Polaroid XS80HD

1080p sports action camera

  • Polaroid XS80HD


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Our take on the Polaroid XS80HD

by Woody Sherman

So what's it feel like?

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

The Polaroid XS80HD sports action camcorder is ready for duty in the water too.

You can tell people about 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 XS80HD sports action camera. With some of the best picture quality we've seen on a camera in its class, the XS80HD is primed to deliver the raw power of wind rushing at you at over 100 miles per hour. Its wide-angle, 120-degree field of view is so immersive, now, just maybe, your audience will have an inkling of the sheer adrenaline ride you're on.

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The many flavors of image capture

The XS80HD shoots two flavors of high-definition video, 1080p and 720p, both at 30 frames per second. 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 XS80HD is ready to make you the action star of your own movie.


  • captures HD video in 1080p/30 frames-per-second and 720p/30 fps
    • file formats: MP4, H.264 codec (video); AAC, 48kHz, mono (audio)
  • waterproof to 10m and shock-, dust- and dirt-resistant
  • HDMI (mini) output enables live streaming to a compatible monitor
  • snaps 16, 5, 3, and 1-megapixel still JPEG images
    • self-timer function enables time-lapse recording in 5, 10, 30, and 60 second intervals
    • 3 frame burst shooting mode
  • records to MicroSD and MicroSDHC cards (not included) and 32 MB of internal memory
  • fixed-focus 120° wide-angle lens
  • camera settings can be changed by included software for Windows® and Mac®; users can find camera software online at polaroidaction.com
  • 1/2.5" 5-megapixel CMOS sensor
  • USB port for easy connection to a PC (cable included)
  • micro HDMI port for easy playback on an HDTV (cable not included)
Supplied Accessories:
  • built-in 1050 mAh battery (approximately 2.5 hours of operation on a full charge)

Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Features and Specs
LCD Screen Size (inches) N/A
Viewfinder None
Total Pixel Count ---
Effective Pixel Count for Video 5MP
High-Definition Yes
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Manual Focusing No
Filter Diameter N/A
Optical Zoom 1 x
Digital Zoom 1 x
Night Imaging No
Image Stabilization Digital
Built-in Video Light No
Built-in Memory 32MB Flash Memory
Max Recording Time w/ Included Battery 2.5 hours
Digital Still Camera Features
Effective Pixel Count for Stills 5MP
Built-in Photo Flash No
Still Image Aspect Ratios 4:3, 16:9
Inputs and Outputs
USB Port USB 2.0 High Speed
HDMI Output Micro
Mic Input No
Weight With Battery (ounces) 3.9
Width (inches) 1-11/16
Height (inches) 1-3/4
Depth (inches) 3-13/16
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Image Sensor Warranty 1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • HD Action camera (white)
  • Helmet mount base
  • Fitting piece base
  • 47" Mounting strap
  • 94" Mounting strap
  • Rubber grip (for fitting piece)
  • Rubber grip (for helmet mount)
  • 2 Dual-sided 3M adhesive pads (for helmet mount)
  • Dual-sided 3M adhesive pad (for fitting piece)
  • Mount-lock
  • Mount-lock key
  • Straight ball joint
  • Angled ball joint
  • Carabiner
  • Security string
  • 40" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Mini-B 2.0 USB on other end)
  • Neoprene pouch with belt loop
  • User Guide
  • Warranty sheet

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Overview: The Polaroid XS80 is a small action camera that can record Full HD video and 16 MP still images. The camera has a wide-angle F2.8 fixed focus glass lens with a viewing angle of 120°. It comes with a self-adhesive helmet mount and a secure mount-lock system. The camera has a waterproof housing that allows you to safely use underwater in depths of up to 30' (IPX8). It is also high-impact and shock resistant.

Memory Cards: The camera has a slot for a microSD card, and will accept microSD/SDHC/SDXC cards up to 128 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. The camera has a small (32MB) internal memory for recording a few test shots.

Video Recording: The XS80 has a 5MP CMOS image sensor, and records video in the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video format with AAC audio. You can choose between Full HD (1920 x 1080/30 fps) and HD (1280 x 720/30 fps). A 2-way switch on the control panel lets you choose FHD or HD video.

Still Image Recording: In addition to video recording, the XS80 can record still images (JPEG) in 16MP (4608 x 3456), 5MP (2592 x 1944), 3MP (2048 x 1536), and VGA (640 x 480) resolution. The camera will record single shots, 3-frame-per-second bursts, and time-lapse photos with intervals of 5, 10, 30, and 60 seconds.

Auto Rotation: The XS80 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 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 XS80 has a built-in, non-removable 1050mAh Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery, which charges via USB in approximately 3 hours. Battery life is approximately 2.5 hours.

Outputs: Behind a waterproof cover, the camera's control panel has a Micro-HDMI output for connecting the camera to your TV. You can also connect the camera to your computer via the included USB cable for loading videos or still images, or changing camera settings.

Camera Settings: To change the default settings, you must utilize the camera's built-in software. In the Video Menu, you can change the HD resolutions. In the Photo Menu, you can change the photo resolution (16MP, 5MP, 3MP, 1MP), photo mode (single, burst, time-lapse), and the time lapse interval (5 sec, 10 sec, 30 sec, 60 sec). 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), and Mac OS X ver.10.5 or above.

Mounting: The XS80 comes with multiple mounts. The Helmet Mount can be used with vented and non-vented helmets using the supplied long or short straps. The mount has a ball socket that will accommodate the supplied straight or angled ball joints. The included 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 mount.

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