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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)

Ricardo: yep, I posted 3310 to my DropBox account a few weeks ago. See my Dec 12 post, about halfway down the page of the most recent comments on Part 1 of the review, here: http://www.techmoan.com/blog/2012/8/22/liquid-image-ego-review-2-part-review.html?currentPage=3#comments .

January 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBill Pollack

Hi Bill!

I tried a couple of links in the last comments and didnt find it, but now i saw it when u mentioned. thank you.
just downloaded and installed, will try in a couple of hours as soon as the 727 battery is full.

thank you so much once again.

January 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRicardo

Hi again...

so it did fix the problems, thanks! just not sure I like the limitation on the 30min video... might sell it and go for another camera that doesn't have this limitation, although i know that it will be more expensive.

thanks for all your feedback.
Regards,
Ricardo

January 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRicardo

This appears to be much like the DHA6000 (as found on ebay - http://www.ebay.com/itm/251410386593?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649). What do you think?

January 3, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersteve

@Ricardo: you're welcome. It puzzles me why Ego's site (or Weltin's, or, apparently, anyone else's) doesn't make this firmware available. Good thing I'm a packrat, i.e., tend to save things.

BTW: I don't mind the 30-minute limitation: you're only going to get four of those chucks before the battery runs out; successive chunks start right after the end of the prior one; and since I've started working with 1 - 2GB files, I think it would be a little too cumbersome and time-consuming to work with files much bigger. You can always use assorted video-editing software to join files together.

@Steve: the DHA6000 not only looks like the 727 and has similar specs, but in the "Original Listing" on eBay for that item -- http://www.ebay.com/itm/DHA6000-Action-Cam-1080p-WIFI-Waterproof-to-30m-Black-color-only-/251410386593 -- near the bottom is this statement, with "Ego" actually in it:

"13)Many different mounts available for attaching the Ego to many different surfaces making this camera useable in virtually any sport you participate in"

January 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBill Pollack

DHA6000 looks interesting. I was thinking of getting another EGO, but this is much cheaper, and looks to be good quality and can use the same accessories. Only problem is the date and time stamp on the sample footage. The seller doesn't think it can be turned off. Anyone have one of these? Can you turn off the date and time stamp?

January 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDanny

Charged my ego camera and set it to 1080 and when I press button to record it beeps twice but doesn't record. I can't shut it down with the power button and have to press the reset button as it heats up really hot. The buttons on top for mode and power on/off are not very robust, when pressing the power button it changes the different mode settings instead. I have not put in a class ten card yet, on its way in the post. I'm testing it with a 32gb class 6. Could this be the problem, anyone else these issues ?

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commentervin

Hello,

I finally got my ego 727 in the post last week! It works well including wifi and mobile client, but i naturally wanted to update, based on the information here.

Well it came with firmware version 2,2,10, which according to liquid image require a special firmware update.

Here is what happened.

I did not get any answer for a week, so i checked that a intermediate update to 2.2.2 is needed. That was found, but my installations fails in exactly the same way.

I put the updated firmware on the root to the SD card, and can get the text UP in the display, as instructed. But the update does not work, instead Ego freezes, and I have to reset it in order to power down.

I tried two different SD cards
Transcend 16G class 10
Transcend 2 G class 6

I also tried formatting the SD card in both xfat and fat32. I also secured that battery was full.

I then tried the 2.2.2 firmware downloaded from two different source
Finally I tried to update directly to the 3310 (which should not work).

All gave same results.

If there is anyone here which can help, I'd be more than happy.

You can reach me also via .patte dot san at Gmail,

Mbr Patrik

January 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPatrik

Hello Patrik,
There was this additional process required for anyone on 2.2.1.0 or earlier. Seeing as the old link appears to be down, here is a new way to get it.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7BYb-WYult9RmZCd0tuNzlWY1k/view?usp=sharing

Once you have done this process, you should be able to upgrade to 2.2.2.2 then to 3.3.1.0

Hopefully it works for you also.
Simon

January 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSimon F

Thank you Simon,

Really astonishing - it went in minutes, and now i'm updated too. Now it works as it should - the 90 degree setting works better for me, and it fine to get rid of those irritating beeps. Also wifi setup is speedier.

I also tried the mobile client, and it does save the parameters to the camera - all except the HD mode, which always starts in 720. But thats a really small issue. A little more irritating that one cannot at all download videos in HD, instead it's 432 x 240 (mp4)

Thanks
- Patrik

January 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPatrik

Does anyone know how to fix the dark video and images I'm getting at night? According to Techmoan's video review, video quality at night should be near what you would see using your eyes. Unfortunately mine is way too dark. I'm using firmware 3.2.1.0, is this normal and would I get better results with 3.3.1.0 or downgrading back to 2.2.2.2?

March 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKarl

Hi Karl,
As far as the dark goes, these things are okay for what they are. I wouldn't call it as good as your eyes. I don't know whether the patches will help.

A tip though; if you are recording in low light, use 1080p30 rather than 720p60. 30 frames per second gives more time for light to get into the camera between frames, the downside is that fast moving objects will be blurrier.

March 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSimon F

Thanks for the tip Simon. While playing around with the camera settings I found that putting the WB to underwater mode during low light situations seems to improve video brightness dramatically. More so than the night time exposure mode which seems to do absolutely nothing. This is on 3.3.1.0 but I don't know if the same will work for older versions.

March 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKarl

I have a class 10 micro sd card I have updated to the 3310 firmware but my camera is still switching itself off after half an hour which is really annoying as I use it for Karting and only qualifying is less than half an hour. Does anyone have any ideas?? Many thanks I wouldn't mind the 30min segments some have complained about here would just like to have the whole of my stint recorded.

April 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

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