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 808 Car Keys Micro Camera Review
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#12 Camera
The #12 is one version of the 808 car keys micro camera.
It takes 720p 1280x720 AVI MJPEG video.
The black plastic case is slightly different than other 808 cameras.

130523 - #12 Webcam
Frank in Europe contributed these #12 webcam comments. Use executable files at your own risk.  The Syntek STK03N.exe driver is available from multiple sources.

Actually this is not the best of the 808 cams, but nevertheless I found a working webcam-driver here

Unfortunately this driver only allows 640X480 playback, but sound is there, and it uses the TWAIN-Interface. Probably still have to do some more investigations to get the full resolution in this mode. My intention was to focus the lens a bit better, because originally it was set to a close macro mode. 

I´m still experimenting, but I'd like to resume two points:
- webcam mode is possible
- changing the focus is possible

(For webcam-mode, you have to keep the shutter-button pressed, while connecting the USB-lead; otherwise its only recognized as mass storage device).

#12 Links
808 #12 HD Car Key Micro Camera DVR Unboxing
808 #12 Car Key Micro Camera Full Review #11 vs. #12 Day Test Footage 1 of 2

Sample AVI file  110608 Nimrod in Israel received a #12 and this sample AVI from U-Link.

110615 - #12 Audio mode, 15 FPS, Defective Clock
Martin in Germany reports this about his #12:

• it does record audio (16bit mono PCM 8kHz) and saves it to a .wav file when in standby. You simply have to turn it on, then shortly press On/Off. It keeps recording until you press On/Off again.
• With a class 6 card (tested for 6MB/s sequential and 512k), I still get what looks like 15 fps video.
• The clock in mine seems defective, I can turn the timestamp on and off and change the video resolution, but still I always get the default time/date. Will check with the soldering iron.

110413 - #12 AVI and JPG Sample Files
When you access a file you must enter a user and password.
It needs to be entered once per browser session and is located here.

#12 sample files in the vault in the C12 folder.

#12  from globallink2010
110412 C12 DLD_0007 67E6PerMin.AVI, 6 MB
110412 C12 DLD_0048 80E6PerMin.AVI , 9 MB
110412 C12 DLD_0004.JPG

#12 from Somax (Steve)
110411 C12 12 test 127E6PerMin.avi, 22 MB
110411 C12 DLD_0006.JPG
110411 C12 DLD_0009.JPG

110411 - #12 Review From a Video Sample
Steve in the UK bought a #12 from Somax, and sent me a sample 10-second video and two photos.  Here is my analysis.

Short summary:  The #12 (AVI MJPEG) has HD (1280x720) video frames but is much worse than a #11 (MOV H.264).  Similar to an 808 fake HD camera (i.e. #4) but with more resolution per video frame.  Effective playback is 15 FPS.

Long Summary:
 This #12 camera has a real HD native camera module (about 1 MP, 720p), but the camera processor is very underpowered which reduces the video quality.  The camera seems to be halving the frame rate and doubling the compression to keep the AVI data rate comparable to other 808 640x480 cameras.  The processor misses about half the frames, resulting in an AVI MJPEG 30 FPS file that plays back with an effective appearance of about 15 FPS.  JPG photos are HD (about 1 MP) but compressed and upscaled to 8MP.


The look and metrics of the video are very much like the 808 cameras #2, #4 and #5, with the Syntek processor.  There's a slight magenta cast to the video.  This camera writes a missing frame to the flash card as a duplicate of the last good frame (cameras with Sunplus and Anyka processors don't write duplicate frames).  Duplicates for missing frames, results in a large AVI file regardless of the missing frame rate.

Based on a video frame analysis, the native resolution is about 1280x720 and not just 640x480 upscaled.

The sample AVI missing frame rate measured 49%. That is bad, but because it is somewhat evenly distributed, the camera playback looks like a 15 FPS camera.

The video is 30.000 FPS and the video frame sizes vary from about 45 KB to 115KB.

JPG photos are 3264 x 2448 (8MP) and seem to just be upscaled from the native 720p HD (1MP) resolution.

The audio quality is relatively low resolution but there are no strange artifacts.  It is PCM 8000, 16 bit, 128Kbps, same as the #9 camera.

110409 - #12 First Retailer
Linas in Lithuania reports that eBay retailer globallink2010 is selling the #12 camera. 

Until a real #12 camera has been received and bench-tested, be skeptical of any seller claims. 

Questions that remain to be answered:
The eBay ad shows a USB cable with yellow composite video output, but this is not described in the ad.  Can the camera record video and display composite video at the same time?  If not, how does it switch between the two modes?
- Some micro cameras use the composite video to display and set camera properties.  Can this camera do that?
- How does this retail camera differ from the prototype offered by the wholesalers?

 Claims that are unlikely to be true until verified with bench-testing
Claim  Until bench-tested, I suspect
 5 MP sensor Native resolution sensor about 1 MP.
Picture resolution 4032*3024 1 MP resolution upscaled to 12 MP in the JPG file.
LiPo Battery 550 mAh The prototype battery is labeled 240 mAh.  550 mAh is about 3X the capacity of a typical 808 battery and would not fit in the case. 
Power duration 4-5 hours 50 to 80 minutes.

