Secret indicator on the Camsports HD-S 720p

I noticed something about my “bullet cam” recently. There is a indicator LED within, which can only be viewed from the back of the unit. You have to point the lens almost vertically down, and look in the left mystery hole on the back.
Like this http://www.flickr.com/photos/7398484@N02/6171520587/
I am not sure if it means the camera is on, or means the internal battery is charging. I’ll try to remember to check it after it has charged fully. The manual makes no reference to this “undocumented feature”. You can download the manual from the manufacturer’s own site.
Actually there are number of ways the camera’s behaviour differs from the instructions:

  • The LED next to the lens does not flash blue when recording starts. The manual says it does.
  • Quote “When recharging, the LED record indicator will be red. At full charge, the LED will turn green.” When re-charging (with the mains adapter) the record indicator does not light. At full charge, there is no indication at all that charging is complete. When the camera is full of data, the record indicator alternates red/green. It also beeps about eleven times before shutting down.

It won’t be first time I’ve encountered a gadget whose behaviour differs from what the manual claims, not that it detracts from the results I’ve had from the camera. With so many embedded systems around these days, I think we should be more aware of the fact that the behaviour depends on the internal software. As a consequence we should not assume that the behaviour will always be consistent because there may still be bugs in the software.

Edit: The secret indicator LED is definitely a “charging” rather than “on” indicator.

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