JVC GC-XA1 Adixxion HD Action Video Camera with 1.5-Inch LCD - Black
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|Display Size||1.5 Inches|
|Item Weight||0.28 Pounds|
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- Full HD
- Over 9 hours of HD recording
- Waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof
- 5X Digital Zoom
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|Video Capture Resolution||1080p||other||1080p||1080p||MP4 PS: 1920 x 1080 60p/50p, MP4 HQ: 1920 x 1080 30p/25p, MP4 STD: 1280 x 720 30p/25p, MP4 HS120 (HS100): 1280 x 720 120p/100p, MP4 HS240 (HS200): 800 x 480 240p/200p, XAVC S: 3840 x 2160 30p/25p/24p, 1920 x 1080 120p/100p, 1280 x 720 240p/200p, 1920 x 1080 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p|
Record hours of all of your extreme outdoor activities with the Adixxion action camera from JVC.
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The video I shot while and balling with my pony came out very crisp and very clear with exceptional audio quality. You can pick up a conversation easily that I'm having with someone who is standing about 50 yards away from me. There was a bit of wind noise once I started to trot on my horse however I was already aware of this from the numerous videos I watched shot from the JVC camera that pointed this out there is an easy fix where you can put a bit of headphone foam over the speaker with a little bit of electrical tape to remedy this issue.
The camera comes with several different types of instructions, included in the packaging is a poster sized foldout in many different languages that gives you basic instructions on how to connect the camera to your computer using Wi-Fi, to your cell phone using Wi-Fi and to a Wi-Fi network in general. These instructions are not particularly detailed. Once you connect your camera to your computer using the provided USB cable you can find a PDF guide and you can select your language and it has 45 pages of very detailed English introductions that I found much more helpful than the printed foldout. The PDF guy is actually saved to the device memory and you can save a copy on your computer's hard drive, I actually emailed a copy to my iPad so I could open it in iBooks and some through it like a book while working with the camera.
The only difficult time I had with the camera was trying to get the video off using the Wi-Fi function. I tried to connect to my cell phone and pull the video off using the wi video application however it would take a lot of time and eventually the camera would say that that transfer had failed.
This also happened when I tried to upload my video directly to YouTube from the camera, I had no problem whatsoever connecting to my YouTube account and setting up the account on the camera using the provided Windows-based software however, anytime I tried upload to YouTube directly the progress bar on the camera LCD would freeze at a certain point and then fail.
Once you read the instructions it's very easy to connect the camera to your mobile phone so you use your phone as a remote and can preview how the shot is going to look, however, even with a provided instructions that are very detailed in the PDF file it is really difficult to try to upload the video from the camera using Wi-Fi. In fact, it's not really difficult it's just that the connection seems to die or the upload seems to fail for various reasons. I'm going to try it again with my battery fully charged though at a later time. I ended up Just connecting the camera using the provided USB cable to my MacBook and importing the video to my hard drive using iMovie-this took about 30 minutes because I shot him about a gigabyte of data which equated to about 10 minutes of footage and it took a while but it came out nicely once it's uploaded. The first time I attempted to upload the software, however, I attempted to just click and drag the video I shot from the camera folder to my desktop and for some reason when I play the video back in QuickTime it was very very choppy and looked horrible I was almost worried something was wrong with the camera. However, when I did the longer import using QuickTime it came out Perfectly just the way that it was displaying on the camera. I believe this has something to do with the compression rate that QuickTime was using versus iMovie. In iMovie I was able to compress video slightly instead of trying to display it on my MacBook at the full I believe 1920 HD.
My biggest reason for buying this device was the attractive pricing I saw at around $199, although I was able to get it off Amazon for
169, and the fact that it automatically is waterproof and shockproof and has Wi-Fi and an LCD. The hero 3 that I looked that had a starting price point of about $299 plus you have to buy additional accessories for all of the features that I mentioned previously that come standard on the JVC camera. This is very comforting considering that the reviews I read regarding the go Pro hero 3 were mediocre at best regarding the functionality of the camera in general and it shutting off at random and having to buy all additional things. I am very very pleased with this camera.
In addition to using it while I'm riding my horse and playing polo I look forward to using it in the pool over the summer and while
snowboarding this season as well as riding my mountain bike driving my car and playing paintball.
all in all this camera is rugged and versatile and looks right as a helmet camera...as opposed to looking like it's on sideways like a gopro.
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There are some (somewhat) unexpected limitations, that are easily attributable to the firmware, and it's pretty frustrating, because there doesn't seem to be much reason for those.
1) The screen can't be turned off. While the screen is fantastic for framing your shots (especially when used on tripod) and for reviewing the footage, it also chews up the battery, so it severely limits any longer recording (Mine dies after about 70minutes, but by then the camera is pretty hot!). For an action camera that is supposed to be mounted mostly out of reasonable reach and the screen is not used, this is a major shortcoming.
2) You can use the camera when on external power supply (of course not waterproof anymore), but only for some modes. For example, you can shoot the 1s or 5s time-lapse (great feature btw), or the "endless recording" (which records 15min chunks and overwrites those once the memory is full) - however that is limited to 720p. You can't record regular video on external power - so in short, you have a great camera with 1080p (30fps) capability, but there's no way to record longer videos at fullHD, because the screen drains the battery, and there's no way to use external power for this...
3) the Wi-Fi connection, again a great feature on paper, is pretty finicky. On my first camera (that came with non-functioning memory slot and got promptly replaced by the seller) it actually worked ok... however, on the replacement, with upgraded firmware, it barely transfer files (very slow) but doesn't work as live camera/webcam...
The shape of the camera - essentially a miniature handycam - makes it somewhat awkward to use in "traditional" way of action cams. While mounted on top of the helmet, or on skis/boards or handlebars it probably works just fine, chest harness would be somewhat awkward. There is provided "goggle" mount which in theory makes a great use of the side tripod mount; I can see it working on ski goggles, but it's just too bulky for snorkelling/scuba diving. Besides it relies on tiny screws (provided, as is the screwdriver) which would makes any adjustment in field very tricky. I'd love to use this for scuba diving - you can actually get a proper dive case, which is quite inexpensive - but there's no good way to attach it to the goggles or anywhere else really... And if I'm holding a camera, I'd rather bring my proper digital camera that has a few more features. It's a wasted opportunity again, because the side mount just begs to be used on the side of the head where it's mostly out of the way but offers great perspective... So why bother with waterproofing camera and developing a dive case when these can't be used in straightforward manner??
In conclusion - this a great little action camera, and if you adjust your expectations, and find a decent sale, it can still be worth considering.