Review: Firefly 6S 4K Wi-Fi Sports Action Camera with Gyro, NT96660 & Sony IMX078 (Gearbest.com)

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Thank you @GearBest for providing Firefly 6S action camera for review.
It is available at Gearbest here: http://www.gearbest.com/action-cameras/pp_239152.html
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Quick links to review sections:
Daytime Screenshots
Daytime Videos
Night Screenshots
Night Videos
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Conclusion: will update after tests.
PROS:
CONS: No status light on the back so hard to see if it's recording or not when used as a dashcam.
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Description:
This is the 1st action camera I am testing that has Gyro stabilization and can record 4k video.
It has NT96660 chip & Sony IMX078 CMOS illuminated sensor.
Product description mentions it can record videos at 1080P 60fps, 2K(2560 x 1440) 30fps and 4K (4096 x 2160)24fps (Edit: Actual 4k video recorded in Firefly 6S has 2880 x 2160p (some players show 3840 x 2160p) resolution).
Physically, it's same as 5S so buttons are same as 5S as well.
It has built in Wi-Fi that's great for setting the FOV angle as well as for live view monitoring.
You have to download Firefly app using the bar code in the product manual to use the Wi-Fi feature.
[Note: Wi-Fi doesn't work on 4k mode.]

Main features of 6S over 5S are 4k and gyro stabilization.
I've seen some sample videos with/without gyro and gyro videos are much smoother.

For more information, click here: http://www.gearbest.com/action-cameras/pp_239152.html
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Firefly 6S Unboxing Video:

The Dashcam frame mount was not right on the package.
It was too loose and didn't lock the Firefly 6S as shown at the end of unboxing video.
The locking tab is not straight and is too open.
Hopefully, it's a defect on this unit and not a mass production issue.
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Package contents:
The product box is much bigger than 5S as it comes with mounting accessories and waterproof housing:
1. Firefly 6S action camera.
2. Waterproof housing (30M).
3. Bunch of GoPro style mounting accessories like handlebar, belt clip, frame, AV out cable fro flying etc...
4. Product manual.

Firefly 6S box.png

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From gearbest site:


Firefly 6S side-by-side with SJ7000, Gitup Git1 and Firefly 5S:
6S is exact same size as 5S.
Front has .65" OLED screen, Power button and lens with lens cap.
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Top: Ok/Shutter button with status LED.
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Back: Battery door.
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Left from back: microUSB and micro HDMI ports.
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Right from back: Up (wi-fi)/down buttons.
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Bottom: microSD slot.
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Firefly 6S Side-by-side with SJ7000, Firefly 5S and Gitup Git1 action cameras:DSC03304-small.jpg

Camera buttons:




Video samples to follow...
 
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Firefly 6S Folders and Files:
Root folder has 'DV' folder.
DV has following sub-folders:
Movie: For videos.
Photo: For photos.

Both videos and photos have date and time in file names. Nice!

VBR and file size:
Windows file properties shows the 4K video has 24724Kbps (27.8 mbps) and 3840 x 2160p resolution.
39 seconds clip is around 118 mb in size and 47 seconds clip is around 143 mb in size so each second is little over 3 mb in size.
With that rate, 1 minute file will be around 182 mb in size.

Photos are 4608 x 3456p or 16mp sensor and around 4mb in size.

Firefly 6S Folders and Files.png


Photos from photo mode:
These are full size (4606x3456p) hosted outside DCT.
100% view has some grains and not sharp but viewing at smaller size looks fine.
There is an option to remove fisheye effect but that's not used for these pictures.
Pictures kinda look square compared to widescreen formats due to very high vertical pixels.
Click to view full size:
1.


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3.


4. Against direct Sun and it handled it very good. Still can see fall colors and other things.
 
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Video taken while walking on balcony with and without Gyro stabilization:

Gyro OFF:

Gyro ON:

Play them both here at the site (PC) and shaking is much smoother with Gyro ON.
1st video is around 4 secs ahead if you play together.

Gyro ON: Walking around holding the camera on hand.
 
