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Jan 02, 2012, 12:30 AM
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New FULL HD 1080p "Key Chain" Camera

<EDIT 04/29/2012>NOTE: Since posting the information below the camera has been revised to add a video out function. The specs are similar except for the addition of composite video/audio out. This functions during recording as well. But the camera firmware is different. The firmware linked below is ONLY for the original camera with NO video out function. If you accidentally install it into the new camera, portions of the functions will be disabled (e.g. it will become locked in the 720p video mode among other things). But I have posted recovery firmware that will restore the original function in the NEW camera. The recovery firmware is NOT to be used with the ORIGIAL camera!" <End Edit>

I just got this information about a new full HD 1080p version of the small "keychain" variety of HD cameras from the developers of the popular #11 HD and new #16 HD "keychain" cameras. The 1080p version is expected to be released around Jan. 10, 2012. It will come in two different case designs as noted in the attached picture. One has the lens on the narrow end and the other on the flat side. The case sizes are similar to the "Jumbo #11" camera (see my dedicated thread for more info). Circuit board pictures and some sample still photos are also attached.

Some basic specs:

1. Sensor: OV5653 5MP CMOS
2. Lens: 62 deg. AOV (120 deg. AOV to follow later)
3. Video Formats: 1920 x 1080p @ 30 fps; 1280x720p @ 60 fps; H.264 MP4
sample 1080p mode:
Brief Video From New Full HD 1080p Key Chain Camera (0 min 21 sec)

sample 720p @ 60fps mode:
(0 min 21 sec)

The basic camera sells for about US $59.99 and is available ONLY from these eBay stores:


New firmware for the ORIGINAL 1080 with NO video out function is available for download to set the camera date/time, and turn it on/off in the video display.

Time setting method ONLY for the version 2 camera with video out is here.
Last edited by Tom Frank; Jan 20, 2013 at 10:58 AM. Reason: added link to time setting method for version 2 camera
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Jan 02, 2012, 01:14 AM
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Scary. I can't keep up with this. We truly live in interesting times.
Jan 02, 2012, 02:22 AM
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Jan 02, 2012, 02:48 AM
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Thanks for the heads up Tom! And I was just about to order the #16, decisions, decisions. Any info on weight? And what the model # is going to be? Cheers.
Jan 02, 2012, 05:53 AM
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Very interesting - I suspect the 1280x720 / 60 fps mode will be more useful for AP.
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Jan 02, 2012, 06:04 AM
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It says its 60 fps at 720, which if true could be knocking on the door of hero territory given a stable mount.
Jan 02, 2012, 06:19 AM
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Interesting, but it's getting to the point with these little cams where if I add up what I spent on mini dv's I could have bought one slightly larger camera. MInd you, this wasn't available a year or so back.

Techmoan's review of this which is available for 110 is amazing. Admittedly too big for small rc models, it still has a whole host of features and stunning video quality.
Jan 02, 2012, 06:42 AM
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How about A/V out?
Jan 02, 2012, 07:35 AM
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Yeah, A/V out would be great!
And would be nice if they could provide original unedited video sample, so that we could see file size, video bit rate, real quality etc
Jan 02, 2012, 07:56 AM
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Originally Posted by topgearuk
Thanks for the heads up Tom! And I was just about to order the #16, decisions, decisions. Any info on weight? And what the model # is going to be? Cheers.
Video looks good, but it does look a lot bigger. Since its not an 808 format, it shouldn't have a number.
Jan 02, 2012, 08:46 AM
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It looks nice, can't wait to see the price of that little, but powerful thing
Jan 02, 2012, 08:57 AM
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Originally Posted by ShinG0
It looks nice, can't wait to see the price of that little, but powerful thing
"The camera will sell for US $69..."
Jan 02, 2012, 09:27 AM
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Haven't even received the new #16 yet,,, but it's obsolete already.. And the new firmware that made it look good enough for me to order it is now on hold..
Last edited by livonia bob; Jan 02, 2012 at 11:00 AM.
Jan 02, 2012, 09:35 AM
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What about me with my #3!
Jan 02, 2012, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by choopi
What about me with my #3!
You are way behind,,, you better order a #11 and a #16 while you can,, to keep up with the rest of us fools..

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