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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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I found out today that -- on the iPhone now, and for Android later -- the Action Connect app has been replaced by an app called "Liquid Image." The "App Version" is 1.1.0, it says.

Further, when I installed this app and went through the usual wi-fi connecting, it told me that I had an obsolete firmware level on the camera, and told me to go to http://app.liquidimageco.com/ and install the new version. I followed the instructions there (or at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3qzsKHCcMk ), and I now have the Ego at firmware version 3.2.1.0 (up from 2.2.1.2, which came on the camera when purchased in the USA, in December, 2012).

By the way, the new app adds a settings choice to turn off the LED on the camera. The other settings seem to be the same as before.

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBill Pollack

Bill, I spotted the app a couple of days ago and downloaded it but I haven't had time to test it yet. Looks like I'm due some new firmware too. I'm happy that the Liquid Image guys are continuing to support and improve their camera. It really is excellent value for money and offers the features of much more expensive cameras at a fraction of the price.

January 14, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

LIC need to start releasing a few more accessories over here in the UK.

One one of their youtube videos it said it was compatible with 3rd party mounts including GoPro, but it is not. Bought the grab bag and the centre piece is too thick for the ego...

I would like to get another of the helmet mounts so that I can put a mount on a couple of helmets.

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJames

Hi, what mounts are compatable with the camera. Mainly can you use the gopro head strap with the camera? And how do you go about mounting it?

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSean

If anyone can update firmware from 2.2.1.0 to newer version please let me know. I've tried everything and still not success.

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelvin

You can use the GoPro mount - you just need to file a slither off each side of the centre plastic bar. Be careful when doing this as it is easy to file too much of and end up with a rattely mount.

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNeilB

Thanks for the reply, I will let you know how I get on!

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSean

@Kelvin: I upgraded from 2.2.1.2 (the firmware that came installed) to 3.2.1.0 by:

1) Going to https://liquidimage.desk.com/customer/portal/articles/847125-firmware-updates and clicking on the "Click here" link in the "Ego Series Model 727" sentence. I saved this file to my PC.

2) I plugged in my Ego to the PC via its included USB cord, and (using Windows Explorer) copied the downloaded file to the outer-most directory of the Ego's memory card.

3) Following the instructions in the video on that first page (or viewable directly on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3qzsKHCcMk ), I had the Ego upgrade itself. The video shows a pair of goggles, but it has the same buttons as the Ego. Follow the turn-on then hold-and-release instructions precisely, and make sure you get to see "UP" in the Ego's display for awhile (or you haven't pressed the buttons properly).

This worked for me.

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBill Pollack

Ver 3.3.1.0 is available from:
http://www.weltin.com.hk/support/liquid-image/
With the following list of added features.

NB: I am having issues (even with this upgrade) of the camera crashing when you try to alter the time-lapse period from 2s to 5s or 10 seconds when then trying to shoot stills. Have to use the reset button to gain any response thereafter.
Useful 180˚ lens rotate function (if it works!).


Firmware Version: 3.3.1.0
Date Posted: 20130-1-8
Major improvements since last release (v2.2.2.2)
1. Improve the remote browsing speed for camera contents.
2. Improve the image/video quality, typically indoor case.
3. Add Underwater mode (can be set through associated APP).
4. Charging speed through DC Adaptor is increased by twice.
5. LED indicator and Beep sound can be disable/enable from associated APP.
6. Support image flip mode (set through associated APP).
7. More Video resolution can be set through associated APP
8. Improve the speed of Wi-Fi coming to ready for operation (from 18s to now 9s)
9. Support more status parameters reported to associated APP, now APP can show the camera battery, Micro SD card status.

UPGRADE INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Ensure your battery is fully charged.
2. Connect your camera to your computer.
3. Make sure you Micro SD card is correctly formatted.
4. Copy the downloaded “firmware.bin” into the Micro SD root directory.
5. Disconnect the camera from the computer, the camera will auto power off
6. Press and hold “Shutter” button, then press “Power” button, release the two buttons when you see the words “Up” on the LCD screen.
7. The camera will automatically upgrade itself, after the process (normally within 1 minute), the camera will automatically shut down.
8. Restart the camera, wait till the Wi-Fi icon pop up (around 25s), then the camera will automatically restart by itself, it’s normal, after that, the camera is ready for use.
Notes: after upgrade, you may need to set up the camera Data/Time (through APP “Action Connect”) again, the APP will sort the camera contents according the DateTaken parameter, so it’s very important.

January 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNeilB

Thank you for the info.

My Ego firmware originally was 2.2.1.2 and I updated to 2.2.1.0 successfully.

So I know exactly how to update. I did follow every step of updating but still fail.

I have 2 Ego cameras and my friend has one. All 3 Egos were updated from 2.2.1.2 to 2.2.1.0

And now none of us can update any. The screen show "UP" and freeze for hours until I have to press reset button.

We did try change many cards, change firmware version, change pc, try format card.

Now we think that Ego with version 2.2.1.0 can not be updated at all and have no idea what to do next.

I asked LIC tech support to try update Ego to 2.2.1.0 then update to something else. And they said they did it successfully.

What should I do now?

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelvin

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