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Perfect for what I got them for...
on February 7, 2013
I want to start with why I bought this...
I wanted a very small, very light, and very cheap, video camera to attach to my small RC Helicopers, Planes, and Rockets.
I did some research and found that most suppiers ended up with the same basic PCB and components, so I searched out the lowest price. I found these for $4.99 and figured that was pretty good.
Having read reviews about units not completely working, I was fine with that - given the price...
I bought 4, figuring that at 4.99, if I got a couple that worked I would be fine.
They arrived in record time. And, give or take, they all worked!
I will admit that a couple had 'some issues', but at $4.99 for a video/still camera - I have to say, I'm impressed!
Okay, they are nowhere close to a GoPro (my favorate action video camera), but my small helis can't lift a GoPro, so here I am...
Out of the box, one wouldn't hold the memory card, so I chose that one to 'dis-assemble' (remove the keychain split-ring and two (very small) screws and it's open)... The memory card issue was due to the battery pushing down on the card connector. I pulled the battery out (from the double-stick tape) and moved it over, and that resolved the memory card issue.
The sound isn't very good, but I figure that since I'm going to strap these to an RC Plane or Helicopter, the most I would hear is the engine, So I'm fine with not having much sound (but you need to adjust to your usage - if you need good sound, these probably aren't for you!).
I took one of the four I bought and replaced the battery with one half the weight (a similar construction LiPro that my small heli uses), and a multi-hole-punched heat-shrink tubing cover (in place of the 'key-chain plastic' case it came with), and put a very small Velco patch on it to attach to my airplane and helicopter. This has provided some great (though not GoPro like) video from my flights.
I'm looking to work on some video post-processing that can reduce the 'shake', but it is fun to watch.
I found these cheap, and given other reviews I bought four. Given some 'tinkering' all four worked, so you many not need that many, but I would suggest you find a really good price and buy at least a could of them (expecting that one may not work right out of the box).
BTW... The actual box, is probably worth more than the camera! It is very thick cardboard with a megnetic lid closure... quite impressive if you are looking for some quality packaging! :-)
...And the instruction 'manual' is very much 'chine-english', so be ready to take a little time to figure out what it is trying to say.