The XD 1080 can shoot still 5MP photos with a resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels and 135° field of view, in an automatic mode, which allows photos to be taken every X number of seconds, where X is 3, 5, 15, or 30-second intervals. In the latest firmware release (v45), the 3 second time lapse option can be replaced with a manual shutter mode, using the advanced settings interface.
Inside the rear screw cap of the camera are the frame rate (FPS) and mode (Mode) buttons, a microSD slot, a mini USB and HDMI port, mode and charging LEDs, an audio and recessed reset button.
On the barrel of the camera by the lens is a Power or On/Off button, with two LED’s on either side of it. The rearward LED turns a solid blue when the camera is powered on, and the front LED turns solid red while recording video and photos. You can also monitor the battery level with the blue power LED. A solid blue LED means the battery output is between 26-100%, and a slow blinking means 11-25%, and a fast blinking means 10% or lower. Towards the back of the camera next to the rear screw cap is the Record button, which initiates recording of video or photos. The red recording LED will begin blinking when the microSD card is full, and then the camera will automatically power down. The inside of the rear screw cap has mini set of the menu options, explaining the colors of the mode and fps LEDs.
It uses microSDHC (Secure Digital High-Capacity) cards up to 32GB in size, and comes with a 4GB one in the kit, which is a really nice dividend. Using a computer, you can interface to the card from the camera itself, or use the included micro USB card reader and micro SD to SD card reader. You can reformat the card by powering on the camera, and then pressing and holding the FPS and Mode button for 10 seconds. The SD Cards are formatted with a FAT 32 partition, which has a 4GB file size limitation. While recording on this camera, a new video file will be created once the currently recording one reaches appropriately 3.08GB (30 min of footage) in size, due to the FAT (File Allocation Table) limitation, so you will need to piece the files together in an editor to have a full timeline if you continually record while riding. If the camera is powered up without a card in its port, it will do an automatic shutdown.
The camera uses an internal rechargeable Lithium Ion 3.7V 750Ah battery, which is charged using a computer USB port for its replenishment, or the accompanying USB car or wall charger. It takes around an hour to recharge the battery, and during the cycle, the green charging LED is illuminated, and it will turn off when the process has completed. The battery is supposed to last 122 minutes per charge, but it varies depending on the temperature, video resolution, bit rate, and sharpness. At the default bit rate setting (medium), I got around 95 minutes at 1080p and 105 minutes at 720p.
Measured Specs for Battery and Storage:
- Battery Limit – 1080p 75 min, 960p 98 min, 720p 105 min
- Storage usage – 1080p 75MB per min, 960p 62MB per min, 720p 45 MB per min
They have optional 3 and 6-hour battery packs that plug into the USB and HDMI ports on the rear of the camera behind the screw cap, but I haven’t gotten a chance to test them out. I do wish it had a replaceable battery for longer video sessions, but due to the small form factor and design of the camera, it’s probably not feasible?
The camera is constructed with a hard anodized aluminum tube body, which is rugged, impact and water resistant. The inner lens is protected with a screw-on protective clear cover which is sealed with an O-ring. The front cap can be swapped out for a 37mm adapter ring, so that different lens filters can be used. The rear screw-on cap has an O-ring to keep the electronics contaminant free, so be careful you don’t lose it since it offers a lot of protection. The rear cap also has a hole for the included lanyard, but I never used it, or the looped lanyard which fits around the body itself.
The camera has an internal omnidirectional microphone located just opposite of the power button by the lens, and though it’s a tiny hole, it picks up things pretty well, including some extraneous wind noise at speed. They include some stickers called Windbreakers in the kit to place over the microphones hole to attenuate the noise, but they don’t seem to help, and I ended misplacing them somewhere anyway. You can alter the microphone gain within the advanced settings interface if desired. They have an optional external microphone which plugs into the back of the camera behind the screw cap, using the HDMI port as its interface.