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Aldi rear camera

Discussion in 'Shopping, Services, Offers and Reviews' started by Chess, 25 Sep 2017.

  1. Custom24

    Custom24 Über Member

    Location:
    Oxfordshire
    Try reformatting the SD card.
     
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  2. karlgartland

    karlgartland Regular

    There was an earlier post from user Aegis saying that it works with a 64GB card as long as you format it as Fat32 instead of ExFat. Guess I will find out when mine arrives Friday
     
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  3. Hipster Dashie

    Hipster Dashie Member

    Location:
    Southampton
    Tested mine out again today after updating the firmware. Normally on the ride home from work it beeps and shuts down about 15 minutes in. Today, worked perfectly. :smile:
     
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  4. Arjimlad

    Arjimlad Tights of Cydonia

    Location:
    South Glos
    The chief adaptation to mine so far is to put my thumb over the speaker to quieten those loud beeps!

    As it is working OK I have not done the firmware upgrade but would be interested to learn if this might improve picture quality.
     
  5. Adam4868

    Adam4868 Veteran

    Firmware worked for me 2 hours riding and no turning off.Thanks for the assistance.
     
  6. BoldonLad

    BoldonLad Senior Member

    Location:
    South Tyneside
    I included a link to sample footage, after Firmware update, in post above ^. May help you judge if picture quality improved, but, or of course, it is somewhat dependant of prevailing lighting conditions.

    Personally, I thought picture quality was acceptable before update, and, IMHO, it is still acceptable.
     
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  7. aegis

    aegis Senior Member

    The issue with cards bigger than 32GB is that they come pre-formatted as ExFAT which is Microsoft's newer filesystem that allows for files bigger than 4GB each. But that's not a problem in the Aldi camera as it splits the video up into small chunks.

    Device manufacturers often don't support ExFAT as they have to pay a licence to Microsoft to use it whereas FAT32 is free.

    So, buy a fast Class 10 64GB SDxc card, format it as FAT32 and you're good for many hours of video instead of about an hour that you get on the 8GB card. If you just stick a freshly bought 64GB card in, it won't work. I would guess bigger cards might work but 64GB cards are about the right price and capacity for me.

    It's encouraging to see reports of it not switching off. I was getting in to the habit of riding through potholes to knock the motion detector every now and again. I wonder if they've just disabled it entirely.

    I've just downloaded the new firmware so I'll give it a go over the next few days. I had a quick scan through the firmware file with a hex editor. There's no clues as to hidden settings immediately obvious. It's also quite different to the Fly6 firmware file so perhaps the similarity is only in the hardware design and features but not the software after all. The manual now lists the chipset used as 'Jieli' and not Novatek as used in the Fly6 so they're not going to be compatible.

    I did notice quesh have updated the manual also adding what we already knew about loop recording and that it is upscaled 1080p. The manual says it's IP55 rated for dust/waterproof-ness though the website says IP54. Before it just said it was 'weather proof'.

    IP54 = Protected from limited dust ingress & Protected from water spray from any direction.
    IP55 = Protected from limited dust ingress & Protected from low pressure water jets from any direction.

    More when I have a proper dig about.
     
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  8. InchPitch

    InchPitch Regular

    Ive not upgraded mine yet but I found that if the unit is started,
    - after a while lay the unit on its side - it beeps and the lights flash for a few seconds
    - leaving it on its side - it beeps every 5 minutes and the lights flash
    - after 15 minutes (still on its side) it beeps, all the lights flash, and it turns off - thus having captured the last 15 mins after it was put on its side.

    Does is still do this after the upgrade?

    PS - I also put the working unit on its side so it beeped (simulating fall off), then stood it upright and it continued recording and then switched off after 15 minutes.



     
    Last edited: 7 Nov 2017
  9. InchPitch

    InchPitch Regular

    9,5 hours - amazing. I guess with the lights off - even longer.
    Been thinking it would make quite a nice little unit to do some time lapse - if fixed to a tripod and using the right editing software to speed it up a lot.


     
  10. Arjimlad

    Arjimlad Tights of Cydonia

    Location:
    South Glos
    Now "down to £29.99" in my local Aldi - but out of stock !
     
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  11. Adam4868

    Adam4868 Veteran

    Did a 3 hour ride early this morning,all fine with camera.No turning off and it looped !
     
  12. raphael4

    raphael4 New Member

    Hi there. I have just tried to update and it just isn't working no matter what I try.

    My .bfu file version was modified on 30.10.17, which means I think it must be different to yours.

    Is there any chance you could upload your original .bfu file via dropbox so I can give it another go?

    Thanks!
     
  13. raphael4

    raphael4 New Member

    OK please ignore ^ it has successfully updates, my error was to format the card to begin with - as it stated on the quesh website.
     
  14. Turdus philomelos

    Turdus philomelos Veteran

    Location:
    West Lothian
    I once mentioned this type of camera to our in-house police officer.
    He said any video footage would be inadmissible in a Scottish court as the camera is disguised as a bike light.
    Is he correct?
     
  15. GJT

    GJT Senior Member

    I hope the answer will be is he f***! :smile: