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So what's it feel like?

The Polaroid XS100HD sports action camcorder is ready for duty in the water too.

The Polaroid XS100HD sports action camcorder is ready for duty in the water too.

You can tell people what it's like to jump out of a plane til you're blue in the face. But the fact is, you're asking people to visualize something they have no experience to re-create. The best they can do is remember that time they jumped off the 10-meter diving board when they were a kid. So how do you really communicate the thrill of the experience?

Take them along for the ride

Perhaps you should start with the Polaroid XS100HD sports action camera. With some of the best picture quality we've seen on a camera in its class, the XS100HD is primed to deliver the raw power of wind rushing at you at over 100 miles per hour. Because its G-sensor locks in the horizon the moment you turn it on on top of your helmet, it will see the entire jump the way you do — and you'll know it's on without having to look, because it vibrates to confirm the recording. So turn your head and show your audience the world rushing to meet you — with a panoramic 170-degree field of view. Now, just maybe, your audience will have an inkling of the sheer adrenaline ride you're on.

The included helmet mount will help you document your point of view (helmet not included)

The included helmet mount will help you document your point of view (helmet not included).

The many flavors of video

The XS100HD shoots three flavors of high-definition video, but better still, it simultaneously generates small file-size proxy versions of your HD files that are suitable for fast uploading or emailing as soon as you've reeled in your 'chute and are connected you your laptop and the Internet. Still photos are a breeze, too, with burst shooting and time lapse modes to increase your options for capturing intense moments.

Ready for any kind of action

Oh, and by the way... remember the high-dive? This camcorder's got you covered there, too, as its enclosure is rated waterproof to 10 meters. So go ahead and show the world what you're made of. The Polaroid XS100HD is ready to make you the action star of your own movie.


  • captures HD video in 1080p/30 frames-per-second, 720p/30 and 60 fps, and 960/30p
    • simultaneously records small (432 x 240 or 320 x 240, depending on HD format) proxy video files for easy and quick Internet uploads
    • file formats: MP4, H.264 codec (video); AAC, 48kHz, mono (audio)
  • waterproof to 10m and shock-, dust- and dirt-resistant
  • built-in "G-sensor" detects camera orientation to keep horizon consistent through recording
  • HDMI (mini) output enables live streaming to a compatible monitor
  • snaps 16, 5, 3 and .3-megapixel still JPEG images
    • self-timer function enables time-lapse recording in 5, 10, 30, and 60 second intervals
    • 10 frame per second burst shooting mode
  • records to MicroSD and MicroSDHC cards (not included)
  • fixed-focus 170° wide-angle lens
  • camera settings can be changed by included software for Windows® Mac®; users can find camera software online at
  • 1/2.5" 5-megapixel CMOS sensor
  • USB port for easy connection to a PC (cable included)
  • mini HDMI port for easy playback on an HDTV (cable included)
Supplied Accessories:
  • built-in 1200 mAh battery (approximately 2.5 hours of operation on a full charge)
  • helmet and handlebar mounts plus mounting hardware
  • carrying pouch with belt hook
  • manual

Polaroid XS100HD Reviews

Average Customer Review:

4 Reviews

Great Value

Written by: EricS from VA on April 8, 2014

While the camera is not a GoPro it also does not come at the GoPro price. I am very pleased with the XS100HD picture quality and features. I am looking forward to using it more during the summer months

Pros: Price, Quality, Value

Cons: None to date

still evaulatiy XS100HD

Written by: BobH from McKinney, Tx on March 31, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Just what I need for videos of my HO layout!! Still playing and having fun!

Pros: Low Profile, HD, maintains horizontal reference, long bat. life, and Great manufactor

Cons: NON for me!!!

Nice video camera - poor execution

Written by: grunner from North Hero, VT on September 2, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I really wanted to like this camera, nice form-factor, well built, useful features, good mounts included, impressive video, until I tired to unload the video files, and quickly discovered the USB interface is problematic and frustrating to say the least.

I shot video with 720/60fps hand-held while running and attached to bicycle and the .MOV files were very good quality - very clear -only distortion due to 170 WA lens. The camera has some nice features, especially if used hand-held. When you turn it on, it vibrates, as well, when you record or shoot still shots. Additionally, the record light gives confidence its recording, it also will auto-level the video with the horizon. I have windows 7, and to get sound, you will likely need to download appropriate codex to use windows movie make (else, you may need quicktime movie pro). Now, the reason I would not recommend this camera. The USB connection is problematic, and randomly hangs the PC. - requiring you to reset the camera - which will often corrupt the .MOV file. I went to the Polarold site to download the latest SW and manual --in the manual they say to check for firmware updates -- guess what there is no firmware button in the SW - huh? yeah really! I read other reviews and my issues do not seem unique. So, now I unload the memory card, remove the files, and only use the USB to "attempt" to set the camera options.



