The action camera models usually have several versions that are released throughout the year and slightly improve some features present in the original option. This time it’s time to focus on the Hawkeye Firefly 8SE, a variant capable of recording video at 4K.
Hawkeye Firefly 8SE is a 4K action camera that follows the trend of so many other models by combining a variety of next-generation features, be it wireless connectivity, stability for captures in motion and utility for different activities, all in exchange for a affordable price.
Before going on to detail its main specifications, it should be mentioned that these days the Gearbest store is commercializing it with a discount price that is worth taking into account.
Hawkeye Firefly 8SE Specification:
Application: Extreme Sports
Chipset: Ambarella A12S75
Chipset Name: Ambarella
Model: Firefly 8SE
Type: Sports Camera
Type of Camera: 4K
Screen: With Screen
Screen resolution: 320×240
Screen size: 2.0 inch
Battery Capacity (mAh): 1200mAh Li-ion Battery
Battery Type: Built-in
Charge way: USB charge by PC
Charging Time: 2.5h
Standby time: 5h
Working Time: 1.33h
As expected, the images about this type of devices can confuse the user, and that is that their total size is really reduced to fit in the palm of the hand without problems. Here the official dimensions correspond to 5.80 x 4.10 x 3.00 cm , while its weight is 80 grams.
With a rectangular format where its front lens protrudes, users can get the Hawkeye Firefly 8SE only in black. It is also worth mentioning that your panel has tactile capacity, although this does not mean that physical buttons are no longer present, whether they are two on the right side to raise and lower, one on / off on the front, “OK” on the top frame and even a play button on its back margin.
Finally, the action and sports activities on which the use of this camera is emphasized include water, so that with its purchase a traditional plastic casing is added that facilitates the impossibility of making contact with liquids ( submersion up to 20 meters ) when it comes to portraying images and video in the sea, river or simply in the pool.
The performance obtained with this alternative is really worth highlighting as a positive point, but one can not fail to mention the little that changes in relation to other versions already analyzed previously, such is the case of the HawKeye Firefly 8S.
Thus, its rear panel has a size of 2 inches with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and tactile capacity for a quick and convenient handling of its functions or stored contents.
In terms of recording quality, the use of an Ambarella A12S75 processor combined with a 12 megapixel Sony IMX 133 sensor makes it possible to reach maximum resolutions 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) and 2.7K at a rate of 30 images per second, while when going down to a 2.5K ratio they reach 60 fps and in Full HD at 120 fps.
To conclude, a good stabilization system is promised if you want to take the camera with you during sports activities, as well as an ultra-wide lens that facilitates the opening up to 170º . In this way, everything that happens on the front will be viable to portray with fidelity.
Connecting to a local Wi-Fi network can be a great way to keep up with everything that happens with the Hawkeye Firefly 8SE . Simply having an official application installed on your phone, it is feasible to start recording or taking a picture from a distance, while your system also allows you to configure functions such as multiple capture, exposure, videos in loop, slow motion and much more.
In the case of wanting to take advantage of your Bluetooth connection, there is available a small optional remote control in which you can start, pause and stop the recording as long as it is within the same area of 10 meters surrounding . For those users who want to record themselves, without help from anyone, it can be very useful.
It is not usual to use a model like the Hawkeye Firefly 8SE to take “selfies”, but that does not mean you can not do it with very good results. The key is in the inclusion of a small mirror on its front face that helps the framing and focusing of a photograph is good without having to visualize its back panel.
Regarding his microphone, the integration of Hi-Fi quality equipment that manages to capture clear audio levels and with good volume in different environments is promised . For battery autonomy, with a capacity of 1200 mAh you get around 90 minutes of continuous use and five hours on stand-by.
To conclude, it is not only possible to enjoy the action camera in outdoor activities, since it can be used as a surveillance system when starting to record video in different resolution once it detects movement, or even be a DVR alternative for the car when recording in loop and replace the new videos by the old ones when their storage runs out.