Hello and welcome to my latest review blog, in this episode I will be reviewing my latest action camera. I will also be talking a bit about action camera in airsoft too.
Now when people talk about action cameras in airsoft most people will think of GoPro and to be honest they are a great example. I myself have an old GoPro that I use for POV shots. In fact if you have watched any of my action videos you will of been watching the results of my GoPro. Nowadays you can get many different versions of the GoPro, all with differing abilities.My GoPro is an early version one of the Hero range. To be honest it’s been a very good camera with great quality visual as well as audio abilities.
Along with the GoPro I have a Stealth action camera which is another great choice. I use the Stealth as a camera that looks back at me, I normally mount this camera to my chosen rifle and have it look back at me. Now there is one thing that makes the Stealth camera better then the GoPro and that’s the ability to spin the lens around. So you can change which way the Stealth camera records an image, where as if you tried this with the GoPro you would have to edit this feature into your video with some editing software. Now there is another camera that I have in my collection but I will wait to give that camera it’s own review as it’s something quite special.
So what’s this Crafty Cam?
Well glad you asked. For many years I have been making videos of me taking part in airsoft matches. Now with the GoPro and Stealth cameras I hope I have been making good videos. But there has been a void in my videos, something that I could never record and it’s something quite important. That is recording the actual kill shot. I have shot lots of enemy players (some players on my team) and I have thought that it would have made a great video seeing these players getting shot by a Crafty player.
So I got onto my computer and looked at ways of recording these shots. I looked at other airsoft players and checked out how they got there kill shots onto camera. I was left with few options. One was to fit an actual video camera to the top of my scope. This would allow me to record zoomed images but the downside is that the camera is quite expensive, quite large and quite heavy. Now I know some of you are going to say that most of my airsoft replicas are heavy and that is true but the weight of the camera was very noticeable and it’s very top heavy, so it makes the rifle feel different.
The other opting was to get a special camera custom made for me, and I could not find anyone in the UK that would be able to do this.
Whilst searching on Facebook one day I came across a company that would do this and the best thing was that they are in the UK.
I was searching through Facebook and I came across this guy who makes custom zoomed action cameras based around other action cameras. I started to talk to this guy and soon I realised that this guy knew what he was talking about. He had the ability to create just what I had been looking for. After a lots of messages we had both agreed just what type of camera I needed. Now this is very important as FNKY airsoft mouth different size lenses onto normal action cameras, cameras like the RunCam. Now obviously you will need different size lenses for different replicas. If you are using a normal replica at under 350fps you will need a lens that is zoomed but not that zoomed as you will only be shooting at around 40-50m. Now if you are using DMR’s or bolt action snipers that are shooting at 60m+ then you will need a lens that has lots more zoom.
So after lots of messages too and from we had come up with a camera that would suit my needs as a long range shooter. I paid for my camera through PayPal and he got onto making my camera. In just a few short weeks I had my new camera in my hands, and boy was I blown away.
What comes in the box?
Well obviously the camera is the main object in the box. You will also get a small USB to micro USB charging cable, you will then get a few cables that allow the RunCam to be connected to your TV to play the video clips that are on the memory card. Now talking about the memory card, you don’t get one in the box. So I already had one ready for my new camera but you can pick these up at any electrical shop.
Now onto the camera, my camera has a 50mm lens fitted to it. This allows it to record a man sized target in great quality out to 70m. It does take a bit of dialing but eventually and quickly you will have your action camera set up for the ranges that you take shots at.
Now due to the 500mm lens being quiet large for the camera it does come with a plastic cap that fits to the end of the lens and protects it whilst you are travelling too and from a match.
So how does it stay on the rifle?
When you get FNKY airsoft to make you a custom camera not only does he fit the lens and do all the software sorting out for you but he also creates a 3d printed case to sit around and protect your new camera. On the bottom of the camera is a 16mm picatinny rail that allows this camera to fit to 99% of replicas. In fact to be honest I am planning to fit the camera to a rail that sits on the top of my scope.
What about battery life?
Well you was never going to get a good battery life form this camera as it records in full 1080 and 720 so you can use a slightly longer power cable then the one that comes in the original box and then fit it to portable power pack. I found that my sniper rifle could fit a power pack at the rear of my stock. I then fed the cable through my scope rings and up to the camera. The cable never came loose all day but this is something that you will have to work out as all replicas are different.
So will you be recommending FNKY airsoft?
Oh yes very much so. He provides great service at great prices and if you tell him what you are looking for in an action camera then he will be able to build you exactly what you need. I will most likely be ordering another camera off of him in the new year. Only difference is this new camera will be setup for shorter AEG ranges.