Blackview, a Hong Kong based company founded in 2013, decided to step up and enter the competitive action camera market by launching two action cameras, controversially named Hero 1 and Hero 2.
Okay, hold your horses – Hero? Isn’t that supposed to be a…
Yep, we all know a brand that has Hero series, so lets just skip the part in which we talk about GoPro and their clones, or whatever you want to call them.
I am sure plenty of people, including myself dislike the product name. So if you agree, lets skip the GoPro talk and leave it to them to settle it in court if that is something they would like.
Instead, let’s focus on capabilities and performance of this camera. Lets dive deep into it, and see its features. Most importantly lets together see if it worth the 139$ price-tag.
I had few weeks to experiment with the Blackview Hero 1 camera and test out its performance and all options it offers. This will not only be a in-depth review but also a guide on how to use it and get the most out of it.
What separates this WiFi camera from many other so-called GoPro clones (the terms so-called GoPro fanboys use) is the ability to record full HD videos in 60 frames per second, but also take photos at 16 megapixels. Additionally it supports 2k resolution (2304*1296 30 frames) and has large LCD screen (2 inch) compared to competitors in the same price-range.
Camera is priced at around 139$. This is the retail price, but you can check GearBest, as they have free shipping included for that price, plus they also run quite a lot of promotion from time to time, so you can save few bucks.
Blackview Hero 1 specification
Lets take a quick look at the specs first. In the table bellow you will see official product specification provided by the manufacturer.
- Wide Angle: 170 degree
- Image Sensor: SONY IMX206
- Chipset : Ambarella A7LS75
- Size : 5.927 x 4.113 x 2.5 cm / 2.33 x 1.62 x 0.98 inches
- Product Weight: 71g (with battery)
- Memory : Micro SD up to 64GBClass 10 Micro SD card is highly recommended
- Video RecordingSupports various resolutions to chose from
- 2304*1296 x 30 fps
- 1080p x (60,30 fps)
- 720P x (60,30fps)
- Video Format: MOV
- Image Resolution : 16M (4608 x 3456)
- Image Format : JPG
- Audio System: Built-in microphone/speacker (AAC)
- Battery 1050mAh
- Charging : USB via PC or AV with adapter
- Time Lapse 1/5/10 fps
- Screen Size: 2.0inch
- Screen Type: LCD
- Screen Resolution: 960 x 240
- Language: English, Simplified Chinese
Difference between Blackview Hero 1 and Hero 2.
As I already mentioned, there are two models of these newly launched cameras. Below is a table which compares them side by side by emphasizing differences only.
Blackview Hero 1 vs Hero 2
- Image sensor
- Remote Control
- Video resolutions
Blackview Hero 1
- Ambarella A7LS75 Chipset
- Sony IMX206 image sensor
- WiFi (via the App)
- Max resolution in Full hd : 60 fps in 1080p
Blackview Hero 2
- Ambarella A7LA50 chipset
- OmniVision OS4689 image sensor
- 2.4G RF Wireless Image Transfer
- Max resolution in Full hd : 30 fps in 1080p
As you see, the Hero 1 has big-brand Sony sensor in it, which is why it supports 60 frames per second. However Hero 2 has pretty neat remote wrist watch as an additional gadget, which allows you to control recording and taking photos via the wrist watch controller.
If you are curious to see how these RC watches work, besides checking the YouTube reviews of Hero 2, you can check my review of SooCoo S60, which has similar feature.
I must say I personally do not have a Hero 2 to compare image and photo quality, so I can only make a logical assumption that Sony sensor is better. So if you would need more fps and probably better video and image quality, you should go with Hero 1, but if you like the remote control via the RC watch, you can buy Hero 2.
Everything else is pretty much the same, according to the official specs. Battery, size, weight, 64gb storage space, etc.
First thing that made me fall in love with this cameras was the packing. Okay, okay, I admit it, I mostly buy cheap gear with crappy packing. So for me this was pretty new and interesting.
Lets also disregard that my mailman played soccer with my package prior to delivering it. My box arrived dented. At leas I am hoping they had great time shooting on a goal with it.
Hero 1 is packed inside a box with a plastic top cover. Packing is quite elegant. I really like the fact that on the box there is not only a specification table but also an accessories list. Once you open the cover, you can remove the camera from the mount and open the “secret” compartment which hides a bunch of bells and whistles.
Just in case you are wondering what’s inside the box, here is a list of all accessories :
- 1x Blackview Hero 1 camera
- 1x waterproof case
- 1x bicycle stand
- 1x 1050 mAh Lithium battery
- 1x waterproof backdoor
- 1x wall charger
- 2x 3M adhesive tape
- 1x wire rope
- 3x plastic ribbon
- 1x USB cable
- 2x base mounts
- 2x flat adhesive bases (helmet base)
- 3x switch support
- 1x bracket (for mounting camera onto a tripod)
- 1x clip (used in combination with a bracket to attach camera to a belt)
- 1x adapter
- 1x fixed base
- 1x cleaning cloth
- 4x bandage
As you can see, there is a ton of gear that this cam comes with. Do not think you will use all of these, as not all of them are useful for everything and everyone. I like the fact that battery comes separately in the box and not inside the camera, which means it won’t drain the first time you use it. Meaning, you will have a battery to test out the camera right away without having to charge it for the first time. But better charge it full, anyway.
Additionally it’s great that Blackview included a wall charger. The one I got is for EU type sockets. I am not sure if there is one specific for US. If you are in the US, make sure to ask vendor if they have at least the adapter. Usually sellers will be glad to ship one to you free of charge. At least guys at GearBest will. Make sure to leave them a note at the checkout.
Unlike the problem I previously had with SooCoo 10 which did not have a bracket for mounting a camera onto a tripod, Hero 1 comes with this useful tool. It’s worth mentioning that three plastic ribbons and a wire rope are pretty useless. I have no idea why Chinese manufacturers love to include them, probably because they are cheap and look useful, even though they are not.
If you already had a chance to own a cheap action camera produced in China, you should know that the amount of gear is nothing unusual. You can check out other action cameras I reviewed just to compare.
Accessories that come with all of these cameras are nothing of super high-quality, but it will be more than okay for most people. I personally never had a problem with the gear quality. I have been using it on my hiking trips, in high temperatures and it did good job for me.
It should be mentioned that the manual (or rather a flyer) itself is quite brief and does not offer anything but the basics. It’s one of the shortest user guides I have seen. It is on English only.
Camera does not come in different colors. There is only a single color to chose from – white. Even though the shape and size is certainly nothing new to the market, I really liked the design and the clean look of the Blackview Hero 1.
The black line surrounding on-off button and lens give Blackview Hero 1 an interesting look. It’s interesting that nowhere on the camera itself will you see Hero 1 branding. Only Blackview.
