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90 of 92 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2014
I would buy this again, it is ideal for my requirements of an affordable, reasonable quality and waterproof video camera. You have a choice of 1080p@30fps, or 720p@60fps via a switch on the device. All other settings (gain, contrast, colour saturation, white balance, etc) are set via a simple text file stored on the memory card when you switch the device on. It works fine with the 32GB class 10 samsung branded card that I bought with it. I am particularly impressed with the selection of mounts and adapters that come included in the price, the equivalent of which would add a significant amount to the already more expensive cameras out there.

There is, however, one thing worth knowing before you decide if this is for you:
As it was when it arrived, it will record a series of three minute avi files rather than the single file that you may expect. These three minutes of video will need to be stitched together if you want a complete video, and it is possible that a few frames may be dropped in between each one, but I did not test this. From what I have read these 3 minute video clips will eventually start overwriting the earlier ones when the card is full, so that you can achieve continuous recording, which may be useful with a smaller card.

However, there is an alternative firmware available that will record videos with a maximum length of 45 minutes instead, but it will not loop. Again, I have not tested this fully yet, but I believe the battery will run out before a 32GB card is filled anyway.

To apply either firmware, you simply write the required file to a blank mini sd card, load into the device, switch it on and wait for the firmware to update. Then switch off, remove the card, delete the file (using a separate card reader), replace it and you are ready to go.

If you search for the file name 'sku.205511M500_FW.bin', you will find some more discussion about these two firmwares, how to apply them and where to download them from the manufacturers/distributors website. The original 3 minute looping firmware is called 'sku.205511M500_FW.bin' and the alternative 45 minute one is called 'sku.205511'. Whichever one you require must be renamed to 'M500_FW.bin' before it can be applied to the device.

This process was not as fiddly as it sounds, and so far the device has been operating exactly as you would expect.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 2014
Here is a guide i wrote to help the biker group im in, hope it helps you, my onlyy other fault would be wind noise, but a bit of tape over the mic helps loads, enjoy :)

to update your m500 cam to 50min loops

you will need a card reader (to connect your sd card to your PC with out your cam)

format the sd card in the card reader name it mem card or what ever, not sports DV,

go to[...] down load the file,

rename the file to "M500_FW.BIN" once renamed, delete the .BIN so it looks like "M500_FW" (this changes format then name)

put it on the sd card with the reader,

put the sd card in the cam, turn it on the red light should flash very fast then it will power off,

take the SD card out and delete the update file using the card reader,

then put the sd card in the cam and away you go
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 April 2015
Absolute crap. This is the second camera of this model I have bought and they've both broken in different ways under less than a month. I mounted it to my motorcycle as a black box in case of an accident, I'll walk you through the issues I've had.

First was a minor issue that occurred with both cameras, the clamp that goes around the camera itself screws into the attachments with the box, however the screw part popped out on both clamps, nothing a splodge of superglue didn't mend, none the less it raises a red flag for quality.

On my first camera, I attempted to plug the charger in (I'm not particularly heavy handed) I ended up pushing the connector into the camera, it seems it was only held on by several small sections of metal welded to the circuit board, easily broken.

My second camera I haven't entirely nailed down why it stopped working, alas it'll only work now while it's plugged into a power source, which isn't very useful on a motorcycle.

As I've said this was my second camera, and it's broken. I'm out of pocket almost £80, which I should have just used to buy a decent camera, from a decent company. I highly recommend you all do the same.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 9 September 2014
I have this exact camera (bought off ebay last year for more than this listing!). For under 40 quid this is a great camera.. bear that price in mind, as £200 is not even the top of the range for this sort of item.

I use it every day for recoding my 30 min cycle commute. It works ok and the 2 minute file chunk size is useful to get to the bits you want, like where that van nearly knocked you off or that BMW driver ranted at you.

1080p res is great, 720 not so much. I found it difficult to get clear number plate reads @720p

This has very poor low light performance, so as the nights draw in and winter comes round, don't expect this to be any use at all.
As has been stated, wind noise makes the mic pointless when you're going along.

Works ok for the chats you have with the person who nearly ran you over, though.

No image stabilization, so vids tend to be a bit jerky - it's amazing how much correction your eyes do as you ride along!

I sue this camera as an evidence collector and for this money and for that purpose, it's not bad.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 30 October 2014
This camera is fantastic does what it says and is well worth the money,must say how pleased I am with this supplier
,after a few months the camera had a charging fault,emailed regarding the fault got a reply the next day had a replacement with in a week,would definitely use them again and I would highly recommend them.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 14 September 2014
Despite it being priced at a cheap £30, it packs a bit of a punch for what it competes against.

The camera is small and light weight and comes with plenty of features and extras in the box. Recording at full 1080p with 30fps or at the slightly lower 720 but with a much better frame rate of 60fps. It records on a Micro SD card and supports a whopping 32GB.

The card itself records in the H.264 format (avi) and can easily be handled by a pc with the right codecs. Please note though if you intend to use it on a media player later, make sure it can handle the H.264 codec or you will need to convert the file into a more common playable file.

It has a pretty decent low light level recording ability and this comes in useful for people like myself who like to do some urban exploring.

I love the head strap that comes with it, great for hands free when i need it. I would have loved to see this pack night vision, it would be almost perfect then!.

