The POV sports camera has gotten to be very competitive and highly innovative, with all of the companies, including GoPro, Replay, Drift Innovation and Contour, trying to outdo each other. A few large camera companies, including JVC and Sony are also entering the market, so things are about to get very interesting.
The XD1080 is a small, light and compact video camera, which is easy to use and has a simple interface for video resolution changes. It has an excellent usage and form factor, combining two sharp tactile buttons (power and record) with distinctive vibrating mode changes, and a tiny cylindrical camera body. The rugged and water resistant camera records in a wide array of high-definition video resolutions up to 1080p, and have proven itself to take excellent footage with great clarity and realistic colors.
Replay XD 1080
The XD 1080 is a POV (point of view) high-definition sports camera, and uses a 5MP CMOS (complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor) sensor. Its uses a wide angle 135º fixed-focus, 6-element, and f3.1 lens, with an anti-glare coating. It can record video footage in 1080p, 960p, and 720p formats, and photos in a time lapse and manual shutter mode. It records data onto a micro SDHC (4GB included) up to 32GB in size, and is powered with an internal rechargeable Li-Ion battery that gives around two hours of recording time. It has ports for a mini USB for computer connection and recharging, and a dual-purpose type A HDMI, which can do live streaming to a TV or other source, or can be an external microphone for higher-quality audio recording. The small and light camera uses a protective anodized aluminum barrel body surrounding the lens and electronics, and its impact, shock, and water resistant. The camera attaches to an assortment of mounts, and the ones that are applicable to biking, include a low profile and adjustable swivel/tilt, which both connect into their SnapTray system, and then an optional handlebar/seatpost clamp. The cylindrical camera measures 1″ x 3.5″, weighs 3 ounces, and the kit retails for $299.
The kit comes with the XD 1080 camera, the HeimLock adjustable and LowBoy fixed mounts, two stick-on Flat Base and Curved Base SnapTrays, an instruction guide, a USB and HDMI cable, car and wall USB chargers, nylon case, soft camera bag, leash, 4GB microSD card, micro USB card reader and micro SD to SD card reader.
- Camera – 88 grams ( 3.1 oz)
- Size – 94.5mm x 28mm (3.7″ x 1.1″)
- HeimLock mount w/ SnapTray – 42 grams (1.5 oz)
- LowBoy mount w/ SnapTray – 26 grams (1 oz)
Flying Dog Trail – Replay XD 1080 at 720p Full Light Test (no edits & default bit rate/sharpness):
The XD 1080 can shoot in High Definition, in three video resolutions. It can shoot in 1080p (widescreen) at 30fps (frames per second), 960p (full frame) at 30fps and 720p (widescreen) at either 30 fps or 60 fps. The 720p 60 fps allow for slow motion playback, which is pretty cool to watch, and in addition, it gives the normal footage a smoother and more fluid look. Each of the video resolutions is captured at different bit rates, which entails varying recording times and storage requirements, meaning greater resources are needed for the higher usage formats. The resolution settings are altered using two buttons that reside inside the rear screw cap of the camera. The camera records in two viewing angles, unique to its video resolution, so 1080p is 110°, while 920p and 720p are at 135°. It uses the H.264 video codec, AAC audio compression, and a .mov file type. Everything defaults to the NTSC standard, but it can optionally record PAL video in 25fps and 50fps increments.