When it comes to shape and size of the camera, Blackview Hero 1 dimensions are 5.927 x 4.113 x 2.5 cm / 2.33 x 1.62 x 0.98 inches. If you are interested in the box (package) size, it is 26 x 11 x 11 cm / 10.22 x 4.32 x 4.32 inches.
Since I reviewed a handful of similar cameras, I did not need a scale to realize Hero 1 is heavier than most of the models I reviewed. It weights around 71 g with a battery inside, and 53 g without it. As you can see it’s not the lightest camera on the market, but can’t be considered heavy as well.
One thing worth mentioning, is that camera has a 2 inch LCD screen, which allows you not only to preview what you are recording, but also post-view your videos and photos, and change settings. Display resolution is 960 x 240.
Buttons and ports
- 2304*1296 30 FPS 16:9
- 1920*1080 60FPS 16:9
- 1920*1080 30FPS 16:9
- 1280*720 60 FPS 16:9
- 1280*720 30 FPS 16:9
One thing that was quite appealing to me is that camera offers resolutions that are very useful. They did not stuff video resolution choice with bunch of useless settings which were cool in the 90’s.
So all of these resolutions are pretty neat and I like the supported options. As you can see, the camera supports 2k resolution, but also 60 fps and 30 fps in full HD. This means that people who like creating slow motion or like to slow down the aerial videos recorded with a drone will be happy.
As you might know, 30 fps are okay for most of the users, but at 60 fps the footage looks more realistic.
However realistic a video is not something that you always want to achieve, so if you want movie-like silky effect, you can use 30 frames per second. One thing I wish the camera included is perhaps 120 fps, at least in 720. This would allow better looking slow motion videos, since the more frames per second the footage has, the better it will look in slo-mo.
Download sample footage in different resolution on this link.
With 16 megapixels lens and Sony sensor, Blackview Hero 1 fulfilled my expectations. Photographs produced are very good. These are quite sharp and come in true 16 megapixels that can easily compete with Xiaomi YI, which was one of the best quality action cams when it comes to taking photos. The image sensor used is Sony IMX206.
Photo samples bellow are compressed in order to load faster on the website. I recommend you to download original samples I’ve taken on this DropBox link. Preview them on your own PC and check if it satisfies your needs.
In my opinion, photo quality is really good. Colors look natural. The lens is quite sharp, and once you zoom into an image, you will realize it’s the true 16MP and not interpolated.
Close up yellow flower at around 30 cm. It is obvious that the camera blurs the flower a bit ,while the background is perfectly sharp. This is normal with any action camera, since their lens is not intended for close up photography. However this camera does very good job at it.
Landscape photo test under strong sunlight. Camera preforms quite well, though slight rainbow reflection is visible when camera faces direct Sun. Important thing is that image does not darken once it faces sunlight, which is the case with many similar cameras.
Bellow is a close up test at around 50 cm distance. Camera produces great, sharp images of objects in front and background.
The image below shows how camera gives quite a lot of barell-roll distortion. While this is normal for all cameras with wide angle lens, I noticed that this camera produces wider angle, but also gives more distortion then few others I tested.
You can see how this old stable in the background looks oddly shaped, while the subject in foreground looks normal. However what amazed me is the wide angle, camera managed to capture both corners of the house without any problem.
What annoyed me is data stamp in the right corner, it too high. I would prefer if it was in the corner, so that it does not distract. Not a huge deal, but its worth mentioning. Of course you can turn date off, like I did for all above images.
Third and final mode, called preview, is used to enable you to take a look at images or videos you took. Like any other camera it allows you to browse through footage or images. You can playback videos as well, or just delete both photographs and films that you do not like.
Battery and memory card
Camera uses removable 1050mAh battery, which gives around 100 minutes or recording time in 1080p 30fps and around an hour in 60 fps. As you see, battery life is not impressive, therefore I always recommend you to get one or two spare batteries and a power bank if you intend to use camera longer then that.
Power supply is 5V / 1A. Battery is rechargeable and can be charged via the USB cable or AC adapter.
Hero 1 supports up to 64gb MicroSD memory cards, which is twice the capacity of some of their Chinese competitors. Additionally it has 2GB of internal memory. For best video results, it is highly recommended that you use reputable memory card brands of class 10. Though you can use whatever class and capacity you wish, at your own risk.
I have tried this camera with 3 different memory cards : Samsung 16GB MicroSDHC, Sony 64GB MicroSDHC and Sony 16GB MicroSDHC. All worked great.
User experience and navigation
If there is one thing that really pissed me off about this camera its the user experience it provides.
To make things funnier, on their product page, it says
“Every tiny detail on the device is optimized for your user experience.”
What the… Seriously Blackview? Optimized? Sorry, but this camera is everything but user-friendly. You have a mountain to climb. Software needs to be improved.
Blackview Hero 1 is probably one of the most annoying interfaces I have seen.
The fact that manufacturer wanted to simplify and eliminate additional buttons made usage of the camera quite frustrating. I literally wanted to pull my hair out while browsing through the interface, trying to explore various settings. It is quite a learning curve, even for me, a guy who has tens of action cameras.
In the next two paragraphs I will explain you how to do some basic functions with the camera. I wrote them in order to make things easier to you, but also to illustrate the amount of effort it goes to do some basic stuff with the camera.
Turning camera on/off
How many times has it happened to you to accidentally call someone on the phone, or turn some options while the device was in your pocket?
Come on, be honest.
Well, to turn on Blackview Hero 1, you simply need to press an ON/OFF button. No need to hold it. Camera turns off very quickly, but in my experience, it is much better to have to hold button for a second or two instead of pressing it quickly.
Okay, I might be exaggerating a bit, but imagine you are hiking, camera turned on accidentally, and just when you are about to reach the top of the mounting with a breathtaking view you realize battery drained and the only footage you have left is the inside of your pocket. I really hope they will fix this in future updates, even though its not a big deal.
Until then, you can set the camera to turn off automatically after 1-3 minutes of inactivity and prevent accidental turning on.
To turn the camera off, you need to hold the very same button for 2 seconds.
Switching through different modes
If you think I was whining unnecessarily about on-off, I dare you to try to switch through different modes. As I mentioned camera has different modes : video, photo and a preview. To switch between different modes, you have to hold (hold, not press) the upper navigation arrow (UP ARROW).
Maybe I am an idiot, but it happened to me few times to hold button shorter then it should so instead of switching modes I entered the setup, etc. Quite frustrating. I would prefer if a on/off button had modes option and left and right arrows… Well the arrows should do what an arrow should do – be used for up/down navigation.
It certainly takes some time to get used to the interface.
If you notice that you videos have no sounds, its because you probably pressed (DOWN ARROW) once you were in video settings. I have no idea what they wanted to achieve with this sort of user interface, which is everything but intuitive and user friendly.
