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Saturday
Sep072013

The Discovery HD - Demonstrating how good the SJ1000 & Mobius really are

When I reviewed the SJ1000, it was the cheapest action camera I had tested that produced decent HD video. Many of the comments about the SJ1000 have been from people who are understandably dissatisfied with its mounts or the fisheye lens. The Mobius camera is a great alternative which doesn't have these issues, but also doesn't have the SJ1000's LCD screen or waterproof case.  I therefore tried to find an alternative camera that met all the requirements.

As usual I trawled through the latest offerings from China for sale on ebay. Now, years ago many of the 'HD' cameras I picked up from China were just upscaled SD cameras, however after recently reviewing a series of cameras from China all of which produced decent HD video, I assumed that the days of being mislead by dishonest specs were behind me....I was wrong.

This video isn't a proper review. It very nearly got scrapped, but I've quickly cobbled this together to demonstrate why buying a camera from ebay can still be a game of Russian Roulette.

Now I don't like throwing £60 away any more than the next man, but I do get some satisfaction from knowing that by 'taking one for the team' and making a video about it I may have helped some other people to avoid repeating my mistake.

Sometimes the videos I make are to spread the word about things I've found, sometimes they are just for fun and then other times they show what to avoid. This video is supposed to fit into the latter two categories. I'm expecting a few people will be upset about the fate of the camera, but it was going in the bin anyway. Every now and then people ask me to send them things I've reviewed but are not using any more. I'm not in the mail-order business and dislike trips to the post office, so this is not happening. Besides, you really would be better off trying to record your videos with a potato than using this camera. 

Mics - I was testing out the Lavalier Mic on this one, because I knew it wouldn't be a full length review. I'm not happy with the way it sounds when I'm talking through the close up macro work - too thin and too much echo. Therefore in future I'm only going to use this mic very sparingly...if at all, I'll stick to doing the voice-overs with my new USB mic (review coming soon). 

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Reader Comments (19)

One hammer blow? you should have gone all the way out with, another one.
Thanks again.

September 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterasterixky

Classic Techmoan. Another idea... might've served well as a "dummy" security camera.

September 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike W.

Quality looked like my webcam. Terrible. The frame rate and wobbling were giving me headaches.
I agree that the lav mic didn't sound quite as nice either.

Still, thanks for taking the time to get burned for us.

September 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpylb

The hammer should be for the seller...

September 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

Good ending for this crappy cam :)

September 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShin

Yet another great reveiw, but you should have draged out the ending with a little more torcher, and have earned back what you spent in add income!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ££££££££££££££££££

Going to bed with a grin on my face..
Thanks again Mat

September 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMartin Mackett

Looked like a rolling shutter CMOS from a 1st generation cameraphone, with an upscaled image like all the 1280x960 resolution spycams out there.

I liked the endiing, next time you get duped you have to go all out "Office Space printer" on the offending tech :)

September 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHaku

I would like to see a quick review of the sledgehammer aka camera smasher.....:)

September 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAA

hi mat,
have you already reviewd this one http://www.ebay.com/itm/121111751055?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649 ? seem good but the price is seems too low to be true imho. but maybe it will last longer under the hammer.
anyway thanks for good work with your reviews!
peter

September 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterfigliar

It's not one I've looked at. Maybe I should one day.

September 9, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

How did you explain to your wife you lost money on this purchase? Did she take the hammer to you?

September 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Hi there,

Keep up the good work - I always look forward to your next review.

Of the cameras you have reviewed, can you remember if any of them had the capability to take time lapse stills? I have been looking into this quite a bit of recent .... my reasons for this requirement are quite specific, so I won't bore you with the detail, but it will give me a starting point hopefully.

Thank
JTreg

September 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJTreg

The Liquid Image Ego, the Xdreme, GoPro HDHero 3, Sony Action cameras, SJ1000 all have interval photography (time lapse).

September 9, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

************************* !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BE CAREFUL !

The link which figliar provided has "Perhaps" a Virus, be careful!! There is warning appeared when I copy and paste his link.

September 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

pat,
what av solution do you use ? according to virustotal url scanner (https://www.virustotal.com/en/#url) which examines the url by several av vendors the link is clean. to view the item ebay item only this should be enough http://www.ebay.com/itm/121111751055 the other parameters are there because i was logged on to my ebay account. peter

September 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterfigliar

My Notebook resolution is 1366X768. I had no problem on other eBay pages.
I had a warning when I copy and paste on a new page. It showed a danger/Virus ?? !!
Don't take it personally !

September 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

Nice torture test Mat. I hope you lodged a complaint with eBay or the seller for selling something that doesn't function as advertised. That's just straight out deceptive advertising.

September 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGeoff

A lot of the cameras that do 1440 are upscaling their 1920 footage, they have a sensor with a 1.33 aspect ratio and adjust this to give 1920 but in fact the 1920x1080 footage is just 1440x1080 rescaled. The

September 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid George

You should have sent it back for a refund it was funny to see it smashed but you have wasted £50! could buy another coffee maker with that.

September 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdrozd

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