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s5c Camera Problems:
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MikeK
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August 17, 2015 - 8:48 am
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I have three x5c quads, two of which are equipped with cameras.  Until recently I've been content with just enjoying the flight characteristics of this exceptional machine but I've just discovered that the cameras seem rather temperamental.  The first time I used the camera in Quad #1 it worked fine.  Same for the next few times.  Then it just quit.  So I went to Quad #2 and same thing: worked okay twice -- then quit.  

The symptoms are the same in both quads: switch on and the red camera light blinks three times, turns to steady green, and doesn't work.

I've tried swapping the two cameras back and forth.  No effect.  

Anyone else have the same or similar problem?  Any ideas?  

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JamDJ
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August 17, 2015 - 3:22 pm
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Mike,

 ..now im not sure to purchase it......

Which version do you have? The version II has an upgraded camera,

not sure how to fix yours.............

any help from you guys would be appreciated.  🙂

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MikeK
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JamDJ said
Mike,

 ..now im not sure to purchase it......

Which version do you have? The version II has an upgraded camera,

not sure how to fix yours.............

any help from you guys would be appreciated.  🙂

Version II.  And in my problem description I used the word, temperamental.  In keeping with that -- it's working again!  Unexpectedly, I got a full five minutes of really excellent recording this afternoon.  Either I'm doing something wrong or, again, the camera's electronics are temperamental and something tickles them.

But if I were you I wouldn't let this stop me from buy an x5c.  Because the way it flies, alone, is well worth its price.  

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August 19, 2015 - 9:32 am
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Okay!  I think I figured it out.  For the benefit of others who might have the same problem here is a detailed explanation:

First, the way to use the camera is get the x5c ready to fly, then push the camera-control slide switch (located to the right of the throttle) DOWN to activate video mode.  (Pushing it up activates the photo mode).  Push this switch once only (you will hear two beeps).  That will activate the camera.  If you push it down again it will turn the camera off.  

What I've learned is it is critically important to switch the camera off BEFORE terminating a flying session or allowing the battery to run out.   If you fail to do that the video you shot will be lost and the camera function will be frozen -- and will remain frozen until you change the battery!  

 

Again:

1) When ready to fly, switch camera on (beep beep).

2) When finished shooting video (or taking photo) switch camera off by repeating the same switch movement (beep beep).  

3) Do NOT turn off the quad or the controller before first switching off the camera or allowing the battery to run out or you will lose what you recorded and the camera will be non-functional until you change the battery.  

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JamDJ
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August 19, 2015 - 11:27 am
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MikeK,

  Thanks for that awesome advice in great detail!

I'm sure the directions, per typical Syma, are

in Chinglish! We appreciate your help!

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Great advise and will try next time!

How's your focus? I read about taking the front off the camera and you can manually adjust the lens by turning it. Any experience with this?

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While I'm here. I have the SW. Is the C camera 'real time? And interchangeable with my SW?

You guys have me beat on Mega-pixel..

I'm thinking the C is record only...

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RobertNH said
Great advise and will try next time!

How's your focus? I read about taking the front off the camera and you can manually adjust the lens by turning it. Any experience with this?

I'm seeing the SW camera is fixed focal length.. Would be a nice improvement to make it adjustable if they so desired.

If anyone finds it can be. Please share..

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