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12-08-2014, 12:01 PM
One of our system engineers at NewTek just turned me on to this.

1920x1080P Color Mini HD-SDI Camera

It's a TINY HD-SDI video camera. It support 1080p or 720p (no 1080i) on the HD-SDI output. It also has a composite video output as well. It does have some fisheye warping in the image, but I think could be great replacement for GoPro cameras (which if you read any manufacture switcher forums, you will see GoPros are difficult to get a compatible live output from).

I got one of these myself, it works great with the TriCaster. It has it limits, but for less than $100 per unit, its a nice little camera at a cheap price. Don't forget to purchase a power supply for it.

12-08-2014, 02:42 PM
Nice find Kane.

These will be perfect for a project I am working on.

12-08-2014, 03:33 PM

The photos are only of the front. I see no mention of RS-422 OSD control. Any sort of connection for that? I wouldn't expect it at that price, but it can't hurt to ask.


12-08-2014, 04:02 PM
Here is a photo of the back. I'm not aware of an RS-422 control. The cable only has two BNC connectors and a power connector on it, so I don't see how it would connect. There is a little 'joystick' on the cable to configure the unit, via on screen display.

Back of camera:

Cable controls:

12-09-2014, 09:31 AM
Marshall Electronics makes a similar mini-camera, CV500-MB2, http://www.marshall-usa.com/optical/cameras/2-megapixel-miniature/CV500-M2.php It's a bit more expensive ($450), but has much better connectivity.

Paris MkVI
12-09-2014, 03:51 PM
That's not merely tiny! Latency issues for live?

12-09-2014, 05:04 PM
Compared to Marshall it isn't as nice. No RS-485 control for example, and it only goes up to 1080p/30 (instead of 1080p/60).

Not sure how much latency the unit has, but it appears to be very low. It is progressive only on the HD-SDI side which should help. I didn't look at the composite to see if it was the same.

02-24-2015, 04:58 PM
Was reading some threads on different cameras and came across this today. Kanep, wondering if you have any other comments you could share on that camera now that you've had it a couple more months now.

We have a couple cameras that have a high probability of getting hit or destroyed due to their location so I'm intrigued by this, as it wouldn't hurt the pocket book all that much if one gets smashed.

02-25-2015, 01:43 PM
I've been happy with this camera. It offers a good image with a choice of 1080p/30 or 720p/60 video formats, connected right up to my TriCaster and worked without any issues.

I'm traveling right now, when I get back in front of my system, I'll post up an image grab of the output so you can see the output. Won't be until next week.

02-25-2015, 04:10 PM
This one (http://www.amazon.com/CrazyFire%C2%AE-Panasonic-2-1Megapixel-2-8-12mm-Security/dp/B00L454KHY/ref=pd_cp_p_3) has a zoom lens

02-25-2015, 04:44 PM
Linked is a screen grab from an mp4 export from a tricaster. In my opinion both cost, ease of setup, and picture quality we've had way more luck with this than a go pro and it requires no conversion.

02-25-2015, 04:58 PM
JKCW, tell us more about that camera. Manufacturer/make/model/specs/cost ?

02-25-2015, 06:14 PM
The photo I linked was the same camera being discussed in the post.

Can't say there is a lot of info out there on it. In that picture it was set to 1080 30 frames. When setting to 720 some of the image was cropped and wouldnt give the desired shot.

With that being said, there is actually a decent set of menus functions available, you can invert/mirror the image, even some color correction available. We have is permanently installed on our backboard along with the sdi and power line. For us it is as simple as plugging it into the floor box for power. It is worth noting that we feed that camera only into our 3Play, the latency is so minimal that we are able to take it as a live shot over the network input. The shot matches up with audio as well. Essentially turned our 455 in a 5 camera system when desired.

Previously we went with the GoPro route into a Blackmagic converter. In my opinion the picture was a little more delayed and not as sharp with less color adjustments being available. Not sure what we will do this fall for our Volleyball setup as we previously went with the GoPro as it was obviously a bit more sturdy, but the minimal form factor can't be beat. Just my take