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Swann Freestyle 1080p HD Waterproof Sports Video Camera

by Swann
58 customer reviews
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  • 5.0 megapixel still photos
  • 1080p high-definition video at 30 fps
  • 3x digital zoom
  • 1.5" TFT LCD screen
  • Waterproof
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Product Description

Product Description

SWANN SWVID-SPORTL-GL 5.0 Megapixel 1080p SWVID-SPORTL-GL Waterproof Sports Digital Video Camera

From the Manufacturer

The Swann Freestyle HD Action Video Camera is the ideal accessory if you're a weekend warrior that likes to play like the pros. Capture the time you catch the perfect wave, land an awesome jump, play a stellar riff or your kids first swim in the pool – all in High Definition 1080p video or as 8MP still images. The best part? You can share every one of these moments with your friends and family by uploading the footage to a computer via USB or straight onto a TV using the HDMI connection.

Video is recorded to a Micro SD card up to 32GB (not included) for up to 10 hours of recording time. Recording can be activated either by the camera's buttons, with VOX voice activated recording or from a distance via the included remote control. The Swann Freestyle HD Action Video Camera is powered by a removable Lithium ion battery providing up to 2.5 hours of recording time per charge.

Getting the Swann Freestyle HD wet is no problem either. Simply slip the camera body into its waterproof housing and it's protected in up to 65ft/20m of water. Included in the pack is a range of mounts including a helmet mount and 2 different sized universal mounting brackets perfect for flat surfaces such as skateboards, bikes, snowboards and more. Even better you can instantly line up your shot or view your recorded footage on the included 1.5" LCD screen. The included screen sets the Swann Freestyle HD apart from many of the other cameras around, giving you a live view of the action or instant playback when you want it.

So whether you're surfing, skiing, car racing, cycling, hiking, horse riding, making music, kit surfing, motorbike riding, roller blading or engaging in any other action packed activity you can share every legendary moment with the Swann Freestyle HD Action Cam.

Top 5 reasons to buy:

Great for any conditions with waterproof casing up to 65ft / 20m

Watch live video and playback footage with the included detachable 1.5" LCD screen

Professional quality 1080p HD Video

Record professional high definition action videos at 1080p  30fps with 3x digital zoom & stereo audio. Whether you want to play back your videos on the computer, post them to the web or view them on a big screen TV, this High Definition footage will be clear and sharp on all of them.

Real time viewing with removable LCD Screen

You can immediately see if you have captured the shot using the color 1.5” LCD viewer. Your videos are more accurate as you can see what you’re capturing.  By playing footage back straight away, you can see if you need to try the move one more time.

8 Megapixel still camera with continuous shot mode

Your shots will look great when snapped on the 8 megapixel still camera. Continuous mode will let you capture a whole series of shots so you don’t miss a beat and the self-time mode means you can always be in the picture!

Control the Freestyle HD from a distance with the wireless camera remote

Countless mounting combinations with the included brackets and mounts.

Waterproof when housed in included case

Record in the rain, surf, snow, backyard pool or a multitude of conditions using the waterproof case included with the Swann Freestyle HD. The case is stylish and compact giving protection up to 65ft/25m so you can film in any conditions.

Operate the camera when out of arms reach with included remote control

Your camera doesn’t have to be in arms reach for you to start recording. Simply use the remote control to operate your camera from a distance.

More features

Included Accessories

Attach your camera to your bike, snowboard, skateboard, helmet and more using the range of mounts and brackets included in the box.

What's in the Box

  • Freestyle HD Wearable Video Camera
  • LCD Screen
  • Waterproof Case
  • Remote Control
  • Carry Pouch
  • Helmet Mounting Bracket
  • Universal L Shaped Mounting Bracket
  • Universal Low Profile Mounting Bracket
  • Connector Tray Bracket Accessory
  • Flat Adhesive Mounting Pad x 2
  • Curved Adhesive Mounting Pad
  • Wrist Strap
  • USB Cable & AV Out Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • Instructions Manual & CD

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 6.3 x 11 inches ; 3.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Item model number: SWVID-SPORTL-GL
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,206 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at July 27, 2011

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Carl Tyler on June 14, 2012
I already own a GoPro Hero and GoPro Hero2. Plus I've spent a small fortune in the GoPro addons, attachments etc. Then I saw this little Gem on one of those day sale websites. They had it for $139, that's about the same cost as the LCD bacpac + a spare battery for the GoPro. So I wanted to see what this camera could do.

