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The DAK Cam: Creating Better Home Videos
By Sol Harari

If you call the DAK Cam a "Wifi Action Cam", you'd only be partially right. It's true that it's commonly known as an action cam, but it really doesn't do justice to what this camera should be used for.

Action cams are for extreme athletes who pull stunts worth filming.

That's not me. I don't jump out of airplanes. I don't jump off of cliffs. I don't even jump on the bed (anymore).

I'm your average guy. I do regular stuff.

I make a good neighbor, but not what you'd call movie material.

So, why do I need an action cam if I don't live an action packed life?

Because I still want to have documentation. I want to record family outings and vacations, and I want an inexpensive and yet durable camera to do it.

For example, my wife and I spent a weekend in Shenandoah, Virginia last summer.

This video clip is the perfect souvenir of our little getaway:

Is it a smash hit viral Youtube sensation?
Not even close.

But so what?
I made this movie for my family and me.
It's special to us, and we smile every time we watch it, because it brings us back to a specific time and place.

Plus, the video quality is great.

I shoot in 1080p at 30 frames per second so you can make the video full screen without making the picture grainy.
*To watch it in HD, click on the settings icon and adjust video quality to 1080p.

More like a FamilyCam than an ActionCam

Camcorders sit alone and forgotten in some basement corner and host parlor meetings for congregating dust particles.

Even digital cameras have lost relevance in recent years. Your smartphone takes great quality shots, but it’s just too fragile, and too valuable.

You can’t risk breaking or losing your smartphone at a waterpark, beach or ski slope.

The result?

Families miss out on great home videos.

The DAK Cam is designed for rough handling. Your smartphone isn’t.

So our smartphones can't replace our old camcorders.

With your DAK Cam, you're just storing the day's videos.

Mount it wherever, toss it to your kids, let your friends take control for a while—they’ll capture the shots without you constantly hovering over their shoulder.
No expensive equipment issue. No security issue. 

Create your own Time Lapse videos

There are so many clips and mounts included free with your DAK Cam that you won't even need to use a tripod to create fantastic time lapse videos.
Just mount your DAK Cam and let the camera roll on time lapse mode.


The Time Lapse Mode can be set to shoot one photo every 2, 3, 5, 10, 20, 30 or 60 seconds.
You'll want to use lower time lapse intervals for faster moving subjects, like a crawling bug or clouds moving across the sky. The 60 second intervals are used to track changes over a longer period of time. Now you can literally watch grass grow.

Here's a time lapse of my family playing football on Thanksgiving. I set it to 2 second intervals because everybody was in motion.

More Mounts Mean More Mind-blowing Movies

Get fresh perspectives for your videos with DAK Cam’s included clips, straps and mounts.

See more firsthand action with its built in 170 degree wide-angle lens. Clip it to your shirt, strap it to your helmet or mount it on your car’s windshield.
Create first person experiences by mixing and matching attachment mounts for completely new views.

And strategically mounting your DAK Cam will make your video dramatically sharper, smoother and more stable than handheld filming.

You can also get the DAK Cam Pro Pack Carrying Case for even more harnesses, mounts and straps.

 

In this next clip, Steven uses a standard mount to hook his DAK Cam to his surfboard, while I use the chest harness from the Pro Pack to go waterskiing.

See what the Pro Pack fuss is all about here

Wifi Viewfinding

Cameras used to have little peephole viewfinders to check the subject before you snap the shot. Digital cameras upgraded to LCD screens, accomplishing the same thing.

But if your DAK Cam is mounted to your helmet, to your dog’s collar or to a handlebar, you can’t see the LCD screen. That’s when you’ll control your DAK Cam through your smartphone.

Using a free downloadable app, your smartphone connects to DAK Cam’s built in Wifi network and transform into a viewfinder. So your DAK Cam is in the action, while your smartphone catches it from a safe distance.

Although, I found out (mainly from experience) that water absorbs micro waves really well. That’s why a bowl of water heats up so quickly in a microwave, but it also means that the Wifi viewfinder will cut out when your DAK Cam’s submerged underwater. DAK Cam will continue recording, you just won't see it until it resurfaces and reconnects.

