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FlyCamOne Version 1

Manufacturer: Acme

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Average Rating
No. of Reviews6
RRP£35.00

nasa_steve wrote on 06/01/2008:
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iawnski wrote on 14/11/2007:
GREAT EASY
Strengths: easy to use great video get one you wont be dissapointed
Weaknesses: none
Overall: if your after great video this is the one im impressted
Ease of assembly
80%
Build quality
80%
Flight performance
80%
Value for money
100%
Overall
80%

Erlend Moen wrote on 24/10/2007:
OK - IF YOU CONSIDER THE PRICE...
Strengths: Easy to use, very good capacity. Can be mounted many ways. Very little weight-penalty.
Weaknesses: Image-quality is medium, auto-focus can struggle a bit.
Overall: I really love this little camera. It can be strapped on every plane I have, facing any direction. If you wish to film forward you must use the craddle with the mirror - as the lens points downwards (or upwards). This requires you to use some video-tool to mirror the image. This is however available in Windows Movie Maker. I have a couple of test-videos here: http://www.ljosnes.no/video.html.
Ease of assembly
100%
Build quality
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Flight performance
80%
Value for money
100%
Overall
80%

Chris Hornby wrote on 05/08/2007:
TRIED EM ALL THIS IS THE BEST
Strengths: light weight, camera orientation, good picture
Overall: I have tried other small solid state cameras, wireless "spy" cams etc and this one is the lightest and takes the best videos. Sound is a bonus: see sample at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbMuNOgibQE
Ease of assembly
100%
Build quality
40%
Flight performance
80%
Value for money
100%
Overall
80%

just roly! wrote on 26/07/2007:
GREAT LITTLE GADJET
Weaknesses: as people have said ,using the mirror reverses the image. I was going to try it on my race car,by strapping it to my helmet to take out the vibration,not being too good with computers,is there any way of reversing the image in a programme? once downloaded?
Ease of assembly
80%
Build quality
80%
Flight performance
80%
Value for money
100%
Overall
80%

