ODRVM 4k action sports camera

The latest actions sports camera ODRVM 4k talks.  We took it out to compare with the Git2 camera.  Here are some sampling of footages filmed at Disney.  These ultra vivid cameras are becoming very affordable these days. ■ by dronemission.com

User Segment
Camera Enthusiast, Budget $69 (May 2017 source: Amazon)

Our Notes

The ODRVM comes with in a very nice case with accessories, a user guide in 4 languages.  It comes with a remote controller, a great way to start/stop a recording from the distance or when the camera is placed in a location not easily reachable.

Lets take a look at the camera.  On the front we have the power and mode button.  The shutter/recording button is on the top with a LED indicator.  By placing the LED indicator on the top, helps to prevent a blinking reflection while filming closeups and through a window.  The back contains the 2″ LCD screen for framing shots. Battery compartment is at the bottom. Right side has the button that allows you to scroll up and down button, a speaker and the WiFi on and off button.  On the left side has a micro USB, micro HDMI output, microphone, and a micro SD slot.

It is slightly bigger than a GoPro 3, but is actually lighter, weighing just 63 grams.

The details are sharp, colors are vibrant.  The ODVRM has an excellent wide dynamic range, even when a subject is backlit by the sun, you can usually see their face.   The saturation is good without looking over-done.

The white balance on the camera adds colors to balance the light source, for example on a overcast day, the image can look bluish if left unadjusted. This auto white balance control in your camera sees the cool color temperature and adds some red to warm the colors, as a result you may see a tint of red.

The  menu system is straight forward, simple to use and intuitive.  The settings selected are displayed on the screen which is absolutely useful to view before you begin filming.

Voice prompt can be useful in some situations, it prompts you when your battery is low and each time you start and stop recording.  You may find yourself turning it off after a while, unless you plan to edit out every voice prompt on the recorded videos.

The field of view options are 170, 140, 110 and 70.  Anti-shaking and gyroscope is available as a option.

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A feature we like is the auto time-lapse, a mood feature to capture moments in time.

The maximum photo size is 20m and UHD 4K video at 24 fps or more popular at 1080p 60 fps or 720p at 120 fps.

Filming at 4k is sharp, but not as smooth, and that seem to the same problem with the Git2.

Similar Models

Users have considered these 2017 alternatives: Git2, Firefly 6s

Factory Specifications

  • Video Resolution: 4K 24fps; 2K 30fps; 1080P 60fps; 720p 120 fps; 720p 60 fps
    Image Resolution: 20M, 16M, 12M, 10M, 8M, 5M, 2M , VGA selectable
    Lens: 170°/140°/110°/70° selectable
    Shooting Mode: Single Shot / Self-timer (2S / 5s / 10s / Double)
    Time-lapse Record: 100ms / 200ms / 500ms / 1Sec / 5 Sec
    Loop recording: Support
    Voice prompt: Support
    Motion Detection: Support
    Frequency: 50Hz/60Hz
    USB Interface: micro USB 2.0, micro HDMI
    Power Source Interface: 5V/1A
    Battery Capacity: 3.7V Li-ion Battery 1050 mAh (Two Batteries Included )
    Recording Time per battery: 40 minutes/ UHD 24 fps, 60 minutes/1080P 30fps , 70 minutes/720p 120fps
    Operating System (OS): Windows XP/Vista or Above/Win7/Mac os

In terms of ranking, I would say it is in the top 4 favorites during this release recorded May 2017.  An update to follow. (Current Picks dronemission.com/top5).

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Upload 360 videos Youtube

What the Andoer Dual-lens 360°, Ricoh Theta S and Samsung Gear 360 have in common are the dual-lenses that allows you to film and upload 360-degree videos.  This give rise to a new perspective if drone aerial first person view

YouTube and Facebook now supports uploading and playback of 360° spherical videos. To watch 360° videos, you need the latest version of Chrome, Opera, Firefox, or Internet Explorer on your computer. On mobile devices, use the latest version of the YouTube app for Android or iOS.