The viewfinding app allows you to select between a photo or a movie, and also lets you choose quality settings (video in 1080p 30fps or 720p 60fps).

The Secret’s in the Free Editing

What really separates the today’s home videos from the old ones is that we now have powerful video editing software that’s already installed on your computer.

So now, instead of boring the whole family with a two hour video of entire school play, you take the highlights of the video and create something that's fun for everyone to watch.

Here's a video I made with footage shot all on a single summer day.

It gives you a good idea about just what you can do with your DAK Cam. It's about 4 hours of footage boiled down into just one fun minute of highlights.

Not enough people take advantage of this. Windows Movie Maker® and Mac’s iMovie® let you gather footage from different videos, trim them into the best shots, arrange them in any order you like, cut out the video’s sound and overlay it with a soundtrack of your own.

You're left with a memorable video of your creation that you and the family will actually enjoy watching.

I edited the above video (at the beginning of the article) with GoPro Studio®.

No, we’re not affiliated with them in any way, but they developed a great free program, so they deserve due credit for that.

What to Expect from your DAK Cam?

Let’s start with what’s in the box.
You get:

1- DAK Cam
1- Rechargeable 900 mah Li-ion Battery (over 90 minutes of use per charge)
1- Charging USB Cable (connects to your computer)
1- Waterproof Case
1- Microfiber Cleaning Cloth. Like the ones you get with eyeglasses.

Assorted Clips, Straps and Mounts:

Clip 1- Splint to protect the DAK Cam when not using the waterproof case (the mic picks up better audio without the waterproof case)

Clip 2- Large multi-purpose clip that slides into the splint

Adjustable handlebar mount- Can be fitted onto any pole approx. 2-3 cm thick.

Helmet Mounts- Flat bases with adhesive (3M glue, sticky stuff) on the bottom. Peel away the thin paper and paste it onto any flat surface—surfboards, boogieboards, dashboards, walls…anything you can think of, really.

Mounts 1 and 2- Brackets that connect the DAK Cam on one end and slide into the flat base on the other end.

Adhesives- Extra peel away glue stickers

Bandages- Adjustable straps that slide through the flat bases and wrap around, say, weirdly shaped objects. Like a wooden plank.

Velcro Bandages- Smaller Velcro straps. They’re quick and easy for securing objects with small diameters. I wrapped it around a sapling to film a bird feeder.

Mounts 3,4,5 and 6- Various extensions to adjust the height and viewing angle of the DAK Cam.

Replacement back cover for the waterproof case- I don’t plan on ever needing this one. I wish the same to you.

Tethers- Steel cable with two loops at the end. It looks sturdy, but I don’t know how it’s used.

You’ll also need a micro-SD card which will store all of your footage. You can use your own (32 gb is the biggest size it can process), or you can get ours shipped with your order.

Ours is 16 gb and will store about 2.5 hours of video filmed in 1080p 30fps.

You can playback recorded video directly from your DAK Cam, but the built in speaker is weak, so you won’t hear the audio very well. You’ll get to review all your footage after you’ve loaded it all onto your computer.

That’s what I do, anyway, because I think you’re better off conserving battery then reviewing videos.

Extreme home videos are just like regular home videos. Except that they're so much more fun.
Mount your DAK Cam just about anywhere to give new perspectives to your footage.


Check out my bonus video footage at the bottom of this review page!
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Use your DAK Cam on a waterslide. Not your smartphoneit's afraid of heights.


Surfing: Don't try this with your smartphone. The DAK Cam is waterproof up to 30 meters. That's almost 100 feet.


Camera Specs:

Waterproof up to 30 meters

DSP: Sunplus SPCA6330A
CMOS Sensor: 1/2.7’ OV2710
Field of view: 170º
Focus: 12cm~infinite

Video Output: 1920 x 1080 at 30 fps
or 1280 x 720 at 60 fps.
You can toggle the video modes in Settings.