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Videos at different resolutions and 100% cropped images:


Firefly 6S 4K Wi-Fi Sports Action Camera with Gyro (ON) 4K Video-04

Firefly 6S 4K Wi-Fi Sports Action Camera with Gyro (ON) 2.5K Video-05

Firefly 6S 4K Wi-Fi Sports Action Camera with Gyro (ON) 1080p 60 FPS Video-06

60fps is smoother than 30fps.

Firefly 6S 4K Wi-Fi Sports Action Camera with Gyro (ON) 1080p 30 FPS Video-07

Full size Video Screenshots:
Great quality but objects farther away are sharp.
For example, license plates of vehicles on the other side of streets are not readable.
Click to see full size.
4K video screenshot:

Not sure why this doesn't show up so here is the link:
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/631/21989080273_c07cd215da_o.png
2.5K video screenshot:



1080p 60fps video screenshot:


1080p 30fps video screenshot:



100% crop size from Video Screenshots:

4K 100% crop video screenshot:


2.5K 100% crop video screenshot:


1080p 60fps 100% crop video screenshot:


1080p 30fps 100% crop video screenshot:


Compare to pictures in PHOTO Mode:
16mp PHOTO Mode:



8mp PHOTO Mode:


8mp PHOTO Mode: Good resolution and details on the walls


8mp PHOTO Mode: Good resolution and details on the bricks


16mp PHOTO Mode:



Photos and videos are very good for near objects but not as sharp as I've seen with other cams for objects at little bit distance.
Everything little bit farther look little fuzzy.
 
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Looks like new firmware is out that's supposed to improve Gyro stabilization.
http://www.cnfpv.com/en/TECH/104.html

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https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B4bi9KTHbteFeENNYVBOR2F3MTg&usp=sharing

How to update:

1.Format tf card to FAT-32 first.
2.Download the firmware to tf card .
3.Put the tf card into FIREFLY 6.
4.Power on FIREFLY 6 and it will update firmware automatically.
5.When updating, the LED will flash.
6.When update finish, the machine will reboot automatically.
7.Delete the firmware file in the tf card.


Firmware version 2.1(2015-10-29)
1.Improve Gyro image stabilizaion function.

Firmware version 2.1(2015-10-27)

1.Fix fish eye correction problem.
2.Fix HDMI output format when turn on WiFi.
3.VIVI color saturation decrease 10%.
4.Sharpness adjust: High is 10% higher than Middle.
5.Wifi: When mobiles connect Wi-Fi, also could use 4G network(IOS only).

上一篇:Tips for using Little Pilot monitor

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4K (4096 x 2160)24fps.
Is that the actual resolution? That is cinema width 4K, not TV width so it will not fit correctly on a 4K TV or monitor!

TV 4K is 3840 x 2160 pixels so you should see this either with black bars top and bottom or squashed into the wrong aspect ratio, the YouTube video fills the screen...

It has quite nice autumn colours :)
 
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Is that the actual resolution? That is cinema width 4K, not TV width so it will not fit correctly on a 4K TV or monitor!

TV 4K is 3840 x 2160 pixels so you should see this either with black bars top and bottom or squashed into the wrong aspect ratio, the YouTube video fills the screen...

It has quite nice autumn colours :)
Sorry, I put 4K's resolution from Firefly 6S product page:
Decode Format: H.264
Video Format: MOV
Video Resolution : 2K(2560 x 1440)30fps, 4K (4096 x 2160), 1080P (1920 x 1080), 720P (1280 x 720), VGA (640 x 480)
Video System: NTSC, PAL
Video Frame Rate: 120fps, 60fps, 30fps
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However, that's not the resolution it records. :(
Windows properties shows 3840 x 2160p and this sounds/looks correct:
Windows file properties firefly 6s.PNG


Mediainfo shows the video as 2880 x 2160p.
It may not be able to go higher than that.

