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  • petesimon
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    DBPower, Akaso, COOAU and many other "brands" put "new" cameras into the old listings (using the same web site link) as DrekiTech said. It's all too common on Amazon's, Aliexpress and probably other big websites. So, for example this "brand" COOAU removed one Mstar camera from Amazon and put up another Mstar camera. Only the body of the camera is different - in the second photo to the right. At least the (fake) reviews are sort of accurate. Get the joke? haha ðŸĪŠ
    https://amazon.com/dp/B07RT339BP/

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  • petesimon
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    looks like a kind of Apeman A79 https://youtu.be/jH2K2wysbjY?t=780

  • petesimon
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    Victure AC700 is the same camera. Review videos with camera UI / menus here - https://youtu.be/Nl061DtNbUM?t=277 ||and|| https://youtu.be/8ptTYqBZRgQ?t=158

  • cloud8111
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    i purchased that same camera from Aliexpress. it's terrible. I sold it .

  • DrekiTech
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    Right 😞 got some bad news here. On Amazon Canada, search for Action Cam and OVER HALF the results on the first page are Mstar cams with tons of fake reviews.

    Feels kinda helpless to me. I don't exactly have the social reach to do anything about it.

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  • DrekiTech
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    petesimon My best guess is these sellers are taking the cheapest cameras they can buy and say "4K". Now Mstar is less expensive to buy versus V3s and more feature rich so Mstar is going to be very common as Scamazon Cams. Previously these generic rebrands would usually be V3s, or if you got lucky either V3 or SPCA6350. Sometimes the really low end Novatek AVI cameras if you were REALLY unlucky. All of them have tons of fake reviews.

    Akaso, for example, started off selling the generic SPCA6350 and although it was flawed, at the time it was a better rebrand. An aggressive marketing tactic made them one of the top sellers. Now it seems like they at least put a little bit of effort into firmware improvements versus most of these brands who are just pumping out generics as fast as they can silkscreen their brand on the case. Akaso doesn't (yet) sell any Mstar cams so maybe someone at their company actually tests these cameras before buying a lot to make sure they're good enough. But who knows really. I'm just making up guesses.

    These fake review techniques exist at all levels in the marketplace, from your cheapie $30 cams to $100+. It exists in all categories too, action cams, home goods, food products...

  • petesimon
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    DrekiTech . Good catch on the many bad Mstar cams. I watched your whole 'scamazon' video and damn! that was very well
    done. 😃

    To all who are reading this and googling/searching for cameras online - You all gotta watch this video. It's very accurate and informative.


    Have you also noticed 'scamazon' tactics for other low-end hardware such as Allwinner V3 cam or Sunplus/iCatch SCPA6350 cams?
    I mean I've seen "brands" like DBPower and Akaso remake the Eken H9 (with SCPA6350) over and over.
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  • petesimon
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    Hey, thanks for the heads up. U-know "money talks, B.S. walks". But when both are put together, then everything is just really confusing. People give 5 ⭐ to any terrible product as long as the website pays lots of ðŸ’ē💰 to do that. 😉

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  • DrekiTech
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    It looks like almost every cheap cam around $35 - $45 with an external mic on Amazon is M-star now. Several of the top listings on Amazon include these cams. I'm making a video about this right now because the fake reviews on these cams are a HUGE PROBLEM. When is Amazon going to step in and do something about these reviews?
    • Boifun BF-SPC01: https://amazon.com/dp/B07XDH95BZ
      • Pictures of UI show M-star UI
      • This one is clearly using review manipulation, it has over a hundred 5-star reviews all with terrible image samples like this:

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    • Apeman A79: https://amazon.com/dp/B07S1CX21W/
      • From YT reviews I watched, does not seem to have as bad colour issues as other M-star cams, but same UI and very poor detail
      • 750 reviews, 4.5* average. Many older reviews feature "samples" with DSLR professional photos not taken by this cam.
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    This is just checking the first 3 pages on Amazon. I'm sure there are more

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  • petesimon
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    The camera lives on as many "brand names". Here's a RUMIXI on Aliexpress. https://www.aliexpress.com/i/4000495240068.html

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  • petesimon
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    i purchased that same camera from Aliexpress. it's terrible. I sold it.

  • petesimon
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    i browsed youtube for reviews/unboxings. so add these Mstar cams to the list: Victure AC700 from Amazon, Crosstour CT8500 from Amazon

    here's a DragonTouch Vision 4 video https://youtu.be/m8VsZMpi2Is?t=477
    Last edited by petesimon; 09-03-2019, 06:18 AM.

  • LukasS
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    Hey,
    I have an camera from second hand that won't boot - from time to time im able to run this cam by random press power and menu button but if its run it reset all setings and before it run it shows "Complet" with exclamation point in a triangle, is it possible that someone flash wrong firmware? anyone have correct firmware or its some memory chip toasted? Also when i turn on WiFi it showd something like AIT....demo as wifi but on screen its said SSID: Life DV PWD:12345678.

    Mstar MSC8328q +IMX179
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    Model: action cam
    Model: M3
    FW: LHI5PD79_1.2
    Date:201810... don't remamber

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  • Mira
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    Originally posted by nutsey View Post
    Check your camera IP: Ambarella cams should have 192.168.42.1, yours probably has 192.72.1.1.
    I don't understand your answers, I want to dismantle the camera. Thank you

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  • nutsey
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    Originally posted by Mira View Post
    and would like to check the components. The camera cannot be disassembled
    Check your camera IP: Ambarella cams should have 192.168.42.1, yours probably has 192.72.1.1.

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