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New Firefly 8se

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    dannya1a
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    my firefly just arrived. it has a new version in the firmware. mine is v117. looks pretty good. need to make a few final adjustments then i should be able to get some footage using a sideshot mount till my orion cam gets here.

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    jdh2550
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    Good luck connecting to your phone.  Mine won't connect thru the app to my android.  If/when my firmware needs upgraded, I will have to do it through a PC.  Seems like a great camera for the money.

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    dannya1a
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    Yeah, I can’t get it to connect to my android either. The app is absolute trash.

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    jdh2550
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    Agreed.  At least it wasn't just something I was doing wrong.  Not sure I would have used the app other than to update the firmware.  So no great loss.  Still beats spending hundreds more on a gopro.

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    dannya1a
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    yep. firmware can still be updated by using the sd card. mine already has their latest and most current versus what is listed on the site.

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    dannya1a
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    first testing of my firefly 8 se. modified the case to get better sound recording. still working to improve image quality, and learning the video editing.

    my quick video here.

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    dannya1a
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    this was the first area to open up. the small rectangle for port access, the narrow slit is microphone.

    the another narrow slit on top under the latch. also for microphone.

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    orion
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    This cam is my dedicated scope cam recorder, I've never needed it to connect it to the phone. One push recording, one long push stop recording. 

    If you want the camera for live action I might understand you want the phone connection  might be an issue, but for that I have the GoPro. 

    Nice cuts you did there, I'll suggest you also buy a metal latch for it, that black plastic latch is going to break really soon

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    dannya1a
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    already has the metal latch. 

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    dannya1a
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    did some scope alignment and adjustments. this has better image quality after tinkering with camera settings and scope spacing.  

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    Bigragu
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    dannya1a

    already has the metal latch. 

    And where does one source the metal latch for this to replace? I apologize, I’m new to all of this and behind the 8 ball, that’s for sure. If you can also tell me what size SD disk is best for this firefly I’d appreciate it. Thank you.

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    be4meliz
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    Bigragu
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    be4meliz

     

    Thank you, BE4MELIZ!

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    sasquatch
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    I  picked up the Firefly recently and ran some tests against my GoPro 7. It's not as good but it's got a lot of redeemable features for the price. In low light it really struggles. I shoot a lot into shady areas around dawn and dusk and frankly even the GoPro doesn't do well. But the Firefly struggles more than the GoPro and provides a significantly noisier image and additionally does not provide 240 frames per second @ 1080 like the GoPro. For those dawn and dusk situations I will still be using the day/night sight setup instead. When compared to the GoPro you are taking a step or 2 down in durability and the battery life isn't nearly as good. The frame of the Firefly is definitely cheap and even the inner workings bend when placing or removing the SD card. I'll keep the Firefly around for a while. It is nice to have another camera with a 90 degree angle in the collection that isn't dedicated to scope work. By the way – the GoPro does have one touch recording as well. Just my 2 cents

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    orion
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    sasquatch

    I  picked up the Firefly recently and ran some tests against my GoPro 7. It's not as good but it's got a lot of redeemable features for the price. In low light it really struggles. I shoot a lot into shady areas around dawn and dusk and frankly even the GoPro doesn't do well. But the Firefly struggles more than the GoPro and provides a significantly noisier image and additionally does not provide 240 frames per second @ 1080 like the GoPro. For those dawn and dusk situations I will still be using the day/night sight setup instead. When compared to the GoPro you are taking a step or 2 down in durability and the battery life isn't nearly as good. The frame of the Firefly is definitely cheap and even the inner workings bend when placing or removing the SD card. I'll keep the Firefly around for a while. It is nice to have another camera with a 90 degree angle in the collection that isn't dedicated to scope work. By the way – the GoPro does have one touch recording as well. Just my 2 cents

    The noise on the image is due the lack of light, you are right, and if you are using a sideshot you will get more noise compared if you are using another system, eagle vision for example… the reason is the glass inside the sideshot….

    To me the real disadvantage of the Firefly vs GoPro is that I don't get 240fps, but image quality is not one of those concerns, at least to me.. I struggled for years with a Firefly to achieve a good image quality and I'll tell you one thing, the problems you are having is not the camera… Check this out:

    I have always 2 Firefly cameras around, just in case one dies, and so far I haven't got one bad, but again, for the price of a GoPro plus the lens I can afford probably buying 4 of these cheap cameras, and that to me it's a huge win, because the money I save on this I put toward the scope and use my GoPro for filming, in the end what you are paying for the GoPro is the amazing image stabilization that you will be throwing away as soon as you dedicate this camera for scope cam.

    With 120fps from the firefly I can get the pellets in flight no problem, so I really don't feel the need of the 240fps, will it be better? I bet, but after seeing the images I can get out of a Firefly… it's really hard to me to go to GoPro, also on a personal note, I tested the GoPro, old lens, I know there's a new lens around and I can't speak about that one, but the old 12mm lens was always giving a soft image, I can even say that the image was out of focus, while pixel picking, with the firefly I got a very sharp image.

     

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    orion
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    also one quick advice, if you are shooting at dawn and dusk, low light situation, don't go too high on frames per second, I'll say the less light reduce the fps to 60 and test, the more frames you capture the more light you are reducing and you are already at low light, just some photography tips, if that's the type of shooting you are doing your slow mo are going to be less… well slow

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    dannya1a
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    newest quick video playing around at 208 yards. be ready in about 30 min.

     

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    dannya1a
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    here is the zoom issue i was talking about.

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    orion
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    Yes, something is not centered there. And I think is the Firefly, I have one here that requires some washers to tilt the camera on a side to compensate the miss alignment. It looks like when they assembled the firefly not always comes centered 

    I'll say try at high magnification, remove the case and present the camera on the hole and see what needs to be done to achieve perfect image, tilting the camera up, I think. Then you can shim the crews on the case accordingly

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    dannya1a
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    ok I'll see what I can find and let you know.

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