Upper left - #12 HD camera.  Upper right - charger.  Lower - USB cable with integrated yellow composite video output RCA connector. 
From eBay globallink2010

110225 - #12 Sources
110225 - I will list links to an 808 #12 retailer when I know of any.  I know of one retailer in Thailand that is evaluating a sample, but it is not for sale yet.

Here are links to some sources.  Most are manufacturers or wholesalers in China.  You can contact them and try to buy a sample, but it might be very expensive to buy just one or a few cameras.  You are probably buying a sample prototype, so be sure to get a detailed description of what you are buying.  What you receive might not be the camera described here.

Somax China - New_720P_Key_Chain_Hidden_Camera_DVR_Car_Key_Camera_Keychain_Camera

Alibaba List -

Alibaba Somax -

Alibaba Shenzhen Sharpsecure Technology -

110201 - #12 Real 1280x720 HD 720p AVI MJPEG Camera
A different HD micro camera like an 808
The #11 and the #12 are both real HD cameras.  The video of the #11 is MOV H.264 and the #12 is AVI MJPEG.  The #12 might eventually be an HD "contender".

A vendor ( in Thailand sent me some photos and video sample from a 1280x720 micro camera called the V909 (#12). It has a black plastic case that is similar to the 808 case, but not exactly. The vendor is evaluating one sample camera and does not have it for sale. I have some questions in to the vendor and I'm awaiting a reply.

Unlike the fake 808 AVI micro cameras (#4), the #12 is real 1280x720 AVI MJPEG video (resolution confirmed based on frame analysis). Not MOV. Not H.264.

The missing frame rate is high at about 33%
The sample video has no video date time stamp
The video does not seem to be aspect ratio distorted (not confirmed). 
This sample is too dark and has high contrast. A little post processing fix looks much better.
The battery is a 502030 (5mm x 20mm x 30mm).  That is about 25% thicker than an 808 case battery.

The VirtualDub AVI specs are: 1280x720, 30.000 fps, MJPEG, video frame sizes from 44928 to 86406, 15614 Kbps video, audio is 8000 Hz sampled 16-bit PCM 128 Kbps.

One very interesting thing is that the USB cable, at the PC end, has a USB plug and a yellow RCA plug! Does this camera have composite video output? I'm trying to find out.

Here is the 14 second sample video uploaded to YouTube (watch in 720p). Email me if you want the original AVI (16 MB).

============ UPDATE FROM THE VENDOR ==============

RCA plug just for watch live video from camera (know just where is camera taking focus to.. ? )
cant use video output , cant play video on TV screen , video resolution can select which resolution you want to record (select by yourself)

You want to get V909 for yourself ?? now on vacation " Chinese Newyear " cant order , after Feb 12,2011 will know price.  Yes , Time and Date stamp can be enable.

PS - last thing , when you posting report on your web , Could you please put my websites links also ??? pls...... just for SEO working well

I asked my friend (supplier) , ems to USA take 5-7days = 24usd for shipping cost. If by DHL around 31usd , minimum charge 0-0.5 kilograms same cost. 1 set with retail box just 145 grams, if you buy 2 , it's mean same shipping cost. Product price 36usd + ems 24 = 60 usd , but i need to pay more for paypal fees around 4% too. If u need 2pcs 36 x 2pcs + ems 24 = 96usd +4% for 2 pcs.

========= Normandy5 Comments ================

The vendor seems to be saying that the composite video output can't be used to play back a recorded AVI file, but can be used for FPV like a webcam and also might be a configuration screen to set camera properties! Cool. The disabled video date time stamp can be enabled.

At a delivered price of about US$60, or two for US$50 each, that is relatively expensive.

#12 camera and cable.  The camera can output composite video on the yellow RCA connector.

#12 car keys micro camera

Box for the #12 (V909, 800M).

#12 battery side

#12 button side, shows camera module connector

#12 button side, shows camera module connector

#12 battery module has a protection circuit and LiPo battery.  The 502030 battery module is 5.0x20x30mm.
Chinese and English Manual PDF (600 KB)

========== English text from the manual ===========

HD 1280X720P HD remote video camera specification

Thank you for purchasing 720P MINI DV, the machine adopts unique super portable design, make it can be used in every field, bring you convenience, safety, rich and colorful daily life.

一.product characteristics.
·compact shape design of product, carry out the whole machine grinds arenaceous, fashionable wear-resisting, Equipped with various portable tools

·support network cameras, accumulate network chat function

·supportive TV watching TV real-time moments connection and video

·The video   support AVI format

·in low illumination, can undertake high-definition video recording

·video format factory default for 1080 * 720P 30 frames per second, through TXT text file changes for D1 720 * 480 30 frames, VGA 640 * 480 30 frames.

·high-speed transmission USB2.0 interface

·biggest can support 64G T - flash CARDS

·built-in lithium battery sustainable camera up to 1 hour or so, the standby time 150 hours

二.Operation guide


This machine is built-in rechargeable lithium battery, first use this unit, please first charge DV - can through the following way charge:

1)conjunction computer charging, use USB connect with computer, can be recharged.

