Hawkeye Firefly Q6 4K Camera Review
There are so many 4K cameras in the market now but this Hawkeye Firefly Q6 is unique when compared to other cameras. Both in terms of build quality and camera quality this camera is perfect. This camera is a sports camera which you can fix it to your helmet or it works with any quadcopter too. Lets take a look of some specifications below.
Hawkeye Firefly Q6 4K Camera Specifications & Review
Hawkeye Firefly Q6 is a 4K action camera with 120° FOV. Hawkeye Firefly Q6 is provided with a Novatek 96660 chipset and a Sony IMX078 image sensor with a 16MP camera. Hawkeye Firefly Q6 also offers multiple video resolutions at 4K (24fps), 2.5K (30fps), 1080p (60, 30fps) & 720p (120fps).
This camera is available in 3 colors. They are Yellow, Black and White. Personally i suggest the Black one as you can see it when you are using it with the quadcopter. It also has 4 Bright LED’s at each end to indicate power and recording.
It is advertised that it has a built-in 800mAh battery which lasts for around 60-minutes but mine just worked for 15 minutes while recording in 4K resolution.
This camera also has an 0.7-OLED screen which wont show up the picture but will enable you to change settings, view battery percentage, gives info about number of pictures left etc., information.
The menu system is simple and easy to use. Hawk-Eye has a clear understanding of usability, keeping the functions organized and reachable when needed.
Hawkeye Firefly Q6 comes with a mini-usb adapter which can be used to charge it.And also in the box you can find a AV cable. You can even connect the camera to the quadcopter using the provided USB wire.
The camera can be configured to automatically record when powered by the mini-USB adapter.This camera also has a built-in microphone to record the audio.
Coming to the camera, the 120 degrees wide angle lens is very good but it doesn’t have any protection as it is built in a way the lens can be easily damaged when touched with surfaces.
You can shoot time-lapse videos with the camera very beautifully. You need a class 10 memory card to record pictures and videos. The cam doesn’t have in-built memory and cannot be used without the memory card.
You also cant use low class memory cards as they wont have good write/read speed and the camera wont accept it. The camera specs state that the camera supports a TF card upto 64 Gb but 256GB card also works well.
You can improve the brightness or Contrast from the settings. Also you can turn on and off the Red-eye. Additionally the camera supports Gyro stabilization.
Here is a video at 1080p @60 fps which i shot at my place using Syma X5c Quadcopter. Sorry about the time lapse and short video.
How to Update Firmware
HAWK-EYE has been actively supporting the Q6 with new firmwares to improve on the camera. Here are the steps:
1. Delete any files and folders in the TF/SD memory card (Use: 8G-16G cards).
2. Download the firmware（FIREFLYQ.bin）to memory card .
3. Put the memory card into FIREFLY Q6 (make sure your battery is charged greater than 50%).
4. Power on FIREFLY Q6 and it will update the firmware automatically.
5. When updating, the LED will flash.
6. When update is complete, the FIREFLY Q6 will reboot automatically.
7. Delete the firmware file() in the memory card to avoid upgrading again.
8. The version is updated to show the next new v#, when you scroll through the menu.
Firmware Version History
1.Optimize Gyro function.
1.Add LED ON/OFF option.
2.Add speaker ON/OFF option.
3.Solve 4K mode can’t record at high bit rate mode.
4.Default sharpness is middle.
5.Default Exposure is middle.
6.Solve the fault when turn WDR ON
1. Add contrast menu.
2. Modify EV value, a better EV value, prevent over expose.
3. Add time laps 1 sec recording.
4. Modify color value, makes difference between vivid/standard.
1. Optimize image in low light conditions
Hawkeye Firefly Q6 Detailed Specifications
Brand Name: Hawkeye
Item Name: Hawkeye Firefly Q6 4K 1080P 24FPS HD Mini Camera
Model: Firefly Q6
Image Sensor: SONY 12M Back illumination CMOS
Wide Angle: 120 degree wide angle lens
Video Record Format: MP4
Photo Record Format: JPG
Video Resolution: 4K 24fps, 2.5K 30fps, 1080P 60fps / 30fps, 720P 120fps, VGA 30fps
Gyro Image Stabilization: Yes
Image Rotate 180 Degrees: Yes
OLED Size: 64*48MM
Videoplayer software: Quicktime
Storage Card: 8G-256G
C10 TF card needed: Yes
Image Resolution: 16M, 8M, 5M
Time-lapse: Off, 0.5s, 3s, 5s, 10s, 30s
Loop-cycle Recording : Yes
Loop-cycle Recording Time: 5min,OFF
HDMI Output: Yes