Intova Sport Pro HD Video Camera


Positives
  • Built-in screen
  • Minimum fish-eye distortion
  • Better performing head-mount
  • Inexpensive
  • Easier to navigate than Hero2
  • Comes with owner’s manual
  • Sturdy case
  • HQ lens

Negatives
  • The back door is hard to open
  • The cam doesn’t give a beep when starting or stopping the recording
  • The head mount of the cam sticks out
  • The buttons are a bit hard to press
  • The audio has a ringing sound or high pitch in the background
  • When recording at 1080p, the memory card gives errors
  • The camera automatically turns off if you don’t take any video or picture for 5 minutes
  • Not 100% waterproof


Amazon Rating: 3.9 out of 5.0

GoPro-Hero

The concept of a handy action camera presented by the GoPro Hero is, without any doubt, cool, and has numerous applications. GoPro invested a lot on marketing the product, which resulted in huge sales of the camera at very high price.

The users were not divers or they would have come to know that they had to shell out for expensive accessories to use the cam. This is because the camera the white balance of the camera doesn’t seem to work under water, and the focus has the same issue.

Even after I purchased all the overpriced accessories, I was stuck with a cam taking bluish pictures under water. You might be thinking why I am talking about GoPro given the fact the title of this article is about Intova sport HD II review, which is about Intova Sport Pro HD video camera.

Actually, GoPro is the cam we are going to compare the Intova Sprot HD with. This is because most people already know a lot about and they will most likely compare Intova with GoPro before making a purchase decision. Let us go ahead and read this review to know more about the product.

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Design: 5/10

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With respect to design, the Intova Sport HD is impressive. The cam features a cam, a tripod mount, a few buttons, manually controlled white balance, and so on. It gives you the feel of a real camera when in use.

After a few years of experience dealing with the GoPro insufficiencies, I can safely say that the Intovoa is the first camera that helps me get my job done much better. And the upside is that the cam is very reasonably priced.

At first look, the cam looks very familiar and the features that make it different from other cams are its flat lens, the small screen and the buttons allowing you to control the camera with ease, just like on other cameras.

Besides, the camera has been built into a water-tight housing. Since the cam is made to be used in the housing, it is not a good idea to get it out of the housing for use.

On the back, you can see a MicroSD card slot that can be used to increase the storage capacity of the card. It has other users too. On the whole, the cam feels sturdy and the back door is to open and close.

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Performance: 6/10

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On first use, it may be a bit hard for you to get used to the buttons as the button are not as responsive as they should be. The menu gives all the required options that can be found in the regular point-and-shoot cameras, such as time stamps, image and video quality options, white balance, display settings and so on. All of the options improve the performance of the camera.

While not in use, the cam will switch off its screen to save power. Alternatively, you can turn off the screen manually with the leftmost button located on the backside of the cam. While recording a video, you can also take advantage of the digital zoom feature for better performance.

Well, you can capture photos at 5MP with is a piece of cake for this camera. For high quality photos, you may want to go for a high-end DSLR camera. But it does take decent photos. As far as video recording is concerned, you can take VGA as well as Full HD videos. The footages are very clear. You may want to update the firmware for recording long videos.

 

 

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Usability: 6/10

Intova have been used to shoot photos and videos under water for a while, so their products are compatible with the variety of cameras, rigs and lights they offer. The can be easily pimped with off-camera lights, red-filters, white balance wristbands, adapters, intova pod and so on.

The camera offers a lot of good things in addition to a few things that need to be improved. The camera does a lot of things that we cannot do with the GoPro. Overall, the camera is easy to use and does everything it should; however, the company doesn’t claim that it can do everything.

It’s in-built screen can be used as a viewfinder, and it can be used for menu operations too. Underwater, the camera is easier to use because the majority of masks add to the visible size of objects in water. If you are far-sighted and put on Sphera mask, it may be hard for you to shoot below the surface of water. But not many users are divers. It is important to note that the use of screen or the act of checking the image quality for analysis of the popular free diving method is not possible, as expected.

For use underwater, there is no preset options for white balance. However, you can manually configure the white balance, which is a bit annoying. There should have been a button to set the white balance automatically. We are hopeful that this feature will be added in the next upgrade.

One thing that made the usability of the cam suffer is the absence of user-exchangeable battery. This cam doesn’t let you swap batteries. With GoPro, you can change batteries whenever you feel the need to. This is not a huge problem, though. If batteries are treated well, they will last several years. Plus, the battery life of this device is excellent.

If you are looking for wireless features, don’t look at this cam. In simple words, this cam doesn’t offer any wireless features.
The shutter button operation is based on power saving. For instance, when the screen is off, press the shutter button and it will turn on the screen once again rather than stop recording. This means you need to push the button once again.

