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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 (63)

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

Great review!

Looks very promising. Let's wait for the second part of the review. Can't wait to watch that bike-onboard-test.

Thank you very much!

August 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCalvinH

Mat,

Just a quick question you could maybe answer in part 2.

Will it charge via a 12V car cigarette charger?

If it does and it can charge and record at the same time, this might be a far better option for my R&D project i emailed you about a few weeks back. The 1080p bullet cam has the drawback of having a lot wires going all about the place, where as this camera with it wifi connectivity to a smartphone would eliminate all that by using the smartphone as a viewfinder.

It looks to be a great little camera, but that fisheye effect worries me a bit, hope changing the FOV would sort that out as i have seen sample footage on youtube with both the fisheye effect and another video that had no fisheye effect at all.

Look forward to part 2 and to get a look at that new bike!!

Regards,
Jim.

August 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJim

It will charge with a 12V USB charger. All USB chargers will supply 5V regardless of what the other end is plugged into, car, bike, house, solar panel...etc.

Before any smart alec wants to school me about amps etc....let's just keep this basic...no need to go into that now.

I will be looking at FOV in part 2.

August 24, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Well it's mono, you can see that in the specs, however I'll be testing the performance of this in part 2. I'll try and find some way of testing CMOS wobble.

August 24, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I've uploaded a video sample to mediafire and added a link to the bottom of the blog post.

August 27, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Wauw, really nice quality! I like the colors, are they realistic?
Your suspension is working hard. :-)

August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGerrelt

It was a lovely day and the sky was blue, I suppose it's possible that the colours might possibly be a tiny bit oversaturated...but it looks about right to me.

August 27, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I too am interested if the Ego can charge and record at the same time, if you could test this for part two that would be great

August 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDave

I got my very own EGO from Amazon this week, am very impressed by the quality of the video !

That said, I sorry to report the WiFi "view finder" doesn't work with my setup: EGO cam serial A0000367 version 2.1.4.0 (*), Action Connect version 2.1.9 and Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830i running on Android 2.3.6

After sending an email to Liquid Image they responded quite fast, the last thing they did was sending me a firmware update voor the cam, it's now running on 2.2.1.0, but the "shoot" mode in ActionConnect still doesn't work, i.e. shows a black screen with just the phone's wee notification symbols.

Quite a pity because the main reason for buying this cam was it's ability to place it in a cramped space (model railroad layout) and get the correct frame for stills through the smartphone.

Anyone else has this problem ( and hopefully solved it...) ?

cheers, Leo.

August 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeo Starrenburg

@Leo. I have an old Android phone and tried to connect to the Ego without success....I assumed that it was the phone's fault. Would you be so kind as to email me the firmware you got, so I can test it out. Mat@techmoan.com

August 31, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

It's on my site Mat, again thank you for your help !!!

I did go out today and bought a brand new tablet, a Samsung Tab2.
When I went to the GooglePlay store to install the ActionConnect app, the store deemed the Tab2 not compatible, would Android 4.0.3 be too much for it ?

Fingers crossed for updates :-)))

cheers, Leo.

August 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeo Starrenburg

hey there,

got one more request.

i really would like to see some video taken with not that much light. I'm not talking about a night video but something in bad light conditions!

thx a lot ! you are doing a great job!

regards

September 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSam

Got my red ego today from Amazon. Works like a charm.
Some first day comments. Operation with buttons only is stiff.Need to check every time if recording started.
Great quality material.

example of 720 , 60fps link with ego
https://plus.google.com/u/0/116590443392082367419/posts/1R9yhK4t7g8

September 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJMO

Sam,

Low light test has been done today. I've all the footage I need now...it just needs editing together (I say Just, it's probably about 12 hours work).

September 1, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thx a lot!
I really appreciate it!

regards

September 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSam

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