! It doesn't make any sense. Good memory is cheaper than it's ever been - see the links above.

A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.

UK & US LINKS & PRICES BELOW

RECOMMENDED CARDS (for action cams - see dashcams below)

CLASS 10 UHS-1 CARDS (For HD Cameras)

 

U3 CARD (For 4K cameras)

 

 

SPECIAL DASHCAM CARDS

The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for dashcams...here's some.

 

VERY IMPORTANT. These links take you to the product, however Amazon have three different ways of selling. There's Amazon Direct - This means that you are only dealing with Amazon themselves, then there's other sellers that use Amazon's facilities - these show as Fulfilled By Amazon and finally there's Market Place sellers that advertise on Amazon, but operate independently.  I strongly recommend that you only use the first...the Amazon Direct - Sold By Amazon option. Even if it appears that you are paying a couple of £/$ more it is more than likely you are comparing the price of a real item against the price of a fake.

To give you an idea of the extent of the fake goods problem. In a 2016 survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold through Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 

 
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Wednesday
Aug222012

Liquid Image EGO Review (2 part review)

Here is part one of a two part review of the Liquid Image EGO 1080p sport camera. (Part 2 here)

Over the next two weeks I will spend more time using the camera and then post the final part of the review, together with some downloadable sample.

This is the first time I've split a video review in this manner. I did this because I wanted to give myself more time to perform all the tests that a camera like this warrants, as well as discover any quirks and idiosyncrasies it may exhibit.

If there is anything specific that you want to see in part 2, please put details in the comments and I'll see what I can do.

I bought this camera from Amazon, it cost me approx £120.

PDF Manual on the Liquid Image Site (not much other info there though).

Here is a gallery of all the set-up menus from the Actionconnect app.

 

Update 27 August 2012

I took the Ego out on the bike yesterday and got some really nice looking video. I'm very impressed with this camera.  I'm currently working on my review of the bike and then on the final part of the Ego review...but if you want to see something from the Ego now - you can download a clip using This link. This clip was shot in 1080p30 with a 90º FOV and the plastic protective shield was on. The clip has been trimmed for length using MPEG streamclip (but not re-encoded).

PART 2 OF THIS REVIEW IS HERE

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Reader Comments (65)

Nice review again Mat!

Does changing the FOV setting reduce the fish eye effect? Be good to see samples of that in part 2.
Also I imagine you will include answers to normal boring old questions such as can it charge and record at the same time?
I fear that loop recording is not an option with this camera? Bit of a shame that.

Great review again, can't wait for part 2!!

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJim

I need to test the FOV setting and see if it works and if it retains the setting after powering off. All the other things...I need to find out myself and then I'll be sure to include the answers to these in part 2. I'm pretty sure that looping the video is out of the question though.

The things I've left out so far traditionally add another week or two to the production time of each video...especially when it comes to waiting for decent weather to go out on the bike.

August 22, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Am I right in assuming it does not do PAL Frame rates only NTSC (30/60)

If so this is a big mistake - as when mixed with 25P footage it will have ghosted frames

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermatt

Matt You are correct. 1080p 30 and 720p 60 only. That's why I didn't mix any footage in with the review that I'd already shot and edited at 1080p 25.

August 22, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

If you have time, can you let us know how long it will continuously shoot shoot video while on the battery, and does it gracefully shut down and end/save the video if you let it run out of battery?

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPigmyPuncher

That's exactly the kind of thing that will be in part 2 because of the length of time it takes to accurately determine.

August 22, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

some questions

Is it possible to switch of the LED in front?
Is it possible to switch of the sounds?
Memory usage per Video time?
Charge and record at the same time ?
Maximal size of the SD card?

the a lot and regards

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSam

Sam 1, 2 and 5 are covered in the video (No, No and 32GB). 2 & 3 .....in part 2

August 22, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Looks to be the start of a great new review. Good stuff so far. What I would like to know is:

1) Sound quality. Also is it stereo or mono sound?
2) Video jelly effect. A lot of these camcorders exhibit varying degrees of jellyvision. Would like to see some reasonably fast panning on say a fence with vertical slats to see how pronounced the effect is.

August 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeoff

Thanks for this great new review (as usual)!

As I understand, the smartphone application can be used as a remote control. This is a very useful feature for action scenes.
Do you have an idea about the WiFi antenna range? Inside (through walls) and outside?

Can't wait for the 2nd part of the review.
Specially for onboard footage! ;-)

Daniel, France

August 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDan

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