Now that I managed to find a way, through rather annoying navigation, its time to show you the settings this camera offers. Even though, most of action cameras in similar price range have lots of options that can enhance your creativity, this camera is pretty limited when it comes to changes you can do to your photo/video through the camera itself.
There is no white balance or exposition setup. Camera apparently does that automatically. Besides some standard options which are pretty self-explanatory such as date stamp, format, sound on off, language, camera has these set-ups available :
- Auto Power Off
- Auto Back-light
- Button sound
And that was everything as far as setups are concerned. So if you are one of those guys who loves to “hack” the footage by playing with various options, you should know that this camera is pretty closed and limited for now. I am not sure if the future firmware updates will bring something more.
On the other hand, by eliminating lots of these features, camera became quite simplistic and its good for people who just want to turn it on and take photos or record a video and not worry about setups, ISO, exposure and other more advanced stuff.
If by any chance you wish to downgrade the quality of your video, you can do that inside the quality setup :
- Super fine (highest)
- Fine (medium)
- Normal (lowest)
Auto Power Off
This great option allows you to set time interval in which camera should turn off if its idle. So if you are not recording or touching any buttons, camera will turn off automatically. This is a life safer, since if you are oblivious like I am, you probably will forget to turn off the camera at one point. You can chose from these intervals :
- Off (to disable auto shutting down)
- 1/3/5 minutes.
You will hear a countdown timer if you have the button sound enabled before camera automatically turns off.
In order to save as much battery as possible I keep mine at 3 minutes.
Similar to auto power-off, auto backlight option will turn off the display only. Depending on which time you specified, display will blackout, which again, saves quite a lot of battery.
You can pick from :
- 10 seconds
- 30 seconds
Once the display gets turned off, you can activate it again, by simply pressing any of the buttons. Its similar process to the screen saver on your PC.
If you are irritated by the beep sound camera produces, you can disable it. That’s all this feature does.
Blackview Hero 1 App – Third part software with additional features
Even though I do not like the fact that the camera does not have its own application and uses third-party one that plenty of cameras with Ambrella chipset use, I was pleasantly surprised that it unleashed few additional features that are not available in the camera settings.
Besides extra settings exclusive to the app itself, user experience is pretty simple and straight to the point. There is not much to think. Few simple buttons, not many options to be tweaked.
But lets go step by step. The manual recommends the use of LinkinEyes app.
There is always a risk with third-party apps, and I would really like to see Blackview having their own app which they will work on and adjust solely to their cameras. While there is nothing wrong with the app at the moment of writing this review, you never know what LinkingEyes developers will do.
How to connect to an app?
In case you do not want to read the manual, here is a brief tutorial on how to connect to the Blackview Hero 1 – LinkinEyes app.
Enabling camera WiFi
First, turn on your camera. Hold the OK button to enable the WiFi. If you turned on the WiFi, first you will see a large WiFi icon all over the camera LCD Screen. Next, you will see a password. Leave the camera now, take your phone/tablet.
Connecting Blackview Hero 1 to LinkinEyes app
Now that you turned the camera WiFi, its time to connect to that WiFi network. I assume you already installed the LinkEyes app previously. Good. Go to your phone WiFi Settings, and find a network with the name amba_boos (yes, seriously, whatever that means, that’s the one you need). The default password is 1234567890.
Enter it and connect to a network. You are all set, now just find the LinkinEyes app on your device, and enter it while being connected to amba_boss network. If you did everything the right way, your camera is now connected. This password entering step is required only for the first time. If your device remembered the password, it should automatically pair with the camera WiFi next time.
App Interface Explained
As I mentioned previously, app is quite simple and intuitive, you should get used to it quite quickly. It does not offer many features, but hey, neither does the camera, so its logical. Bellow is a simple overview of app interface. I understand this should not be explained to everyone, but its good for the newbies.
- WiFi indicator (indicates weather or not you are connected to a camera network)
- Resolution Button (if you are in video mode, it will show video resolutions, or photo res in image mode)
- Video Mode – Chose this if you would like to remotely record a video, then click record button (#8)
- Photo Mode – For taking photos (chose this then click #8 button to take an image)
- Date and time
- Settings – Here is where you can change some basic camera settings remotely. Whever you select here will reflect and change to your camera as well.
- Preview mode – Preview image and footage, download them to your phone directly or share them on Social Networks right away.
Besides nearly all settings that you can adjust with the camera, there is one option that seams to be exclusive to the app. Inside the Settings (button #6 on the image above) chose Capture Mode. You will see that capture mode allows burst shooting together with normal and time lapse.
This is interesting feature for those you who like photographing fast moving objects, or sport events. By enabling this, your camera will take 3 continuous images once you press the shutter button. I have no idea why they excluded this feature from the camera setup. We can only hope they will add it in some of their firmware updates.
Mass Storage Problem with Windows 7 and 8.1
If you are having issues with your PC not being able to read the camera, please use ONLY original USB cable that came inside the box. None other are working apparently. This solved the mass storage issue described bellow.
I really had so much fun with Blackview Hero 1 action camera until I decided to plug it into my PC and transfer videos and photos. Holly crap! I am not sure if this is a problem exclusive to my camera, or all other have same issue, but once I plugged this fella into a PC my Windows 7 did not recognize the device.
I tried so many times. I tested different USB cables. Tested it on Windows 8.1 – nothing. Both my laptop and PC were unable to recognize this camera. Huge, huge, huge disadvantage and problem, that I truely hope can be fixed. Maybe its my memory card problem? I tried 3 different types of cards, still nothing.
Because I was unable to transfer files directly from the camera, I pulled the Micro SD card and put it into a card reader. If you have a device either a mobile phone, tablet or a camera that supports that very same card you can easily transfer the files. But if you do not. God help you. Lets hope these issue will be fixed in some of their firmware updates, because if it does not, its going to be a major issue.
I would really appreciate if anyone who owns this camera already, can leave a comment and let me know if you are facing this same issue. Or its just my item with the problem.
When it comes to after-sale support, I expected much better treatment from Blackview. Even though, there is an option to send an email to them, the chances they will reply are equal to ones me winning a lottery. Its been over a two weeks now, and I never received a reply about firmware updates for instance.
That is why I tried to contact them on Skype. This way I got instant reply from one of their representatives. Even then, I did not get my issue resolved.I was given a link which did not work. After that I was told they can not put a link immediately.
It is great that you can contact them on Skype, but it is unthinkable that they ignore emails. So if by any chance, you need to reach out to customer support, use Skype, and add after-sales representative. Funny, but it works.
Blackview Hero 1 is great camera. It produces great 16 megapixels photographs and sharp, videos in fantastic wide-angle. It can record in 2k resolution and in 60 fps in full HD. Huge advantage is great Sony sensor which makes sure that the camera preforms good even under the direct sunlight.
