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5.0 out of 5 stars Save some money, get the same functionality...or close!, May 5, 2014
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This review is from: RioRand SJ4000 Helmet Sports DV 1080P Full HD H.264 12MP Car Recorder Diving Bicycle Action Camera 1.5 Inch LCD 170°Wide Angle Lens Outdoor Waterproof G-Senor Motorbike Camcorder DVR (White) (Camera)
I bought the GP/White a few weeks back but returned it after determining that for my purposes, we wanted a zoomable, more video-oriented camera. I don't do a lot of skydiving or mountain biking, so I didn't really need an "action cam". But then reviews and browsing around led me to this little guy, a $100 alternative to the $400 high-priced spread.

Shipping was about 10 days or so, and you can't believe the tracking info all the time - today, it said, "Out for Delivery via USPS, expected delivery June 3." Got here perfectly fine. It appears shipping is the one wild card when you get this guy.

I'm charging the battery up right now, but a few video and photo tests have confirmed that all the functions work - various video resolutions, timers, sequencer all work, the photos are not bad, keeping in mind the "fisheye" aspect of the lens. This is not a DSLR replacement camera, by any means, but the photos are fairly even and straight in the center, so you could crop out the distortion if necessary.

I did find one minor 'feature' - when wired from a computer USB port to the camera, it opens the micro-SD as a hard drive in Windows, but you can NOT use the camera while it's connected this way - although the battery appears to be charging. If you plug into a USB port that's mounted to a 120v AC outlet, then you CAN shoot video and take photos while the battery is charging. Since others have mentioned that they have to take the microSD card OUT to view the videos and images, perhaps it's a firmware difference.

If I run into any major glitches in the next few months, I'll update this review, but for now, this seems to be a bargain at 1/4th the price of a GoPro.

Oh, one other thing- the AC adapter is for NON-US outlets - not sure if it's European or Asian or what, but it's NOT for the standard 2-prong USA 60hz AC systems. But you can BUY little plug-in adapters with USB outlets almost anywhere, so it's not a deal killer by any means.

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Initial post: Jul 23, 2014 8:52:00 AM PDT
rustygray says:
The cameras ship from CHINA. They use different adapters over there. The micro usb is now universal for all but iphone users.

I have noted that you can use a wall plug in or a battery back up charger for phones to run this camera for more hours than you can record. The cable connecting to the pc recognizes it is on a pc, so you get the choice of web cam or storage. I always move the files over to my PC for editing anyway so this is never an issue.

Over all I like these cameras and I also still use GoPro for some features such as 10 shots a second. If you want to run this camera for more than the battery will allow, use a phone charger battery pack and use the 1A port and it will drive it for 6 hours or more, I gave up after 6 hours and unplugged the camera from the charger, which was still fully charged at that time. I am now building an ultra thin ribbon cable to use in the housing. (there is a you tube video for gopro external power that i am duplicating)

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 12:47:38 PM PDT
J. F. Masci says:
you can't record when the camera is plugged in because the filesystem is mounted in 2 places, on your computer with write access and for the camera to have write access.

If both were accessible - the data could quickly get corrupted, this is a protection feature. You might be able to unmount from the computer and charge+record - but this is definitely a safety mechanism and not a flaw.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2014 5:27:32 AM PDT
Yeah - that's indeed the case. The reason I brought it up was because the 'documentation' notes that you can "record while charging" - but doesn't make it clear that mean charging off 110v or a 12v car adapter - not the USB connection. I have no trouble at all recording as a dash cam while plugged into my car's 12v outlet.
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