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I can get it to work... but you should look elsewhere for a less buggy camera
on December 22, 2015
OK for my personal use, but I can't recommend it overall as a general use action-cam... read through my commentary carefully.
I will update this review if my opinions change, or if firmware updates and bug-fixes become available from the manufacturer.
Just like others have found my camera locks up, with the status pinwheel stuck in an infinite spin. It only *seems* to do this when I stop recording longer video segments, over ~4-5 minutes in length. I have not seen this condition after recording shorter clips. For my personal use as a hand-held camera this is annoying, but tolerable. The work around is to power down and remove the battery, and so far it has worked on every lockup, and I have not lost any videos by doing this. Every video clip has been recovered upon battery re-insert.
I get it to work for me since I do not mount the camera in a hands-free application. So I continually manage it with camera in-hand with a wrist lanyard. Which is annoying to say the least. Its a major distraction from whatever I am doing, having to check up on it all the time. An action camera is supposed to be about ACTION... or recording the moment. You shouldn't HAVE to focus your thought on your recording electronics when you are out and about on an adventure. In many cases this could be a DANGEROUS situation, depending on the activity and the distraction it presents to the operator. Think liability and injury as a result from distraction.
I did not try recording at 720P/60fps. All my lockup bugs were observed with 1080P/30fps
A less minor complaint I have is the pronounced fish-eye / distortion effect with the 720P/60fps setting. A lot of wide angle cams have this though, so its not that big of a deal for me.
There is also a ~5000 Hz "squeal" in the audio when you use the camera in low-moderate lighting conditions. I get around this in iMovie, with the background noise reduction set to ~35-40% and its treble reduction EQ setting.
Here's my latest video (copy-paste the URL)
For my intended use (hand held, SHORT video-clip only) its a very good camera. Think of it as a water/rain resistant, mini-cam-corder.
-Good optics and image quality
-Stout + submersible dive case (The case limits operation to single function, REC-start/stop)
-Very good hand held ergonomics.
-Camera is fully operational, and settings can be changed from its small display screen. No need to tether to a wifi device. (when used outside of its case)
-1080P/30fps or scale back to 720P/60fps
-I manage to record ~16.5G of data before the OEM battery drops to ~%30, and I plug the USB cable into my battery bank for a partial re-charge.
-Cheap, readily available Nokia battery
-The small remote is a nice touch, but I really don't need it.