The WiFi app it has is pretty simple and easy to use, which is a huge plus. Packing of the camera is fantastic and it comes with a lots of additional gear. 2 inch display that camera has is a huge advantage.
One more thing in favor of this camera is that it has decent battery life considering it has a large screen. I like the fact that it allows you to control battery consumption by selecting screen saver and auto power off.
Besides its weird name that obviously tries to resemble to a GoPro, it is however priced 40% more then most other Chinese action cams and gives slightly more of a fish-eye distortion. I must agree that for what it offers and the gear that comes with it it justifies the price.
User interface and navigation is annoying and gives a lot of headache. Additionally my camera had problem with transferring file to a PC as my computer did not recognize camera. (NOTE: I am not sure if other cameras have this same issue, I can not confirm).
I do not like the fact that camera leaves not much to a consumer to play with. It does everything automatically and sets everything up. You basically can not do much. No white balance switching, no ISO control ,etc. For new users, this probably is an advantage, but for people who want to have more creative freedom its a disadvantage.
NOTE : You can buy Blackview Hero 1 here (price includes free worldwide shipping)
To sum up, after a few weeks of using this camera on a regular basis in both indoors and outdoors, I can say that is is pretty decent product that has few bugs that have to be ironed up in the next software update.
If you are a tech-savvy person, you will get used to navigation after few days, but if you are not be aware that there is a learning curve. Even though it can not be called under 100$ camera, it is pretty good choice for people who can stretch to 140$.
If the camera is a bit pricey, you can check some cheaper alternatives I reviewed | All Action Camera Reviews here|
Questions, suggestions and your opinion
As you might not, I highly valuate you, the reader. Your questions and ideas are always more then welcome. If there is something you would like to know that isnt presented in the article, just leave a comment.
If you already own a Blackview 1 or even 2, it would be awesome if you could comment and let me and community know how it works for you.
I hope this review managed to help you in a way.If you found any mistake, or want me to add something up, just let me know.
Until next time, happy recording.
Thanks. I’ve recently got a Hero 1 – I can confirm the USB mass storage is fine on win 8.1. with a samsung evo 32G
My problem is ‘burst mode’ – it’s not limited to 3 shots, it shoots pictures until I pull out the battery.
I agree the UI is OK but odd. Very noticeable when you are trying to turn off continuous mode shooting and pressing OK/shutter brings up the wifi.
I’m really hoping they bring out firmware for the UI, and a 120fps option. I’m hoping the xiaomi yi hacks (autoexec.ash wifi.conf) help with some settings.
In the meantime I’m glad I got it instead of the xiaomi simply because the screen is invaluable for the casual video-taker like me and it can go on my drone, on the bike etc.
Thanks for the insight Brandan. After talking to few other Hero 1 users, it appears that mass storage works only with original usb cable provided, not with others. Strange, but appears to be the truth. Unfortunately as I am on holiday, I am unable to double-check this, at least not in the next 10 days.
You are right about the burstmode as well, it happened to me if I remember correctly, so I will have to update the article once I get back.
Maybe, I think I’m using the original cable. It dawned on me afterwards that the burst mode is linkineyes-only so, once again, a firmware update is needed to get the best out of the camera. Linkineyes is a useful replacement for the UI in the meantime though.
You are right Brendan, it has to be a firmware issue, I heard they are releasing one by the end of this month. Fingers crossed.
Mohit Garg says
There is a new firmware: http://www.blackview.hk/download/
Please, please review it. We’re waiting!
Mohit Garg says
Have you tried the firmware update?
No, I downloaded it but wasn’t sure about the lack of docs… I guess the xiaomi yi method is good but why doesn’t blackview just say that? I want a backup of the original firmware first but didn’t find a simple way of getting it…. it wouldn’t be hard for blackview to make the original firmware online.
I’ll give it a go after my holiday rather than before (!)
Hi, Brendan, I readed you use this camera for your quadcopter, Im looking for a camera to start aerial filming, I liked the sj4000 wich has a nice quality but the videos are really shaky and the camera “eat” tons of the vibrations .
Can you tell me if the Blackview records in a softer way?
Hey Pavle i really love all your reviews about action cams what would you say is a better action came the sj 4000 or the black view hero 1?
Thanks Manuel, its hard to compare those two since the retail price of Blackviews Hero 1 is nearly double. I will certainly do either a video or another article comparing them side by side. It all depends what you mean by better? If you are interested in photo/video quality, Hero1 is better, but there are many other things to consider when evaluating those two.
Your website is very helpful. I’m considering getting a budget action camera and I’m also trying to decide between the SJ4000 and Blackview hero 1. Right now I see a flash sale that makes them approximately the same price. Would you get the Blackview in that case? I sometimes would want to take 60fps and still images, but majority of the video still 30fps
In my opinion action cameras should have the aerodynamic shape as e.g. Drift Stealth 2. And also size matters 😉 The smaller the better. I use drift attached to my helmet, so it’s important for me not to have a feeling of something sticking from my head during motorbike riding. Have you tried it?
Mark, I agree with you. I feel that it will be a few more years until GoPro shape disappears. I prefer how my SonyAS100V luck, though I got used to plenty of other shapes. Haven’t tried the Drift Stealth camera though.
Pavle, thanks for your review of the Hero 1. The documentation supplied by Blackbiew was almost useless. Minimal information and worse a type font and print color at best difficult to read even in it’s berevity.
Note the wifi will not avctivate without a micro card mounted. The 2gb internal storage therefore only usable directly.
One can only assume the advertised anti shake is a full time process as it is not addressed in the remote Linkeyes app or in the difficult to see on screen setup screens.
You’ll note my vision issues with both the print and screen resolution. I’m a young at heart 63 and yes the eyes are the first thing to go.
Thanks for the comment Glen, glad you find the article useful. Let me know if you need any additional help.
first i would like to thank you for your review.
i got the hero1 in a deal just the camera and the cabel no guide of any kind, so your review was very helpful.
that being said i updated the firmware and download the app in both cases when i shoot in burst mode or countinues mode it want stop untill i get the battery off.
do you notice this problem or think of a solution.
thank you very much.
I have noticed this as well. There is nothing we can do about it, but wait for another firmware to be done.
wow that was a quick replay,
that what i think , good to have another opnion.
i didnt try it yet but do you think the camera could work with a bluetooth shutter?
(i mean to control on the linkineye app)
You posted it at the right time when I am online, replying questions 🙂
Camera has no support for Bluetooth, so I am afraid it cant be triggered with BT.
And remote control via the app is of course possible. You can trigger shutter via the WiFi app.
i think you have miss understood me,
i meant to connect the Bluetooth shutter to the phone and control the app remotely that way you can control on the camera.
sorry for the question buming.
and for my bad english
Never tried it, so I do not know, but it makes no sense for me to control app remotely with the shutter, when you can control camera remotely by using the app on your phone.
