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Overview: The Polaroid XS20 is a small action camera that can record
HD video and 5 MP still images. The camera has a wide-angle lens with a wide
viewing range of 120°. 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 60 feet under water. The supplied waterproof plug keeps water out
of the rear operation panel (card slot, USB and AV output jacks).
Recording Formats: The XS20 records 1280 x 720p video at 30 fps in the
AVI HD video format with PCM audio. You can set the video quality (resolution)
to High, Standard, or Low. It will also record 2560 x 1920 (5 MP) still images
in the JPEG format.
Memory Cards: The camera has a slot for a microSD card, and will
accept microSD and microSDHC cards between 1 GB and 32 GB. Class 6 or higher
cards are recommended. 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.
Loop Recording: When the memory card becomes full, the camera will
delete the first recorded video clip or still image and overwrite it with the
most current video or still image. You can turn off the looping feature by
programming the camera to stop recording when the flash card is full.
LED Lights: The XS20 is equipped with 8 bright-white LEDs that can be
turned on to illuminate your subject and enhance video quality. The top-mounted
Light Button acts as a three-way switch. The first press turns on all 8 LEDs,
the second press reduces the light output to 4 LEDs, and the third press turns
off the lights. The LEDs can be used in any of the four recording modes.
Recording Modes: You can set the XS20 to one of the four recording
- Manual Video Recording: The camera begins recording video when
the Execute button is pressed, and stops when the button is pressed again.
Continuous video is recorded for 20 minutes, at which time the camera will
save the clip, and resume recording in a new file.
- Manual Photo-Taking: In the still image mode, the camera will
take a single image each time the Execute button is pressed.
- Motion-Detect Video Recording: In the Motion-Detect mode, the
camera will automatically take video clips of moving objects for a preset
length of 10 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes, or 10 minutes. Each clip is saved
as a separate file.
- Motion-Detect Photo-Taking: In this mode, the camera will take a
single image each time it senses subject movement.
PC Camera: The camera can be connected to your computer via the
supplied USB 2.0 cable and used as a PC camera. You must first install the driver
program from the supplied CD-ROM software disc. The LED lighting panel can be
used to enhance the video quality, if needed. Third-party application software
may be needed in order to view and save real-time video to your computer.
TV Out Function: You can connect the camera to your TV using the
supplied AV cable via the AV out (composite) terminal to view videos or still
images. While connected to the TV, you can use the camera in the Motion Detect
Monitor mode. In this mode, live video appears on the screen and the camera sets
itself to Motion Detect mode. When the camera detects movement, the camera will
automatically record a video clip of a preset length (10 sec, 1 min, 5 mins, or
10 mins). You can also set the camera to take still images instead of videos
when motion is detected.
Note: The video output format can be set to NTSC or PAL.
Power Requirements: The XS20 has a built-in, non-removable 3.7V 850mAh
Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery, which charges via USB in approximately 3
hours. The battery life is approximately 3 hours (without the LED lights on).
Software: The camera comes with a CD-ROM loaded with
software, including a Time-Date Stamp Utility. This program will set the
camera's system time, and will record time-date stamp data on the video and
still image files.