More than what I Expected

Written by: EG from California on April 19, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought the Polaroid to compare with the Contour camera, with a price that's less I wasn't expecting a lot. Though I did expect it to look fragile compared to the aluminum casing of the Contour, it is not as plasticky as I thought it would be and it really seems that the housing is just like the plastic waterproof casing of all the other POV cameras. Picture quality is good the 720/60 video mode is a little dark but color is not far off, picture is sharp up to edges and vibration is well compensated. However the extra curvature on the lens gives it a little bit more glare. With the included mounts and cables you get your money's worth, hopefully it does work up to at least a year, or at least 208 hours of shooting for a weekend hobbyist like me. If you want to save a little bit but do not want to sacrifice much quality, this is a good choice. I have a side by side video of the Polaroid and contour and hope to upload it soon.

Pros: Not expensive, simple use, automatic shooting orientation.

Cons: Looks like a cheap toy camera.

Hands-on research

What's in the box?

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  • HD Action camera (white)
  • Bicycle handlebar clamp mount (with ball joint nut)
  • Short mount strap (4')
  • Long mount strap (8')
  • Helmet mount base
  • Straight ball joint
  • Angled ball joint
  • Mount lock
  • Mount lock key
  • Fitting piece
  • 40" HDMI cable (mini-HDMI-to-full size HDMI)
  • 39" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Mini-B 2.0 USB on other end)
  • 3 Dual-sided adhesive (for helmet mount)
  • 2 Dual-sided adhesive mounts (for fitting piece)
  • Carabiner
  • Security string
  • Cloth storage pouch
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty sheet

Product Research


Overview: The Polaroid XS100 is a small action camera that can record Full HD video and 5 MP still images. The camera has a wide-angle lens with a wide viewing range of 170°. It comes with a self-adhesive helmet mount and a bicycle handlebar clamp mount. The camera has a waterproof housing that allows use as deep as 30 feet under water (IPX8). The supplied waterproof cover keeps water out of the rear operation panel (card slot, USB and HDMI jacks).

Memory Cards: The camera has a slot for a microSD card, and will accept microSD and microSDHC cards up to 32 GB. Class 6 or higher cards are recommended. At the rate of 4 GB per half-hour, you can record approximately 4 hours of full High Definition video. You can view files on the microSD card through the camera when connected to a computer or TV, or remove the microSD card and use a card reader to view the files. The camera has a small (32MB) internal memory for recording a few test shots.

Video Recording: The XS100 records video in the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video format with AAC audio. Full HD resolutions include 1080p (1920 x 1080/30 fps/16:9) and 960p (1280 x 960/30 fps/4:3). HD Resolutions include 720p (1280 x 720/16:9) at 60 fps (for slow motion playback) and 30 fps (for regular speed playback). You can switch between FHD and HD using the 2-way Video Resolution Switch.

Dual File Recording: When Full HD and HD videos are recorded, two files will be saved: one at the selected resolution, and another at 432 x 240 (16:9) or 320 x 240 (4:3), depending upon the aspect ratio of the full resolution video. The smaller file can be used for uploading to social media sites and for email.

Still Image Recording: In addition to video recording, the XS100 can record still images (JPEG) in 16MP (2592 x 1944), 5MP, 3MP, and VGA resolution. The camera will record single shots, Bursts of 10 frames per second, and Time Lapse photos with intervals of 5, 10, 30, and 60 seconds.

Auto Rotation: The XS100 has a built-in G-sensor, which can detect the camera's orientation. If you mount your camera at 90°, 180°, or 270° from the default position, the recorded view will be rotated to the same angle. This allows you to mount the camera at different angles without recording a rotated view. The video resolution is adjusted for 90° and 270° angled mounts: 1080p becomes 608 x 1088, 960p becomes 720 x 960, and 720p becomes 416 x 720. The Auto Rotation feature can be turned off in the General Menu, and does not apply to still photos.

Note: You should begin recording with the camera at the desired rotation. Auto Rotation does not change the angle during recording.

Camera Vibrations: Since the camera has no display, it will vibrate a number of times to indicate certain conditions. The camera will vibrate when battery power is low, when power is turned on or off, when recording starts and stops, and when the microSD card is full.

Power Requirements: The XS100 has a built-in, non-removable 3.7V 1200mAh Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery, which charges via USB in approximately 3 hours. Battery life is approximately 2.5 hours.

Camera Settings: To change the default settings, you must utilize the camera's built-in software. In the Video menu (visible on your computer's monitor), you can change the FHD and HD resolutions. In the Photo menu, you can change the photo resolution, photo mode, and the time lapse interval. In the General menu, you can change the TV type (NTSC/PAL), Auto Power Off (1-min/3-min/Off), Auto Image Rotation (On/Off), and set the Date and Time manually or sync the camera with your computer.

Software: The camera comes with built-in software, which can be downloaded to your computer when you connect the camera via USB. The built-in software is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, and XP (SP3). A Mac version of the software (OS X 10.4 and above) is available from the Polaroid website.

Mounting: The XS100 comes with multiple mounts. The Bicycle Mount can be used on a pole or handle bars from 0.75" to 1.4" in diameter. The Helmet Mount can be used with vented and non-vented helmets using the supplied long or short straps. Both mounts have a ball socket that will accommodate the straight or angled ball joints. The supplied Mount Lock attaches to the camera and locks into place on the ball joints. The ball joint system allows you to change the angle of the camera as desired. If either mount isn't practical (or for extra security), you can mount the camera using one of the included 3M adhesive pads. A security string is supplied to tether the camera to the Helmet or Bicycle Mount.

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