Boyan Mitov says
I just got my Blackview hero 1 and I strated it then pressed one of the buttons for navigation and the menu for the resolution and so on opened then I pressed the OK button, so I can close it but down the screen something again for the resolution showed and I again pressed the OK button and it went to the previous window. I did this some times in a row and then i just decided to restart it but when i started it again the screen was a bit bright and i couldn’t do anything and i couldn’t stop it without taking the battery. Can you give me an advice what to do?
I really do not quite understand what might be the issue, nor what is a “bit bright display”. The best is to contact customer support at Blackview and see what they have to say.
Hello, I update the firmware with the one from their site and my image quality change, before was more color, after less color more sharp. Before the image was better outside now is better inside. I like the image before, now I want the first firmware, I send a mail to blackview and wait on they reply. O, and now when I connect the camera to TV via HDMI every 18 seconds there is a screen stop for some miliseconds, dont afect the recording. Great little camera, I like it, hope blackview resolv the firmware issues.
Thanks for the update Tudor, lets hope they will release an improved firmware soon.
Hey Pavle, Nice review it’s very helpful.
I’ll be going on holiday soon (Greece) and would like to capture mainly photos however also have the option to do short vids under-water etc.
Is the photo quality with the hero 1 good enough to be used for this ?
Do you by any chance have any more sample photo’s taken in wide-screen?
Thomas, in my opinion Hero 1 makes quite good photos. You can download samples and examine yourself. Unfortunately I only upload few samples, due to the limited space on DropBox and the fact that some people are re-uploading my footage as their own, which sucks. 🙂
Will pass, I’m afraid. The reasons will be the same as almost always, but let me line them up:
– Lame form factor. Yet another wrongly shaped thing for serious underwater use, and thus limited in its depth range.
– Complicated to adjust under favorable circumstances; not to speak of underwater work, or one-handed operation.
– Lack of u/w lighting and/or other u/w accessories. In that respect, yet another half-baked idea.
– General mistrust in companies that do not invest in enough engineering expertise to come up with something new, and resort to copying the copy of an original’s copy. Not much to expect in the future, unless that radically changes.
The weight of all recently reviewed action cams shows that there isn’t all that much to occupy the box. So why do they all have to keep the blasted box which is 2/3rds filled with air? These cams should be able to withstand 11Bar of water pressure (-100 meters) and still be almost half the size they’re now.
And why do they not produce it that way, and add the complete range of u/w accessories? Your guess is as good as mine.
I only know the problems are NOT in the realm of physics and surely NOT in the technology.
Interesting points Fil, but I am afraid that what you are asking is simply impossible right now for the price. Majority of people use action cameras above the water, or just few meters inside. You seam to need a professional underwater camera, which certainly cant be offered at a price of 120$ action camera. Things you need are quite specific, and anything unique these days costs a lot. But technology advances quite fast, so who knows, I am sure these cameras will certainly improve to suit more to underwater professionals.
Very good review! I was wondering if this model or xiaomi yi can also record at 25fps and 50fps? Can it be achieved only with custom firmware?
Thanks Raido. For BW Hero 1, you have resolutions available under Video headline. For Xiaomi, I do not use any custom made fw.
Can you please confirm if Blackview does not have 25/50fps framerates available even when you which to PAL?
I confirm that BW1 does not have 25/50fps nor it has option to switch from PAL to NTSC and vice-versa.
Hey Pavle ,
I just want to know which one I should buy ,just lost my SJ4000 in my last diving trip it was my mistake but I love it ,it was best ever use ,now I have read your review (Sj 4000+ ,hero 1,xiamo) which one is much helpful for diver?mainly video for underwater hunting / marine life pictures ?
The only camera from those, I tested underwater is SJ4000+, you have samples in the review, so check it out. For rest, you would have to see on YouTube or somewhere else.
firstly, thanks for your in depth review of the camera. My question regarding this camera is if it does time lapse video capture…If so can it be done from the camera itself or through the app
It can Steve, but it requires some settings to be set properly inside the app first. For instance default video starting mode – timelapse.
I’ve just contacted Blackview Customer Support. They have just released the new firmware for the Hero 1 (dated august 22nd 2015).
It’s an *.elf file that needs to be installed via DirectUSB on Windows. Haven’t tested it yet, but will soon!
No auto-installer via SD card available at this time.
Cool, I should update mine soon as well. Let me know how it works for you.
Hello sjorsw, did you test the firmware? What do you think, is it better or worst firmware ? Better quality in video and/or photos?
Hi all. Yes I’ve tested it, but there is no added functionality. Blackview told me on Skype they only fixed some bugs (but they don’t have any changelog).
That’s why I edited the Hero 1 july firmware into a higher bitrate. View my threat here: rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2497386
This custom mod runs on 35 Mbps instead of 18 Mbps, and that really benefits the image quality!
Let me know your thoughts.
Woooh that is amazing. I really need to try your custom firmware.
If i need to go back to the original firmware is it possible?
Where do I find the original Firmware (.bin) or can I just use the latest .elf firmware from BlackView site?
Is it possible to downgrade/update firmware as many times I want?
Did someone try the new firmware (2015-08-22) for the BlackView hero 1 ?
@Tudor says that after updating the quality decrease, but is it the same firmware version ?
hi pavle..it is a great review..based on this i have ordered hero 1 from banggood. 🙂 now I am planning to buy an additional battery but didn’t find the suitable external charger in any website.. Is there any other charger compatible with the blackview battery type??
Hi Bhairav, I can not recommend you a particular charger, but I think in this case, it might be better to go in brick and mortar stores, just to see which charger fits your battery and get some tips about it. Then you can search for that same charger online. Maybe there are some on Amazon, but as I said its better to test it yourself in a store before buying.
Hello i have a problem with the lens. When i put the camera in to case the lens in shooting to high and i can see the case on tle left and rigth up corner. Can i do anithing about that? Does anyone have the same problem?
Do you mean, you see tiny spots on the edges, only when the camera is in waterproof case? I noticed this recently on my BW1, though spots are quite tiny. I believe this is more a waterproof case issue to be honest, maybe we should reach out to blackview and ask if they will release improved case or something. I guess they can narrow a field of view in firmware as well, but I do not think it will do any good.
I have the same problem and contacted Blackview about it. As it seams, they have built a faulty badge of waterproof cases. That’s why some, but not all of them, have this problem.
Blackview additionally created a Hero 1 Pro. The only difference between the Pro and the Basic camera is the case. And this case looks like the original GoPro case. It can be bought from Blackview for $5 (excl. ± $25,- shipping cost).
