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Old Feb 05, 2013, 10:23 AM
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Hello to everybody.
I have a problem with the cam. Maybe you know the solution.
When I turn on the camera I can see only the red light that remains stable, untill I turn off the camera. I can do nothing!
Please help me
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 11:11 AM
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How about trying a solder remover. Normally used to remove solder when cleaning or removing a component. They come in different types: bulbs you squeeze and some that are spring loaded, where you push a release button and it sucks the solder(read dust in this case) from the intended spot. Obviously care must be taken when fooling s around with the CMOS and lenses, but it might work well and no moisture deposited.
Just a thought.
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I would not recommend this method. I have one like the red bulb suction tool and you have to get VERY close for the suction to pick up anything. The risk of scratching the CMOS surface would not be worth the risk, especially when there is already a dedicated brush with squeeze bulb specifically designed for dislodging/blowing dust from lenses that will work perfectly.
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 12:07 PM
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Sorry to be a killjoy Jerry42, but IMO the spring loaded solder sucker is an absolute no-no too.

I use one a lot and I can tell you that, like the bulb version, they have to be very close to the subject to do any effective suckin'

They also obey Newton's laws, so when the spring pushes the piston back it also pushes the barrel (and your hand) forwards.

The nozzle will hit your camera sensor, your reactions aren't fast enough to stop it.
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 07:28 PM
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Hi, is there anyway to get a better image out of that camera ? mine look like not as good as your images :S
Edit: Im using Lens D.

asg hd sf 3 (5 min 4 sec)


Ive tryed adjusting the color but this is the best i can get, Is it the best i can get or is it because of all the white from the snow ? :P

My image is all Default, exept one thing is on Fluorescent.

Thanks for helping me out.
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Old Feb 06, 2013, 07:08 AM
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Hi, is there anyway to get a better image out of that camera ? mine look like not as good as your images :S
Edit: Im using Lens D.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQVChqE7I2I

Ive tryed adjusting the color but this is the best i can get, Is it the best i can get or is it because of all the white from the snow ? :P

My image is all Default, exept one thing is on Fluorescent.

Thanks for helping me out.
These things are very subjective, but the colours look okay to me.

However, I think the focus could be improved, which would increase the contrast of distant objects. There might also be a slight smudge or some condensation on the lens. Vibration has also caused the image to become softer at times.
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Old Feb 06, 2013, 08:45 AM
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I have a lens D which I thought also could use a focus adjustment. But, couldn't figure out how to turn the lens. Then bought a lens A and tried the methods listed to change focus. I think the glue is either stealth... i.e. I don't see it and couldn't scrape anything off... or it's welded in place. Darn lens doesn't budge. So I gave up.
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Old Feb 06, 2013, 10:42 AM
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I have a problem with my 808 #16 v2 recording only about 5 minutes in freezing temperatures (-3 C), then it shuts down. I wonder if this is normal. When I get back indoors, the camera records for much longer with no problems.

And -3 C isn't even THAT cold...

There could be some other explanation to the problem besides temperature, but I have no idea what it might be.
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Old Feb 06, 2013, 10:59 AM
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I have a problem with my 808 #16 v2 recording only about 5 minutes in freezing temperatures (-3 C), then it shuts down. I wonder if this is normal. When I get back indoors, the camera records for much longer with no problems.

And -3 C isn't even THAT cold...

There could be some other explanation to the problem besides temperature, but I have no idea what it might be.
Wow that 26.6 Fahrenheit!! I'm cold if it gets below 75 Fahrenheit!!
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Old Feb 06, 2013, 11:05 AM
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Wow that 26.6 Fahrenheit!! I'm cold if it gets below 75 Fahrenheit!!
Earlier this year it was about -25 C (-13 F), so -3 C is nothing... But I didn't have a chance to fly until now. I think it's pretty weird if 808 fails in such a mild temperature. Usually I have no problems with electronical devices in these temperatures. The plane itself (Bixler 2) works fine.
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Old Feb 06, 2013, 11:55 AM
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Earlier this year it was about -25 C (-13 F), so -3 C is nothing... But I didn't have a chance to fly until now. I think it's pretty weird if 808 fails in such a mild temperature. Usually I have no problems with electronical devices in these temperatures. The plane itself (Bixler 2) works fine.
Your other batteries are most probably larger or warmer. Cold is a big enemy of LiPos and has nothing to do with the camera. Temperatures nearing freezing point are too cold for these batteries. Keep the camera in your pocket until you need it. There have been posts in this, or the previous thread, of different insulating materials and methods to protect the camera.

Ever since digital cameras have been around I've had problems with them in the cold. Even the early models which used standard AA batteries were hopeless in the cold. Modern ones are a bit better but suffer all the same.
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Old Feb 06, 2013, 01:02 PM
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The battery gets pretty warm in my 808, so it's weird that slightly freezing ambient temperature affects it so much.

Anyways, maybe I'll try insulating the camera somehow...
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Old Feb 06, 2013, 01:22 PM
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The problem of short camera operation when cold has been mentioned a few times before.

The camera uses a pretty small lipo so cold will affect it and give the problems you experienced.

As isoprop said... keep the battery warm before flying. Put the camera on at the last minute before launching and see if insulating it gives longer runs.
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Old Feb 06, 2013, 01:40 PM
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I think I'll try covering it with bubble wrap... I'm not sure whether it works or not, but the positive thing is that you can see the led and also press the buttons through it.
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Old Feb 06, 2013, 02:22 PM
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The battery gets pretty warm in my 808, so it's weird that slightly freezing ambient temperature affects it so much.

Anyways, maybe I'll try insulating the camera somehow...
Also, when flying the cooling rate goes up tremendously with the cold airflow over and through the case! Some kind of foam plastic (rigid or flexible packing wrap) is the best insulator, but bubble wrap may be good enough if it doesn't let the camera vibrate and cause another problem (vibration wave artifacts in the video).
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Old Feb 06, 2013, 02:37 PM
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Hi guys, hoping you might be able to help me....

I've had a #16 (version 1 I think) for a few months now but haven't used it that much. Lately it seems to have just stopped working and I think its because the battery isn't holding a charge.

1. When plugged into PC/socket adapter the green light light comes on like normal to indicate charging, but when I hold the power button down the red led flashes once for about 2 seconds and then goes off again
2. When not plugged in it has the same problem, red led flashes once then goes off and the camera does nothing.
3. I have tried different memory cards, plugged in with different usb leads/computers/power sockets.

I just about to buy a replacement battery thinking that is the problem, am I right?
Thanks in advance for nay help....
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