Tim Mackey wrote on 26/07/2007:
NEW UTUBE LINKS
Overall: Whilst browsing the “Robotbirds” electric flight website last week, I happened upon a promotion offer for this little gadget, and at a shade under £35 thought it had to be worth a try. Delivery was quick - as usual from these suppliers, ( other retailers also stock the device - West London Models being one ) and I eagerly unpacked my box and found the FlyCamOne nestling between the LiPos , connectors, and other assorted fruits within my order. Quickly hiding the contents from my accountant ( wifey ) I smuggled the cam into the workshop for a play…… In the box ? – well not much really, but all you need- The camera itself, well packed in a hard plastic blister pack, together with a short USB extension lead, a simple and clear ENGLISH manual, a webcam driver disk and a small “cradle” with a shiny mirror on it - more on this later. The device itself is completely self contained, and has a USB plug at one end, together with a slot for an optional ( but recommended ) memory card of either MMC or SD type chip. Either are available these days for a few pounds, I elected to get a MMC 1 gigabyte card at a cost of £8 from another online supplier. In use, the camera is first charged by simply plugging into a USB port on your computer / laptop, and an indicator lamp glows red to show charging is taking place. After a short while, the lamp extinguishes to indicate that it is ready for use. Holding one of the 4 silver buttons on the device switches from auto standby into “ON” mode. The remaining 3 buttons then activate one of the following functions 1) A Still photograph 2) Audio recorder 3) Video and Audio recorder. There is a small crude foldaway viewfinder which does help to get the thing pointed in generally the right direction, and a built in microphone which gives surprisingly good audio results. The tiny wide angle lens is at the front corner face, and in use, simply “point and shoot”. Stills and audio, and a short clip of video can be stored straight into the cameras built-in 6 M/B memory chip, but for longer videos ( up to approx 1.5 hours on a 1 gigabyte version) get a card as discussed earlier. Software is included to enable the device to be used as a webcam too! ( I elected not to bother with this function ) In use on your airplane, firstly decide whether you want a “straight down” aerial view, or a “from the cockpit” ahead view. The former requires you to simply secure the device UNDERNEATH your plane, with the supplied hook and loop fastening strip. To get the “ahead view” ( which I think is way better ) you slip the camera into the supplied “mirror cradle” – this then converts the image view, but the downside is the image gets reversed, left with right, literally a mirror image. Still, that aside, it is still my favoured view. I firstly tried it out on an electric powered “supafly” holy cow delta wing affair. Unfortunately, this has no undercarriage, relying instead on a hand launch, and simple belly flop landing – not a good idea for delicate camera devices me thinks ! So….I simply strapped it onto the top instead, and flew inverted for most of the flight. I had dragged faithful wifey off to the Great Orme at Llandudno, about 15 mins drive for us, on a bright, sunny, and windy Tuesday morning for the trial sessions, and with the lightweight Spektrum 2.4Ghz receiver on board, and the 30 grams extra weight of the complete camera assembly the COG was altered very little. Teetering on the edge of the magnificent Limestone “sea serpent” http://www.llandudno.com/orme.html over 370 feet above the Irish sea, I tentatively hurled the holy cow out to the magnificent Conwy estuary, and after gaining a bit of height ( which did not take long in the stiff wind ) I started a few sweeps across the slope. Below the top face of this particular location is a winding cliff edge road, for sightseeing traffic and the local vintage coach. I tried to line up the road under the nose of the plane as I caught site of said coach, puffing its weary way around the 4 mile spectacular circular Marine Drive. This little foamie funflyer was NOT built for sloping in a 35 mph wind ! I was glad of the power available to get me back to the ledge after a 15 minute session. Of course, I would have to wait until I returned home to check the results. ( Although with hindsight I could have taken my laptop with me for an instant review ) Back at mission control, I simply plugged the device into a USB port, Windows XP immediately recognized it, and I simply “dragged and dropped” the file onto the desk. The unit actually shows up as 2 x drives when plugged into the PC- 1 x the inbuilt 6 mb drive, and the other, the MMCard I had installed earlier. I confess to be disappointed with the results. Under any “power on” conditions, the image was virtually un-viewable. However, when “gliding / hovering” the picture was really quite good, so it looked like further trials were called for. Next morning dawned even better, even stronger wind, and north easterly too – just right for another trip to the Orme! We had decided to try the camera mounted on wifey’s slope soaring SAS “Wildthing” – newly acquired a few months earlier as her first slope soarer ever – I know, I know - live 15 mins from the Gt Orme, and never been sloping shame on us. The lack of vibration from any power train should go some way to improving the image quality. So flask filled, off we set again. We arrived to another glorious “slope morning” and 48 mins after throwing caution to the considerable wind, it was time to land. I had completed this first flight of the day with the camera in “ahead mode”. I now simply turned off the camera to save the clip to disk, and then, after removing it from its mirror holder, turned it back on again, and stuck it back on the nose. Streaking skyward in the good strong lift, I quickly flipped her inverted for the aerial view – the plane silly, not the wife! 37 mins later, having been “out to sea” rolled, looped, and generally made the onboard camera operator completely sick, it was time to bring her in. I chickened out of an inverted landing, fearing the little camera might not approve – besides, the COG had definitely altered slightly with the addition of the camera, and holding inverted throughout almost all the flight, sometimes with the plane completely out of view below the slope edge, was, shall we say…… challenging! I “arrived” at the back of slope, and recovered the camera, powered down, and we had a well deserved cup of hot coffee and a sticky bun, mmmm yummy  Back home, the files were loaded into the PC, and windows media player fired up. Yippee – much better - In fact not a bad first attempt if I say so myself. Time now to try my hand at editing in “movie maker” courtesy of Microsoft windows XP. Both clips were edited crudely down to a size that UTube would accept, and uploading commenced. A couple of links are included here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCJOvsJ8328 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZA4zRIcGG0 But be kind, remember this is all new to me, and the purpose was to just assess the camera’s ability. I have since conducted further testing to positively identify the cause of the distortion in the first clip done on the powered plane. Extensive tests in the workshop prove almost positively that vibration is the culprit NOT radio interference. Furthermore, strapping the unit tightly to the airframe worsens things, but hey – I didn’t fancy losing it into the foaming briny ! In summary I would say the FlyCamOne is great value for money….however, be careful how and what you mount it to, - a slow thermal glider is probably the best. The rubber straps which hold the camera to the mirror cradle snapped after just a few sessions, and are a little fiddly , so I dispensed with them, and simply used a hook and loop strap to secure the whole thing to the model. It certainly didn’t cope too well on my JP “Twister Bell” helicopter, and I imagine that if you really wanted to use it on a Heli, it might be disappointing, but then that’s your own fault for trying to fly a bloomin’ eggbeater. Specifications follow……. SIZE 85 X 35 X 10 mm WEIGHT 24 GRAMS VIDEO 25 FPS @ 320 X 250 pixel resolution FUNCTIONS Stills, Audio, Video, Card-reader, Memory stick, Webcam POWER Integral lithium cell @ 170 mAh CARD SLOT SD / MMC INTERFACE USB 1.1
Ease of assembly
80%
Build quality
80%
Flight performance
80%
Value for money
100%
Overall
80%

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