Review: DogCam Bullet HD WIDE

My First Impressions on DogCam Bullet HD Wide

When I looked at the photo for the first time, I thought it would be about as big as my hand, but it’s smaller than my hand! In fact, it just barely covers my palm of my hand – that’s how small it is. So naturally, I am well impressed with the size of it.

The blurb of this product is labelled as “the smallest 720p high definition bullet camera on the market measuring just 78mm in length and 22mm in diameter” and it has everything you need in one device – battery, recorder, camera and microphone – all crammed in this small camera. Impressive! The camera comes with 135 degree len which gives you wide angle, allowing you to capture more areas.

The camera came with 2GB microSD card fitted however according to the DogCamSport website, it comes with 4GB so I guess it has been updated. So all you need to do is to charge it up, mount it using one of the available accessories and away you go with it just like that! It takes about 4 to 5 hours to charge it up fully for up to 2 hour worth of recordings until the battery is flat which is a little bit disappointing, but for this size of the camera, I guess this is excepted.

To start shooting, just press the power button and it will start capturing within 4/5 seconds. The blue LED will flash to acknowledge that it’s recording. Flashing green LED is to let you know that the battery is low, however I would have thought it would be better if it’s red and not green? Maybe I’m being picky…

There are two things that I dislike about this is 1) you have to create a text file with the correct date & time formatting saved to the memory card in order to display it. But that’s not a problem if you do not want to have this stamped on your videos. And 2) when the camera points at almost direct sunlight and then move away from it, it takes time for the camera to re-adjust to normal light condition – see video sample below.

And this picks up wind noise, but I do not think it’s a problem if you’re using it on a bike as the wind noise will be far less. However as I have not tried this, I cannot confirm this.

Want to use it outside, in the rain? No problem, this is waterproof up to 10M, which means you can use it for swimming or water sports related. Or biking in the rain if you want to. You will need to change the rear cap to waterproof it totally 100%, but you will lose the sound as the mic is covered up with this cap.

And with the 720p recording format, this will give you HD footage for best result. I have made some quick recordings with it attached to my car using Limpet Suckers (sold separately) – you can see the result in the video below.

Video Sample (Don’t forget to change it to 720p)

What’s included in the box

    Bullet HD Camera
    4GB memory
    User Manual
    USB Cable
    Head Strap
    Bunches of different sized velcros including head strap and helmet mount
    Spare rubber O rings

Specifications

    Product Size: Diameter – 22mm x 78mm
    USB v2.0
    Physical Weight: 32.5g
    Resolution: 1280 x 720P
    Video Format: H.264
    Power Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours
    Recording Speed: 30fps
    Pixels: 3 megapixels
    Power supply: Embedded 500mAh Li-polymer battery
    Memory: Supports up to 32GB Max speed microSD
    Working Temp: -5C to 40C
    Storage Temp: -20C to 80C
    Power consumption: <1W
    Photographing angle: 135 degrees

My overall thoughts

Apart from the small points above, I am well impressed with this as I can see number of uses with it. It can be mounted on bike or motorbikes. Or of you like, on your helmet using the accessories included and with additional mount from various online shops, it can be used inside or outside of the car. (i.e. suction mount). It’s very small, lightweight to carry and can be in your pocket no problem.

Good points

    Small
    Lightweight
    Supports 32GB microSD card
    Waterproof to 10M
    720P HD
    4GB microSD card

Bad points

    Short battery life
    Having to create a text file on the memory card each time you want to set the date & time
    Slow changing from low/high light to normal light
    Wind noise

Rating – 3 out of 5

Link to purchase – http://www.dogcamsport.co.uk/dogcam-bullet-hd-camera-WIDE.html

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