Starnex, the company that makes the Camball has dubbed this camera the "World's Smallest Camcorder".



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The Camball at first glance is a tiny webcam, but you really need to get to know him before realizing this isn’t simply your Logitech webcam plugged in at home.

Starnex, the company that makes the Camball has dubbed this camera the “World’s Smallest Camcorder”, and I am not in any position to doubt it. For all the simple yet useful features that it has they manage to place and integrate them all in a way that makes it fairly logical to use. At first glance it may seem a bit difficult to operate, but thankfully they have included the handy quick start guide.

Before plugging the camera into your computer, it is recommended that you install the included driver’s cd. Intelligently, if you have an older version of the Camball’s software, it will ask if you wish to download the latest from the internet. Since I did have an older version, I went ahead and did so. At that point it asks you to plug the camera in. It automatically checked which firmware the Camball I had was on, and asked if I wanted to upgrade that as well.

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Once both my software and firmware were done automatically updating, it brought up a very feature rich piece of software they have simply called Camball Manager. Camball Manager seems to have been created to tweak and customize specific settings that you would not be able to normally control on such a tiny device itself. All the regular options you would expect on a webcam such as brightness, resolution, frames per second, night mode, and video quality are present. There is also a very cool feature imbedded into the software which allows you to log into your YouTube account and upload multiple videos from the camera directly without having to go to the YouTube website.

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There is also a motion sensitivity recording mode where you can have your Camball in power saving mode and it will automatically activate when there is a certain amount of motion. You can tweak the sensitivity level in the software. Some other handy features worth mentioning are an auto power off, LED display timing, and the spy-cam like all-day record function which will auto activate the Camball’s recording for certain times of the day.

Using the Camball for the first time may take some getting used to. The Quick Start guide is a must when operating the camera the first few times. They have created a sort of LED blinking system with two different colors so that you are able to tell exactly what you are doing as you have no screen to view with. You are able to plug the Camball directly into a TV if you’re finding it difficult to see what your Camball is actually doing, which shows you a menu and selections visually.

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When taking photos or videos, it was as simple as holding down the middle circular button for two seconds to turn it on, and then selecting Camcorder mode by holding the down arrow or mode button which causes the LED’s to blink and turns the mode LED off letting you know you have selected the correct mode. If the up arrow or REC LED is off, you are in snapshot mode. If you hold the up arrow again for 2 seconds, it changes to Red+Green for video mode. Taking photos is as simple as pressing the button once which the LED’s then blink to let you know, or if you set it to video mode, it will start recording right away. Pressing the middle button will stop recording.  I wasn’t able to pick up the button combinations easily without the quick start guide in my hand telling me what to do, so don’t worry if you don’t pick it up right away.

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Quality is fair and what to be expected for a camera recording in 320x240. Tweaking the quality settings to high and very high is recommended if you want a good picture. The Camball itself contains a 128MB internal memory, but if you are recording some length of video on the go, I would definitely recommend getting a microSD card for you to film on. The bonus of the Camball with the microSD is that it can also be used as an mp3 player as the Camball does come with its own set of headphones to use.

If all this button pushing on the Camball has got you confused, attached to the USB cable is a standard RCA jack that allows you to plug into your TV. This allows you to see a menu on screen that is a lot easier at times to figure out than the up and down arrows followed by LED blinks. Overall, with the price and size of the Camball you are getting a tiny decent wireless webcam with cool added features such as mp3 playing and direct YouTube uploading which I suspect it will make this item fairly popular.

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Camball World's Smallest Camcorder - PointOfViewCameras.com Open Box Video



PointOfViewCameras.com does a box opening of our new product, the CamBall by Starnex!

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Sample From Our Point of View Camera Shooting Guide



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Here is a sample excerpt from our free POV Camera Shooting Guide we send out to every customer who buys a camera from us.

The ten Golden Rules of Point of View Camera filming

Remember, there are no rules in filming your action sports with point of view cameras. Well, except for these ones. They're golden.

  • Stay Steady: When the helmet cam is mounted to your helmet keep your head steady and try not to rotate rapidly from side to side. This will create a video that is easier to watch.
  • Reference Point: For compelling video, use a frame of reference, such as another person or your visor.
  • Sun at Your Back: When possible, keep the sun at your back.
  • Explore Different Angles: Don't get stuck in a rut with one angle or perspective. The video you get should blow you away, every time. No short honeymoon for you and your new baby! The excitement should last a lifetime of adventure sports action and filming. Your helmet cam can go just about anywhere, so let it. Let it shock you, amaze you, break you down in tears of joy, whatever, just get creative and let it blow you away.
  • Stay out of the Shadows: The light is always best at sunrise and sunset, but you need to be more careful at those times because you will have a longer shadow. If the sun is at your back, your shadow will likely be in the shot. If it’s cloudy, no worries.
  • Overcast in the Forest: When shooting in the forest, we always prefer overcast days as the light is more even and consistent. It gets really spotty in the woods on a sunny day, which doesn’t look good on video.
  • Communicate: If you’re following someone down the hill, communicate with each other to make sure they don’t get too far in front of you.
  • Choose your helmet mount properly: For smooth helmets, such as snowmobile, motorcycle or full face biking helmets, we suggest Adhesive Mounts, or the magnetic star mount for POV 1 , or POV 1.5 users. For attaching to a deep vented helmet, use a velcro mount that hooks through the vents, to give you more stability. Plan your video and do some test shots to see whether you want to use a pipe mount on your bike for a different angle. Don't assume you know what you're getting in terms of video.
  • Be Playful - If you're a speed demon, try this: mount the camera facing behind you to capture your friends as you leave them in the dust (or in the powder). Take your time if you're setting up this shot, to make sure that you're not filming the sky, or your behind.
  • Get Resourceful and Creative - There are a multitude of mounting options available to you, and ways that you can use your camera to get unbelievable film.

Planning to wow your friends with your videos? Keep these additional things in mind:

  • Save the scenic shots for the tripod or hand held camera.
  • Don’t bother filming climbing unless it’s a spectacular setting and it’s a short shot. Remember, you’ll want to keep your audience engaged so don’t let it get boring.
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First Hoyttech HCR-100X Helmet Cam Unboxing



This is the first unboxing of the Hoyttech HCR-100X, a tough, durable wearable CCD pov camera.

The CCD sensor gives some of the best images around with great color reproduction and resolution. The 2.5” LCD is the largest in the industry and also the brightest and sharpest. Additionally the Hoyt HCR-100x is one of the most flexible helmet cams around. Interchangeable lenses means plenty of shooting options and SD card memory lets you add more capacity as needed. A wireless remote, charger, AV video cable, software and a tough plastic carrying case complete the whole package, making this a great all in one solution. Right now we’re selling this at $100 off with free shipping too!

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