My recommendation: ask your store’s servicesdesk (f.e. BangGood) to send you a replacement Hero 1 Basic waterproof case. If that doesn’t work, you can buy the Hero 1 Pro case from Blackview.
hello! I want to buy on of this action cameras, and I have read all your posts and I cant decide, I want to use it for snorkeling and like for adventure like canyoning and I want to have good photos and videos, so which would you recommend, I know that the best one is the gopro but I dont want to spend so much money so… which one would you recommend me? I kind of prefer the blackview.
and one more thing, how deep can i go with it
Blackview can be used in those situations and is quite good for its price.
but which one do you think is the best for this purposes, i want the best photo/video quality
You gave me very little info on what it is that you want, of course everyone wants best photo and video. All of these cameras are waterproof. You have all these reviews, so browse through them and chose yourself, as its your choice in the end, I already advised you, and cant said more then I already did.
Can you give me some advice on what camera I should purchase that is cheaper and is a good alternative to the latest go pro. I would like to buy a good action camera to take travelling in South America. I will be doing various activities such as snorkelling zip lining surfing and hiking and I would like something which isn’t to pricey and bulked so I can point and shoot and take good pictures do you have any advice on what camera I shoul purchase. Ideally something cheaper than the go pro and less than 200 to 250 dollars or euros.
Thanks in advance
Hi Greg, there is no cheaper alternative to GoPro Hero 4 currently. Sony AS100V is a good camera and fits your budgets and needs, and its not bulky, square shaped at all. I have been using it for hiking, though its waterproof up to 5m only. If you need LCD, Blackview H1 is good as well, so is Xiaomi YI, those are cheaper solutions.
Thanks for your reply it’s really appreciated. I was looking at the Sony and I liked the look and spec of it. If you were in my position what would you chose the blackview H1 or the xiaomi YI? Just so I can pick the best cheaper option.
Sorry to be a pain and thanks!
They are not so different, as they have similar Sony 16mp sensors, etc. Image/photo quality wise its the same thing. YI is cheaper, but comes bare with no gear, and you will have to buy it separately. It also does not have LCD, BW Hero 1 is slightly more expensive but has an LCD and comes with lots of gear, including waterproof case, but has a bit weird UI which requires some time to get used to. Xiaomi YI has better community with more modifications and better quality built. So whichever you chose from those two, its okay, I use both of them.
What is the difference between the hero 1 and 2? Which is best?
Lea, that has already been answered in the article.
Hi Pavle. Thank you for amazing review, May be this is stupid question but you offer us site where we can get Hero 1. What about safety ot this site? Had you ever been problems with shipping or something else?
Hi Ilkin, I never had a single issue with the site. As the matter a fact, I order most of the cameras from them. They are probably the most reliable Chinese tech site, but that’s just my opinion. They also accept PayPal, so you are safe as far as money is concerned. Shipping might take some while, depending where you live. Otherwise I would not put a link to the site, trust me. If you prefer Amazon, you can get one there as well, here is a link.
Thank you)) So I’ll order from there if you have no problem’s i have no too)))
I see you mention that the Time Lapse function can be accessed through the app. Have you tried this?
Hi Robert, I have not tried this. I can not do it now, as I borrowed my Hero 1 to a friend to use on his holiday, sorry about that.
HI PAVLE ,
I m going to buy blackview h1 but few questions does Blackview Hero 1 fit sj4000 waterproofcase ? And also sj4000 desktop charger can be used to charge Blackview Hero 1 battery ?
Just want to save the money i have already that sj accessories
It has its own waterproof case which comes in a box. Not sure about SJ4000 case, but I think it should fit, this is from what I remmeber, do not take it for granted. BW1 has different battery, so I do not think it can fit the battery dock you already have.
Hey, after looking for some action cameras (first i thought i will buy the sjcam sj5000 wifi) i saw the blackview hero and the gitup git1.
Both are in final decision because of the sony sensor. but i have a question, can i switch modes for video likes 1080p in 60fps or 30fps just per app or can i switch modes with the display?
And i am not sure, if i should buy the Blackview Hero 1 or the Gitup Git1, which one would you prefer?
Or should i wait for the Gitup Git2 ?
Gitup 1 does not support 60 fps in 1080p and has 2 mp sony sensor, where as this one has 16mp sensor. Resolutions can be switched in both app and on camera itself on both cameras.
All of the cameras are sorted by my personal preference in the sidebar of this website.
oh man, u are really fast with responding?! 😀
yeah both have 71% in your opinion.
At the moment the Blackview hero 1 looks better or seems better with quality for me.
but still not sure if should wait for the Gitup Git2?
What would you say?
I just want to use the action cam for holidays and “normal” things.
last holiday i borrowed a gopro hero silver for climbing, zip lining and rafting…
is a g-sensor important? or stabilizitation? i guess the blackview hero 1 doenst have it?
I would never sacrifice my videos because of the “waiting for a new camera”. Cameras come and go. How can I know if it will be better if its not even released? At the end of the day, its your decision, you have all the pros/cons in reviews of those camera, so decide yourself. Options/features are described as well. You cant have all for 100-150$. Good luck with choosing your next camera.
i am not sure if the Gitup Git 2 will be really better for a higher price?
Does the Blackview Hero 1 have stabilizitation or motion detector?
If you could get the SJ400, SJ4000+, and the Hero 1 for about the same price (+/- $10(, which one would you buy?
And which one has better stability image for video recording? I want to use this camera during my bike rides, ocean swims, and for recording/taking pictures while traveling (sometimes easy traveling, sometimes for adventurous).
David, none of the mentioned have built in video stabilization. Its hard to expect that at this price tag. Though SJ4000+ Gyro (which I have not tested) has software stabilization, which narrows down field of view, maybe you should check it out, it should be the same as SJ4000+, but just have better stabilization. Stabilization on the side, its hard to compare SJ4000 vs Blackview, as Hero 1 is twice as expensive.
Thanks for the quick reply Pavle! Ok, no worries about stabilization then. I can’t spend the money to afford that feature.
I found sale for the Blackview and SJ4000+ running for $90, which is a few dollars extra than what I can purchase the SJ4000 for (around $75). Considering these prices, which one would you purchase?
If you need good image quality as well, Blackview hands down, for that price its a steal. I would buy SJ4000+ only if its Gyro edition and if photo quality is not your top priority.
Hi Guys, Pavle!
At first, thanks your very good review.:))
It help me to select my best Gopro Hero Clone.
My selection finally was Hero 1. I need it for arial shots at rs drones and planes.
When it arrived and was in my hand, at first was very angry. The function knob was brocken! (It about very sense less watter resistant case’s metal knobs).
After first anger say, I don’t have time communicating with warranty support and disassemble unit. It was easy about plastic holders. After some take off some screws, I can see what type switch I need order. After an hour I have it in my room. The change wasn’t easy. Only skillful electronics technician can do. I make it, without fail:))
I make short video at Grece, later, if have some time I put it on Youtube.
Like Pavle say camera have less working functions than puted on stocks futures, but recorded video very nice in truecolor.
About firmwares and additional functions i talk with support of oficial site.