(Flipboard not compatible. Best viewed in youtube app directly by opening this link https://youtube.com/360)

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For an immersive experience, you can even watch 360° videos with a cardboard goggle attaching the YouTube Android app.

After a week of filming, we begin to discover that is just a few things to consider before creating the video.

  • Decide the best way to mount the camera without appearing to be holding a tripod or showing too much head (realizing you are being filmed no matter where you stood in 360).
  • What if you want to incorporate text on the video or include a logo, not knowing if your audience is looking front, back, sides, down or up.
  • Storyboarding and sequencing scenes in 360.  How do you you mix 2D and 360 footages.

The following 360 cameras are compatible with YouTube and are available today:
• Andoer Dual-lens 360° (budget $125 source: Nov 2016 camfere.com)
• Ricoh Theta S
• Samsung Gear 360

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For the best results, encode your video at a high resolution and according to YouTube’s advanced specifications. YouTube currently supports 360° videos with 24, 25, 30, 48, 50, or 60 frames per second. We recommend uploading 16:9 aspect ratio stitched videos in 4K (3840×2160) resolution as a loss of resolution is inevitable when playback in youtube 360. A 1080p video, when stretçhed and wrapped around the sphere will look like 480p.

When uploading your 360° video, don’t make edits to the video using the YouTube Video Editor and Enhancements tools on desktop or mobile. These tools don’t currently support 360° videos.

Before publishing, schedule the video for a later date and verify that the file has 360° playback enabled by watching the video on your device. It may take up to 30 minutes for 360° playback to be processed after uploading.

360° videos on a browser feature a pan button in the top left, and can be rotated using the WASD keys, so look for these features to confirm your video is in 360.

If you take the video straight out of the camera and try to upload it to Youtube, it’s not going to work properly. The video will upload and be available, but when you go to view it you’ll see a stereoscopic image–an odd-looking video of side-by-side circles, each showing the hemisphere captured by one of the two lenses.

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To make it work properly there are two steps you have to do before uploading it.

1. You will need to convert the image from stereoscopic view to an equirectangular one. That will combine the two hemispheres into a wide view with dimensions where the width is exactly double the height (otherwise known as a 2:1 aspect ratio). And the tops and bottoms of the frames will look strange and stretched. But when used in a specialized 360° player those stretched parts of the frame will fill out when you look up or down, wrapping around the sphere 360.

If you own the budget Andoer 360 camera, you can use the recommended unregistered Symax 360 software – Open Convertor, set Video Quality = High, Start.

2. In order to upload and playback a 360° video file, you’ll need to modify the metadata of the video file with an app or script before uploading.

Follow these instructions to install an app that will add the necessary metadata into a new file for you.

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  1. Download the 360 Video Metadata app for Mac or Windows recommended by YouTube
  2. Un-zip the file, then open the 360 Metadata Injector app. If you’re on a Mac, you may need to right-click the app and then click Open.
  3. You can also add the metadata using a Python script.
  4. Select the original or edited 360 video file
  5. Select the checkbox for My Video is Spherical (360) and click Inject Metadata. Do not select the “3D Top-bottom” checkbox. For more information, refer to upload instructions for virtual reality videos.
  6. Save the file that will be created suffix with “injected.mp4”.
  7. Save the file. A new file will be created automatically in the same location as the original file.
  8. Upload the new injected file to YouTube.
  9. Wait for the 360° conversion to process. This may take up to 30 minutes for a 7 minutes video.

Tip: Andoer Dual-lens 360° 960p on Premiere Pro, follow 1920x 960 size, h.264

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Mobius Mini Camera

Mobius Mini at 27 grams is a major achievement, filming at 1080p 60fps with an amazingly low latency for FPV.  You can almost add this mobiusmini camera to any 150 size quadcopter or 800mm airplane.  We took it for a test flight, compare it with the FireflyQ6, unbox it and review the design.

