Published on June 7th, 2012 | by Kira0
Midland: Record The Action
Remember the days of Jackass? When all the boys in the neighborhood ignored the warnings after the show and took their parents clunky home camera out on their crazy adventures with them. My brother had hours and hours of footage of him crashing his go-kart, hanging out of car windows, and jumping off ridiculous things. Now let’s imagine for a moment what that footage would have looked like if the camera had been small, light, 1080p high definition, recorded at 30 frames/second (60 frames/sec at 720p), easily mountable, had a four hour battery life, weather resistant, and came with a waterproof case. Well, with fewer limitations I am confident my brother would have recorded more extreme footage and I would have wanted to watch it!
The XTC 300 Wearable Video Camera by Midland is all of those things! This camera is perfect for the video hungry adventure/traveler who wants to show off their first person point of view. With its four different included mounts and light weight, it can pretty much go anywhere. Strap it on your bike to get a blow by blow of your ride. Take it skydiving with you to give the world your view as you plunge to your… successful landing. You can even throw it in a submersible case and go swimming with it.
We live in an instant upload stalkers’ paradise, with everyone facebooking, foursquaring, blogging, flickering, or tweeting their every breath. So, why not take it a step further and add the actual video element. The XTC 300 Wearable Video Camera makes it incredibly easy to upload the footage by either plugging the camera into your TV directly or using a SD reader and your computer to read the micro SD card.
Since this camera is compact to be perfect for the go, it does lose some of the creative luxuries other cameras have. The XTC 300 Wearable Video Camera does not have a viewfinder or a playback feature, making it basically the quick easy point and shoot version of a video camera. Despite this and the fact there is no manual focus, the auto focus and image stabilizer do a great job and the video quality is pretty good. As a professional photographer, I found myself missing having more control over the video, but I also complain about point and shoot cameras. In fact, I can see some people (who are not as much of a control freak) considering the inability to see what is being recorded freeing, making the camera less intrusive to the activity that he or she is doing. It is also very easy to use. After you turn on the switch, it has three lights that indicate the charge of the battery, if the micro SD card is in, and if you are recording. The ease of this camera is ideal when you are on the go and have more important things to think about than your camera.
As far a quality action cameras go, this one is at a reasonable price for $190.