From an early age I have always been interested in what it is like under the water from a fish’s point of view. As a low cost entry into getting a camera for trolling I purchase the Olymbros camera to see how it would perform while I was trolling. This camera can be used for more then just trolling, you can cast it out and retrieve, or hang it from a bobber and stationary fish with it. But my main purpose to get this was to see what I was having strike at my trolling gear and to see how the fish react before, and after they strike at the lure.
What’s in the box?
- spare o-rings
- Quick setup manual
- USB charging cord
- Attachment swivels
With everything in the box you only need to get an micro SD card to be able to start using the camera. But as with most things you should fully charge it before use. Mine had a partial charge and was able to fully charge up in about 30 minutes. From a full dead battery I was able to charge it in about 3 hours hooked up to my PC’s USB port. Since I wanted to get a large amount of video I opted to get the max sized SD card that the camera could handle at 32gb. Once turned on to record the camera records in three minute video sections in AVI format. On a 32gb card this means that every 9 minutes will fill up 1gb of the card. I was able to get about 200 minutes of video per trip. There is easily enough charge to on the camera to max it out. The one thing I found to be careful of is that once the card is filled to capacity it will start dropping the oldest file on the card and writing a new file over it. I made the mistake of leaving the camera running after a fishing trip and overwrote all of the fish strikes. Now for the technical details of this camera.
- Lens: F=2.2, f=4.4mm 5P+1R
- Video Resolution: HD 1280 X 720 Video
- Format: AVI Cycle Recording (3 minutes)
- Storage Support: TF Card SD/MMC Max.32GB
- Video Recording Time: Up to 4+ Hours (under ideal conditions)
- Battery Recharging Time: 4 Hours
- Waterproof: Up to 65 ft.
- USB Port: USB 2.0
This little camera performs great for trolling. As with any type of underwater camera the water clarity is the biggest factor on how good you video’s come out. For this camera after using it several times the setback for the lure works best at around 24 inches. If you use any type of crankbait or Rapala type lure the slight dive from the bill will put it at the borderline edge of the camera. An inline spinner or something like a Mack’s wedding ring worked perfect to keep the lure in the center of the video,
Now for the good vs things I would love to see improved on newer models
The good things:
- Easy setup
- Instructions are easy to read
- Small video clips make it easy to search and keep video’s of fish strikes
- Slightly buoyant so if the line breaks the camera will float to the surface
Things that could be improved:
- The slight buoyancy of the camera makes it good for retrieval but when trolling a weight needs to be added to get deeper then the surface.
- Replace the plastic connectors on the camera with metal clips. This would make it easier to take on and off a fishing pole.
- Some type of app that would allow for you to check the video’s without opening it up and having a connector.
- opening the camera when wet to turn off/on is a bit difficult. Adding a waterproof button on the outside would help
Over all this is a great little entry level camera for fishing for under $100 that wont break the bank to use. If you are just starting out and would like to experiment this would be a great one to try. I can see how this would be a good camera for ice fishing or any other type of still fishing. I just have not tried to use it for this purpose yet. This is my first review so if you have anything that I should add or remove please let me know in the comments.
- A link to a 3 minute video clip to see the quality of the camera footage: Video clip on YouTube
- And of course a camera link Olymbus Fishing Camera
- and the SD card https://amzn.to/33b3QeI
No one has paid me to write this review or given me the product to review. I just like to write about items that I use that are a good addition to the fishing collection.
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