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Old 01-28-2014, 10:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Old 01-29-2014, 10:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Finally someone made an optical zoom action cam... Took them long enough!

Course 5x isn't enough... It is a start, but my original ZoomCam was filming at 8x and that wasn't enough to really capture the hits.


(my current ZoomCam is 15X optical zoom for comparison).

It lets you capture hits at distances over 100 feet away easily, like this!

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You can build a system exactly like mine for under $250 including the camera... It weighs about a pound and a half max, but it is worth it to get that headshot on your buddy on film!
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Old 01-29-2014, 11:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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A few cameras have a 37mm threaded lens. The Replay XD line (same thing as the Greg Hastings R7 Replay) has this feature. You can get 2X and other magnifications in the 37mm variety. 5X probably isn't bad either, but too much zoom and you lose a little too much of the surroundings IMO.

Oh, and the CR battery might have appeal to some, but not for me.
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Old 01-29-2014, 03:40 PM   #4 (permalink)
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A few cameras have a 37mm threaded lens. The Replay XD line (same thing as the Greg Hastings R7 Replay) has this feature. You can get 2X and other magnifications in the 37mm variety. 5X probably isn't bad either, but too much zoom and you lose a little too much of the surroundings IMO.

Oh, and the CR battery might have appeal to some, but not for me.
Adding lenses to a wide angle lens and sensor will result in very severe vignetting (tunnel appearance on video). In my first gun came (a 480P lipstick camera) I actually had to have a custom adapter made to hold a telephoto lens made for a Sony point and shoot (53mm diam. IIRC).

What the community needs is a user replaceable first lens that allows the user to select how wide and how much zoom he/she wants. This is what I've done with my GoPro- I had to void the warranty but, I've replaced the single digit mm factory lens and installed a 50mm (length) telephoto. That works out to an approximate 22x.
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Old 01-29-2014, 03:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Adding lenses to a wide angle lens and sensor will result in very severe vignetting (tunnel appearance on video). In my first gun came (a 480P lipstick camera) I actually had to have a custom adapter made to hold a telephoto lens made for a Sony point and shoot (53mm diam. IIRC).

What the community needs is a user replaceable first lens that allows the user to select how wide and how much zoom he/she wants. This is what I've done with my GoPro- I had to void the warranty but, I've replaced the single digit mm factory lens and installed a 50mm (length) telephoto. That works out to an approximate 22x.
I have seen that thread before. That's what got me thinking of the whole thing in the first place. I just don't like a top-center mount. I like the mid-side mount. Me being lefty, that's where mine was before it stopped powering up.
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It is nice that it has replaceable batteries.

Would have to see a good review on it to show quality, response time, etc.
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Old 01-31-2014, 05:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Midland XTC is now in Mossy Oak Camo with a SLIDE switch instant on...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W64-DmNT8mI

Before long, we will start seeing optical zoom action cams, and then it will be ON!
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Before long, we will start seeing optical zoom action cams, and then it will be ON!
The Drift HD has up to 4X digital zoom, but digital zoom is not what I (anyone?) want.
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Old 01-31-2014, 06:32 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Yeah, digital zoom isn't worth much... It does help some, (I use it when editing with the HenryCam) and you can go about 50% in but you loose a ton of resolution when you do it, for not much "zoom".

I forgot about this new contender... 5X OPTICAL zoom! (for comparison, my original ZoomCam I was filming at 8x optical in my games, my current ZoomCam I play with at 15X optical zoom!).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sl_H4ptX3D0

Cool, but no video showing what it does...
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Midland XTC is now in Mossy Oak Camo with a SLIDE switch instant on...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W64-DmNT8mI

Before long, we will start seeing optical zoom action cams, and then it will be ON!
I use an XTC to tape my machining videos. Its no go pro or even a replay (when it worked) but for 75 bucks defiantly a good starter.
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