General
Format : MPEG-4
Format profile : Base Media / Version 2
Codec ID : mp42
File size : 618 MiB
Duration : 3mn 29s

Overall bit rate mode : Variable
Overall bit rate : 24.8 Mbps
Movie name/More : DEMO1
Encoded date : UTC 2015-10-29 17:37:10
Tagged date : UTC 2015-10-29 17:37:10
Origin : NOVATEK

Video
ID : 1
Format : AVC
Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile : High@L5.1
Format settings, CABAC : Yes
Format settings, ReFrames : 1 frame
Format settings, GOP : M=1, N=12
Codec ID : avc1
Codec ID/Info : Advanced Video Coding
Duration : 3mn 29s
Bit rate : 24.6 Mbps
Width : 2 880 pixels (Maybe actual stored pixels. Some players show 3840p)
Height : 2 160 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 16:9
Frame rate mode : Constant
Frame rate : 24.000 fps

Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
Bit depth : 8 bits
Scan type : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.165
Stream size : 612 MiB (99%)
Language : English
Encoded date : UTC 2015-10-29 17:37:10
Tagged date : UTC 2015-10-29 17:37:10

Audio
ID : 2
Format : AAC
Format/Info : Advanced Audio Codec
Format profile : LC
Codec ID : 40
Duration : 3mn 29s
Bit rate mode : Variable
Bit rate : 96.0 Kbps
Channel(s) : 1 channel

Channel positions : Front: C
Sampling rate : 32.0 KHz
Compression mode : Lossy
Stream size : 2.39 MiB (0%)
Language : English
Encoded date : UTC 2015-10-29 17:37:10
Tagged date : UTC 2015-10-29 17:37:10
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Yes, fall (Autumn for you guys) colors are everywhere at this time.
Watch this from Ausdom A261 for gorgeous colors from last weekend:
https://dashcamtalk.com/forum/threads/review-ausdom-a261-hdr-uhd-2k-1296p-dashcam-car-dvr-built-in-gps-gearbest-com.14506/page-2#post-193522
 
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Sorry, I put 4K's resolution from Firefly 6S product page:
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However, that's not the resolution it records. :(
Windows properties shows 3840 x 2160p and this sounds/looks correct:
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Mediainfo shows the video as 2880 x 2160p but I think mediainfo is wrong.
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Ahh, that makes more sense, Mediainfo will be correctly giving you the number of pixels actually stored in the file, Windows is giving you the display size after it has added some interpolated pixels to get the video to the correct aspect ratio for viewing.

The GitUp Git2 uses the same sizes for its "4K" video.

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Ahh, that makes more sense, Mediainfo will be correctly giving you the number of pixels actually stored in the file, Windows is giving you the display size after it has added some interpolated pixels to get the video to the correct aspect ratio for viewing.

The GitUp Git2 uses the same sizes for its "4K" video.

Thanks.
Okay, it's more confusing.
I used VLC portable and 2880x2160p is what it shows for 4K but Potplayer screenshots still have 3840x2160p so looks like 2880p is interpolated to 3880p so windows properties was correct after all. :confused:
VLC media info shows this:
4K resolution: 2880x2178p. Display resolution: 2880x2160p
2.5K resolution: 2560x1442p. Display resolution: 2560x1440p
1080p 60fps resolution: 1920x1090p. Display resolution: 1920x1080p
1080p 30fps resolution: 1920x1090p. Display resolution: 1920x1080p


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the 4k sample on your bike showed up the proper resolution in vlc on my linux box - 38?? x 2178 from memory.
 
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the 4k sample on your bike showed up the proper resolution in vlc on my linux box - 38?? x 2178 from memory.
Okay, the video with parked bikes. ;)

All videos show up as 2880x2178 in VLC here.
Potplayer shows them as 3840x2160p. Why two players show different width, no idea.

It's simple math.
1080p is 1920x1080 so 4k should be double that both horizontal and vertical, i.e. 1920x2=3840 x 1080x2 =2160 but it's 2880x2160 instead.

What about the 4k video of flowers?
 

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Sorry got confused.. I meant the video of someone riding a bike with the curly handlebars... On the git2 thread.
 
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Sorry got confused.. I meant the video of someone riding a bike with the curly handlebars... Must have been Nigel.
What resolution do those 4k and 2.5k raw files have in your pc?
 

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Also I edited my post... I w was thinking of Nigel or Niko's post on the git2, not this one. Sorry.
 

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Also I edited my post... I w was thinking of Nigel or Niko's post on the git2, not this one. Sorry.
Can you specify @ which of my post ?
 

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