They send me new, 2015 -08-15 and asked original 2015-06-12 firmware.
The firmware installation process is not only copy it to root directory of memory card. Second part firmware can installing when battery taked out, when put in to cam. Switch on Wifi, wait 10sec. Again remove battery, and clear bin file from memory card.
New functions: AE bias, AE ISO, Self timer and Burst photography.
About accessories. I by SJ4000 lens cover, It good to Hero 1-2
Battery charger for SJ4000 good to 1050mAh too.
hey there Kapitany,
thanks for the new info.!
any links for the new and original firmware please?
aaahh, good to know that the battery charger for sj4000 will work with this one, that’s awesome for me, i can just get battery charger for it now and the battery issues are solved
thanks soo much!
It not upload at anywhere. I can send it, but need mail address.
Hello Kapitany, would you please sent me the stock firmware for hero 1? It is possible to change to stock ROM and then put the 25-07-2015 ROM? Thank you. My email adress is [email protected]
Sorry for the delay, i thought i’d get a notification on my email of a reply
Anyhow, here’s my email [email protected]
I’d really appreciate it if you can send me those firmware, new and original if possible
Thanks a lot mate!
Hello Kapitany, would you please sent me the stock firmware for hero 1? Thank you. My email adress is [email protected]
Does the new firmware have stock slow-mo recording? Like maybe 720p 120fps? And maybe some shutter speed settings?
Please send both the original and new firmware to my email address here: [email protected]
As soon as i receive them, i’ll will do an update soon, and check out the settings, see if there’s even a way to tweak the firmware, maybe add more options before updating
Thanks again mate!
i use sjorsw’s custom firmware with the 35mbps bitrate, but i am missing a self timer function. but with the new firmware there is one?
is someone able to do a custom firmware out of it with higher bitrates?
and is your function button also a little bit loose?
so it doesnt do sometimes what i want for example, i wanna switch the function (long press), and it opens the menu(short press).
are you using the 900 ah charger to charge 1050? i have but never try
hi kapitany, that is a good news really!! I am planning to buy spare battery and charger for hero 1. seems like there are many types of chargers available in banggood and gearbest. Can you please provide the links of the charger and lens cap which you bought? Thanks 🙂
Hi Kapitany, can your please send ne the new and original firmwares for the cam? Links on the internet are all dead.
Quick question 🙂 about video quality
Blackview Hero 1 or SJ5000 ?
Hi Adrian, haven’t tested SJ5000, so I can not compare the two, sorry.
Just received the BVH1 ,used underwater during hunting its very good but u need to adjust the setting before dive or u get mad ,the bad thing is battery charging through the USB ,it should be charged by using a special charger for 1050 battery or else the USB port can be broken from many usage ,if anyone know where I can get the separate charger let me know
Today I found free upload site for Hero 1 firmwares.
At first, the factory default firmware link:
share files free
You need rename this file to simple “firmware.bin”
Next time I put my last 20150920 firmware
thanks Kapitany for the original firmware
let us know when you put up your new firmware
Tudor, thanks a lot for your info and advice also, on the ‘fine’ settings, will keep that in mind and test out those settings on that firmware
again, thank you all!
Thanks to Kapitany I have the original 2015-06-12 firmware.
My Hero have the 25-07-2015 ROM. I try sjorsw’s custom firmware with the 35mbps bitrate which is great except that on s. fine settings sometimes when I star recording it stop after 2,3 seconds and then resume, maybe stop after some more seconds. I think base of readings of bitrate that those are very high on recording start up (40000 kb/s) and the camera can’t handle but after some seconds the bitrate stabilizes at 35000 kb/s and the recording is fine. The solution that I found is lowering quality to fine or normal (the bitrate drops to 30000) and recording is fine and very good in quality (thank you sjorsw for this ROM ).
So, using sjorsw’s custom ROM and original 2015-06-12 ROM I make some tests, as I was saying in an earlier post that I like how original ROM looks outside but new ROM in more sharp and better inside.
I had a problem with original ROM, I did not have sound, I tried 3 times to put the ROM but no sound on playback or recording. When I bought the camera I had sound with that original ROM.
You can see my video at this link:
For now I will remain with sjorsw’s custom ROM even if I like how original ROM looks outside. Maybe someone will make a ROM that looks outside like original and inside like actual ROM.
Why does Geaebest list this camera as a 1080p only? Great review. Thanks.
Interesting Robert. I am sure its a mistake. I can ping them and ask if you wish, but probably a person who edits description forgot about 2K. I got mine from GB and it indeed has 2k.
A just bought this camera, was a little glitchy to start but this seems to be resolved with new firmware.
Managed to get 128mins recording from one charge (no LCD poweroff) which is awesome as I was concerned the LCD would seriously inhibit battery life.
It seems to have come with one of the faulty cases and talking to banggood about getting it replaced as you can see both top corners in video and pictures.
The pictures it takes are remarkable.
Would definitely recommend firmware update as soon as you get it. Can confirm mass storage is still only by original cable.
Awesome Ross, thanks for the tips. Glad you are having good time with it, I also think its quite good camera. As for waterproof case, all of them have same issue with top corners. I think Blackview launched Hero 1 PRO (the only difference is improved waterproof case).
Since I lost the cable, it will be a hassle but will try to buy a new one from Blackview, good idea.
hi pavle, I have been following this thread for sometime to learn how to operate the hero 1 which I have bought from banggood. Today, I have received it and while checking I found that upper navigation button is something wrong. I am unable to operate it easily. While the lower button is working easily with proper ‘click’ sound, the upper button is somewhat depressed already and ‘click’ sound is not coming while pressing it. I need to press hard to get the options. I am wondering the upper works like that only or mine is faulty. Can you help me out please? Thanks!!
Built quality of Hero 1 is not perfect for sure. I also noticed navigation buttons to be a bit cheap, but I never head issues of having to press really hard in order to navigate. I know that upper buttons needs to be held for 2 seconds in order to enter the menu, no need to press it really hard, just hold it. It seams you first need to get used to camera navigation.
hi ross, I have got hero 1 today from banggood. Do you have link to download the latest firmware and also the procedure ? Thanks 🙂
Fw is here chinagadgetsreviews.blogspot.co.nz/2015/07/download-firmware-for-blackview-hero-1.html?m=1
And here is where is says (I hold no responsibility) that it is the genuine one. rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2413403
To install just put on root of memory card and then follow instructions, then format.
hey Bhairav ,
i have the same issues with my upper button. And I bought it from banggood too.
So its sometimes really difficult to get the short/long option.
Also as a note with GP fittings.
The clips for into a go pro mount but I find them to be a little loose.
Go pro clips do not fit into BW mounts and BW doesn’t come with curved mounts.
I put a go pro clip on my BW and it fits but you get a little less Angle variation.
Hope that sheds some light on the go pro compatibility.
