With a distinct lack of new Mobius cameras for sale at HobbyKing I bought a Dimika action camera from Made2Fly here in Australia. Was it worth the $60 I paid for it…

The short answer…

No!

…But do read on and see what happened…

Dimika Action Camera

DIMIKA_1080_Side_Web-780x584About two weeks ago now I was playing around down at the sports field with my R220. I was dodging and weaving around some closely spaced netball posts. The inevitable happened and I hit one. The impact cracked the case of my trusty Mobius and shattered the B lens into a thousand pieces.

I needed to find a replacement, but with the shift from B to C lenses happening at the moment there was nothing in stock at HK except the original A lens and, as they had no stock in Australia, the shipping was ridiculous (because of the tiny LiPo in it). I looked to see what I could find locally – RunCam are only in the US and no Mobius’ anywhere. Finally I found that MadetoFly was stocking the Dimika action camera for a knock down bargain price of AU$60. Perfect! A short PayPal transaction later and it was on its way…

Bad omens…

You know when you get that sinking feeling? Well I had it from the outset with this camera.

For a start, PayPal decided that buying an RC related product from a supplier I had used before constituted “abnormal activity” and froze my account. Then I discovered that Made2Fly have started using Couriers Please for their shipping. There’s a reason CP are cheaper than Australia Post – they are absolutely useless. I’m still missing some gimbal motors from last year and this is the second time it has taken me two days to track a missed delivery down to one of the many local newsagents at which they choose to abandon their parcels.

Anyway, eventually I took possession of a snazzy looking box with an even smarter looking little camera inside of it.

So, it looks okay then?

Yep, it looks great. That tiny lens can record 1080p HD footage with a 130 degree field of view at 30fps. It has two buttons on it On/Off and Record. Apparently it has a few modes you can select but I wanted to go flying so I popped in an SD card and charged it up.

I was never blessed with much common sense, so in a blustery gale I headed back to the scene of the crime at the local sports field…

So, ignoring the incorrect time stamp, the video looks good. The colour out of the box is nicely saturated and the image is crisp. The default setting only records 60 seconds of video before starting a new file. This isn’t that annoying as you can’t see the join, but you might of noticed in the first case the audio drops for a second, which is a bit naff.

Death of a Dimika…

IMG_20150514_155804-960So, shortly after that video ended I clipped one of the posts again. It was a low altitude, low velocity impact but it was onto a hard surface. The edge of the case got a bit scuffed up but it looked otherwise okay. At the time I though it had even managed to capture the crash footage. I decided to call it a day (as the wind was chilly) and headed for home. It wasn’t until I tried to plug the camera in to check the footage that I notice things had gone sour…

The camera wouldn’t power on. Then I realised the power button didn’t have that satisfying click that the recording button did. With obvious crash damage on the case I knew that my warranty wasn’t worth a dime so I popped the lid off and took a look inside.

The power button is now fused/wrecked/buggered etc. On top of this, one of the tiny wires to the microphone had snapped at an obviously poor solder joint.

I guess if I can find a replacement button I might be able to solder it in but my big question is why? The Dimika action camera is supposed to be competing in the same space as the mighty Mobius and newer RunCam HD. If it can’t handle a low velocity crash attached to a miniquad then exactly what is the point in buying one?

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Conclusion

I contacted Made2Fly to let them know there was a quality issue and the polite but short reply I got (with awful grammar by the way) informed me that I had no warranty because of the crash and there is a no return policy on Dimika cameras anyway.

As a result, I’ve already got some replacement parts for my Mobius on the way. I also found a C lens Mobius on BangGood that wasn’t too expensive – so now I’ll have a backup.

Life is all about choices. Learn from my mistake and don’t make the same one I did. Buy a Mobius and don’t get drawn in by cheap alternatives…

Disclaimer!

This is just my personal experience. I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who are using Dimika cameras without any problem at all. Just be aware that I have had this problem and it cost me $60 for 6 minutes of footage!