As far as accessories go, the camera comes with a lot of them, but the fact is that you don’t need to use any of them when recording under water. However, they do improve the use, but are not needed.

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Value: 6/10

if you are on the lookout of a cam with lots of features, such as protection against water, high quality video performance and reasonable price, maybe Intova Sport HD is your best bet. There is no reason to go for a GoPro, unless, of course, you need to use the advanced features of the camera, such as 3D filming and arrays.

As to the price, the cam is available for purchase on Amazon for $150. As far as price goes, the product is worth it. So what do Other Think about Intova Sport Pro HD Video Camera?

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Amazon

3.9 out of 5.0 overall rating based on 72 customer reviews. A this page, you can read answers to 16 common questions about the product. Here is the product review by Mudiwa which was found helpful by 35 people.

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Additional Sources

Here is an Intova Sport Pro HD Video Camera review on YouTube, which was viewed by thousands of users.

Scubaboard

On Scubaboard, you can go through the discussion about the product to know what real users say about the camera.

Intova Sport Help and Support

Intova Sport User manuals

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Specifications

Camera
Sensor 1x 5 Megapixel 1/2.3″  CMOS Sensor

 

Optics
Focal Length 3.35 mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length 19
Maximum Aperture f/ 2.4
Lens Fixed Focus
Lens Elements Not Specified By Manufacturer
Focusing Distance 58.8″ / 150.0 cm – Infinity
Angle of View 140°
Zoom Digital: 4x 1

Please Note:

All modes except 1080p

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Filter Size None

 

Recording
System NTSC
Recording Media microSD/HC Up To 32 GB
Internal Flash Memory 32 MB
Video Format High Definition
H.264
1920 x 1080p / 30 fps
1280 x 720p / 60 fps
1280 x 720p / 30 fps
Standard Definition
H.264
848 x 480p / 60 fps
848 x 480p / 30 fps
640 x 480 / 30 fps
Aspect Ratio 16:9
4:3
Slow Motion Mode None
Still Image Resolution JPEG: 12 Megapixel, 4000 x 3000
JPEG: 8 Megapixel, 3200 x 2400
JPEG: 5 Megapixel, 2592 x 1944
JPEG: 3 Megapixel, 2048 x 1536 2
Please Note:

12 MP and 8 MP resolutions achieved with interpolation

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Display
Display Type LCD
Touchscreen No
Screen Size 1.5″
Pixel Count 115,200
Resolution Not Specified By Manufacturer
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Rotation None

 

Exposure Control
Shutter Speed 1/12-1/1000 sec
Interval Recording None

 

Features
Image Stabilization None
Scene Modes Preset: No
Waterproof Depth Rating 200.0′ / 60.0 m (Waterproof Housing) 3

Please Note:

Camera integrated into housing

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Dustproof Rating Not Specified By Manufacturer
Lux Not Specified By Manufacturer
White Balance Modes Auto
Cloudy
Daylight
Fluorescent
Tungsten
Creative Effects Yes
Built-in Mic Yes
Built-in Speaker Not Specified By Manufacturer
Built-in Light/Flash None
Wi-Fi None
Accessory Shoe None
Tripod Mount 1/4″ – 20

 

Input/Output Connectors
Inputs None
Outputs 1x A/V Outputs NTSC/PAL
Microphone Input No
Headphone Jack No

 

General
Languages Not Specified By Manufacturer
System Requirements Windows

·         2000
XP

·         USB 2.0 Interface

·         1024 x 768 Pixel Resolution, 16-bit Display
Windows

·         Vista

·         512 GB RAM

·         USB 2.0 Interface

·         1024 x 768 Pixel Resolution, 16-bit Display
Windows

·         7

·         Core 2 Duo 1GHz Processor or greater

·         2 GB RAM

·         USB 2.0 Interface

·         1024 x 768 Pixel Resolution, 16-bit Display

Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 1400 mAh,
Providing up to 2.5 Hours per Charge 4
Please Note:

Internal, non-removable battery

closeCharging MethodUSBCharging TimeNot Specified By ManufacturerPower AdapterNonePower ConsumptionNot Specified By ManufacturerOperating TemperatureNot Specified By ManufacturerDimensions (WxHxD)3.3 x 2.8 x 2.4″ / 8.4 x 7.1 x 6.1 cmWeight6 oz / 170 g

 

Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.0 x 6.9 x 5.0″
Intova Sport Pro HD Video Camera
8.5 Total Score
Super

DESIGN
5
PERFORMANCE
6
USABILITY
6
VALUE
6
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