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Sep042012

Liquid Image Ego Review - Part 2

Here is the final part of my exhaustive (and exhausting) two-part review of the Liquid Image Ego camera. (Part 1 here)

The quality of the video this camera produces is excellent, but the accompanying Actionconnect app and the manner in which it interacts with the camera needs a lot of work.

Luckily this camera can be used perfectly well for most of the time without any need to resort to the application. I found that once I'd used the wifi viewfinder to correctly line up the camera mount on my motorbike - I didn't need to use the app  again, until it came time to adjust the FOV setting.

Unfortunately due to the fiddly nature of this procedure, rebooting the camera and connecting it up to my phone by the side of the road took long enough that a helpful biker stopped and asked me if I needed assistance. He had seen me crouching beside my machine a few minutes earlier when he rode past in the other direction and assumed that I needed help. This experience taught me two things, firstly that bikers are generally very helpful people, and secondly that I really shouldn't try adjusting the settings on the Ego if I'm in a hurry.

Price - When I bought mine from Expansys on Amazon, it was £120. Now that Expansys are out of stock, the cheapest price from other stockists is over £150, which in my opinion is too high. I'd suggest waiting for prices to drop back down a bit. 

SAMPLES 

If you want to download some samples - I've uploaded a folder containing 1080p30 and 720p60 videos together with some stills. These will look considerably better than the youtube clips. Click Here to download these files 

If you read through the comments you'll see that a couple of people have been having issues with the camera shutting off recording after 30 mins...rather than carrying on making more 30 min files. The solution appears to be a combination of using a different firmware from the one supplied on the camera and also possibly sticking to cards under 32GB in size. It's possible that some 32GB cards may work...but it's something you'll need to experiment with. 

UPDATE Jan 2013 The Action Connect app has been replaced with a really good Liquid Image App and the firmware has been tweaked a number of times and now has options to turn off the light and flip the image (amongst other improvements). See the Comments for more. 

This is a really excellent camera for a brilliant price.

(£102 for the Blue one on Amazon UK - at the time of writing (18/1/13).

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Reader Comments (134)

Thanks for the review! Great as usual!

Cheers

September 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmeixa

Psst @2min in. The shock absorber is not bouncing up and down. It's fixed to the road - it's the rest of the bike (and camera) that is bouncing up and down! Just wanted the chance to be pedantic, great review again.

Another 'nearly' camera, good FoV, seems to work well, but shaped like a Weeble! MAKE IT A BULLET CAMERA SHAPE PLEASE!

Thanks, Techmoan, your work is not in vain!

September 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

great video!
thx a lot for including my reqest!

Regards

September 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSam

I don't really want to make this too confusing, the Xdreme had it's own indepth review. They are very different cameras - one large, waterproof with an LCD screen and the other not. I'm not too sure that anyone would seriously be comparing one against the other purely based on video quality - the features rather than the video are what differentiate them.

September 6, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Can you see what it does in thermal shutdown? I currently use a flip HD cam on my motorcycle almost exactly where you place yours, but I have found that after 30 minutes (give or take) it gets too hot and shuts down without saving the file. I have also had the flip go into thermal shutdown on the dash of my car, again resulting in the loss of video. I am hoping the EGO will be a suitable replacement.

September 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Mike, the Ego does get quite warm when it's working...but I've never had it shut down as a result. It's been on the bike for two hours recording continuously without any issue. Of course things might be different in a hotter climate...but I think I'm unlikely to experience thermal shutdown where I live. It does mention the thermal cut-off in the manual, so it must be something that can happen and they have made a provision for.

September 6, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thank You Sir. Sounds like it will be a suitable replacement for the Flip. BTW Your reviews are awesome. Keep up the great work.

September 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Great review! It did look like the video seemed to be more stable (less jelly/tearing) than with the XDreme. Also, light to dark transitioning seemed to be handled better on this cam versus the XDreme as well (I think I recalled some strange banding effects when you were transitioning from a tunnel to the outside with the XDreme.)

September 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeoff

Ref the price - I see Expansis are saying they have it back in stock (in most colours) and it is currently @130 with free delivery.

September 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

It looks a good camera but price is very high.It will be a replacement for xdreme.Cameras are now going more technologically advanced.However your review is fine.

September 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCar camera

Great review of the camera, and in line with the quality of your other sports cam reviews. I have a question, as I have been unsuccessful in getting a response from LIC. My camera stops recording after 30 minutes. It does save the file, and remains on (I have Autoshutdown to Never), but does not continue with seamless recording as your cam did. Is there a setting or something that I am missing?

Sorry to ask here, but again, I am not getting a response from the manufacturer.

Cheers,
John

September 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn in Bangkok

The only thing I can think of at the moment is the file format of your memory card. I'm assuming that you've formatted it as FAT32 rather than NTFS?

September 17, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I researched that and all cameras refer to Fat32 so I left it the way it came. I will try formatting it NTFS and see if that helps. Thanks for the fast reply.

September 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn In Bangkok

No, stick to FAT32, NTFS doesn't work. I'm not sure what your issue is unfortunately. Perhaps try a different card.

September 17, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Quote:
"My camera stops recording after 30 minutes. It does save the file, and remains on (I have Autoshutdown to Never), but does not continue with seamless recording as your cam did. Is there a setting or something that I am missing?"

if got the same Problem - Firmware V. 2.2.1.2 - but it shutdown after aprox. 30 Minutes - any hint ?

