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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)

My EGO got 2 issues:
1)sometimes picture got really noisy in 1080p mode (looks like compression artifacts)
2)in really low light conditions picture became only BLUE colored. No other colors at all.

I've contacted their support, but no answer yet (2days).

Anyone experiencing the same?

P.S. Using latest firmware from weltin site.

July 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYury

Yury:

1) It is realy compression artifacts.
EGO camera produce in 1080p cca. 12Mbit/s h264 video stream.
Firmware 2.2.2.2 use 4 reference frames in H264 compression = nice video quality for 1080p (12Mbit)
Firmware 3.2.1.0 and higher use only 2 reference frames in H264 compression = bad video quality for 1080p (12Mbit), but still usable in 720p mode

For comparison, my compact camera canon powershot sx1is use ONLY 1 reference frame(very quick compression), video has good quality, but camera produce 40Mbit video stream = 17,5 GB for 1 hour video :((

You can check reference frames in all h264 movies. I use media player classic home cinema - properties - media info tab - and "Format settings, ReFrames" line.

August 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBzuco

Bzuco:
Thanks for clarifying that. I've flashed 2.2.2.2 back, will try my luck with it. Also, I wonder why our cam having such low bitrate compare to GoPro?

August 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYury

Yury:
GoPro is higher class of cameras and higher price (maybe higher bitrate :) ). I bought ego for 145€ last week.

I dont know which firmware use:
2.2.2.2 - higher quality compression, darker image in low light conditions, can´t on/off led light and beep, time from start camera to recording is 18s.

3.2.1.0 - lower quality compression, better image in low light conditions, can turn off led light and beep, time from start camera to recordingreduced to 9s.

Another thing, recorded sound has a very low volume level. I have to increase it on PC = higher noise.
I wonder, if i keep or sell this camera...

August 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBzuco

Bzuco:
I've hacked our cam's firmware to get inside and use scripting for really long timelapse shots (well, now I can setup any period). It's actually nice linux system inside on which you can login via telnet. Also I discovered that main video processor chip is Ambarella (I believe, A5s) which also makes chips for GoPro, so it could be the same chip as lower level GoPro cameras. Thats why I still hope to get cheaper alternative with the same quality.

I'm with you on firmware dilemma. Another thing to note, consider using ver. 3.3.1.0 instead of 3.2.1.0. Same low reframes as 3.2.1.0, but wifi and everything works faster.

When I get free time I'll try to find where in firmware we can set the bitrate and reframes, so I could patch that with my own higher settings.

August 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYury

Yury:
Good job ;). And what is the name and password for telnet connection. I tried some default passwords and names for other cameras, but i have no luck.

I've made some web client for change settings ( http://bzucko.sk/Liquid-image-EGO-web-browser-controll ).
Maybe it is possible to change another parameters, but i dont know what ist the script file name on EGO web server.
All is working except frame rates for 720p resolution.

August 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBzuco

Bzuco, to keep this thread clean - drop me a line at yurymonzon@gmail.com

Yesterday I've ruined a few good video footages with 2.2.2.2 =( Too dark =( Dang, I'm going back to 3.3.1.0! *sigh* Also, I've noticed really hight level of rolling shutter, while filming from hands.

August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYury

I'll take my words back - 3.2.1.0 is terrible =(

Here is the sample photo cropped and side by side with 2.2.2.2 version
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B4lX9jP4VIImNFY4VTktdnlGWTg/edit?usp=sharing

Here are the original files
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B4lX9jP4VIImc0RIMnAydm5DMTA/edit?usp=sharing
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B4lX9jP4VIImYmZMakttMEs1UzQ/edit?usp=sharing

So we're stuck with 2.2.2.2.

Should we try to write a collective email to developers? Who is with me?
E-mail me at yurymonzon@gmail.com

August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYury

Dear EGO 727 users!
Please, sign this petition, so we could ask developers to fix firmware issues. Thanks!

Fix Liquid Image Ego 727 camera firmware Petition | GoPetition

August 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYury

hello, can you change the time between photos in continuous photo mode?
thx

September 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbarry

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