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Post AiM Smartycam - Original and HD v2.1 Review and Compare

This video is to review the features of the Smartycam by highlighting some of the primary differences between the original and the newer 2.1 version. Hopefully this will help you decide on your purchase of a Smartycam or help with your decision of whether or not to upgrade from the Smartycam Original to v2.1. I did not touch on any included PC software differences between the two cameras, just the actual camera hardware.

First is a display of example footage from each camera, followed by a list of pros and cons that I thought were important to know.

I tried to keep the example track video both interesting (!!) and reflective of both morning and afternoon sky.


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I was at the track last weekend and I got to test out a new (to me) idea. I installed a Micro Windjammer over the built in microphone. Perfect! I now have the full fidelity of the internal microphone without the loud wind noise.


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I could no longer edit my last post. Just wanted to update that the Windjammer is working great. It is something that I couldn't use with the original Smartycam as its microphone was sealed in the camera's casing.

The v2.1's microphone is on the right side of the camera (if the lens is facing toward you, it is on your right side if you are looking at it) so it picks up mostly what is going on in the cabin or out of the driver's side window when the lens is pointed out the front window. For me that is mostly supercharger noise.


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Thanks for sharing. I"m curious which windjammers you purchased. I see a few options on Amazon and thought I'd would just go with a "known good" product versus reinvent the wheel. Thanks!
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Had to do some digging to find what I actually purchased. They are specifically "Rycote Micro Windjammers". So far I love them. Been stuck firm for over a year now and has survived all the wind from doing track days with both windows down. I just gave the windjammer a tug before replying to your question, its still firmly attached just like it was day one. Also has survived Texas track days of 100degF and parked in the sun.


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