Wow…  MobiusMini has a very low latency! had a good flight with the mini and have included the latency test results. Says a fraction of a thousandth of a second, subject to your own interpretation. See for yourself and pause your screen to subtract. A snapshot is a frame in time, regardless of what you are viewing with.

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Mobius Mini weighing 27 grams

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Notes: because the power and record buttons are on opposite sides, I am finding myself accidentally setting it to recovery mode, which then makes the camera not turn on, until you reset it with a pin or paperclip.

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Lower-weighted to the ground for FPV

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In terms of ranking, I would say it is in the top 5 favorites during this release recorded September 2016.  An update to follow.  (Current Picks dronemission.com/top5).

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HAWK-EYE Firefly 7S with 2-inch LCD

HAWK-EYE Aerial Video Technology is known for it’s ultra vivid cameras with GYRO image stabilization. The Firefly 7S 4K FPV action sports camera camcorder is the latest entry into the market with a 2 inch LCD screen. This comes as a nice surprise, following suit the recent Mobius-looking Q6 camera that is taking the market by storm this month. With the LCD screen, it allows you to see what you are filming; at times you only get one chance on a shot, and not seeing what you are filming, can be a  disappointment if you missed that only shot.

HAWK-EYE Aerial Video Technology series of cameras took the challenge to GoPro with a third of the price, putting GoPro in a tough spot. This round, a new challenger to it’s rival, Git2.  ■ by dronemission.com

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What caught our attention

  • With a bigger 2 inches LCD screen with real-time playback preview Camera
  • Remote Start and Stop recording using receiver (option)
  • HDMI Output
  • High video resolution 2160p@24fps
  • GYRO image stabilization
  • Auto power on and gracefully turns off after your aircraft battery is powered off !
  • Compatible with GoPro gimbals, battery and waterproof case

 

User Segment
Camera Enthusiast, FPV Ready, Budget (Aug 2016 source: GearBest)

What To Expect If This Your First

HAWK-EYE Aerial Video cameras are designed for First Person View (FPV). The 7S comes with an Audio Video out voltage converter cable. This allows you to connect to a video transmitter and begin receiving live video on your FPV goggles or monitors.

The menu system is simple and easy to use. Hawk-Eye has a clear understanding of usability, keeping the functions organized and reachable when needed.

Similar Models

Users have considered these 2016 alternatives: Git2

Factory Specifications

  • Brand Name: Hawekye
  • Model: Firefly 7S
  • Image Sensor: SONY 12 Mega pixels COMS Sensor
  • Photo Resolution: 12M
  • Video Resolution: 2160p@24fps(Quicktime player required),2.5K @30fps,1080P @60fps,1080P@30fps and 720p@120fps,720p@60fps
  • ISO adjustment: AUTO/100/200/400/800/1600
  • AV Output Format : PAL/ NTSC
  • Supports HDMI output
  • Supports max 32G TF card, Class 10
  • Supports WiFi
  • Video/photo format: MP4/JPG
  • Supports HDMI/ AV Output
  • Accessories: Compatible with Gopro gimbals, battery and waterproof case
  • Supports Wifi Share
  • Supports WIFI Real-time Playback Preview
  • Gyro Image Stabilization
  • View Angle Adjustable
  • Support Inverted Image Rotate 180 Degrees
  • Camera Size: 59(L) *21(W) *41(H) mm
  • LCD Size: 640(L)* 480(W)mm
  • OLED Size: 64*48mm
  • Lens: 7mm FOV 120°
  • Weight: 70g
  • Battery Capacity: 1000mA
  • Battery Life: One hour
  • Charge Port: 5V 1A
  • Color: Black, Siliver and Gold

 Optical Parameter

  • Diaphragm: F/2.8, 6 glasses
  • Angle: Horizontal 120 degree ; Diagonal 170 degree

 Mode:

  • Video; Photo; Time-lapse video; Time-lapse photo; 11 Burst Photo; Effect shooting; Night Mode photos

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In terms of ranking, I would say it is in the top 4 favorites during this release recorded Aug2016.  An update to follow.   (Current Picks dronemission.com/top5).

