Action Camera for a Weta
January 12, 2016 at 5:58 am #1276
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.
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:
Veho Muvi K-Series K2 (US$199 on Amazon)
- 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)
- 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)
Dazzne P2 $131.53 from Bangood China
- 1080P HD video
- f/2.8 large aperture 130°wide angle lens
- 180 degree image flip function
- Shooting video for up to 4 hours
- Waterproof up to 20mt
- Equipped with HDMI and USB interface
- The first 2 inch LCD screen sport video camera
- Small, portable and powerful, 6G+IR 130-degree HD wide-angle lens
- Waterproof: Up to 20 meters depth under water
- Detachable lithium battery: Able to record while charging, easy to replace and prolongs your camera’s service life
- Support high capacity Micro SD card up to 64GB
- HDMI HD output, TV output
- Multiple photo shooting modes: Single shoot, Delaying shoot
Video review here
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April 2, 2017 at 3:40 pm #9673
The Warrior G1 claims it can record video continuously for 7 hours (although only 6 hrs claimed on Amazon) at 1080p@30fps. OK so it’s not the highest resolution but the lens is 165 deg wide angle and its waterproof to 5m for 1 hour without a case. Also available is the G1S which comes with a low-light sensor. The G1 is available from Amazon for US$ 135 and from Zapals in Hong Kong here for AU$120 including free shipping.
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.
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.
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
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 hourActionButtonsSoundLight DisplayPower On/OffLong Press Top and End Button2Green Light On/OffVideo StartLong Press Top2 shortGreen Light Slow FlashVideo StopLong Press Top2 longGreen Light Slow FlashPhotoShort Press Top1 shortGreen Light FlashWiFi OnLong Press End Button3 shortBlue Light Slow FlashWiFi OffLong Press End Button3 longGreen lightRemoteVideo StartButton A (white) Short Press2 shortGreen Light Slow FlashVideo StopButton A (white) Long Press2 longGreen Light OnPhotoButton B (red) Short Press1 shortGreen Light FlashStandby (10 secs)Red Light Flash
September 24, 2018 at 3:18 pm #10234
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
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
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) .
September 24, 2018 at 4:32 pm #10240
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).
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
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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