Visual Instruction Guide for the Mini DV 1280 Video Camera

One of many flavors of the popular Mini DV 1280.   I got mine on Amazon for about $10

One of many flavors of the popular Mini DV 1280. I got mine on Amazon for about $10

I just got a new “Mini DV 1280” video camera for use with various flying machines.

The camera is PERFECT for onboard video on a Syma X1 Quadcopter — tiny size, decent video quality, amazing price — but the instructions are a bit lacking.

After spending an hour deciphering the cryptic instructions, I decided to clean up my notes and post them as an infographic. So, here is my Visual Instruction Guide to the Mini DV 1280 Video Camera, published with hope that someone else will find it useful.

Visual Instruction Guide for the Mini DV 1280 Video Camera

Visual Instruction Guide for the Mini DV 1280 Video Camera

1) Turn the camera on by hold “on/off” for 3 seconds

2) Cycle through the three main modes by pressing ‘Mode’. You can identify the current mode by looking at the blue and red LEDs. For example, a solid Red light indicates “Standby” mode.

Mode Lights Notes
Standby Solid Red Press “on/off” to record video
Recording Video Flashing Red Press “on/off” to stop
Camera Solid Blue Press “on/off” to take photo. Blue LED will flash once.
Motion Detect Solid Red, Solid Blue Any motion will start video recording
Motion Detected – Video Recording Flashing Red, Solid Blue Press “on/off” to manually stop recording

3) The “on/off” button takes a different action depending on the mode you are in. For example, in Standby mode (indicated by a solid red LED), the “on/off” button will start recording (indicated by flashing red LED). See the table and/or infographic above for details.

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