2)with the charger charging, with USB connection with the charger seat, then the charger plug in an electrical outlet, can be recharged.

Charge, the lights flashing blunt electricity, red light stop said ChangLiang said blunt enough.

Note: when the battery is insufficient, the dt-mini DV red blue lights flash - will directly into protection condition, (save the file and automatic shutdown) recording documents has been preserved, at this time, please to the local machine to carry on the charge.

2. Boot and video:

Please confirm will T - F card into the product!

Then, ON/OFF according to "short" button, red blue lights at the same time, after turn blue light shine ChangLiang the machine into the standby. Click "VIDEO CAMERA/blue lights flashing" button, once, namely even photographed 1 card (taking pictures for 3264X2499 800 million pixels), long press "VIDEO/CAMERA" button 2 seconds left to see the red lights flickered on, both into the CAMERA, The lights flashing 3 times out, CAMERA is still in progress (AVI VIDEO piecewise preservation for 25 minutes a package, no circulation covered. Each to 25 minutes automatically generate an AVI files, need not buttons systems support continuous recording next AVI files, until card up or battery done. Need to stop VIDEO press any key can stop, return to blue light ChangLiang standby has preserved recording documents. If need to continue the recording, again long press 2 seconds "VIDEO CAMERA" button to see/the lights flashing into 4 times again VIDEO.

Video files for: 190 * enough degrees 720P, 7.2 * 480 30 frames, 640 * 480 30 frames. Frame number for 30fps/S.


A. please be sure to confirm product already insert T - flash (Micro SD) card. If not insert CARDS, the product cannot normal use.

B. T - flash (SD) of Micro capacity as the largest use 64G

C. file save preservation needs certain time, don't do it when saving continuous press operational keys, such will cause the recorded file cannot be kept, and make smooth generated file is incomplete.

D. please in sufficient lighting conditions, which focused on the plight of perturbation, and the subject like keeping 50cm distance over, this will get a correct, colour is natural, scenery is clear, the picture stable image.


3. The recording: on standby next click the boot keys, blue lights flashing 3 start recording, when recording all lamp, press any key to stop recording and blue lights ChangLiang standby.

4. Time and modify video format setting

Specific usage as follows:

Through the USB connection of computer U disk model modification TIME and other video format, annex CD inside: a file called a j TXT text files, content format such as:

1.2011.09.08 11:38:0 Y1 video format is 640 * 480

2.2011.09.08 11:38:00 Y2 video format is 720 * 480

3.2011.09.08 11:38:00 Y3 video format is 1280 * 720P

2011.09.08 11:38:00 Y, corresponding for (years. Months. Day. Points. Seconds), Y represent both time display, N stands for don't need time watermark display. 1 2 3 represent three different video format.

This document copying to disk root directory, safety remove removable storage devices, boot video new time can set success。

5.Shutdown :

ON standby suspended state, long press "ON/OFF" button to see blue lights extinguished, shut down.

6.Automatic shutdown function:

Under the following circumstances: product will automatically preserve video data, and automatic shutdown:

A. are camera, such as electricity shortage, the system will be the first to preserve video content, then the automatic shutdown.

B. when the dt-mini DV - disk space full, the instantaneous flashing lights, the machine will automatically save files, and automatic shutdown

7.Connect computers.

In shutdown state, standby or camera condition, which can be directly connected to the computer, connect computers after can be used as U plate use, free for file copy, paste, delete.

The machine is inserted computer USB port, after a few seconds the computer will pop-up removable disk logo, red lights flashing for charging and data transmission.


A. the machine connected computers after, if a computer can't identify, or in 30 seconds after still not popup removable disk logo, please try again inserted again.

B. suggested that the recorded video file copying or cut into computer hard disk again play, direct broadcast stored in this video in internal memory video files, may be because the data, large amount of transmission, which leads to the broadcast not keep up with smooth.

8. Connections TV OUT TV:

At boot condition under standby, insert USB connection of the product and the other end TV interface insert into the TV set signal of TV, the television cut to TV mouth, appear screen, at 1 to watch TV can be used as screen and as monitoring to take photos, video, sound recording, etc. Function.

9 computer camera functions:

PC camera functions (optional),

When the PC camera used, install the driver software must be used before, in the shutdown state holding function keys insert USB devices connected with the computer will appear a standard video equipment, and loosen the function keys, holding can be used when the camera

10.The reset:

When the machine is because the illegal operation or other reasons unknown, does not work properly, need to reset.

Specific operation method is: with fine bar directly click reset button, can achieve a reset operation.

Reset hole with USB port located among card - F.

11.related parameters: Item

Related parameters

Video format


Video coding


Video resolution

1280 * 720P HD 720*480 D1 640*480 VGA

Video frame rate


Playback software

Operating system or mainstream video playback software cabin

Image format


Image in pixels

8M Pix

Image scale


Support system

WWindows 98, me / 2000 / xp / 2003 / vista, Mac OS, Linux,

Battery capacity


Working time

About 60 minutes

Battery voltage

DC - 5V

Interface type

8Pin USB power

Storage support

TF card

Cell types

High capacity polymer lithium batteries


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