SQ8 Cheap 1080p Micro Camera Flight Test Review

This $15 tiny and lightweight 1080p camera includes motion sensing surveillance and night vision capability with LED emitters (no kidding). Buy it here http://www.gearbest.com/car-dvr/pp_314031.html?lkid=10195253
F959 airplane here http://www.banggood.com/Wltoys-F959-Sky-King-2_4Ghz-3CH-RC-Airplane-p-938097.html?p=RB0922217402201307U3&utm_content=huangguocan&utm_source=rcgroups&utm_medium=rcgs&utm_campaign=t00nz843z

Pros
– Cheap!
– Very tiny and lightweight
– Video recording at 720p @ 30 fps, or 1080p @ 15 fps.
– LED emitters for night vision capability. Go ghost hunting on the cheap 🙂
– Motion sensing surveillance recording ability.
– Bracket attachment clips.
– Includes power and output video cable.

Cons
– It’s not very intuitive on how to operate all the different functions. Closely read the directions and practice each mode to learn how each works.

Main Features:
SQ8 mini 1080P full HD car DVR camera recorder
High definition full HD1080P
Compact design, portable handheld
Video format: 1920 x 1080P, 1280 x 720P
Support TV out, TV monitor video connection
Image resolution:12MP (4032 x 3024)
Support 32GB TF card max. (not included)
Image proportion: 4 : 3
Support system: Windows ME / 2000 / XP / 2003 / Vista, Mac OS, Linux
Battery capacity: 200mAh
Working time: About 100 minutes at 1080P 30fps
Charging time: About 2 – 3 hours
Charging voltage: DC 5V
Interface type: Mini 8 pin USB
Camera lens size: 3mm
Cable length: 80cm
Package includes mini car DVR camera, USB / TV out 2-in-1 cable, bracket, clip and Chinese / English user manual
Specification

General
Model: SQ8
Type: Full HD Dashcam
Chipset Name: AnGuo
System requirements: Mac OS x 10.3.6 above,Win 7,Windows 2000 / XP / Vista
Storage
Max External Card Supported: TF 32G (not included)
Class Rating Requirements: Class 10 or Above
Power
Battery Type: Built-in
Charge way: USB charge by PC
Working Time: About 100 minutes at 1080P 30fps
Camera Pixel : 12MP
Video/Image/Audio
Decode Format: MJPG
Video format: AVI
Video Resolution: 1080P (1920 x 1080),720P (1280 x 720)
Video Frame Rate: 30fps
Image Format : JPG
Image resolution: 12M (4032 x 3024)
Audio System: Built-in microphone/speacker (AAC)
Motion Detection: Yes
USB Function: USB-Disk
Interface Type: Mini USB
Package weight: 0.128 kg
Product size (L x W x H): 2.20 x 2.20 x 2.00 cm / 0.87 x 0.87 x 0.79 inches

Package Contents: 1 x Mini Car DVR Camera, 1 x USB / TV Out 2-in-1 Cable, 1 x Bracket, 1 x Clip, 1 x Chinese / English User Manual

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56 thoughts on “SQ8 Cheap 1080p Micro Camera Flight Test Review”

  1. That’s a fairly good quality camera, just a shame it’s only 15fps, but you can’t get all of the bells and whistles for $15.

  2. from what I read it record 30 frames per second at 1080p 15 would be just absolutely terrible I believe but then again the sellers website could have the facts all wrong

  3. Well, at 15fps, the video is not amazing .. and the colors seem to change depending on which way the craft was facing. Here’s a better solution. There is a NEW Mobius Mini (“A” lens = 110 deg FOV), which weighs only 27grams. It shoots at 1080P 60 FPS, and 720P 120 FPS – VGA @ 240 FPS. It’s $69 at the China e-Tailers. As for lifting the heavier RunCam/Mobius 42gm cameras, I agree that it is too much for a Syma X5, but if you still have your BoJiang S1 around, it WILL carry it to GREAT heights, no sweat. Of all the minis I’ve flown, the BoJiang S1 has the most lift. The little 33041 has as much lift as the X5C, and can carry an 808 as well. I’d like to get one of the new Mobius Minis and put it on my BoJiang S1, to take some weight off of it. I still have one of my old balsa and monocoat 2 meter gliders in the back room. One of these days, I’ll convert it over to use my spare 8 ch. FrSky RX and my Taranis 9D+ TX. It should be able to carry just about any camera aloft. Thanks for the review .. the little cam has some interesting capabilities for $16. Cheers.