It isn't as good as other cameras out there but the price its marked up at now is a no brainer. For anyone wanting a cheap camera for maybe sport work or biking etc, then grab this and give it a go.

Also take the other reviewers advice and update the firmware, it is much better to have the 45 minute files rather than the 3 minute chunks it makes by default.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 April 2015
Item arrived, no problems. Instructions not the easiest to understand, but I managed. Picture quality fine when attached to the handlebars of my bike. However, no sound. Even when shouting right next to camera it didn't record sound. Format a bit of a faff to get to play on my Mac. However, DiVX Converter (free app) sorted the problem. Fitted it to car - major problem. Connected to cigarette lighter, switched it to record and it worked. As soon as I switched on the engine it stopped recording. As a 'black box' in the car about as much use as a chocolate teapot. Returned it and bought a WickedHD G1W 1080 Dash cam - that actually works.
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on 7 July 2015
A lovely little action Camera with a multitude of mounts perfect for whatever you want to use it for, whether it is a dash camera, helmet camera or, in my case, a barrel camera for my airsoft gun, you are bound to have the correct mount.
The camera comes with 2 modes, video and photo mode. In video mode you can capture both 1080p at 30fps or 720p at 60fps. The instructions give clear instructions on how to operate the camera and are also helpful when you get stuck like when I couldn't figure out how to get the captured video off the camera memory. I have no plans to use the photo mode at all so I am unable to give any information about it.
However the audio from this camera is not amazing and does not capture voice well unless it is close to the speaker or audio source. As well as this, if you plan on editing the video, this camera records in the AVI format and certain video editing software such as Sony Vegas Pro may find errors when importing the video so you may have to convert the video file to a different format before editing.

PROS:
Comes with a variety of mounts suitable for many situations and mounting opportunities. They are also very sturdy and won't break anytime soon.
Small in size, making it a it a very good camera for dash cams and sport capturing.
Easy to use and lasts a good 2+ hours when recording. Even longer when you are recording a long day, as long as you continue to turn the camera on and off.
Records in 1080p at 30fps and 720p at 60 fps.
Also has a photo mode as well as a video mode.

CONS:
Audio quality is not the best on this camera.
Some video editing software find it difficult to read the AVI recording format of the camera, you may have to convert the format for certain pieces of software.
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on 1 May 2015
There are two useful reviews from loki_79 and Craig Taylor that describe how to change some important settings.
I do not like the fact that photo/video/sound quality can only be set in this file.
If you want to update the firmware so that videos are recorded in 50 minute chunks, you will need to follow the procedure given by the reviews from loki_79 and Craig Taylor. But you will need a Mini-SD card adaptor in order to delete the M500_FW.bin afterwards. I fell into this trap and could not use the camera afterwards.

To have to make these kinds of customizations externally is not straight forward and requires other equipment which people may not have to hand. That is the reason for my negative review.

As mentioned before, the fixtures that come with the camera are not very good or intuitive to use.

English instructions are taken from Google Translator and printed in font size 1. Some people will need a magnifying glass to read it. Understanding it needs another skill...

For convenience, here is a list of the settings that can be customized (taken from "https://plus.google.com/111732861509464402706/posts/EHDPqexPpzx")

Exposure(EV)
0 ~ 12, def:6
Contrast(CTST)
1 ~ 200, def:100
Saturation(SAT)
1 ~ 200, def:100
White Balance(AWB)
0 ~ 3, def:0, 0(auto), 1(Daylight), 2(Cloudy), 3(Fluorescent)
Sharpness
1 ~ 200, def:100
AudioVol
0 ~ 2, def:1, 0:Max 1:Mid 2:Min
QUALITY
0 ~ 2, def:0, 0:High 1:Middle 2:Low
LIGHTFREQ
0 ~ 1, def:0, 0:60Hz 1:50Hz
AUTO EXPOSURE(AE)
0 ~ 2, def:0, 0:Average 1:Center 2:Spot
RTCDisplay
0 ~ 1, def:0, 0:Off 1:On
month
00 - 00, def:00
date
00 - 00, def:00
hour
00 - 00, def:00
minute
00 - 00, def:00
second
00 - 00, def:00
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on 8 April 2015
I needed replacement camera for my motorbike but did not want to spend a fortune. After reading both good and poor reviews on this I thought to give this a try. It's well packaged, comes with everything bar the micro sd card, good selection of mounts included, especially liked the fully adjustable handlebar mount, this has a ball and socket joint which allows for multiple positions, good solid fix.
have patience with the set up as the instructions are rubbish poorly translated into English. Could not get this to be recognised by my pc when plugged in, found out it does not work with usb 3, plugged it into usb 2 slot and bingo, up and running, allows you to view files direct from pc. Ignore other reviews which say you have to remove sd card and use with card reader as this is not true. The instructions to set date and time stamp actually work. The mic is at the front so as per other reviews the wind noise is terrible on the bike, someone suggested tape over mic but have not tried this yet. Records multiple files approx 3 min durations which would need to be stitched but there is a suggested fix to this in reviews which I have not tried yet. Is it worth it? Well if you take into account it's price tag the answer is probably yes, there are better ones out there but they will cost more. Just need to see how long this lasts now, will edit this review accordingly if problems arise. Ok, quick revision it does what I needed it for which is record commute but check out the you tube techmoan review on f9 camera, it's reasonably thorough and quite damming.
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