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Old 03-26-2017, 11:37 PM   #1
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These cameras are primarily used in Motorsport for Data Acquisition so I thought this belonged here...

This video is to review the features of the Smartycam by highlighting some of the primary differences between the original and the newer 2.1 version. Hopefully this will help you decide on your purchase of a Smartycam or help with your decision of whether or not to upgrade from the Smartycam Original to v2.1. I did not touch on any included PC software differences between the two cameras, just the actual camera hardware.

First is a display of example footage from each camera, followed by a list of pros and cons that I thought were important to know.

I tried to keep the example track video both interesting (!!) and reflective of both morning and afternoon sky.


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Old 03-28-2017, 10:01 AM   #2
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Need to watch this later today. Thought about doing a SmartyCam but wish it was a higher rate than 30fps
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Old 03-28-2017, 10:19 AM   #3
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Once you view it, post what you think... it does not have the resolution of a new GoPro, but the battery lasts a long time (and mine is powered via the car via the SoloDL plugged into OBDII), it never dies, and it auto turns on, starts and stops and no post processing overlay to do after the events so I can immediately review video with data. Basically it is hands free operation. Also never has wavy video and never dies due to heat (I am in Texas). Light spot metering also has great options. To me the 30fps frame rate is good enough I don't notice missing anything. In my opinion if your preference is to have the highest resolution available (but doesn't that add concerns of wavy video?) then the GoPro is the way to go, but for convenience for data analysis and reliability then I like the Smartycam.
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Old 04-02-2017, 01:39 PM   #4
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Once you view it, post what you think... it does not have the resolution of a new GoPro, but the battery lasts a long time (and mine is powered via the car via the SoloDL plugged into OBDII), it never dies, and it auto turns on, starts and stops and no post processing overlay to do after the events so I can immediately review video with data. Basically it is hands free operation. Also never has wavy video and never dies due to heat (I am in Texas). Light spot metering also has great options. To me the 30fps frame rate is good enough I don't notice missing anything. In my opinion if your preference is to have the highest resolution available (but doesn't that add concerns of wavy video?) then the GoPro is the way to go, but for convenience for data analysis and reliability then I like the Smartycam.
It was nice to see an actual comparison between the two, with good data on both.

I have an MXL Pista currently, which was my consideration for the SmartyCam since everything would talk together.

I've never had the wavy video issues with my GoPro 4 Silver, at [email protected], but the 30fps doesn't look that bad on the HD 2.1 and the data overlay really has me thinking about it. But I have heard there are programs like RaceRender that will pull your data and make it overlay able onto GoPro videos too.

All in all though, great video, really allows you to see the benefits of the newer camera over the original offering.
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Old 04-03-2017, 11:08 AM   #5
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I had an original smartycam and I sold it because the video quality was so awful. Glad to see the newer ones have improved. It's a little frustrating that none of these data acquisition cameras can come close to touching the video quality of a gopro though. They're just now catching on with 1080p but none do 4K or go above 30fps.
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Old 04-24-2017, 09:57 PM   #6
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I was at the track last weekend and I got to test out a new (to me) idea. I installed a Micro Windjammer over the built in microphone. Perfect! I now have the full fidelity of the internal microphone without the loud wind noise.
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Old 07-17-2017, 04:17 PM   #7
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Just wanted to update that the Windjammer is working great. It is something that I couldn't use with the original Smartycam as its microphone was sealed in the camera's casing.

The v2.1's microphone is on the right side of the camera (if the lens is facing toward you, it is on your right side if you are looking at it) so it picks up mostly what is going on in the cabin or out of the driver's side window when the lens is pointed out the front window. For me that is mostly supercharger noise.
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