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Saturday
Jul182015

The Waterproof Nautilus WiFi Mini Camera

In the video below I review the latest budget mini camera from the people behind the 808#26 keyring camera. It's called the Nautilus cam (good name that) and the camera itself is waterproof to 5m without an additional case and has WiFi connectivity.

 

Downloadable sample clips and photos: Available Here 

Purchasing link - Click here to go direct to the product on ebay.

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Reader Comments (24)

Hi Mat,

Isn't this "nonstandard" USB blug actually a UC-E6? It can be found on e.g. Nikon cameras. If you google for images, it looks like pretty much the same.
Of course, it is still more rare than the micro USB.

July 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRelakS

Also succumbed to amiibos, I see ...

July 20, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterchorondus

Would you say this is a good alternative to the Mobius camera? I'm thinking in terms having it as a black-box recorder for my cycle commutes in Central London, and the significantly lower price is compelling draw.

July 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJ.R.

It looks like an improved Mobius, except for the video quality. And they missed it again: I wish it would film sideways, I mean, I would like the lens to be 90 degrees off axis, so I would just "velcro" (using 3M Dual Lock) the camera to my helmet. No need to craddle then. And that non standard cable is a joke.

July 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAndy Colla

Dear Mat
Thx for your nice review. Why is this camera cheaper than 808 #26 about 20$?
It's water-proof, has Wifi, and the quality's the same I believe. So why?

July 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPedram

Regarding the non-standard cable. The manufacturer has stated that future productions of the camera will feature standard micro USB cables.

July 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGeoff S

Andy: The camera is probably cheaper than the #26 because it supposedly shares the same internals as the #26, which are somewhat old and make it cheaper to produce. The question is: why hasn't the #26 come down in price? I've noticed that many of these cameras never come down from their original release price. Maybe they're produced at a fixed price and they don't want to lose money by burning off inventory. Who knows, but I wouldn't be too worried, the HT-F1 camera is half the price as the 808 #26 and it's also basically the same exact thing.

Mat, I'm guessing you haven't opened it up to check how it's made, but I was wondering how it is doing regarding heat. Does it get hot while recording or browsing the SD folders via USB?

I have a #26 V1, which uses the OmniVision OV2710 CMOS Sensor and iCatch SPCA6330A Processor, both get very hot, but at least the metal body helps.

The Mobius, HT-F1, and my A118 Dashcam all seem to share the Aptina AR0330 CMOS sensor and Novatek NT96650 processor, all of which also have some heat problems.

July 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Mike
Thank u for your answer. My source for the prices would be the original website of the maker : www.htinter.com
Yes 26 doesn't seem to be getting cheaper much, but I really can't figure out how it's more expensive than nautilus.
You mean to say that water proof case and wifi make a camera not only more expensive but also cheaper?
You said your 26 is v1. Are there other versions of 26?

July 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPedram

Ah, I got your name wrong, I was looking at the post above you.

Now that I can see they have a website, this gives me a little more insight. I didn't know they were responsible for the Innov cameras. The V.1 is the #26 that everyone is familiar with, metal body and a Single LED. The V.2 is ugly, I'm not even sure if Hetai is responsible for it, but here's a look: Link. If you saw Mat's video, the original name for the Nautilus was going to be the V.3.

Here's some speculations as to the price.
It seems to me that the Aptina AR0330 CMOS sensor is often paired with the Novatek NT96650 processor. This may also be a cheaper combo. A lot of Dash cams and the Mobius cam has this combo.
The #26 V.1 has a OmniVision OV2710 CMOS Sensor and iCatch SPCA6330A Processor. This might be the more expensive combo. Better is subjective, I don't know which produces better quality.

Some assumptions, the following cameras seem to use the Aptina/Novatek combo:
Hetai: C1/C2/C3, HT-F1 (confirmed, I have one), the #26 V.2 (AR0330 mentioned in ebay description), DR32 (guess)

Also using the Aptina/Novatek:
Mobius Actioncam, and the A118 / B40 Wedge Dashcam (Which I use in my car)

The Omnivision/iCatch combo:
The #26 V.1 (I own one) and the Nautilus (mentioned OV2710 on Hetai's site)

Why the Nautilus is so much cheaper is beyond me, they are basically the same camera, and the Nautilus has WiFi. My speculation is in the actual casing. The #26 V.1 is very well made, IMO. The entire body works as a heatsink for both the CMOS and Processor, which both get very hot. I found that the HT-F1 also gets extremely hot, but since it's made of plastic, the components get heat soaked and it freezes up.

July 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Mike how long exactly could u record with 26 v1 on a full charge?

July 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPedram

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