Replay XD 1080 Review

Cameras

Bottom Line
The Replay XD 1080 has an excellent form and usage factor, exemplified by the power/record buttons, vibration feedback and small and light size. The power and record buttons have a nice sharp tactile feel, which is great when wearing gloves, and the superb feedback given by the vibrations when modes are changing makes for an effortless reinforcement of the camera’s status. Altering the resolution was simple and straight forward using the rear buttons and the LEDs. The mounting system was quite nice, and their SnapTray system with the HeimLock worked extremely well in usage, though I do wish they had a vented helmet mount in their arsenal. The kit comes with a slew of extra items that are optional with most other manufacturers, which is a great dividend.

The camera took great footage with good clarity and realist colors, but I would like to see some improvement, since the GoPro competition with their 11MP sensor is leaving the others in the dust. The battery life is pretty mediocre, and a replaceable battery would be nice, though they do offer optional battery packs to extend the power.

Strengths

  • SnapTray system
  • HeimLock mount
  • Form factor – small and light
  • Easy to use – setting resolutions and  initiating power and recording
  • Sharp tactile power and record buttons
  • Vibration feedback for power and recording
  • Kit comes with many extras

Weaknesses

  • Poor battery life
  • Only 5MP sensor – needs 11MP
  • No replaceable battery
  • Lack of vented helmet mount
  • User manual needs an update

Overall Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

MSRP: $299.99

 

Replay XD 1080 Technical Specifications

Removable Storage microSDHC (up to 32GB)
4GB micro SDHC Included
Ports HDMI 1.3a Output
-Live HD Video Streaming
-HD Video & Photo Playback, Thumbnail Display, Play/Stop, Skip Forward/Reverse, Menu On/Off
-External Mic/Audio Line-In
USB 2.0 Mini 8-pin
-Charge and Sync
-Timecode Out (with HW Data Kit)
microSDHC slot
-up to 32 GB
Power AC Power 100~240 V, 50~60 Hz
Rechargeable Internal Li-ion Battery 3.7 V, 750 mAh*
up to 122 Minute Record Time*
Housing Durable Aluminum Housing
-Type-1 Black Anodized
-Round for 360º Mounting Rotation
-Impact Resistant
Black with Laser Etched Logos
-Easy Alignment
-Discrete Placement
O-ring Sealed
-Front and Rear Bezel
-Exterior Buttons
Weather Resistant
Size 28 mm Dia. x 93 mm Length, 27 mm Mounting Dia.
1.1 in Dia. x 3.6 in Length, 1.063 in Mounting Dia.
96.2 mm with Lanyard Cap
3.78 in with Lanyard Cap
Weight 85 grams (including battery & microSDHC)
3 ounces
Control On Top: Power “On/Off” & Select “Record, Stop, Playback, Clip File” Buttons with Vibration Feedback
On the Back: Mode “1080P, 960P, 720P, Photo, Heads-up On/Off, FPS “60 fps, 30 fps, 3, 5, 15, 30 Sec.
Audio: Internal Mic & External Mic Selection
Photo Mode 5 MP JPEG Photo 2592 x 1944
1 Photo per 3, 5, 15, 30 sec
Video Settings H.264 Codec, Quicktime .mov file type
Live HD Playback, Live HD View, Live HD Streaming
Bitrate Adjustment: High, Medium, Low
Exposure Control EV Adjustment
Auto Exposure Metering: Center, Average, Spot
Automatic White Balance with Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Sharpness Adjustment
Saturation Adjustment
Microphone Audio Gain Control
Date and Time Adjustment
Heads-up Display via HDMI Port On/Off
Video Resolution 5 MP (2592 x 1944) CMOS Sensor
1080P 1920 x 1080, 30 fps, Bitrate M(bit/s) = up to 15M
960P 1280 x 960, 30 fps, Bitrate M(bit/s) = up to 15M
720P 1280 x 720, 60 fps, Bitrate M(bit/s) = up to 15M
720P 1280 x 720, 30 fps, Bitrate M(bit/s) = up to 15M
HDMI HD Video Streaming, Real-time HD 1080.
NTSC 30/60 and PAL 25/50 option
Optics F3.1±5% Wide Angle
110.5 Degrees @ 1080P
135 Degrees @ 960P, 720P
135 Degrees @ Photo
1.3V/lux-sec Light Sensitivity
Lens Cover Replaceable Aluminum Bezel and Lens Cover
Audio Internal Omnidirectional Microphone
AAC and AC3 2-channel
48K, 16-bit, Auto Gain
External Mic-in 0.707 Vrms
Power Supply 5V +/- 0.5V / 2A
Windows Intel® Core Duo® or higher
Windows® XP with Service Pack 3, Windows Vista, Windows 7
1920 x 1080 screen resolution
USB 2.0 Port, Mouse
Macintosh Intel® Core Duo® or higher
Mac OS X v.10.5, 10.6, 10.7
USB 2.0 Port, Mouse
Replay XD 1080 Kit Replay XD1080 Camera, HeimLock adjustable mount, LowBoy fixed mount,2 Flat Base VHB SnapTrays, 2 Curved Base VHB SnapTrays, 4GB microSDHC Card,USB Cable, HDMI Cable, Univ. USB DC Wall Adapter, Car USB Charger, Nylon Ballistic Case, Silk Camera Bag, Windbreaker Decal Kit, Replay XD Decals, User Guide
About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • BOOCMOS says:

