rockets-in-brighton wrote:So would you say this is a Chinese clone rather than the same as the original as described by Air Command?
Just to set the record straight, I bought one of the "original" cameras and told you guys about it long before anyone else bought one.
I also have one of the Chinese "clones". It's a little bit funny to me to call it that because the original camera seems to have originated in China as well.
Unfortunately, I crashed my "clone" back in the fall and can't do anything with it. It did give me a chance to look inside and do a little research. Here is what I know from testing both cameras side by side and looking inside them.
+ The "clone" boasts a 720x480 resolution. This is B.S. The image sensor inside is 640x480 (same as the original). They just scale the frame in the movie file while saving.
+ The clone is slightly larger due to the plastic case. It's about 5mm larger in length and width.
+ The clone records at 30fps but it has a ton of duplicate frames in the movie. They repeat frames to pad the framerate up higher.
+ The clone has a permanent timestamp on the video that you can't shut off.
+ The picture quality of the original is much better. Colors are more vivid and it's much better in low light.
+ The clone has pushbuttons on the side to control the power and mode, while the original has slide switches. The buttons are a problem because you can press them accidentally and change the mode of the camera and not know it.
+ The clone has a blinking LED to tell you it's running that is impossible to see in the daylight.
+ The original is metal and has survived several crashes. The clone didn't.
I'd say buy the clone at your own risk. Find one of the metal ones if you can!
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