Replay XD1080 Review by

  • June 25, 2012
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The world of cameras has changed drastically over the past decades. We went from expensive, film based cameras to inexpensive digital ones with built in memory that we could carry everywhere. One of the most interesting place someone would want to carry a camera is in sports, to take shots of what performance we’re doing and record it for others to see. YouTube is filled with footage from people who filmed sporting events using various cheap digital cameras, but there’s also a lot of videos that were filmed by the athletes themselves, using cameras made especially for that purpose. They are rugged, small and shock resistant, while being cheap enough for even amateurs to buy them and use them while they try various stuns out in the world, and post them for all to see. The Replay XD1080 is the latest such camera to be brought to market and target these types of events. Here’s a short overview.

The Replay is marketed directly to those who engage in extreme sports, or activities where a normal camera would never last. It’s incredibly small and everything fits inside a single cylinder, which is quite an unusual shape for a camera. Still, even if it’s small and light, it provides full HD capabilities, and does high quality 1080p, 30 frames per second video recording. This isn’t meant as a general purpose camera, and there’s no onboard option. You’re supposed to attach it to yourself, turn it on, and go crazy. Then, you can connect the device through an HDMI connector, and transfer that footage off. It also has a built-in microphone, and provides a way to attach an external mic as well. The price for the kit itself, including the camera, a 4GB card, and some accessories, is said to be around $299, which isn’t the cheapest a digital camera can be, but for the right market, it’s a bargain.

Still, how does this compare with current models? Those who practice sports and film their events already know that there’s other models already available. The GoPro, for example, is the number one camera of choice for this types of activities. The advantage of the GoPro is how rugged it is, and how it will keep working in almost any condition. However, it’s also bigger than this one, so the Replay XD1080 has the advantage on size. As for recording quality, your milage will vary, but looking at user comments, it does seem like the Replay camera produces very nice HD footage. One of the complaints people sometimes have with the GoPro is that it can produce sub-optimal footage in certain situations.

So should you replace your current camera with this one? Or should you get it as a first device? The Replay is a new camera, from a recent company, so it’s hard to say. If you want something that’s been proven in the wild by many thousands people, maybe you should go for the traditional choice. However, if you like the size and shape of this one, and need to get it into a limited space, then this could be the perfect choice for you.

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