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Cons: Lack of waterproof case, Jello Image, image quality not up there with competitors.
Manufacturer: Liquid Image
The Liquid Image Ego 727 is a small, lightweight POV camera that can be mounted to a multitude of surfaces. The Ego is far lighter than its competitors and offers quality images in a lightweight form and is great for someone who is very weight conscious. It would be an ideal fit for backpacking, hiking or rock climbing. It did not score as high as the GoPro Hero 3, but it is almost one-third the price.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
High Speed Filming
The Ego offers a high speed/slow motion filming option. It has a high speed functionality of 60FPS at 720. This offers a moderate amount of slow motion at a slight loss in resolution compared to the GoPro Hero 3's 60fps at 1080.
The Ego records in 1080 30fps as its max resolution. The Ego seems to render the scene cooler/bluer in default color temperature, which is actually truer to the scene than the other cameras that introduce a warmer/orange color temp.
Image stability is important, especially when comparing POV cameras. POV cameras have been known to have issues with rolling shutter artifacts. Rolling shutter is commonly referred to as "Jello." This is where the video looks as if it were skewed or rippling like water. The tech behind this is the camera's speed at which it can read (record) the data off the sensor. The slower the read speed the more "Jello" you can expect to see in bumpy, fast camera movements.
We tested each of the cameras attached to a bike frame to see how well they could handle the bumpy ride. The Ego ran into some trouble here and had a very Jello-like image; the effect was amplified when in slow motion.
The Ego was not able to handle our High Contrast test as well as some of the other cameras. The image was very dark and had loss of detail in both the shadows and the highlights. To be fair, this is very a tough test for any camera, including super high end professional cameras. The Ego produced an image that was still usable and sharable with friends.
The Ego comes with one sticky mount that seemed a bit rigid and flat, making it tough to mount to curved or uneven surfaces. The included mount also gives the user the ability to adjust horizontal pan, which is a nice touch that some of the other cameras tested do not have. The mounts for the Ego are very similar to those of the GoPro cameras and are actually compatible with all of the GoPro mounts. The ability to use its own mounts and those of its competitors make it very versatile.
The Ego comes with a faceplate to protect it from debris while in use. The faceplate only protects the front of the device, leaving the rest of the camera vulnerable. There is an optional underwater housing for an additional $40 but it was not included in this review.
Ease of Sharing
The Ego saves its videos as Quicktime files to be viewed on your computer. You can also view the files using their WiFi app for smart devices, which gives you the option to upload your videos to Facebook or YouTube.
The Ego was far and away the lightest of all the cameras tested, coming in at a feather light 3.28 oz. At almost half the weight of its next competitor, this camera was barely noticeable when mounted on top of a helmet.
The Ego offered no waterproofing on its own and requires an additional waterproof housing to go underwater. A splash guard/faceplate is included but that is all.
The Ego has a 12 Megapixel still camera.
There is no LCD screen, and no option to purchase one.
Smart Phone Connectivity
The Ego offers smartphone connectivity with a free app. You can use this app to preview your shot and change camera settings. You can also use the app to remotely start recording, but once you do, you lose connectivity until you manually stop recording on the camera.
No GPS functionality.
External mic jack
No external mic input.
Max Memory Card
The Ego works with up to 32 GB cards, offering approximately 16 hours of recording time.
The Ego offers quality images in a lightweight form. This camera is ideal for someone that is very weight conscious, and not too worried about putting the camera in extreme conditions. Ideal fit for backpacking, hiking or rock climbing.
At $160 it's a great value.
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We would highly suggest the waterproof case for ease of mind.
— Dane Henry and John Considine
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Most recent review: January 7, 2014
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