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  • #1276
    Paul White
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      Action Cameras are great for sharing your Weta activities on YouTube and social media sites but also for coaching and getting tips from others.

      See separate post on Camera Mounts for mounting options.

      Cameras

      While GoPro is the brand leader for Action Cameras they probably aren’t the best choice for a wet boat like a Weta – mainly because of the battery life of 1hr unless you add an external battery pack (GoPro Bacpac) with an additional waterproof housing for the battery. Changing batteries with wet fingers between races isn’t the easiest procedure or safest for the boat or camera.

      Also while some cameras are “Splash-proof” without a waterproof case, I’d recommend using an optional waterproof case as capsizing at speed will provide additional pressure compared to gently putting the camera in the water.

      There are some cameras that offer extended battery life from the outset:

      Drift Stealth 2 (US$69.99 on Amazon) (Now replaced by the Drift Ghost X (see below)

      Veho Muvi K-Series K2 (US$199 on Amazon)

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      • Supports 1080p60 / 720p120 Slow Motion
      • Capture 16MP Stills at 8 fps
      • Wide 140° FOV Lens
      • 4hr battery life
      • Camera Housing Waterproof to 330′
      • Wi-Fi for Remote Monitoring and Control
      • Interval Capture for Time-Lapse
      • App-Based Control for iOS or Android
      • Standard 1/4″20 Tripod Adapter
      • Hook-and-Loop Fastener Mount Included
      • Adhesive and Right Angle Mounts Included

      Replay XD Prime X (US$225.00 on Amazon)

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      • Captures 1080p60 and 720p at 120 fps
      • Takes 16MP Sill Photos
      • Wide 140° FOV Lens
      • Camera Waterproof to 10′ (3m)
      • 3.5 hrs Battery life
      • Wi-Fi for Live View and Remote Operation
      • 4K Interval Recording for Time-Lapse
      • T2.8 Aperture Lens with Anti-Glare Coat
      • LowBoy and Tilting Mounts Included
      • Optional Microphone Adapter
      • Optional Waterproof case to 197′ (65m) (recommended for Weta use)
      • Optional Re-Power Battery Packs (adds 3+ or 6+ hours)

      TCL SVC200 (aka Coleman CX7WP & Braun SixZero) <$40 on eBay from Hong Kong resellers (Now replaced by the Midland XTC400VP – see below)

      Dazzne P2 $131.53 from Bangood China

      • 1080P HD video
      • f/2.8 large aperture 130°wide angle lens
      • 180 degree image flip function
      • Shooting video for up to 4 hours
      • Waterproof up to 20mt
      • Equipped with HDMI and USB interface
      • The first 2 inch LCD screen sport video camera
      • Small, portable and powerful, 6G+IR 130-degree HD wide-angle lens
      • Waterproof: Up to 20 meters depth under water
      • Detachable lithium battery: Able to record while charging, easy to replace and prolongs your camera’s service life
      • Support high capacity Micro SD card up to 64GB
      • HDMI HD output, TV output
      • Multiple photo shooting modes: Single shoot, Delaying shoot

      Video review here

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        The Warrior G1 claims it can record video continuously for 7 hours (although only 6 hrs claimed on Amazon) at 1080p@30fps. OK so it’s not the highest resolution but the lens is 165 deg wide angle and its waterproof to 5m for 1 hour without a case.  Also available is the G1S which comes with a low-light sensor. The G1 is available from Amazon for US$ 135 and from Zapals in Hong Kong here for AU$120 including free shipping.

        Built-in G-sensor.
        Free iOS and Android App.
        ECO start-stop technology.
        0.6 second top-speed startup.
        Compatible with Gopro accessories – no mounts supplied with the camera (uses 1/4 inch tripod screw mount).
        WiFi and Wireless remote controller.
        Waterproof without a case, up to 5 meters.
        H.265 video compression, save 40% storage more than any H.264 video cameras.
        Built-in 3400mAh lithium-ion battery,rechargeable, last for 7 hours continuous recording.

        IMPORTANT
        The specs for the camera claim a 7hr recording time by using the H265 compression algorithm to reduce the file size. The problem is that H265 can be optimised for file size or quality and in my experience, the quality of the H264 file is much better than the H265 file. So you are better off using the camera in H264 mode if you plan to edit and share the videos on Facebook or YouTube.

