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SPECIAL DASHCAM CARDS

The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for dashcams...here's some.

 

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To give you an idea of the extent of the fake goods problem. In a 2016 survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold through Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 

            

 
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Sunday
Sep222013

Time-lapse fun with the DXG DVS-5K8 Action Camera

The Sport Action Camera (DXG DVS-5K8) is designed as a Waterproof Action Cam, but I gained the most enjoyment from experimenting with its excellent Time-lapse function.

Any time-lapse capable cameras I've used before just stored folders full of jpeg photos that then needed to be assembled frame by frame into a video. I did this on my Mac using Time Lapse Assembler. This laborious process is made difficult by file-naming conventions which often required foldera of jpeg files to be renamed and sorted before importing. The Helix makes creating long and complex time-lapse films something that anyone (with a bit of patience) can do. It also proved to be very reliable....I left my camera plugged in to a USB charger and recording the back garden for a full day at 5 second intervals. The camera captured everything from sunrise to sunset in a 700MB 1080p h.264 .avi file, and the most interesting thing that happened in that time was four visits from the same fat wood pigeon.

Outside of the time-lapse function the camera is a competent if not outstanding performer. The OLED screen is excellent and the video is sharp (in 1080p mode) but could be a little bit more vibrant and the mounting options would benefit immensely by incorporating a couple of tripod screw threads.

I consider the price of £105/$168 very reasonable for a 1080p action camera with an OLED screen, a wrist remote and a decent waterproof case. Remember to budget for a decent SD card as well  - you can see my recommendation on the right of this page.

UPDATE: This camera is now more common in it's WiFi guise - and this is sold as the Helix Sport Action Camera.

The links below are for the upgraded WiFi version (Originally known as the DXG DVS-5G9)

You can BUY ONE FROM HERE (UK LINK)

or HERE (US LINK)

The camera is made by DXG  and the Manufacturer's website is HERE

Here are my downloadable sample clips and photos  

(I've included some time-lapse videos).

Update 5/1/14 - Changed the title of the entry as everyone is now calling this the Helix Sport Action Camera.

Update 13/1/14 - Realised the Helix was the WiFi version, so changed the title back and editied the contents.

 

 

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Reader Comments (33)

great review again. I saw this on ebay the other day, it looked interesting. but i still prefer the mobius camera. the mobius is a bit more discreet. the wrist remote is a very useful idea, wish they had it on the mobius camera. the benefit of having the time lapse camera take photos is you can delete the bad pictures (out of focus, or if you're going to make a long duration time lapse video you can remove the picture that was taken at night when nothing can be seen in the picture etc)

September 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohngr

Hi Matt,

Were you having a bad hair and face day making this video,lets see how many more people spot what I'm talking about.Lol

Willie

September 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWillie

One question please Matt: on the box it says "USB Out". Does that mean it will also output analog video on the USB port? The digital HDMI out is useless for FPV applications where analog video-out is required.

As always, thanks for an excellent and informative review!

September 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark

I think it's just referring to getting data off the SD card over USB. There is no way to live stream video with this camera.

September 23, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks, Matt. The Mobius it is then...

September 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Thanks for another thorough review.

September 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterasterixky

whilie, maybe that what mat looks like normaly? he must get the hair and makeup girl for when his in front of the camera. :)

September 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohngr

Surprised how many people noticed my little 'easter-egg'. Seems like there must be a lot of people viewing these videos in full HD on large monitors.

September 24, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Some china sellers also call it G8800 camera.

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBill

One question, do you have plans to test the DVS 5G9 it has something they call Smartphone App Supported.

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLasse Molin

I won't be reviewing the wifi version. It's pretty much the same camera, but with the addition of wifi. It turns out that no one was interested enough in this cam to buy one, so it seems like I made a poor choice in picking this particular cam to review.

September 25, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Matt

You are right, it seem not many interested in this cam. Would you review Cubicam when you have a chance? This cam has NO Time-Lapse function, but sharp, less fish-eye than SJ1000 (I think), waterproof, Remote control, GoPro accessory (look-like it, never test it cause I don't have GoPro at all), Color is more neutral than SJ1000, strong built, Waterproof case did not block any view in Full HD (you film exactly what you see), come with 2 batteries and others.

Big disadvantage: The monitor is in the front. (Stupid design)..

I have this camera and using it..I put it on the top of my Panasonic so I can see what I am filming. There are cheap offer in eBay than this one below.

http://www.ebay.de/itm/Profi-Stativ-1-4-20-Gewinde-Blitzschuh-Tripod-screw-to-Flash-Hot-Shoe-Adapter-/310531862217?pt=DE_Blitzger%C3%A4te_Zubeh%C3%B6r_Blitzadapter&hash=item484d242ec9

Pat

September 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

I've got plenty of other things line up to review, so the Cubicam will be about a year old when I would be able to get around to looking at it. However this DXG camera have proven to me that there is no point in me looking at Chinese action cameras that cost over £100. Most people would prefer to spend the extra on a Gopro 2 when the price differential gets that close.

