Tuesday 4 September 2012

CamOne Infinity 1080 -review & test-

Another "similar-to-GoPro" for test: The CamOne Infinity from ACME (Germany) by courtesy of Action Cameras.

This is all that comes inside the box:  Small camcorder; Waterproof case with curve lens; Handlebar mount; Flat mount with adhesive and fast anchoring; Two arms (short and long); USB wire and adaptator; Audio/video wire; Bag for the camera.

The Camera has some features that I like:
- Both, camera and case, have threads for tripod.
- It's small, but includes LCD screen to view when recording or playing back.
- The waterproof case has the same 6 function buttons that the camera, and you can operate all funtions alike with or without it. You will never need to open the camera on the trail.
 - The lens is interchangeable. Well done!... but only one is included in the box.
- There are two micro SD slots.

Unfortunately, not everything fits well:
- The side cover to protect connectors and cards is crappy and does not close
- It is hard to put the camera inside the case. It fits too exact
- The LED that indicates operations is just behind the rim black, and can not be seen !

Quality of mount system is similar to GoPro ones, but they are not compatible.

Recording mode:
1080p   to 30 fps  (1920 x 1080)   16:9       15.000 kbps
720p     to 60 fps  (1280 x  720)   16:9        13.500 kbps
720p     to 30 fps  (1280 x  720)   16:9         8.800 kbps
WVGA   to 60 fps    (848 x  480)   16:9         4.800 kbps
Bitrate values are aproximate, they are obtained setting the "high" mode. (there are three options: H, S, and L).
The same modes are in PAL too, (at 24 fps). But I have not tested them.
The battery life lets me to record 1 h. 43 min, and to recharge is fast enough.

Lens angle
As ever, no manufacturer publishes understandable and true informatio about view angles. The next data are measured and calculated by me:
CamOne Infinity        1080p     h.ang.     95º    diagonal ang.   103º
CamOne Infinity          720p     h.ang.   128º    diagonal ang.   134º
For comparative purposes:
AEE SD20                   1080p    h.ang.     78º   diagonal ang.     85º
AEE SD20                     720p    h.ang.   106º   diagonal ang.   114º
AEE SD20                     960p    h.ang.  106º    diagonal ang.   118º
GoPro HD HERO           960p    h.ang.   120º    diagonal ang.   130º
GoPro HD HERO         1080p     h.ang.   103º   diagonal ang.   111º
GoPro HD HERO           720p     h.ang.  120º    diagonal ang.   126º
Contour 1080 HD         720p     h.ang.    97º    diagonal ang.   105º
Contour 1080 HD         960p     h.ang.    97º    diagonal ang.   110º
Briefly, at 1080p mode, the angle view is a bit more narrow that GoPro, but at 720p mode is a bit wider.
The following video shows differences between angle view at different modes:
At 720p mode is possible to use the zoom function, but this feature is completly useless for on-board purposes: when camcorder stops and starts again the zoom fits itself to maximum wide.
Testing on ride.
For test the camera I place it on my improved "chesty", fortunately...
The CamOne designers did not implement any "beep" (The CamOne Infinity do not emit any sound, it has not speaker). They did not think of putting a swich instead a push button... and the small size and feeling are not appropriate for using with long gloves.

In the chest-mount the camera is at sight, but is almost impossible to see blinking  the LED to know if the camera is recording or not. If you put your CamOne on the helmet you can not to know if it is working !!!

Bicuerca - CamOne Infinity 1080p test from montonm on Vimeo.

On the good side the camera has a very good performance for measuring the light exposure. I think that is better (or more properly, less bad)  that GoPro, Contour, etc... and the rest of POV cameras that I have tested. The CamOne Infinity is not mistaken easily when a portion of a bright sky comes into the frame.

The colour feels something subdued and the image has a low contrast... but that can be improved in the edition process. The sample video shows the latest seconds of each secuence with filters to increase contrast, colour saturation and lights the shadows. The rest of time the images are as coming out of the camera.

On the negative side all footage seem some blurry. As slighty out of focus, but I have not been able to correct it by screwing or unscrewing the removable lens...
Sound is really bad (like others cams with waterproof case)

El Campillo from montonm on Vimeo.

This second video confirms the first impression about good performance in hard lighting scenes (backlight, bright sky, sun in the frame...). All footage are filtered with same settings.


Arnau Donate said...

Amaziiing !!

Arnau Donate said...

Que software usaste para editar este video ?? el efecto es impresionante !

montonm said...

Thanks Arnau,

To edit the last video I used Sony Vegas Pro, and many many many video tracks.

If you understand spanish you are invited to read some remarks at:

Captain Slow said...

I like the cover and the fit is great it should be snug.
The mounting system IS compatable with gopro.

The only problem is the Battery life its crap barely 20 mins I have contacted Camone about this.

Joshua Fifis said...

I have read different views about it being compatible with GoPro accessories/mountings. I can understand that it will work with the universal 1/4" thread but is the forked mounting option compatible?

montonm said...

Joshua, CamOnes is almost compatible with GoPro accessories.
I mean that both systems are very similar but not exactly equal.
Accessories may be linked by forcing the "L" joint (one "L" arm from GoPro and another "L" arm from CamOne).
For optimal outcome might use sandpaper or emery.

Anonymous said...

I believe Camone's answer to the battery problem is to buy spares and keep them charged. Not good.