        Specification:

        Model XM-JPG1-1
        Sensor Sony IMX291
        Sensor Resolution 2.13M(1945*1097)
        Video Compression H.265/H.264
        Image Resolution 2MP
        Burst Mode 5fps
        FOV 165°
        Time lapse Capture Support
        Countdown Photograph Support
        Video Resolution 1080p@30fps
        720p@60fps
        720p@30fps
        1024*576@120fps
        Playback by Frame Support
        WIFI Support
        Storage Built-in 16GB/32GB MicroSD card
        APP Free Android and iOS APP
        Weight 149g(5.25oz)
        Dimension Φ44*115(mm)
        Shell Yellow
        Battery 3400mAh lithium-ion battery, last for 7 hours continuous recording
        360°Protection Waterproof,shake-proof,fogged-proof,break-proof,dust-proof
        Waterproof Up to 5 meters, 1 hour

         

        There’s a video tutorial here and manual download here.  My command summary below
        Action
        Buttons
        Sound
        Light Display
        Power On/Off
        Long Press Top and End Button
        2
        Green Light On/Off
        Video Start
        Long Press Top
        2 short
        Green Light Slow Flash
        Video Stop
        Long Press Top
        2 long
        Green Light Slow Flash
        Photo
        Short Press Top
        1 short
        Green Light Flash
        WiFi On
        Long Press End Button
        3 short
        Blue Light Slow Flash
        WiFi Off
        Long Press End Button
        3 long
        Green light
         Remote
        Video Start
        Button A (white) Short Press
        2 short
        Green Light Slow Flash
        Video Stop
        Button A (white) Long Press
        2 long
        Green Light On
        Photo
        Button B (red) Short Press
        1 short
        Green Light Flash
        Standby (10 secs)
        Red Light Flash
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      • #10234
        Paul White
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          The excellent budget option, the TCL SVC200 has been discontinued. However, after OEMing the SVC200 as the XTC300, Midland in the USA seem to have continued with a similar camera with an upgraded spec and battery life (4 hours) as well as adding other features with the XTC400VP.

          The 140º lens is better than the 127º of the TCL they have added WiFi ability (and a rather flakey phone App) but dispensed with the side LCD display which the SVC had. It now has a rotating lens which means you can mount it at any angle. It still has the simple magnetic on-off switch of the the TCL but requires a rather heavy waterproof case to be fully waterproof. The camera and case together weigh over 240g which may be a bit much on the end of a pole but will be fine mounted on the bowsprit.

          Price US$95 on Amazon USA

          Review here  – Video Review here

          Technical Specs
          RESOLUTION Record Time: Viewing Angle:
          1080p: 1920x1080p video at 30/25 fps (NTSC/PAL) at 105° field of view (FOV).
          720p: 1280x720p at 60/50 fps with 142° FOV.
          WVGA: 848×480 at 120/100 fps with 142° FOV
          STILL IMAGES 12MP
          LENS 7 elements (6 tempered glass, 1 IRF)
          LENS ROTATION 270° variable (90˚ counter clockwise, 180˚ clockwise)
          FOCUS 5 inches to infinity
          ASPECT RATIO 16:9
          FORMAT MPEG-4 (mp4) Compression: H.264*
          LIGHT SENSITIVITY 1.5 V / Lux. second
          STORAGE Micro SD card up to 32GB (class 6 or higher, not included)
          TRANSFER USB 2.0
          POWER Li-Ion 1700mAh rechargeable battery
          AUDIO AAC
          OPERATING SYSTEM Win XP SP2+, Vista, 7 and 8. Mac OS X 10.4+
          WEIGHT: Camera 140 grams (5 oz.) with waterproof housing 242 grams (8.5 oz) .

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        • #10240
          Paul White
          Paul White
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            The Drift Stealth 2 has finally been replaced by the Drift Ghost X which keeps the same small, lightweight format but the standard battery life has been extended to an excellent 5 hrs which can be upgraded to 8 hrs with an external battery pack (not compatible with the optional waterproof case – required on a Weta).

            Also available is the Drift Ghost 4K which give a much higher resolution output but at the cost of battery life.

            Available from Amazon UK for £129 , Amazon USA for US$129 and from Camzilla in Australia for AU$179.00

            Specifications

            Camera Dimensions: 43 x 82.2 x 32.4MM

            Camera Weight: 120g

            Water Resistance: IPX4

            Processor: Ambarella A12

            Sensor: OV4689 4MP

            Battery Life: 1080P30: 5 Hours, 1080P30(w/ LL battery): 8 hours

            Screen: Dot-matrix backlit rear LCD

            FOV: 140 degree

            Rotating Lens: Yes – 330 degree

            Wi-Fi: 2.4G only

            Remote Control: Not compatible

            Microphone: Mono Microphone

            Video Resolutions: 1080P (1920*1980): 25/30 FPS, 960P (1280*960), 720P (1280*720), WVGA (896*480)

            File Format: H.264 MP4

            Zoom: 10X (Through App)

            Photo Mode: 4/8/12 MP

            Video Tagging: YES

            Car DVR: YES

            Instant On: YES

            Anti-Vibration: N/A

            Memory Capacity: Micro SD, SDHC, SDXC Memory Cards up to 128GB

            Live Streaming: Yes – up to 1080P

            Cloud Services: Auto Video Editing, Live Stream too Youtube, Facebook, 10GB Free Cloud Storage

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