Hi Guys :))
I see that some Hero users, like me at first time upgrading firmware, not correctly!
For help, ask Blackview support. Read they instructions:
1. PLS don’t change the name of the update file, copy it to your SD card directly.
2. Put the SD card into your camera, then turn on your machine, according to the instructions, upgrade your machine.
3. After the upgrade is complete, there are two situations :
(1). The machine automatically restart, under this circumstance, press the OK button for 2-3 seconds to turn on the camera’s WIFI, after more than ten seconds, the camera will automatically restart again. When the second upgrade is complete, pls take out the battery from the camera directly (needn’t turn off the camera, just take it out in the state of power-on). After finishing all these steps, your machine has upgrade successfully.
(2). The machine is in the state of black screen, under this circumstance, pls take out the battery from the camera directly, then put the battery into the machine to turn on the camera, press the OK button for 2-3 seconds to turn on the camera’s WIFI, after more than ten seconds, the camera will automatically restart. When the second upgrade is complete, pls take out the battery from the camera directly (needn’t turn off the camera, just take it out in the state of power-on). After finishing all these steps, your machine has upgrade successfully.
For second, I upload my last firmware for Hero 1
upload files online
I hope, that can help you.
hi kapitany, 201509firmware link is not working!! can you please check it once? Thanks 🙂
Zoltan Szathmary says
This links (http://www.filedropper.com/firmware201509) is not available anymore. Please upload this latest firmware again.
Is this a custom mod, or is it an ‘offical’ one? Is it runs on 35 Mbps instead of 18 Mbps as sjorsw’s firmware?
Hi Pavle, Guys
Have anybody working Win7 usb driver for Hero 1?
Hello! do you perhaps know tell me the continuous video recording makes video pieces of 10 minutes instead of a continuous videos?Thanks!
Let me know please for why you need it?
Continuous 10 minutes video very big file and I don’t have it.
This makes when the function “loop record” is in close.
Want great videos for travelling with the motorcycle and not pieces of 10 minutes.
When the operation “loop record” is in 1 minute or 3 minutes or 5 minutes cuts video in respective times.
This makes when the function “loop record” is in close or off.
Want a large-continuous video for travelling with the motorcycle and not pieces of 10 minutes.
When the operation “loop record” is in 1 minute or 3 minutes or 5 minutes cuts video in respective times.
Hi Thanos :))
Today I have some time, and test my Hero 1 for continuous recording at home.
I record my computer screen at playing passians. Camera working more than 12 minutes and not stopped!
Conclusion, my new firmware is better about, than your, or problem with your cam.
It can be about overheading, (switch out cam display at long recording).
Test my sended to this forum, last firmware.
I have problem with my cam about FPV using. I need composit AV out from it, but it not dedicated :((
Hello from me!
Does not stop at recording,when you playback on the computer cut the long video into pieces of 10 minutes.
I don’t understand your problem!
I use card reader for copy video to my computer.
In not cuted after copy. Maybe your video editor cut long files about handle video.
Whitch Op System at your computer? On my Pc is Win7.
Hi Pavle, Guys :))
At this weekend I solve camera recognise problem at my Win7.
I have a lot of USB-micro usb cable at my home. Only one from all is worked!
The trick is in the shadow box at the ends! At good cable they are not in contact.
You can test it if have at home multimeter.
Finally, you need have factory mass storage driver from Blackview.
Who download it with last firmware with “elf” file, can install.
hi kapitany, the link filedropper.com/firmware201509 is not working. Can you please check? 🙂
Hearing from retailer where I purchased My hero 1 that blackview has stopped production of these and all support.
hi, anyone got recent firmware for hero 1?? I am unable to get the link from blackview support 🙁
Have been trying to get ahold of anyone from Blackview OR Dome for 2 solid months. No replies to emails or Skype. They have introduced 2 new 4K cameras and they are being sold on Gearbest and Banggood.
Gearbest has these dropped down to $69 US for a week. According to the line showing how many they sold there will be about 120 of us SOL when they break. Seems Blackview/Dome just wanted to dump their stocks of these.
Needless to say I would not EVER buy another product from these guys or recommend them.
me too!! The website itself looks something fishy although they are selling mobile phones as well..It is better to buy SJCAM I feel as they are in the market for a while!!
I have to agree with you guys, it appears they are discounting action cameras and cutting off the support, firmware updates, etc.
Does anyone know where I can get its display flexible cable? The one in my cam has come off.
Any chance of a review on the Hero 3 coming soon?
It looks exactly the same as Git 2 which I will review shortly, so I do not think I will review this one, especially because how Blackview takes care of customers.
How you do timelapse on this camera? I cannot find that option
There is no timelapse in latest firmware. BlackView are not doing firmware updates… I sent already 113523905235 mails to szdom and blackview for updates but didnt responsed.
I regret that I bought that camera.
I got some flickering with the July firmware (both modded and stock). Anyone got the the 2015-06-12 firmware? Or maybe the one from August?
You are an excellent reviewer. Just ordered it from GB where it is very cheap right now (60 bucks). I am a beginner so all I care about is a quality picture. I don’t mind the illogical interface for my first camera because I am used to nothing 🙂
I am pretty satisfied with the camera. Especially considering the price had to pay. The only thing that is not so great is the fish eye effect that is quite strong. As for the logic of the buttons, easy to get used to. Another thing that the blogger mentioned was one touch turning on. That is actually reasonable if you use the cover that most action camera users probably do. The springs of the cover are strong , so there is no way you accidentally turn it on with cover. So one touch is appropriate, as otherwise you would have to push the strong springs annoyingly long
Wend i found this very easy solution for the fisheye effect in photos at least. Give it a try with this tutorial!
could you please explain what settings should i do inside the camera in order to make a timelapse video? The only thing i managed in 2 days of trying is continous photo shooting every 1 sec. Maybe an option to take photos every 5 seconds at least. I saw another answer but i dont know how to set “default video starting mode – timelapse”.
thank you in advance
Have you tried connecting it to an app and changing settings there?
i tried and there is no option to change the time between the shots. Its fixed for 1 second. Any ideas on how to change it?
I believe only a firmware update can change it, so try contacting manufacturer to see if there is or will be a new software version that will fix that.
Hi, im a bit late to the party but I was wondering which camera (blackview hero 1 or xiaomi Yi) is best in term of videos and photos quality (color, sharpness, shadows,etc.) ?
I’d go with Xiaomi YI, here’s our full review of it.
Thanks a lot Pavle 🙂 !!
I WROTE LONG TIME AGO AND NOW I FACE A PROBLEM WITH BV HERO I CAN’T FIND ANY ONLINE SHOP SELLING THE WATERPROOF CASE ,CAN I USE ALTERNATIVE ?
Chrystal Macek says
Good day, Me myself appreciate lol! Thus I approve deep analysis by you.