Friday at the Flicks - Bird Bath (Toshiba X-Sports)
Not a brilliant day on Wednesday, overcast with showers from time to time. I decided to mount the X-Sports camera in its waterproof case to see what the picture quality was like:
First I tried it next to the pond waterfall but while I was watching no bird went anywhere near it. Later I moved the camera to stand next to the bird bath:
Having switched on the camera's WiFi signal I could control it with the iPod Touch in the kitchen:
When the camera was next to the waterfall it was out of range of the kitchen but it was possible to pick up the signal from the Summer House so somewhere between the two is the limit for a decent signal.
I only managed to get a few clips of visiting Blackbirds but it did show me that the picture quality was good with the camera enclosed behind what I assume is acrylic. It also survived a short sharp hail shower:
The original was shot at 1080P, 25fps. The finished video was reduced to 720P to keep the file size down for uploading. Having WiFi on uses more power so the battery life seems to be somewhere around 70 - 90 minutes. At the moment the batteries are charged while in the camera but I have ordered a charger with comes with a couple of extra batteries.
The one thing I have to take into account is a delay of 1 or 2 seconds between touching the record button on the iPod and the recording starting.