  4. As low as $9 on ebay.  I have the round sq9 but have not tested it yet.  I like the Worlds Smallest Camera the best so far.

  5. Vid looked more than good enough for me. 🙂
    You probably answered this before, I’m too lazy to go through all your vids. 😉 What you wearing on your head to shoot your videos?

  6. Actually wanted this camera while back reviews of overheating ..so I got the x6 1080 spycamera from yukster 14.99 shipped its about size of a small domino and has all kinda features and is 30 fps on hexacopter has jello but on my Cessna is clear babygopro

  7. I bought one of those mini DSLR style cameras for $3 on AliExpress and put a little bit of tape (yes, tape…) around it and my little quadcopter lifts it really easily. Was a steal for the price!

  8. Oops! Beware of the plane eating bushes 🙂
    I’m not sure that the low frame rate makes 1080p worthwhile and would be interested to see how the cam performs at 720p for comparison.
    Good review

  9. I just don’t see the advantage over the 808 here. The concept is good, but really need 30 fps.. Yes indeed, I really like my F959.

  10. Is there envy posable way you would send me one of your older drones that you don’t use anymore so I can try to expand my YouTube channel

  11. Hi I’m quite new to this channel but I really enjoy your content. Can you please recommend me a drone/quadcopter under 100 dollars or maybe a tiny bit over? Oh and I would really love one with a decently good camera with it. Please respond!

  12. I am New to the world of Quadcopters . I have Hubsan 502e . Can some one guide me on what i need to do in terms of legal thing before i fly my Quad . Do I need to register my quad get some sort of licence . I checked the FAA page its asks me to pay $50 for registration . Just want to know what Exactly i need to do to fly and not Get into trouble. Please help .

  13. Hey just a note… hope you don’t mind, but in your video you make mention of “keeping your transmitter pointed at it” as in the model. I’m not 100% sure what you meant by that, but pointing the tip of your transmitter’s antenna at the model is a bad idea. The tip of the antenna is the place where the transmission is at its weakest.

    You should try to keep the sides of the antenna pointing towards the model for strongest signal.

    Sorry if you knew this and meant something else in your video… I’d just hate for you / someone else to lose a favourite model. 🙂

    Thanks for the review – it is a nice little camera and, for the money, definitely worth picking up.

  14. buyes be war of suck ass banggood they will send you smashed stuff and will just take you money and run fast and fare so don’t buy from suck ass banggood …….don’t buy…

  15. When you mentioned the thermals I noticed you were above your car. Are you sure those therms weren’t your own hot air ? 🙂 Lots of good info, look forward to more.

  16. mine doesn’t charge nor does it come on upon first day of receiving it I don’t see a charge light either, can you do a night vision test as well?

  17. I bought this $10 cam after watching this, used velcro to secure it at the same place there and sadly, my F959 couldn’t carry the weight.
    It just dropped straight away after launch.
    🙁

  18. If you hold the off button down for six sec it will turn off.Ihave this after you made this video and it seems to be good for the money but I have not seen it on any of your videos after this one. Is there somthing don’t like about it?

  19. WOW THANKS…I Have 1 Attached 2 My SS360 Quadcopter…But, I’m Sure You Saw that…Right…………….Must Have…………………!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KennyB123fly See Yah

  20. hi Bill. how did you mount the sq8? any close up pics to figure out exact position and any specific velcro is advised? thanks

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