Before I begin, I am in no way connected to this Ebay sale. I was just happy with a purchase and wanted to pass on the fun to you guys! So I've always wanted a GoPro but didn't want to pay $300 for one. Well, I broke down and bought the el-cheapo from Ebay for just $21 shipped from China (yes it took three weeks to get but it was well worth it!). I wasn't expecting much at all so I couldn't be disappointed as long as it works. Well I was impressed! Below is a video I took using it. It's only...
Here is my current and always evolving floor layout for this season. I have mainly done this setup for the grandchildren (and myself of course), and depending on their requests, scenery gets re-allocated based on their whims, so very little is wired up to work, since locations change regularly. It’s lots of fun and we currently run 3 trains for now. it was a fun layout to free form design on the fly and since then I reduced it to Railmodeller for posterity. Hope you like it ...
John, My camera arrived today. Came in a mailing envelope and the factory box was in good shape inside the envelope. One question, how do you get it out of the waterproof case?? Tried sliding the catch at the top and lifting that black gate at the top but it won't budge.
Question concerning stationary use. I need a camera to monitor my storage yard as I back my trains in as well as the hidden through track. Can these cameras be attached to a small screen for real tine video and be permanently on, getting power from a separate source (wall wart) not just the battery? If I could set up 2-3 to the same screen that would be great.
This camera does have a small output for for that I believe. I'd have to look. For that I got a D Link 930L camera with WiFi built in. I can pull it up on my Dlink App for free and see the problem spots on my layout to make sure a train is not fouling the line on a back siding.
The black clamp on top. Pull the little tab with the arrow and pull up on the black plastic beside it and the clamp will come undone. It might be a little tough as it is clamped pretty good, but that is how it is done. The clamp lifts up from the front of the camera first I believe (at work so cannot see it). It is tricky until you figure it out.
John, I just got one of these (with WiFi) and it has a problem. It won't recognize the trans flash card. It messages that I must insert a memory card when the card is already inserted and is secure (removing requires pushing down on the top card edge to pop it up). The card works fine and formats successfully when in its SD card carrier on my Mac. I've tried formatting as both FAT and EX-FAT with the same result. Can you provide any insight on this issue? Thanks!
Thanks John!! That did the trick. I was erroneously sliding the tab with the arrow and then pulling at the large black latch on top. It is the small housing that the tab is seated in that you have to pull upward from its front. Now to charge it and see how it works.
Some of the regular digital cameras are small enough to fit on an O-gauge car. I mounted my older Canon A540 on some wheelsets for a layout tour. It was close clearance in places, but it made use of a camera that I already had.
Hmmmm. I'm guessing you don't have a PC to format the card with do you? Do you have any other microSD cards you could try? Seeing as these are cheap camera's it is possible you got a bad one. I mean, for this price I wouldn't expect the best in quality control, but I'm hoping the problem is just the formatting of the card. Did you format FAT32?
It sure sounds like the card is not seating properly, given you need to manipulate it to remove it. Any card that doesn't seat properly will throw an error that no card is present. I can't imagine it is in upside down. Have you visually inspected the socket with a magnifying glass to see if any of the contacts are misaligned?
I ordered my cam from ebay for 21.24 including shipping from yallstore in New Jersey. It is the HD1080P version with no WiFi and is a copy of the SJ4000. It showed up after about 5 business days in a padded shipping envelope in a colorful English factory box with all accessories. With only little use so far, I am impressed for the money. I will be ordering extra batteries and a charger. Here are some observations: The micro memory card must be a class 10 of either 8, 16, or 32 gig capacity -...
Mike, I don't need a PC. My Mac will format a card in any Mac or PC format I choose. I first tried the card with its factory FAT file format and, when that didn't work, I reformatted the card for both PC formats, first FAT and when that still failed, EX-FAT, in my Mac. In all 3 cases the error was the same. I've also tried using a different Micro SD card. I've contacted the Amazon seller and they're sending a new camera which should arrive early next week. I was just thinking that there...
George, The card seats just fine. Pushing down on the top edge is how just about every SD or smaller memory card is removed from a device. The exception is that when removing a Mico-type card from an SD card carrier, one must pull it straight out.
Rick, The micro memory card must be a class 10 of either 8, 16, or 32 gig capacity - max 32 gig. I used a Transcend 32 gig. Mine is a Sandisk ULTRA microSDHC UHS-1 32 GB card. Its the acrd hat Amazon suggest for use with the camera.
