These kinds of action cameras like the Blackview Hero 1 are very useful also for everyday activities as well as for outdoor sports. As they are very lightweight, they can be suitable for installing on a quadcopter for capturing amazing aerial videos and photos.
Everything started with GoPro cameras which were the first ones to have very good image quality and enough lightweight to be lifted with quadcopters. Recently there were launched a lot of clones for these cameras that surprisingly have medium to high image quality keeping approximately the same dimensions and weight. One of these clones is the Blackview Hero1 action camera that has 2K resolution and a Wi-Fi connection.
I received this model of action camera two days ago from Banggood and I plan to test it on my vacation by the Black Sea where I’m leaving tonight. As I’m traveling by car between beautiful mountains and country landscapes, I was thinking to start the testing by mounting it behind the windshield. In all my, before vacation, I used to carry with me my heavy DSLR Camera together with few lenses and it was a pain in the ass. This time I decided to go light and leave my photo backpack at home and just put in my pocket this Blackview Hero 1 action camera.
Blackview Hero 1 camera review
At the first glance, everything on this camera is high quality, from the package to the accessories. The only negative thing that I found was the instruction manual that was very summery. After using it for 10 minutes I realized that I do not need a user manual for the Blackview Hero1 because is extremely easy to use with a suggestive menu system.
The camera has only 4 buttons, a power ON/OFF button on the front – near the lens, two buttons (up/down) on the opposite side of the connectors, and a shutter button on the top of the camera.
To prevent accidentally turning ON the WI-FI connection, which will drain even faster the camera’s battery, first, you have to put it in a Wi-Fi pre-state mode and only then you can truly enable the Wi-Fi connection.
Before you can pair your smartphone with the camera, you must download the “LinkInEyes” app according to your OS type (Android or iOS).
The pairing process has a few easy steps:
- long pressing of the “shutter” button until the Wi-Fi icon with a red cross will be displayed on the LCD screen;
- long pressing of the “up” button until the Wi-Fi icon is shown normal green on the LCD;
- enabling the wifi connection on the smartphone and look for the “amba_boss” network;
- when you are asked for the pre-shared key, enter “0123456789”;
- you are done with the pairing process, now you can start the previously installed “LinkInEyes” app and access your action camera.
The camera has 3 working modes: video, photo, and playback, switch between these modes can be made by long-pressing the “up” button. The default mode of the camera is video mode at 1080p/60fps, but you can switch any time the resolution between 2304*1296, 1920*1080 or 1280*720p. Higher resolution means better image quality and much bigger file size, for example, 1 minute of 1080p/60fps video has around 120MBytes.
I’m planning to use this camera not just during sports activities but also I want to install it on the Syma X8W quadcopter that I order it last week. Hopefully, the quadcopter will have enough lifting power to carry the 71g camera and allow me to make some aerial videos.
I had the chance to choose between the Blackview Hero 1 and Hero 2 but I preferred the Hero1 because is using a better Ambarella imaging unit and a Sony CMOS image sensor. The only advantage of the Hero2 is the wireless bracelet with a small LCD screen that serves as a remote controller.
After I return from my trip, as I promised, I will add some sample videos and photos made with the Blackview Hero 1 camera.
Blackview Hero 1 features and specs
- Ambarella A7LS75 700 MHz ARM SoC;
- Internal 2GB memory;
- micro SD slot for up to 64GB memory cards, recommended Class 10 or above;
- 2″ high definition color LCD display with 960 x 240 pixels;
- Image sensor: 16MP Sony CMOS;
- Lens specs: 7G 170degree ultra wide-angle, high resolution, FNo=2.4, TTL=23mm;
- Image resolutions: up to 16MP (4608 x 3456) with JPEG image compression;
- Video resolutions: 2K 2304*1296/30fps, Full HD 1920*1080/60fps or 30fps and HD 1280*720p 60fps or 30fps;
- Video code: H264 – MPEG-4 ACC (part 10) (avc1);
- Auto white balance and sensitive mode;
- Micro HDMI video out;
- AV-out via micro USB port for FPV flights;
- Built-in microphone and buzzer speaker;
- Connectivity: wireless Wi-Fi and USB;
- Up to 30m waterproofing case;
- 3.7V 1,050mAh Li-ion Battery;
- Size: 6 x 4 x 3 cm;
- Weight: 71g with battery and without a waterproof case;
Blackview Hero 1 review – final words
This camera has a very good build quality and more than decent image quality, much better the other Chinese quadcopter cameras that I tested. With an extremely generous accessory pack and 2k video resolution, this camera can be used during any sports activities (including scuba diving). The AV-out, lightweight design, and high frame rate (up to 60 at 1080P) make the Hero1 the perfect quadcopter camera for aerial filming and first-person view flights.
