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So Nearly there
on 11 December 2012
I looked at both the Chilli Cam and the Go Pro. I decided on the Chilli cam as, although it doesn't have quite the same top HD resolution or go to 25 Meters depth as the GO Pro does, it looks MUCH better value for money, being cheaper and coming with all the accessories.
It looks a quality device rugged device. All the accessories are well made and a nice touch was to include two extra clear lens protectors that, in the hostile environments the camera would be used in, the protector would inevitably get scratched. The side panel is where you pop in the memory card or connect to the USB. This was my first concern. It looked like a weak point where water could get in. Maybe this is why its only waterproof to 5 meters. It doesn't concern me for skiing, boarding cycling etc But any water based sports would have me a bit nervous.
To use, the camera is fairly simple. Switch it on. Press the button for picture or press the button for Video. So far so good. The included wrist worn remote makes this even easier.
Try pressing the Tiny buttons with gloves on. The camera also auto switches off after a few minutes and you cant see if it is on or off. A little red light would really help here.I found my self keep stopping, gloves off, switch on, take picture/start video. Then do it all again 5 mins later. The laser pointer when you first start recording is nice, so you can see where to look/aim.
But here is where, for me, it finally all falls down. The software menus are a nightmare. Trying to figure out what tiny buttons to press, to get a result, view files, delete files etc are awful. There may have been a setting to over ride the auto switch off, but I couldn't find it. All in all it was too much for me and so back to Amazon it went.
Oh and the pictures and videos it did take were great in clear light, poor in low light, but I guess that's what you would expect.
A little more work and this would be a great product rather than the frustrating "nearly there" one it is at the moment. Bigger buttons, easier software with the ability to stop the auto switch off and a little light to show its on, would bounce the ratings right up.