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    Quelima SQ12 - Sub $20 HD Action Camera

    I picked up one of the tiny, cube shaped Quelima SQ12 HD action cameras and put some flights on it. Overall I think it’s really impressive given the sub $20 price point and its size and weight. It does seem very prone to some jello when flying in bright sunlight. I think if you’re flying at sunrise, dusk, or on an overcast day it wouldn’t be too much of a problem though. The picture quality seems decent with good colors and detail:



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    Very good quality for a 20 dollar camera.
    I'm sold

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    Quote Originally Posted by sumone View Post
    Very good quality for a 20 dollar camera.
    I'm sold
    I think so. This camera seems perfect to just have something super cheap to stick onto a plane or small quad to get some decently usable HD footage. It would be good for those high risk flights where there's a good chance it might get lost or destroyed also.

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    This is the same video uploaded to AirVuz. I think this looks much closer to the video straight off the SD card from the camera. AirVuz seems to do a LOT less compression than YouTube and the videos always look less grainy:

    https://www.airvuz.com/video/Quelima...928a015cb98273

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    I don't so much think they are susceptible to jello as the write speed or write size is to slow or small which causes that wave in the later part of a write cycle. Could be something as simple as a cheap SD card that was to slow. Anything over 720 p requires minimum class 10 or U3 to keep up properly and reliably. All in all for 20 bones that's good enough for new to average pilots just to see what the are doing as you will be crashing a LOT. I have killed 3 cheapie action cameras so far and not able to afford something worthy of good videography.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PsyBorg View Post
    I don't so much think they are susceptible to jello as the write speed or write size is to slow or small which causes that wave in the later part of a write cycle. Could be something as simple as a cheap SD card that was to slow. Anything over 720 p requires minimum class 10 or U3 to keep up properly and reliably. All in all for 20 bones that's good enough for new to average pilots just to see what the are doing as you will be crashing a LOT. I have killed 3 cheapie action cameras so far and not able to afford something worthy of good videography.
    That could be. The card was a new Class 10 16GB though. Last night while changing props I realized one of the arms on the frame is cracked, so that could have had something to do with it as well. I'm gonna keep playing with it.

    Also, it was pretty windy at the one spot with the garden and pavilions, so some of the jello may have been from the copter getting knocked around.

    I feel your pain. I have a Runcam 3 that's been crashed several times, but is still holding together. Once I kill that replacing it's going to be painful!

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    This seems perfect for when I get into race quads here this summer, the footage is not great but I'll feel a lot better losing $20 over loosing how ever much a new session costs...
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    Quote Originally Posted by foamtest View Post
    This seems perfect for when I get into race quads here this summer, the footage is not great but I'll feel a lot better losing $20 over loosing how ever much a new session costs...
    I think it would be perfect for that. Another good thing is that it's tiny and only weighs 16g.

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    I watched the DVR footage from those flights last night and the broken arm on the frame was definitely flexing in flight. The left front propeller looks like it rises up about an inch pulling out from the dives. The only reason it stayed together and was still flying is because it was wrapped with electrical tape where the break was. A new bottom plate is on the way, so I'll try to get some more footage once it's put back together. Hopefully that will take care of at least some of the jello.

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    Ouch, I'm surprised it held together so well! Do you have a link to the camera itself?
    There isn't anything a little packing tape and hot glue can't fix.

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