I bought the $21 camera. It does take videos and photos pretty well. I am having a problem where the camera only charges to about 10-20%. I can see the files on the camera's sad card so it is making the connection. I just sent the seller an email but I was wondering if anyone had an idea about it not charging fully. Thanks, Ed
I just realized it puts the date on there..... that date is wrong as I just took that video today. I mainly wanted to show you guys what kinda video it took so you'd see it's pretty darn good for that price! And if you did break it you wouldn't be out much.
Yeah a US seller would definitely ship quicker. I figured at this price I'd try it and I'm so glad I did. I'm having fun thinking of what I can do with it (as my wife rolls her eyes at me). But it gives such a unique look at your layout. I'm going to run it around a few more times and see what I come up with. Like I said, I just wanted to pass this on to you guys because it's going to provide a LOT of fun to me! And if a few of us got them we might see some really cool videos on here! I also...
I got a little dizzy at that speed but pretty neat for the price. Hope it holds up for you. A long time ago I put my small Sony video camera on my G scale outdoor layout and filmed it. There was a grasshopper there and it looked like a prehistoric monster. Have fun.
How about some kind of instrumentation to measure track conditions along a route. If you run TMCC for example, there's a thread going on now about how to map the command signal strength around a layout. Even for conventional, you hear occasional stories about voltage drops/problems around a layout. The clarity of your video is quite remarkable (for $21!). So if you had a small voltmeter displaying track voltage and the camera could capture the voltage reading along with the layout background...
Mini DVR 808 Car Key Chain Micro Camera #16, search on eBay, there are plenty of listings. I also recently picked this upgraded model, but I haven't done any long videos with it yet. Full HD Sports Mobius Camera 1080P 30FPS, same story, lots of sellers.
Yes I sped it up a bit, the slow video was great too though! Yes it does capture audio too! I had the mic muted. If you go on Ebay and type "gopro" you'll get a lot of real GoPro cameras for lots of money and a lot of "same as gopro" or "like gopro" knockoffs for anywhere from $40 to $20 shipped! Thats why I put the picture in the post to show you what to look for. Here is one on now: http://www.ebay.com/itm/2015-S...1:g:H4oAAOSwxN5WZQxG Here is this morning's experiment! A drive to work...
It's amazing you can buy something like that for $20, no wonder we can't compete here in the US on prices! I agree, there's room for both types of cameras, I like the ones I got because I can stick them on top of an engine or caboose and there are no limitations where I can run. With something larger, I'd have to push a flatcar around with the camera on it.
Taping an iPhone to a locomotive or car also works. I assume that other smartphones would likely work, too. My personal preference is to tape it to the rear-end of the locomotive, looking forward, so that you see some of the locomotive in the picture. I use blue painter's tape because of its non-marking qualities.
I ordered mine yesterday from Hi-etech -an USA based seller on ebay. They claimed it shipped today by Fedx. Auction I won was $19.99 shipped, Buy it now is $25 shipped. 32gb Micro SD card was $4 from hong kong. It may take a little longer to get. You can search SJ4000 by shipped price or distance to get USA sellers.
Well, that's what I thought, too. Then I talked with a trains customer (LHS) who bought a similar camera that was being sold as an attachment for a drone....about 2 years ago! He put it on a flatcar, pushed it around.....and had mixed feelings about what he saw. As nice as the perspective was, it revealed a plethora of faults in the layout that only a mini-camera being pushed on a flatcar would reveal....poor track alignments, buildings poorly placed/detailed, holes in the scenery, clunky...
It has been awhile but I shared one my videos, doing a ride along on the top of my UP Challenger's tender roof......... same price point, this looks exactly like a GoPro, called GearPro, 1080p, uses the mini SD cards. I got it from a subsidiary of Amazon called "Woot" which does daily deals. I think it was $35, with the waterproof mount and various mounting brackets like GoPro. https://youtu.be/nhv5j9BI2_g
I've done some test videos with the Mobius, it produces very good quality videos. Here's a video shot with the older 808 #16 at 720P, this was shot at Pat Marinari's house in his magnificent layout. The Mobius seems to do a better job.
John, great post. Due to its size, this will work a lot better than trying to nail down my Canon on my train. Just ordered mine from ebay for 21.24 including shipping from yallstore in New Jersey. Finally took a good look at the pictures of it and saw the micro SD card slot; now, I will order a SD card. BUT, I do have some questions: How do you charge the battery?; Does the battery have a model number on it so that you can order a spare?? My Canon Powershot uses a NB-11L battery which is...
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