September 26, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

The DXG - how long does it last when powered up but using the remote to start and stop time lapse?
Is it simple to remove the time lapse frames not required and change the speed of the finished video?
I want a helmet cam that is best for making a stills story to capture 10day motorcycle tours into 10min videos.
The ability to take instant photos would be very useful as well, do the time lapses take a photo immediately then wait the set lapse time or does the delay happen first. To cover a ten day tour I'd have to set the lapse time to a few frames a minute.
Is a contour roam 2 better as I understand the battery lasts well on time lapse mode?
Thanks

October 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRob

"British Orthodontists - That's something to get your teeth into". Ladies and Gentlemen I'm here all week. Try the veal.

October 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDennison

Hi Matt,
Great review as always. Can you use the HDMI port to play live feeds to a windows laptop or are there drivers to play live feeds to a windows wifi laptop?

November 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNorman

Just bought one today from Lidl... £89 although does not come with the wrist remote. Does, however, have a 3 year warranty. Can't wait to try it out.

November 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

gday Techmoan is the same one on chinavision website it has wi-fi.

December 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterneil

Neil...your sentence is a bit muddled, but if you click on the manufactures link I provide and then click Baxk to List at the bottom of the page you'll. see they make two models, one with wifi and one without. I hope that's what you were asking anyway...

December 6, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi there,

Great review!

May I ask a question: Does the time-lapse mode create individual jpeg-s (or any picture files) or creates a video file?

I'm about to buy a cheap alternative of gopro but looks like none of them have time lapse mode. (except this one)
My goal is to fix it on my helmet and take a lot of photos automatically in every 60 secs while I'm skiing.

Also is there any other action camera that you suggest for taking time-lapse photos?

Thanks for your help!

January 2, 2014 | Unregistered Commentergaborm

I made a very big point in the video (and in the article above) of explaining that this is the only time-lapse capable camera I've tested that actually creates a Time Lapse Video in the camera rather than taking individual jpeg photos. There are plenty of other action cameras that take interval jpegs. The Sony Action cams and the Liquid Image Ego are some that come to mind - but most cameras I've tested have this feature. The SJ1000 is one that doesn't

January 2, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

hi just ordered one of these cameras to use on my atv , hope it works ok??

July 28, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdeon du toit

Hi!
This camera can use the original accessorios from a GoPro?

Thanks.

July 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFC

Hello Matt....
I just got one of thees cameras for my vacations and I must say I totaly agree with you on the fact of the handy timelaps videos...it is a thumb up feature for sure.
What I was totaly upset thow, is the underwater performance. Not one of my videos looks well at all! The image is totaly out of focus or even with a doubled effect like result!
I eas wondering if you did any test under water, because I'm trying to figure out if it is my camera that does not work properly or if it is just the design of the optics of the case that is just not properly made....and well, not much is out there to check and compare.
If by any chance you have any underwater test I'd much apreciate if you would share.
Thanks in advance

August 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterunderwater

I don't do any water activities so it's not something I look at - however I'm aware that people who use cameras from GoPro or Sony prefer to use flat lenses on their waterproof cases and this may be because of the effects you have experienced.

August 1, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for your reply.
My first test was simply in the bath lavatory, but since I was mainly concentated to see if any water got in, I did not pay too much attention to the video quality.....and since the image qualy (out of the water) is quite amazing, as you very extensively and well described i your review, and since this model sells the feature of being able to go up to 60m underwater I realized this issue only after I did some snorkeling arround shots.
Any way, my asking was marely to understand if it was a design issue, or if it was an issue stirxtly of my camera for some reason....that is why I was asking if you did any underwater test.
Anyways, thanks again

August 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterunderwater

Hi Matt. Thank you for the review. I just bought this camera and I realize there is no possibility charge the camera when it is mounted in the car, in other words, it does not provide an alternative case with lateral holes. Do you know where I can find such a case?

October 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHoratiu

Hi matt thanks for the review on this cam.i just got this cam at Lidl.wondering if its gopro compatible.or do you know any useful hacks to intergrate it with gopro products?thanks in advance

November 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersurferdude.

Hi Horatiu
If you are using it in the car it should not need the waterproof case so I would be tempted to mount it with some sort of stick pad. Then you could use it plugged in and charging.

November 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

Been using mine for a year now and am still delighted with it.

Originally had problems with having it mounted on the handlebars as the road vibrations made the picture too jumpy and the rattling noise masked everything else. On the helmet it did not always video what was in front of me as I looked around. So now I have mounted it on the strap of my rucksack.

One interesting story... when I had it on the handlebars I once did not clip it on fully and it came off as I was travelling about 30mph. As I slammed on the brakes it overtook me bouncing along the road for many metres. I felt sure it would be broken but when I picked it up it was still filming... the tumbling footage was very interesting. But more amazingly the case was completely unscratched!!

November 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

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