Midland XTC260VP3 Wearable POV Video Camera

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The Midland XTC260VP3 is a moderately priced action camera. It normally retails for around $100, but was recently available at Radio Shack for only $50. It’s currently at $79.99. The camera is lightweight (under 3 oz.) plastic. A waterproof (to 90 feet) plastic case is included, which provides a little more protection.

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Also included are a USB Cable, a “universal mount” with adhesive pad, two additional adhesive pads, and the battery (900 mAh lithium-ion). You recharge the battery by plugging it into your computer; if you want to plug it into a wall outlet, you will need to get a separate charger plug. You also need to provide your own micro-SD card, as there’s no built-in memory.

The universal mount slides onto either side of the camera or case, and there’s also a standard 1/4-20 tripod socket on both camera and case. Beneath a rubber flap on the back, there’s the mini-USB socket, the slot for a micro-SD card, and a small switch for choosing either 720p HD at 30 frames per second or standard-definition 640 x 480 at 60 fps. There’s a small microphone on the front of the camera, and a big switch on the top. Slide it forward to start recording and back to stop. See all the stats at the Midland site.

First impressions: Very easy to use, reasonably good quality HD video, may be somewhat fragile, based on the plastic body. Definitely worth the sale price, and not bad at list price, although Midland has a few other full 1080p models for under $200.

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