Hawkeye Firefly 8SE Review: Less Price and High Performance

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Hawkeye Firefly 8SE

Last April Hawkeye announced the arrival of a new ActionCam and gives us the opportunity to review it for the Global market. The cam is an evolution of its previous models  7S and  8S  that often we have recommended for the excellent quality combined with meagre prices, the name was chosen respecting the progressive numbering, calling it: ” Hawkeye Firefly 8SE “.

Hawkeye Firefly 8SE
The Firefly 8SE is position in the “average” band, but as you will discover the performance will have little to envy compared to the higher end cam. tThe components chosen are already widely known, we find the Ambarella A12 Chipset and the Sony IMX117 Cmos a winning combination that has made the fortune of many cams and beyond.

Hawkeye Firefly 8SE Package

Hawkeye Firefly 8SE

The Hawkeye renews its package by abandoning the plastic bell-like GoPro that showed off the cam inside the case to go to the classic box with cover, the colour of the cover is black with the graphics in relief, under the cover the white box in recycled cardboard with inside the cam and its accessories.

Hawkeye Firefly 8SE

The supplied accessories are complete and respect the classic standard, but this time the Hawkeye surprises us by adding two objects never seen in the “usual” package. The first is a protection for the lens that looks like a hood but in essence, will only from protection preventing to hit the lens in case of a fall. The other is a comfortable lanyard. We anticipate that the Hawkeye Firefly 8SE has an opening that allows the use of a compact digital style lanyard. This is composed of two pieces with a part that can be detached, see the photo.

Hawkeye Firefly 8SE

Here the remaining, various joints, clamps, adhesive bases, USB cable for charging, open skeleton etc … however, missing something that only the Hawkeye usually provided. Moreover, was the cable for AV-out FPV, I’m sorry for the modellers that they expected this .. but I have good news. The Mini-USB cable of the Firefly 6S is compatible, and I confirm that the 8SE has the same functions as the 6S and therefore remote shutter controlled by a channel of the radio control…

Hawkeye Firefly 8SE

And here is the cam, the sample we received is in “Black” color but you can also buy it silver, we no longer find the small and convenient Oled front display, and in its place we find a led with the word “Firefly” that changes color in based on the selected mode (Photo or Video). The ON / OFF button is always in the same position, to note the small mirror for selfies, original solution but not really essential. As regards the arrangement of the keys and the connection ports nothing has changed, they are exactly like the previous models, but we have another novelty. The slot for the micro SD this time is next to the display.

Indispensable then the usual 1/4 inch thread for the monopod, Manfrotto and various accessories.

Hawkeye Firefly 8SE Display

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