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Old Dec 30, 2010, 12:33 PM
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My cigarette lighter charger states on the label
12-24 VDC input and 5VDC 1.5a output.
I haven't tried any tests with it yet as to whether the camera will only charge or record as well.
I haven't tried anything other then just plugging it into my 12v power outlet on my pick-up and videoing my drive home from the soccer fields (yawn) but it "seems" to only allow you to video, not charge. I'm probably wrong about this but I could not get the red charging light to come on when hooked up to the cigarette lighter adapter that was included.

It may be charging at the same time as it is taking video, I dunno. I just know that when I would plug it in there would be no light (vs computer usb = red light) and when I held the button it would only go to yellow (computer usb, plug in = red light, press button = red light changes to yellow)

I thought it was advertised as a charger/power adapter. Makes me wonder if my adapter might be defective. It;ll be interesting to hear others experiences with the adapter.

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Old Dec 30, 2010, 12:40 PM
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Yabba, in regards to my quoted comment, I just had a thought as I was watching one more time your ground video in the other forum where I commented on the "changing color" of the field stripes . You mentioned you were using your "clothespin camera" so I'm wondering if you had the HD cam clipped UNDER the bill of a baseball cap, or something like that? That could explain why the upper corners of your video were considerably darker than the bottom corners, and why the AV you just posted did not show this!! Am I right!
You're a little right . My world famous clothespin camera mount actually clips to the side of my eyeglasses (the earpiece actually although I don't want to give away too many industrial secrets) and so it is not actually under the bill of my b'ball hat BUT, it IS shaded by the bill sometimes and especially when I'm looking to my left (the NORTHEAST and NORTH tahdah). We fly at that field looking to the east so anything biased to the left of the camera view may be catching a little shaded effect from the bill of the hat. Genius !

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Old Dec 30, 2010, 01:06 PM
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Well I'm confused, Tom. If you're referring to Yabba's video posted in #9 of this thread, I see a good bit of vignetting in it. I guess I missed the other video with the white and yellow stripes, but this current AV is definitely darker around the edges than in the center, at least to my eye.

I wonder if there's an anti-vignetting filter, or a vignetting filter that could be configured as such, in vdub.
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Old Dec 30, 2010, 01:11 PM
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Well if it's Yabba's hat, I'll eat mine! (where's the Tabasco...). The problem is Alex's video has some too. We need to see more videos, and then we'll know for sure

I looked in Ulead to see if there is any way to make a variable density mask, vignettes are sometimes used for weddings or glamor shoots, but I ran out of time. It looks complicated because sometimes it's not so bad ie variable.
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Old Dec 30, 2010, 01:17 PM
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I just wanted to add for those contemplating replacing that 8-pin chip, first, don't even think about it.

But if you do give it a try, I would like to second the suggestion of clipping the leads near the chip and desoldering them individually. But you might find something called desoldering braid useful in doing the desoldering, and in cleaning the old solder off the pads. Just put the braid on the pad, and the iron tip on the braid, and the braid should soak up the melted solder.

Then, with everything cleaned up, I suggest you carefully superglue the belly of the replacement chip to the board, with the leads resting right on the pads. It will be hard enough to do the soldering without the chip moving around on you.

And finally, or firstly, since there is no real power switch on these things, it probably would be a good idea to desolder one battery lead before starting this repair, just so there won't be live power anywhere.

The big risk in doing the soldering is creating a solder bridge between two adjacent pins. with components this small, it's really easy to do that. So, as I said up front, don't even think about doing this. But good luck if you do.
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Absolutely! Thanks Tom!

Mine has still not arrived and was paid for 8th Dec. I guess its just a waiting game thanks to the Christmas post and heavy snow

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I bought in day 06-12-2010 Mini HD DV Car Camera from internet-shop365 on eBay.
Payment 06-12-2010 by PayPal . Shipping for me 07-12-2010.
Package reached to me really today. Weather conditions in this helped

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Old Dec 30, 2010, 02:33 PM
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I dont think there is a problem with car charger as mine did not show it charging (red light) when I plugged it in either...heres a qwick un-edited vid with no time stamp...raining and a bit foggy here so video isnt the best...If anyone wants to compare notes heres my HD page Also the driver CD isnt included with cam so you will need to ask for it...
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Old Dec 30, 2010, 02:38 PM
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My order for the HD keychain camera from eletoponling365 has arrived at my local post office. It should be delivered tomorrow. I ordered it on December 19, 2010. Unknowingly, he also sold me the the two V3's I bought earlier this year.

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Old Dec 30, 2010, 03:56 PM
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Mine arrived today to my surprise. I plugged it in and captured some snapshots from Corel Video Studio Pro X3. The camera is charging but it is getting dark outside. I may try outdoors with some halogen lights. Meanwhile, here are some snapshots. See below:
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Old Dec 30, 2010, 04:07 PM
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Hope the next step is FOB with a CCD sensor. Captn Don
That will never happen. The reason thay can make these cams this good and cheap is because it is CMOS. CMOS takes lots less energy and will run alot longer on the same sized battery. Thats why home video cams are so small now. If they made this into a CCD cam you would only get run times of a few minutes per charge because the CCD takes so much more power. CMOS made this possible. You can't hardly find a home video camera anymore that is CCD....especially in HD format.
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Here are the instructions that came with HD keychain camera.
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Old Dec 30, 2010, 04:57 PM
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1st HD key cam video

Here is a short HD keycam video I just loaded to YOUTUBE. It's in HD format for Youtube. This is a worse case of video making -- dark, halogen lamps even lens flares. Enjoy. Good audio capture.

1st HD #11 key cam video.MOV (0 min 30 sec)
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Old Dec 30, 2010, 05:01 PM
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The camera still mode doesn't take the place of my Canon EOS but seems to do fairly well in bright sunlight..

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Old Dec 30, 2010, 05:05 PM
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Here is a short HD keycam video I just loaded to YOUTUBE. It's in HD format for Youtube. This is a worse case of video making -- dark, halogen lamps even lens flares. Enjoy. Good audio capture.
Looks like a keeper Prof. Be interesting tomorrow at the crack of dawn

Re a comment on the other thread, I thought my camera was pretty well focused compared to my earlier #3's. I may have to send it to you for a focus adjustment

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