Polaroid XS100 Extreme Edition Action Camera


Positives
  • The HD video is great quality
  • The anti-vibration is excellent
  • The audio quality is very good too.
  • Gives you long recording time: up to 2 hours on one charge
  • Offers a whole lot of features that are there on GoPro Hero 3 Black

Negatives
  • No backlight for display
  • No Altimeter
  • Troublesome syncing and uploading data


Amazon Rating: 3.9 out of 5.0

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Polaroid makes a comeback! At this time, the company introduced a new product in the action camera ‘department’. The new camera is known as the Polaroid XS100 Extreme Edition HD. Without an iota of doubt, Polaroid XS100 Extreme Edition is an expensive camera in the field of sports cameras.

In this Polaroid xs100 review, we have shed some light on the product from different angles, such as design, usability, performance and value. The camera is waterproof as long as you don’t go deeper than 30 feet, and can take Full HD videos. Besides, it features a sturdy shock-absorbing box and a gyroscope sensor. The camera comes with handheld mounts. Its wide-angle lens is capable of capturing 170 degrees view field. In short, the model of the cam is runs circles around costly GoPro cameras.

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Design: 6/10

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The packing box has two sections: plastic top and cardboard bottom. The top section is the plastic pedestal the camera is screwed on. You can easily see it by taking a closer look at the device.

As you may know that no matter what action camera you want to buy, it should come with different mounts. These mounts make it easier to use the camera and take photos and videos without any problem. As far as mounts are concerned, we think, Polaroid XS100 runs circles around all the similar products available in the market.

The box contains lots of accessories, such as HDMI Cable, Mount-lock, USB cable, Carrying pouch, mount-lock key, Manual, secure string, handlebar mount, and helmet mount. So, you have all the required accessories with the cam, and you don’t need to buy them separately.

The hardware kit lets you mount the cam on your helmet, chest, or on any flat surface of a car or board. And yes, you can install the cam on your bike as well. So, you don’t have to worry about this thing either.

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Usability: 6/10

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Before first use, you need to configure the Polaroid XS100 cam. In order to do this, you should insert the MicroSD card and then pair the cam with your computer via the USB port. Please note that if the sliding button is on Stop mode, the cam will not get recharged. Once you have set it to Rec mode, the device will connect to the external memory. Once you there, you should look for the file named Polaroid.exe. clicking on the file will show up a window allowing you to change the configuration. For instance, you can choose a shooting mode, adjust sleep timer, adjust time and date and enable the automatic rotation of photos. Besides, there is an option to change the resolution for video modes.

The camera has it what it takes to challenge the AEE MagiCam SD21 or the GoPro cameras.

Apart from this, the only thing that can be changed right from the cam is the recording format; you can choose either HD or Full HD. For this, you have to pair your cam with your PC or laptop, and run the Polaroid app. For instance, if you want to set the picture shooting interval, you can do that with that app. Other that this, you cannot change anything from the camera. Actually, the company gives you the app to deal with advanced settings. If everything were changeable right from the camera, the cam be larger.

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Performance: 5/10

On a PC, the Polaroid file will get installed form the cam automatically as soon as you have connected the cam. But if you are on a Mac, the app should be downloaded from the official website. I use Linux, so the app didn’t get installed automatically and I had to download the file off the official website of the company.

The great thing is that the cam comes with an HDMI cable allowing you to get access to the content stored on youor SD card. The good news is that you can use the same HDMI cable to get access to the content of your TV, which is a great option for you if you spend a lot of time watching TV.

So, as far as performance goes, the cam does a decent job, and this is in comparison with other brands out there. Both people make their buying decision based on the performance of the device, and this will be more likely to be in your good books if you also are on the lookout of a device that performs well.

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Features and specs

  • 1 /2.5 in CMOS sensor
  • 170 Degree Lens
  • H264 MPEG4 and JPEG formats
  • HD Resolution: 720p (30fps and 60fps), 960p (30fps), 1080p (30fps)
  • Photo Modes: Single, Time Lapse, Burst
  • Battery: 1200 mAh
  • HDMI, USB 2.0
  • Size: 108 x 42 x 42.4mm
  • Weight: just 4.8 oz

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Value: 6/10

The Polaroid XS100 leaves out all the shortcomings of the GoPro. First of all, the design of the cam is much more streamlined than that of GoPro, which makes bike ride awesome. The cam comes with tripod threads making it easier to attach with a tripod with ease. No matter what type of helmet it is mounted it, it is very ease to operate. It vibrates when in recording mode.