    Great review re operations, but the most important thing to review when reviewing CMOS cameras is how bad the rolling shutter (jello-vision, etc.) problem is — all will unfortunately have this to some degree… I was hoping for info on this, esp. as previous reviews showed that this cam was particularly good at minimizing this horrible effect.

    If you can speak to this in your future comparo that would be great — and also whether the new entries from JVC etc. will be more pro-level and ditch the CMOS entirely (finally).

  • BOOCMOS says:

    Oh, sorry, one more thing: any idea if they will have a chest-mount available?

    While it is odd that there’s no included helmet mount (just cuz it’s so easy!), truth be told, for the most awesome MTB POV video, the helmet is just the worst place for a camera: there’s no frame of reference at all/no idea what’s really going on; less sense of speed; it’s too high, floaty, and cartoony — like a third-person video game type view (great for scenery I guess).

    A chest-mount (GoPro’s only best feature IMHO) really puts you in the action (best with 135 view). Seatpost looking fwd/bck pretty cool too.

    All three viewpoints are even better if you’re following/leading someone at ridiculous speeds ;-)

    • Brian Mullin says:

      BOOCMOS => They currently don’t have a chest mount, but they do have some new mounts coming out shortly, which we should have shortly for testing?

      In regards to JVC, it’s still a CMOS (cost effective and less energy usage): “Digital image stabilization minimizes camera shake, and the camera includes rolling shutter cancellation that corrects the image skewing that can occur with CMOS image sensors. The result is distortion-free images, even during fast-moving scenes.”

      Note, that CMOS technology has come a long way, and many high priced camcorders now use CMOS instead of CCD. Pixel count and image size is quite important, and due to the small size of the sports POV’s, it’s a tough compromise to get it perfect.

      I will try and stuff something together on the Replay (or my camera shootout) in regards to rolling shutter, etc., but like any of the cameras, stay away from 1080p, and the issues aren’t as bad. I didn’t add it to my review this time since

  • Jay says:

    The camera is alright. Their support sucks. Never a response for any help. It has very limited compatability for video editors.

  • Eldon Richardson says:

    Purchased a replad xd 720 and it lasted for about 5 hours and would NOT charge and would not run with power cable plugged in either. Sent back to be repaired, the service department told me there was nothing wrong with the unit and they sent back to me. When I got it back it would charge but would NOT record on battery power only but would record when the power cord was used. Service department told me this was caused by the SD card I was using.. Anyway when this unit was at service department I ordered a replay XD 1080 It records good using the battery or the power cord using the SD card the service department told me was the problem. There is a problem with the 1080 unit also, I can not switch the mike input from internal or external mode. So bottom line is I got two unit with problems and when I filled out the service ticket on the 1080 unit about a week ago I have not heard from them.. I do NOT recommend these unit to anyone, they do not know the meaning of service… DON’T BUY THESE UNITS!!!!!!!! Spend your money on a different camera!!

    • Roadplough says:

      There is mention somewhere on the Replay web site that an SD card needs to be formatted either in-cam or by using the proper SD card formatting software (free).
      Had all sorts of problems before learning that, no faults since.

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