September 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMr G

I'm befuddled. What class of card are you using?

September 18, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Ok, problems solved. I contacted LIC support, and after many emails back and forth and many days (granted, the time difference between the US and Thailand where I am was a factor), the problem is solved.

You were right, NTFS doesn't work, but exFAT and FAT32 work fine. I am using exFAT now because of numerous advantages.

But onto the problem - it is the firmware. LIC had to have an independent dealer email me the link to an updated firmware. This allows for uninterrupted recording, with individual 30 minute files. I just tested and confirmed working, 4 files at 30 min each for 2 hours before it stopped recording.

Here is the link to the updated firmware
https://rcpt.yousendit.com/1649578593/9b618a9353d3aedc46852662a1f3e96a

BTW, I couldn't get it to update with a 32gb card, bit it updated fine with an old 4gb Class 2 card, apparently speed rating doesn't matter when updating the firmware.

Thanks again for a great review.

September 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn in Bangkok

BTW, the old firmware version was 2..2.1.2, the new working version is 2.2.1.0, which seems odd, but maybe the new firmware was bad and they sent me a working older firmware.

September 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn in Bangkok

Thanks for the information. I'll upload the firmware and post a link to it, so others can benefit from your hard work.

September 22, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Dear Techmoan and All,
Techmoan, my compliments for your nice reviews!

One of my friends is planning to make a world trip on a "Bike Boat" by the end of 2013. I promised him to give him 3 cams: 2 on top of the boat and one looking "underwater forewards" and mounted on the helm shaft. For that last one I have been looking at some pan&tilt solutions, so he could also look sidewards and deeper under water, but this seems quite expensive for a good under water quality.
Of course it would be pratical having 3 of the same cams, where I could provide a 4th one as a spare. Also.....hooking those to the laptop and watching the images "live" on the screen seems attractive being in the middle of nowhere.
Looking at the sport and mini cams, that you have been reviewing lately, what would you advice?
Thanks and regards, Dirk

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDirk

Dirk, I'm not really convinced that any of the cameras I've tested will do the job for you. They all have issues. I think if you want to do the job properly you might want to go for the GoPro. The Xdreme might be an option though.

October 9, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks very much for your hints. As the bike-boat still has to prove its "ocean-solidity", before I will build some in, I still have some time. In case you come across something interesting in this sense, please let me know. In the meantime, I will have a serious look both at the Gopro and Xdreme. Kind regards, Dirk

October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDirk

Hi, great review. Can I just ask what mount you use on your bike? it looks like it clamps onto the frame and this would be ideal for me.

On a side not I purchased mine while in the USA at duty free. converting currency back it only cost me £105..
Thanks, Rob

October 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFuZzBoM

It's an UltraClamp
quite a few people have asked, so perhaps I should make a quick video about it.

October 19, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for the quick reply, it looks to be ideal for my needs.
A video would be nice just to show it's size and few example mounting possibilities.
Does it have any vibration damping? I ask because the videos on the bike look fairly stable.

Thanks again,

October 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFuZzBoM

HOLA ,NECESITO UNA CAMARA ESPIA INALAMBRICA TU CREES QUE ESA CAMARA ME PUEDA SERVIR

October 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteralberto

An update on the Android app for the EGO cam: there's a new version out now, which doesn't work at all :-(((

At least not on my Samsung Galaxy Ace smartphone, would love to try it on my Samsung Tab2 but I still can't download the app on it, even though it's Android 4.0

Contacted Liquid Image and they'll look into it (again....)

Not a sports cam, but now I got a JVC GZ-VX715 WiFi cam that really works with an Android phone/tablet, so it is possible to make a functioning app I guess.

cheers, Leo

October 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeo Starrenburg

After watching your excellent reviews I bit the bullet and bought an Ego and must say on first impressions I am mightily impressed. What didn't come over too well on your bike footage was how smooth the 60 fps recording is. I am really torn between 1080 and 720 recordings now.

Regarding sound quality - I have been used to green laning with a Hecam bullet camera and although it is a bit basic the recordings were very good but let down by the wind noise when mounted on the top of my helmet. I don't know whether it is because I have stuck my Ego to the chest of my jacket with velcro ( secured with a lanyard round my neck) that I have found hardly any wind noise and even less with the clear cowl fitted. One thing I have noticed is that the Liquid Image 'how to' vids their cowl has a tiny hole in the cowl over the microphone that mine hasn't got - wondered if this was a later version with the hole to improve the volume of sound?

My only gripe is that there is no Connect app for Mac OSX so will have bite another (more expensive) bullet to be able to access all the functions.

Another thing that might be of use is that if you always throw your packing you might think about sawing the camera mount out of the base of the top case as the addition of a sticky pad you have yourself another clip-on bracket mount.

Kind regards and congrats on some super review work Matt.

Neil

November 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNeilB

Great review. Very informative and didn't hold any punches when it came to constructive critisim of the Ego.

Keep them coming.

Cheers Kym

November 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKym Moulds

Thanks a lot for your wonderful review. I watched part 1 and 2 carefully and really enjoyed them.
Now I have an old iPad, with iOS 4 on it. The Action Connect App says it needs iOS5.
How do you manage to change settings on the Ego with no App ? Is there a software available somewhere ?
I've got a mac OS X and someone said that it's not mac-compatible ?

Thanks,
Florence

December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFlorence

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