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4.0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive Camera for Model RC Airplane-ing, August 28, 2012
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We purchased this camera (Mini DV MD80 DVR Video Camera) for our son this past Christmas with the hopes that it could be mounted to his model RC airplanes. It was a gamble, but for the price (we paid around $15 w/memory card) it was a gable worth taking. This little video camera has turned out to be a fabulous addition to his model airplaning experience. We were able to very easily mount the camera clips (provided) to the underside of the airplanes with some heavy duty Velcro - and it works out great.

The Good:
* Price - we paid only $15!
* This camera takes fair, not great video. But for the price it took far better video than I was expecting. Plenty good enough for my son's hobby needs.
* It is small and light. About the size of two stacked USB thumb drives and weighs only a bit more due to integrated battery.
* Charges over USB.
* Standard mini USB plug. No need for a special cable.
* Included a wide variety of mounting clips and brackets. Enough to meet our needs.
* Includes a lanyard and lanyard clip right on the camera. This is great for our needs as we tie the lanyard to the planes as a back if the mounting bracket gives way during flight.
* Removable/replaceable memory (standard MicroSD). This is very handy for a long day out at the air fields - when one gets full we simply drop in another memory card.
* Acts as a mass storage device. Thus no drivers needed on your computer and simple file copies are all that is needed for video file management.
* Comes with rechargeable battery

The Bad:
* No display screen. This turns out to be a good thing for us, as a screen only adds to its size and weight. But for some this might be a pain as you must down load your video to a computer to view it.
* Controls are a bit cramped and confusing to understand how to use. But that is expected for something so small and for its price.
* No zoom. But what do you expect for $15? That said the current angle of the view is pretty good for our needs. If you desire a zoon this is not the camera for you.
* Battery is fully integrated and non-replaceable. But that is expected for this price point. Even if it were replaceable the replacement would surely cost more than the $15 I paid for it.

The Ugly:
* The video contains embedded date/time in the lower right hand corner of the video. I can't figure out how to get rid of it. It took me many hours on the internet just to figure out how to get the date/time set accurately. I am not a dumb guy when it comes to tech related things but this was a royal pitb to figure out. Most of the ways called out online did not work.
* The documentation is horrid. I had to spend a few hours with the internet to figure out how to configure this thing. I don't care how cheap it is - it doesn't cost much to print some documentation or at least print the URL to where good documentation can be found online.

Conclusion:
This is a great little camera for our needs and the price. If you are looking for something small and self-contained that takes decent video for an unbelievable price this is camera for you. I'm giving it four stars due to the difficulties for configuring the date/time and poor documentation.
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Initial post: Jan 5, 2013 12:29:29 PM PST
do you know a site that has good instructions (in english!) on how to use it?

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 10:18:14 PM PDT
R!ch Jordan says:
could you supply us w/ an URL for configuration that you found helpful? Thanx.
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