Hobbyking In Car HD Video Camera Review
26 January 2013
Want to mount a video camera on your car but don't want to break the bank? How does $37 sound? We take the Hobbyking video camera through its paces and are impressed!
This is a great little camera. It comes with all the cables needed to connect to your PC or TV. You need to buy a mini SD card - we used speed (4) without issues (cost $10) but others recommend speed (6) or more.
- 120 degree wide-angle HD camera lens,
- 5 Megapixels COMS sensor
- Video resolution: 1280x720p 30fps
- Selectable video quality: Superior/Standard/economic
- Unique motion-detect recording function
- Selectable motion-detect recording time: 10sec, 1min, 5min, 10min
- Unique loop recording function
- Photo resolution: 2560x1920 JPG
- Built-in 850mAh Lipoly battery provides up to 3 hours of recording
- Vibration alert support (Vibrates to confirm functions)
- Memory slot: Transflash (Micro SD) support up to 32 GB
- Size: 74mm x 28mm x 15mm
- Weight: 29.4g
Pretty good specs!
What it doesn't come with is any instructions which left us scratching our heads for a few minutes until we found an excellent tutorial on YouTube.
Everything functioned exactly as advertised. I plugged the camera into my TV, scrolled down and changed it from NTSC (the USA TV format) to PAL (as used in Australia), set the date and time, told it I didn't want the date/time displayed on the video itself and disconnected.
I attached it to my F104 v2 with some velcro and off to the track for a test. It worked well so I put it on my car at the next race meeting. Here's the first qualifier:
As you can see the picture quality is very good with no dropped frames. The 120 degree viewing angle works well. Sound is also pretty good.
Update: the body bounces around on the mounting points a great deal, shaking the camera. I have since taped it directly to the top of the battery (with the body off) and the resulting images are much steadier. Here is another video using the more stable mounting point:
I'm sold and have ordered two more so I can make some videos with multiple car angles and track shots. Should be fun!
To buy one for yourself, or to learn more, visit the Hobbyking camera product page here.