Well out of the box, I was super impressed with what it came with. LCD Panel, remote control, multiple mounts, waterproof case etc.

* I really like that the camera and the camera case have a regular 1/4 inch tripod mount. This makes it so much easier to attach to standard mounts, like the UltraClamp.
* Like that it has two different buttons for starting video and taking a photo.
* Like the laser for lining shots up.
* Like the LCD panel being standard, although it turns out I don't use it much.
* Has a flat lens, so does not distort like the GoPro under water.

* The laser pointer is useless if you have it in the plastic case, it can't project out as the case blocks it.
* The audio isn't particularly great, but then it isn't with the GoPro either.
* The remote control doesn't have a very good range.

Video quality is very comparable to the GoPro, especially when using the 720px60 mode.

at the price I paid, these things are almost disposable, I was impressed enough that I bought another and a couple as gifts when they were on sale again.
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111 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Rex Racer on January 19, 2012
I received this camera as a gift over the holidays and was really excited to use it. When I first tested it, the video was shifty and paused a bit every few seconds. I fixed this issue by formatting the memory card using the camera as the instruction manual suggested. One problem I was not able to fix, however, was the audio problems. I had intended to use this camera as a dash camera for when I go for drives with other car enthusiasts on the weekends. Unfortunately, each test recording I made had this horrible high-pitched squeaking noise that is impossible to ignore. Notably, this noise was present in all the recordings I made while testing each camera setting.

I assumed that I may have a defective unit so I contacted Swann (who are based in Australia) via email. I sent them a carefully written email message that clearly describes the issue and further included a brief video clip that contained the background noise so they could hear the noise for themselves. Unfortunately, they never responded to my email message despite my having sent it multiple times to their customer service email address. I also attempted calling them, but the customer service line repeatedly led me to a dead end -- no human being and no way to leave a message.

After this, I did a search online to see if I could find other people's videos that were captured with the Freestyle camera. I found one such video in which, like me, they had mounted the camera to the dash of a car. In that video you can hear the exact same noises that my unit captured. In view of this, it appears likely that the problem is not with my unit but with the design of Swann's camera/microphone. Perhaps this explains why Swann never responded to my emails and calls.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Frederick on July 24, 2012
I really really like the camera and the interface a lot. Everything about it is great, except for one thing. When you run out of space on the memory card, if you are in the middle of filming, the file isn't closed so basically you lose everything you filmed. The GoPro will end the video and make is usable. If this camera did not have that one little flaw, I would be thrilled with it. I lost videos of my kids at disneyworld because I recorded too long so it just created a corrupt file. Not Cool.
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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful By ImageMD VINE VOICE on June 13, 2012
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Point-of-view (POV) or hands-free action cameras are a new category of digital cameras. They combine the features of a camcorder with a surveillance camera. They are small, lightweight and equipped with a fixed focus wide angle lens. This unique category was pioneered by GoPro HD HERO2: Motorsports Edition (2011 Model) for photographing various sports from sky diving to surf boarding. The Swann Freestyle has several features which caused me to choose it over the GoPro but I will not do a side-by-side comparison. I have used my Swann for about 4 months and I will share with you some observations which may assist your choice. The video was taken with the Swann Freestyle attached the handlebars of a bicycle. The video was edited using CyberLink PowerDirector 10 Ultra.
1. Tripod Screw Mount: The tripod screw allows for mounting on any conventional tripod. The camera is so small that I routinely attach it to and hold it with 4 inch table tripod.
2. Underwater Housing: An underwater housing is included. With the Go-Pro this is an extra. Also included are an assortment of mounting hardware and a nice pouch to hold the camera
3. Laser Pointer: This is an advantage when the viewing screen is removed you want to point the camera.
4. Remote Control: The remote control allows you to start and stop the camera from several feet away.
5. LCD Viewing Screen: The screen makes for better composition, particularly useful with the wide angle field of view. Also, the screen permits playback viewing.
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