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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

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