Review: CAMSports HDMax – Extreme

My First Impressions on HD Extreme Max

The HD Extreme Max is a bit bigger and more of a rectangle shaped compared with the Bullet HD Wide camera, slightly bigger than the palm of my hand, yet still small and portable. And it comes with 2″ LCD screen where you can review the video footage you’ve recorded including accessing the menu to change the settings for the camera.

The first time you power it on; make sure you do NOT look at the len because a very bright, laser beam will shine out of it so take care! It’s the “Targeting Device” where it beams out a horizontal laser line, allowing you to make sure you set up the camera to face the correct way. It will switch off itself after 10 seconds.

Slide out the left cover to reveal the 2” LCD screen with a ‘Live’ video of wherever you’re pointing the camera to. To change the mode, press the ‘MODE’ button and you will see the Movies gallery. Another press of the button, it will show you the photo gallery. Finally the 3rd press will take you to the Setup menu.

The accessories that came with this camera is pretty standard stuff – HDMI cable, wired remote control (to start/stop the recording), 3 mounts, goggles mount, bike mount, headband mount, USB cable, AV out cable, AC wall charger and finally the user manual (who reads this??) – this should be enough to get you started.

In order to mount this camera on the windscreen of my car, I had to use my own suction mount as the box does not come with a suitable mount for me to use. However we need to remember that this is more geared toward extreme sports. I plugged the wired remote control which allows me to start/stop the recording, which is very handy!

Using the HDMI cable, you can plug it to the TV but your TV will need to have the 3 AV ports – red, white and yellow to watch the footage on your TV. There are additional accessories available on the DogCamSport website like spare battery, cables, suction mount ad many more, depending on your needs.

One of the things I really like with this camera is that you are able to rotate the len to the left or to the right, depending on how the camera is mounted so it will still record the correct view. Turned it upside down? No problem, load up the Menu -> Video Rotation and change it to ‘Standard’ or ‘Inverted’ and you’re sorted.

Video Sample – Day & Night footages (Don’t forget to change it to 1080p)

Now, let’s look at the Menu area, and see what it offers me…

Resolution

    WVGAP60
    720p 25fps
    720p 30fps
    720 50fps
    720p 60fps
    1080p 25fps
    1080p 30fps
    Full HD

Quality

    L (Low)
    M (Medium)
    H (High)

Video Rotation

    Standard
    Inverted

Record Mode

    PAL
    NTSC

External Mic Vol

    Off
    1 – 7

Internal Mic Vol

    Off
    1 – 7

Record Overwrite

    Yes
    No

Motion Detection

    No
    1 min
    3 mins
    5 mins

Time stamp

    Off
    Date
    Time
    Date/Time

TV Type

    Pal
    NTSC

Time Setup

    Beep Sound
    Off
    On

Format

    No
    Yes

Language

    English
    François

Firmware Version

    V12051506

What’s included in the box

    HDMI cable
    Wired remote control (to start/stop the recording)
    3 mounts
    Goggles mount
    Bike mount
    Headband mount
    USB cable
    AV out cable
    AC wall charger
    User manual (Mini CD-ROM)

Specifications
Image

    Video resolution: 1920x1080p 30fps / 1280x720p 30fps – 60fps / 848x480p 30fps – 60fps
    Video format: MOV (H.264), AVC1
    Sensor 1080p: CMOS 5Mp, lens 110degree angle
    Sensor 720p: CMOS 5Mp, lens 135degree angle
    Targeting device: horizontal laser bean C2 (10 seconds)
    Audio: Stereo microphone + Audio In for external microphone
    Still picture: 2560x1920p
    Embedded LCD 2” screen

Storage

    Support external MicroSD card up to 32Gb
    Storage capacity/hour: HD1080p = 4Gb/h, HD720p = 2Gb/h
    File Upload: USB 2.0 port (PC/Mac)

Power

    Battery: Rechargeable Lithium-ion 1000mAh
    Recharge: USB port (PC/Mac or wall charger)
    Battery left: About 180 minutes

Working Temperature

    From -10C to +40C

Sizes and weight

    Length: 102mm
    Height: 57mm
    Width: 38mm
    Weight: 115g (including battery)

User Manual download (PDF – 1.7MB)

My overall thoughts

The HD Max Extreme is packed with different video format settings to meet your needs. Video recorder and digital camera in one is an extra bonus. I do really like the wired remote control where it allows me to start/stop the recording without having to reach out to the device to turn it on. Oh yeah, and being able to rotate the len.

At the end of the day, I’ve found this pretty easy to use, basically set it up with the correct settings, mount it with the suitable mount and start recording to create a perfect HD footage.

Good

    2” LCD screen
    Full 1080p HD video format
    Good choice of video formats
    Rotatable len

Bad

    Can’t see anything bad about it!

Rating – 4.5 out of 5

Link to purchase – http://www.dogcamsport.co.uk/camsports-hdmax-extreme-1080p-helmet-camera.html

And if you use the Promotional Code of HTDC05, you will get 10% off from the price.