Apart from this, a big rear cover is there unlike the small covers and hatches the GoPro comes with. Without a waterproof housing, this cam cannot be used as deeper in water as the GoPro, but 30’ is enough if you want to swim in a swimming pool.

I didn’t have any issues connecting the cam to my PC for downloading stuff, but I did have some issues with the GoPro 3 Black Edition. Besides, the XS100 has no Wifi, but the one on the GoPro was troublesome and drained battery pretty quickly. If you ask me, I have had the cam on my bike helmet and had recorded FHD videos as well as time lapse photos, and guess what, the quality was really impressive. At $150, it is a steal. And is much better than most of miniDV camcorders out there being sold at much higher price point. Hope you liked this Polaroid xs100 extreme edition HD 1080p review.

So what do Other Think about Polaroid XS100 Extreme Edition

Amazon

3.9 out of 5.0 overall rating based on 631 customer reviews. Read 250 answered questions about this product. Here is a customer review that was liked by 684 people

MTBR

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 based on 13 customer reviews

Actioncamcorders

Actioncamcorders offers a high quality, useful review of this product. Do read it.

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Additional Resources

Review of the product on YouTube. Here is a video review of the product that was viewed for over 55,000 times.

Polaroid Help and Support

Polaroid XS100 User Manual

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SPECIFICATIONS

GENERAL

  • Packaged Quantity
  • Width 1.6 in
  • Depth 4.3 in
  • Height 1.7 in
  • Weight 4.8 oz
  • Widescreen Video Capture

Yes

  • Camcorder Media Type

Flash card

  • Optical Sensor Type

CMOS

  • Optical Sensor Size 1/2.5″
  • Digital Video Format

H.264

  • Image Recording Format

JPEG

  • AV Interfaces HDMI, USB 2.0
  • Camcorder Sensor Resolution 5 pixels
  • Effective Photo Resolution 5 Megapixel
  • Camcorder Interpolated Photo Resolution 16 pixels
  • Image Stabilizer electronic
  • Sensors G-sensor
  • Interfaces Provided HDMI, USB 2.0
  • Manufacturer Polaroid Corp.

EXPOSURE & WHITE BALANCE

  • Exposure Modes automatic
  • White Balance automatic

CARRYING CASE

  • Underwater Depth up to 30ft
  • Included Accessories HDMI cable, USB cable, carrying pouch, handle bar mount, helmet mounting kit, mounting hardware

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Protection shockproof, waterproof

LENS SYSTEM

  • Focus Adjustment focus free
  • Max View Angle

170 degrees

  • Lens Aperture f/2.8

MANUFACTURER WARRANTY

  • Service & Support 1 year warranty

MEMORY / STORAGE

  • Supported Memory Cards microSD Card, microSDHC Card
  • Max Supported Size 32 GB
  • Video Capture H.264 – 1920 x 1080 – 30 fps – H.264 – 1280 x 960 – 30 fps – H.264 – 1280 x 720 – 60 fps – H.264 – 1280 x 720 – 30 fps – H.264 – 432 x 240 – 30 fps – H.264 – 320 x 240 – 30 fps
  • Camcorder Media Type flash card
  • Memory Card Slot microSD card

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

  • Features : Dual Stream Encoding, Time-Lapse recording, USB charging, actions confirmation with vibration, auto power save, camera orientation detection, high-speed recording, multi-picture burst

CONNECTIONS

  • Memory Card Slot: microSD card

MICROPHONE

  • Microphone Operation Mode mono

SOFTWARE

  • Software

Drivers & Utilities

BATTERY

  • Battery Life Details

Video recording – 2.5 hours

  • Details 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery – 1200 mAh ( included )

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS FOR PC CONNECTION

  • Operating System Support Apple Mac OS X 10.4 or later, MS Windows 7, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows XP SP3

DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT

  • Width 1.6 in
  • Depth 4.3 in
  • Height 1.7 in
  • Weight 4.8 oz

GENERAL

  • Manufacturer Polaroid Corp.
Polaroid XS100 Extreme Edition Action Camera
8.5 Total Score
Super

DESIGN
6
USABILITY
6
PERFORMANCE
5
VALUE
6
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