Video Format: H.264 MOV
Supports Loop Recording.

Effective pixels for still shots: 12 megapixels (default) can be reduced in settings to 8MP, 5MP or 2MP

Image Format: JPEG

Burst Mode: 3 photos/second
Shooting Modes: Movie, Single Shot, Burst, Self Timer, Time Lapse

White Balance: Auto
EV compensation: '+-2.0 ~ +-0.3 Electronic Shutter Control

Microphone for Audio Input Records in WAV at bitrate of 176kbps

1W Speaker Playback

Type D HDMI Output

USB 2.0 interface, 5 Pin Micro USB Input

MicroSD card, up 32gb

1.5inch LTPS LCD Screen

3.7V 970mAh Rechargeable Battery <100 mins

Camera Dimensions: 59 x 41 x 24.5mm









Do I Need The MicroSD Card?

Yes. But you don't need to get it from us.
If you already have one, great.
If you want an extra, you can add it on to your order for only $14.95.
It stores 16 gb of memory which means you get about 2.5 hours of video per card.

It's worth having the extra storage so you don't have to be stuck erasing old footage to make space for new footage.



These accessories are included in the DAK Cam package. It was the most we could fit into a single box.












Do I Need An Extra Battery?

It really depends on your usage.

I didn’t need one at first, because I was only testing my DAK Cam locally. 90 minutes of taping is more than enough time for a few hours at the beach.

But if you're going on vacation, camping or any other extended trip, backup batteries will be a big help. It's only $9.99 when you order it with the DAK Cam.

You'll be glad you have it the one time you find that you need it!

Besides, it’s reassuring to know that you’ll never miss the perfect video due to a low battery.




DAK Cam- Extreme Home Videos
All for Fun.
Fun for All.

The DAK Cam will have your family creating more fun, more creative and more engaging home videos. All with a single pocket sized action camera. (And help from the included mounts.)

You don't need to be a pro to use your DAK Cam, and I include a quickstart guide to make sure your ready to go as soon as you receive your shipment.

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Check Here to add an extra battery to your order. Each charge gets you approx. 90 minutes of use. For under $10- it's a great buy.
Check Here to add a SanDisk brand 16gb microSD card- class 10- to your order. These are the minimum recommended specs for recording video in HD quality- so I highly recommend grabbing this one. If you don't already have an extra microSD card- you'll need one to use your DAK Cam.
Broaden your video perspectives by adding an extra 13 harnesses mounts and accessories to your order. It also comes in a nifty carrying case with space for your DAK Cam. Only 49.95 with your order. No additional shipping required.

What's in the Pro Pack Carrying Case?

The DAK Cam Pro Pack Carrying Case gives you an extra 13 ways to get even more creative with your DAK Cam.Go Pro Accessory Pack

Here's what's included:
A- Chest Harness
B- Head Harness
C- Wrist Strap
D- Helmet Strap
E- Telescopic Monopod (Selfie Stick)
F- Floating Handgrip
G- Suction Cup Mount
H- Handlebar Mount (Up to 6 cm)
I- Clamp Mount
J- Flotation Foam
K- 2 Flat, 2 Curved Adhesion Mounts
L- 6 Anti-Fog Inserts
M- J-Hook Mount

Add it to your cart now
, or read up on how each accessory adds new perspective to your videos

Here's another clip from our weekend in Virginia. We stayed on a farm in Standardsville, and tried to capture a bit of the farm life.

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Satisfaction Guarantee:

I only review products that I love to use myself, and I'm sure you'll love it as much as I do.

But, if you don't, you don't keep it. No hard feelings. We can still be friends.

Contact us within 30 days for return authorization. We'll refund the full merchandise cost after we get it back. Associated shipping fees aren't refundable.

Just email cs@DAK.com and say Refund within 30 days.

Warranty Info:

DAK Cam is warrantied for 1 full year against manufacturing defects.

If it's our fault, we'll fix it. This excludes any damage from improper use.

I'll do all I can to make sure you know how to use your DAK Cam, but I can't assume responsibility for damage or misuse.

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