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Old Oct 31, 2009, 9:58 PM   #1
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Default One of cheapest tiny camcorders ever!

This must be one of the cheapest solid state video camcorders out there! Someone informed me of this little gem.

Just $17 for a device that records VGA with sound:

http://tinyurl.com/ydep4et

The video isn't too bad either as can be seen on youtube here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAjgSMNX8c8With

It even has audio too. There are digital cameras that cost more that still don't record sound. There does seem to be an audio problem but I am hoping to confirm that this is probably an artifact of the youtube upload. Sure it's not perfect but then it's $17! The icing on the cake is that it also takes microSD memory cards

They'll be giving these away in cereal boxes shortly...!
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Old Oct 31, 2009, 10:27 PM   #2
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There seem to be a few "micro" digicams coming out of China lately with similar specs. A friend has been buying these and using them on radio controlled planes and helicopters: http://cgi.ebay.com/Spy-Camera-Key-C...item2556ff057e

These keychain cameras sell for $15, take micro sd cards up to 8gb, and record 640x480 at 30fps. Here is a short clip from one of his "flying wings" with the camera on-board: http://www.vimeo.com/7356875
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Old Oct 31, 2009, 10:31 PM   #3
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I bet they all use the same chipset too!
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Old Nov 1, 2009, 1:52 AM   #4
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Be careful of the sound. These low-end devices are using a 24KHz sampling rate with 8 bit PCM audio, which sounds terrible. that is all the low-cost CPUs can manage, apparently.

I do like the combo speaker/microphone the Chinese are using now in some of their mid-range products, it has lower noise level than the average condenser microphones. Boy, it is nice to hear the clean audio from my new Sanyo CG10, however. They really hit the nail on the head. Practice makes perfect, I guess...
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Old Nov 1, 2009, 8:27 AM   #5
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I agree, picture and sound quality are not fantastic, but you can't expect much for less than $20.

The keychain camera survived a drop from about 200 feet up on to the grass below. I think that qualifies as a good durability test.
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Old Nov 1, 2009, 11:13 AM   #6
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The audio on these keychain cameras sounds pretty good to me considering:

http://www.vimeo.com/7051194

I am betting they will distort with loud sounds or music but that won't be unique to these devices.

All in all I think they are actually quite impressive for the price. It wasn't that long ago this kind of video and audio quality was the norm in devices much more expensive.
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the pen cam or whatever looks like corners, rounded, on that clip.
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the pen cam or whatever looks like corners, rounded, on that clip.
Barrel Distortion is to be expected on such a cheap camera.
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go figure. gotta luv it.
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Old Nov 5, 2009, 10:49 PM   #10
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Link showing "Inside" these tiny keychain cameras:

http://chucklohr.com/808/#Instructions
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