The Blackview Hero1 is now in a good promotion, with 27% off, and can be ordered for only $116.99 on BG’s website. Usually, when I order a new product, I always search for the spare parts that I might need in the feature for it. For the Blackview Hero1 I (aka DV800A) I found it very useful to order also: one spare battery, lens cap, and USB AV-out cable that is required to connect the camera to the quadcopter’s FPV system.
Blackview Hero1 package includes:
- 2K sports action camera with 30m waterproof case
- Genuine BlackView 1050mAh battery;
- 2000mAh 5v battery charger;
- USB data and charging cable;
- 2pcs of 3M adhesive tape;
- Cleaning wipe;
- 4pcs of ribbon;
- Wire rope;
- 5pcs of camera mounting accessories;
- 2pcs of helmet base;
- 2pcs of Velcro tapes;
- Camera belt mount adapter;
- Bicycle mount;
- Fixed camera base;
- Camera tripod adapter;
- Blackview Hero1 instruction manual.
After almost a month of usage, I found some minor bugs that hopefully will be solved with the latest Blackview Hero 1 firmware.
Where i can get spare housing for dive
How much is it?
There is a new firmware version for this camera?
Sometimes my Blackview Hero 1 freezes which is very annoying, others have this issue?
Thank You for the fast response!
If you have oppurtunity to check battery compatibility BlackView and SJ I’ll be very grateful!
I’m going to buy sport cam and I choose between BlackView Hero1 and Xiaomi Yi. The big advantage of Xiaomi is software support. Other things are on the BV side.
Hello, do you know if the batteries from i.e. SJ4000 or SJ5000 fits to BlackView Hero1?
Another question – is there any good and verified source for fresh firmwares for BV Hero1?
As I know the Black view has its own battery size and it is not compatible with others. If you are interested I can check for you with a friend who has a SJcam.
Regarding the firmware, I updated only ones from the manufacturer’s website.
Camera with very poor software can’t work properly with best hardware. I noticed white flashes and flickering in video and 1800p has interpolated frame rate at 60fps.
Also have to focus lens and broke hdmi and up switch gets jammed. USB cable have specific connector. After all, in short, i don’t think that camera is any good and firmware is dream wish because manufacturer already abandon this product.
min don’t have any flashes or flickering..
btw, there is a custom firmware with higher bit rate that can improve the video quality.
Did you tested the latest Hero1 firmware? There is a menu option to enable the av-out?
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.
Thanks for the news.
Any idea where can I find a AV-out cable for this camera???
I have a blackview hero 2, but I have some questions:
1. My camera doesn’t have the option 720p 120fps, is it normal?
2. I can’t find the time-lapse mode and burst mode (photos)
3. Is there any website where are you going to publish new firmwares?
Actually, this Hero 1 camera reach 2.7k video resolution, not only 2k, 2560*1080 is 2.7k resolution.
How did you get the USB AV out to work with fat shark tx ? Thanks
I have a USB AV-Out cable for the Hero 1 but, unfortunately, I didn’t have the chance to test it yet.
Where did you found the AV-out cable ?
I did not find a dedicated FPV cable for the Hero 1 but, I think is compatible with the cable from the sj4000, if you want I can make a test for you.
Bad news, the SJ4000’s av-out cable did not worked. We need to look for a genuine BlackView Hero 1 av-out cable.
I already contacted the manufacturer, but unfortunately I have not received any answer from them….
BTW, I upgraded the camera with the latest firmware. The menu is exactly the same and nothing there regarding the live video output.
You make a good decision regarding the hero 1!
The Hero 2 is not good for aerial filming, because the camera’s remote can interference with the quad-copteter’s remote controller.