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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)

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

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