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Tuesday
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)

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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