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AOMWAY FPV 200mW 700TVL AV Transmitter

If you are looking for a quick way to view the world from the sky, the Aomway Mini video transmitter packs 200mW of ultra clean 5.8GHz power in a micro sized video/audio package integrated with a 700 TVL camera.  That’s right Plug N Play FPV! and at 19 grams!  ■ by dronemission.com

First Impression,  love the fact that it is plug and play.  Easy to use, just deciding how you want to power this FPV gear is the only challenge you may have or maybe not.  It comes pre-wired with a standard JST battery plug, allowing you to use any battery type, not limiting to AA or LiPo.

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User Segment
Beginners, Park Flyers, Plug N Play, Budget $52 (source: Aug 2016 Banggood)

What To Expect

The AOMWAY FPV 200mW 700TVL can get hot with a 3s LiPo.  We had tested it with a 2s and 3s LiPo with no issues. It did not broadcast any sound during our test.  The stock range at 200 mW is 1.2km and by changing the antennas on both ends, you can reached upto 3 km.  There seem to be distinctive vertical lines appearing on the broadcast.

Camera

The camera is a 700 TVL camera, with a 170 degree field of view.  The focus range 6 feet +, does not focus well at closeup.  See video for results.

Things you might need to know

  • Input voltage 6-28V
  • Powering plug is JST
  • Antenna connector is a SMA, if you use to use your own
  • Weight is 19g without the antenna

Similar Models

Users have considered these 2016 alternatives: Walkera iLook+, FX FX798T

Factory Specifications

Transmitter description:
5.8G FM AV sender
Power: 200mW 23DB
Frequency option:  32 Channel
Stereo sound, left/right track independant transmission
PAL/NTSC
Wide input voltage DC6-28V
With 5db omnidirection antenna

Camera description:
Video sensor: 1/3 CMOS
700 TVL
FOV:170 degree

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What we love about it

  • A quick and easy FPV gear to install.  Plug and FPV

What is essential we hope to see in the next version

  • A move to HD cameras while maintaining the latency

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Eachine ProDVR Mini Video Audio Recorder

Eachine ProDVR is a useful mini digital DIY video recorder recently added to the long list of Eachine innovation. You can probably find a dozen applications yourself to put this little DVR to good use; some usage include using it as a micro Security CCTV DVR or recording video footage on a model aircraft. This mini DVR us especially popular among hobbyist. ■ by dronemission.com

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First Impression, this mini dvr is an innovative digital image capture card, leveraging the use of micro Secure Digital (SD) storage memory card.  It does require a user to have some basic experience in wiring and soldering.  Once you have installed the cables, you can determine the compatible connectors needed to receive video and to output video to a monitor.

A few issues has been identified.  The current firmware is not able to record in (720*480) or (1280*480) resolution.  It is only compatible with NTSC and not correctly recording with PAL cameras.  A new firmware is expected to be released to correct these issues.

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Similar Products

Users have recommended these 2016 alternatives: HMDVR

User Segment
Hobbyist, DIY Security, Budget (source $18 June 2016)

Factory Specifications
Brand name: Eachine
Item name: ProDVR Video Audio Recorder
Operating Voltage: DC 5V
Video Format: NTSC/PAL
Video Output Size: VGA(640*480px)D1(720*480)HD(1280*480)
Light Frequency: 50HZ/60HZ
Compress Format: MJPEG
Records Frame Rate: 30 Frames
Max Support: 32G TF Card
Size: 41mm*32.9mm*9mm
Weight: only 9.5g

What we love about it

  • Record flight video as a backup for recovering lost model aircraft
  • Add an external DVR to a video receiver.

