- SFull 1080p HD video capability as well as 960p, 720p, 60 and 30 fps
- With HDMI out, XD1080 offers full streaming video capability
- The wide-angle, 135-degree, f3.1 lens with anti-glare coating offers clarity, accurate color and minimal image distortion
- Features a high-strength aerospace aluminum body that has been hard-anodized for extreme durability and weather resistance
- Shoots still 5MP photos at 3-, 5-, 15- and 30-second intervals
- One of the slimmest cameras available, measuring in at 3.6 inches long and 1.1 inches wide
The dawn of the video era is upon us. YouTube claims that more than 35 hours of video are being uploaded to the site every minute. That’s a staggering number that will only continue to grow, thanks largely in part to the rise of consumer video technology. Smaller, lighter, better-resolution cameras are constantly popping up, and for those of us in the automotive segment, it’s easier than ever to capture our track day outings with camera angles that were impossible to get five years ago without rigging a bulky camera setup onto a car.
Enter the latest player in the portable action/motorsports HD camera market, the Replay XD1080. This lightweight, small cylindrical camera is packed with full 1080p capability using a 5MP CMOS sensor. The slim, high-strength, weather-resistant aluminum case fits into tight spots, and using one of the many mounting options can get some great angles and hard-to-get shots.
Removing the screw-on rear cover exposes an innovative mode selection layout. With color-coordinated video and photo settings, setting up the Replay XD1080 is easy and intuitive. Combine that with the simple two-button on/off and start/stop functions, and the compact Replay XD1080 packs a big punch in a small package.
With loads of other features, like HDMI output for live stream capabilities, the Replay XD1080 looks to be a worthy addition to any driver’s track day toolbox.
As soon as we picked up the Replay XD1080, we immediately fell in love with its small, compact package size. The possibilities for mounting this camera in fenderwells, the undercarriage or tight spots in the interior make it a worthy contender as one of the best portable camera options on the market.
We brought two units to a recent track day we had to test out the Replay XD1080’s ease of use and functionality. The Replay XD1080 is incredibly simple to operate. The rear cover screws off to expose the mode setup, with all of the possible modes clearly defined in the rear cover — it’s practically impossible to mess up shooting your desired video format.
Turning the camera on/off and start/stop takes a bit of repetition to get familiar with the two red buttons and what their functions are, but it’s smooth sailing after that. We had the Hardcore billet aluminum solid mounts for our setup to ensure a secure, sturdy mounting. While offering a decent range of motion, the hardcore mounts require an Allen key to move the camera and swivel the head, which turned out to be a bit of an inconvenience when relocating the units and setting them up for different angles. The other mounting option, heim lock mounts, offer spherical adjustment for virtually any angle or position you want to set the camera in, but we didn’t have any on hand to test.
From a hardware perspective, the Replay XD1080 seems to have all the right components, but how does it fair in the actual video-recording department? Like most action/motorsports cameras on the market, it uses H.264 Codec compression for its video format. This enables high-quality video files to take up relatively small amounts of space, and while there’s a bit of compression noise on screen (like most cameras on the market), the results are still very impressive considering the size of lens and camera. You won’t be shooting cinematic movies with the Replay XD1080 anytime soon, but for web resolution (or your home HDTV), the HD video quality is just fine. Audio, on the other hand, is a bit lackluster and needs some improvement. It felt muted at times, and the sticker solution to block wind noise is a bit lacking.
The Replay XD1080 has just been released to market, meaning it’s a fairly new product that still has some minor kinks to be worked out, but with the promise of many new features and improvements in the near future, it’s got potential to be the best camera out there for the motorsports crowd.