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I have written some instructions for my Chinese MD80 camera copy. I’ve put them up here as numerous people find that they either don’t get the MD80 camera instructions or get them in Chinese. Even the English language ones aren’t particularly good, hence I decided to re-write them. Buy MD80 camera if you haven’t got one already!
I admit that these are pretty basic, but there isn’t really much to know once you get the hang of things.
The MD80 camera has a built-in Lithium Polymer battery that is supposed to last about two hours. This is charged using the Mini-USB port on the bottom of the camera, either from your computer’s USB port, or using the mains adaptor usually supplied. It is recommended to charge it fully before first use. I have yet to discover how it lets you know it is fully charged. Though the battery is soldered on, various people have added larger capacity batteries. Check out the MD80 Camera Useful Links page for more information. I have also heard reports that if you hold down the Record button while plugging in a USB cable, it will run from the USB power without going into Mass Storage mode or Webcam mode.
The MD80 camera will not operate without a microSD or microSDHC card in place. More information on suitable cards can be found my MD80 memory cards page and if you need one in the UK, I’d recommend you buy it from MyMemory.
There are three buttons and two LEDs (lights). The three buttons are pretty straightforward, as they are helpfully labelled with ‘Power’ and ‘Mode’ on the side buttons, and some symbols by the top button. The symbols appear to be the standard Stop (a square) and Record (a circle) symbols. On my camera, the LEDs are red and blue.
Both lights are on when charging.
Steady blue light appears to be ON. Will go back to standby (turned off) if not activated within 45 seconds.
Pressing the mode button alternates between Normal and Sound-activated recording modes. You can tell that Sound-activated mode has been chosen as the red LED flashes about twice a second. It is not recording in either mode at this point.
To record: press the button on top in Normal mode, or a noise over a certain level (claimed to be 60 dB) will start it in Sound-activated mode. In either mode, recording is indicated by the red LED flashing about once a second. It appears that the button can also be used in Sound-activated mode, but this often causes confusion as recording will stop after two minutes without further noise activation.