What is essential we hope to see in the next version

  • Fixed the Pal compatibility issue
  • Increase the recorded resolution

 

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Firefly Q6 Hawk Eye

Known to all, the GoPro design, form factor isn’t the most aerodynamic or slim design for action sports or model aircraft drone flying. The Firefly Q6 4K slimline sports camcorder is among the highly anticipated 2016 entry, retaining all the features of a LCD sports camera but resized to a keychain.   HAWK-EYE Aerial Video Technology is known for it’s ultra vivid FireFly 6s that carries a Sony CMOS 12.0 MP sensor with high resolution and GYRO image stabilization; recently putting GoPro in a tough spot. This round, a new challenger to the Mobius and Runcam ■ by dronemission.com

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FPV Highlights. What caught our attention.

  • Remote Start and Stop recording using receiver (option)
  • External battery display. Use the AV voltage converter cable, connect a 2s-6s LiPo, voltage display will show on AV output
  • HDMI Output
  • GYRO image stabilization
  • Auto power on and gracefully turns off after your aircraft battery is powered off !
  • LCD screen and sound to assist pilot in knowing recording is on.
  • High video resolution like it’s sibling Firefly 6s
  • Change all your settings with the LCD screen even in the dark, no PC software needed
  • Internal OSD to assist pilot
  • Angle adjustment: 3 options: Large / Medium / Small (small = less distortion but reduce image quality)

User Segment

Camera Enthusiast, FPV Ready, Budget (July 2016 source: $69.36 GearBest)

What To Expect If This Your First

HAWK-EYE Aerial Video cameras are designed for First Person View (FPV). The Q6 comes with an Audio Video out voltage converter cable. This allows you to connect to a video transmitter and begin receiving live video on your FPV goggles or monitors. Our initial test tells us this is a keeper, regardless if it films at a perfect 4K or not, the 1080P 60 FPS results are fantastic, with that perfect brightness balance suited for FPV. If you do not own a GoPro, this is definitely the choice for a budget Action Sports HD camera.

The menu system is simple and easy to use. Hawk-Eye has a clear understanding of usability, keeping the functions organized and reachable when needed. What differentiates the Firefly Q6 from it’s competitors, is the LCD screen embedded on a light 45 grams camera, inheriting the award winning Firefly 6S video quality. We like that the fact everything worked out of the box.

Similar Cameras

Users have considered these 2016 alternatives: Mobius, Runcam, Foxeer Legend1

Factory Specifications

  • Brand Name: Hawkeye
  • Item Name: Hawkeye Firefly Q6 4K 1080P 24FPS HD Mini Camera
  • Model: Firefly Q6
  • Size: 30(L)*21(W)*25(H) mm
  • Image Sensor: SONY 12M back illumination CMOS
  • Wide Angle: 120 degree wide angle lens
  • ISO: Auto,ISO100,ISO1600,ISO400
  • Video Record Format: MP4
  • Photo Record Format: JPG
  • Video Resolution: 4K 24fps, 2.5K 30fps, 1080P 60fps / 30fps, 720P 120fps, VGA 30fps
  • Gyro Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Image Rotate 180 Degrees: Yes
  • OLED Size: 64*48MM
  • Videoplayer software: Quicktime
  • Storage Card: 8G–64G
  • C10 TF card needed: Yes
  • Microphone/Speaker: Yes
  • Image Resolution: 16M, 8M, 5M
  • Time-lapse: Off, 0.5s, 3s, 5s, 10s, 30s
  • Loop-cycle Recording : Yes
  • Loop-cycle Recording Time: 5min,OFF
  • HDMI Output: Yes
  • WDR: Yes
  • Weight: 50g (DM 45 grams without cables)

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What we love about itfirefly-remote

  • Superb sharp and vibrant colors
  • Brightness average balance option for FPV, balancing  skyline and ground
  • Remote Control Module, to start and stop recording remotely
  • LCD screen, no need for PC software to change settings

What may be essential we hope to see in the next version

  • Mini playback of video

In terms of ranking, I would say it is in the top 2 favorite cameras during Jul 2016.  An update to follow.   (Current Picks dronemission.com/top5).

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