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So what's it feel like?
The Polaroid XS9HD 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 XS9HD sports action camera. With some of the best picture quality we've seen on a camera in its class, the XS9HD 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.
The many flavors of image capture
The XS9HD shoots two flavors of video, high-definition 720p and standard definition 640 x 480. Still photos are a breeze, too, with 5-, 3-, and 1-megapixel options. The 2" color LCD touchscreen makes control easy. A built-in LED light provides extra illumination where the shooting conditions are dim, and the provided bike and helmet mounts mean you'll be set for dramatic point-of-view shots right out of the box.
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 20 meters. So go ahead and show the world what you're made of. The Polaroid XS9HD is ready to make you the action star of your own movie.
- captures HD video in 720p/30 frames-per-second
- also captures 640 x 480/60p
- file formats: AVI, JPG (for stills)
- waterproof to 20m in provided waterproof case; shock-, dust- and dirt-resistant
- 2" LCD color touchscreen
- built-in LED light
- snaps 5, 3, and 1-megapixel still JPEG images
- built-in lithium-ion battery
- records to MicroSD and MicroSDHC cards (not included)
- 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)
- built-in battery
- bike and helmet mounts with 3M adhesives
- waterproof case
- 2-3/4"W x 2-1/16"H x 1-5/16"D
- weight (with battery): 1.9 oz.
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Polaroid XS9HD Reviews
Average Customer Review:
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
This camera is a good camera for someone who needs a cheap camera that works pretty well. Overall a pretty good camera.
Pros: Good quality for the price
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
Helmet mount has a flat mounting base which doesn't mount well to my rounded helmet. Had to heat up the plastic base to manipulate it to conform with my helmet. Needs a micro sd card, which is not included. Still a good value from a reputable company. Crutchfield did a great job on there end.
Pros: Loop mode, laser pointer, led light, decent construction. Great for the price
Cons: Helmet mount is useless without modification. Need a seperate sd card. No removable battery. Once the battery goes out I'm left to assume that the camera is thrown away.
What's in the box?
- HD Action camera (white) installed in a waterproof case
- Handlebar clamp
- Rubber handlebar wrap
- Helmet mount
- 2 Dual-sided 3M adhesive pads
- 15" Hook-and-loop strap
- 40" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Mini-B 2.0 USB on other end)
- User Guide
- Warranty sheet
Features and Specs
|LCD Screen Size (inches)||2.0|
|Total Pixel Count||---|
|Effective Pixel Count for Video||1.3MP|
|Aspect Ratio||16:9, 4:3|
|Optical Zoom||1 x|
|Digital Zoom||4 x|
|Built-in Video Light||Yes|
|Max Recording Time w/ Included Battery||3 hours|
|Digital Still Camera Features|
|Effective Pixel Count for Stills||1.3MP|
|Built-in Photo Flash||No|
|Still Image Aspect Ratios||4:3, 16:9|
|Inputs and Outputs|
USB 2.0 High Speed
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||1.89|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|Image Sensor Warranty||1 Year|
Overview: The Polaroid XS9 is a small action camera with a 2" LCD touch screen display that can record Full HD video and 5 MP still images. The camera has a wide-angle lens with a viewing angle of 120°. It comes with a self-adhesive helmet mount and a bicycle handlebar clamp mount. The camera also includes a waterproof housing that allows you to safely use the camera underwater up to a depth of 30'.
Memory Cards: The camera's memory card slot will accept microSD and microSDHC cards up to 32 GB. Class 6 or higher cards are recommended. You can view files on the microSD card on the 2" LCD, through the camera when connected via USB to a computer, or remove the microSD card and use a card reader to view the files.
4x Digital Zoom: The XS9 has a 120° wide-angle lens with a 4x digital zoom. You can zoom in or out using the + and - buttons on the LCD screen. The camera zooms from 1.0x to 4.0x in approximately 30 steps.
LED/Laser Light: The camera features a white LED to illuminate poorly lit scenes. There is also a red laser light to indicate the direction the camera is pointing. You can turn on either light independently, or both on or off together.
Video Recording: The XS9 records video in the AVI HD video format. There are two recording modes: HD (1280 x 720/30 fps) for viewing on a TV or VGA (640 x 480/60 fps) for attaching to an email or uploading to social media sites.
Loop Recording: If you mount the camera to a helmet or onto a vehicle where you can't access its control buttons, you can set the camera to Loop Recording. In this mode, the camera will record 5-minute video clips, save the clip, and immediately record another 5-minute clip. Loop recording will continue until the power button is pressed to turn off the recording, or until the battery is exhausted. If the memory card becomes full during Loop Recording, the camera will begin erasing previously recorded files as it continues.
Still Image Recording: In addition to video recording, the XS9 can record still images (JPEG) in 5MP (2592 x 1944), 3MP (2048 x 1536), and 1MP (1280 x 720) resolution.
File Playback: In Playback mode, the recorded files appear in a list on the LCD screen. Each still image appears with the letters "JPG" in the display, while video files are listed with "AVI." During video playback, you can pause, play at normal speed, or play it faster or slower than normal speed. Files can also be deleted when displayed in the list.
Power Requirements: The XS9 has a built-in, non-removable 850mAh Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery, which charges via USB in approximately 2 hours. Battery life is approximately 3 hours, without the LED or Laser functions. The camera will power off automatically after 5 minutes of inactivity.
Mounting: The XS9 comes with multiple mounts. The Bicycle Mount can be used on a pole or handle bars from 0.75" to 1.25" in diameter. It has a ball and socket camera mount that lets you find the best angle. The Helmet Mount can be used with vented and non-vented helmets using the supplied strap. You can also use the Helmet Mount on most flat surfaces with the included 3M adhesive pads. The camera angle can be adjusted using the tilt knob on the Helmet Mount.
Our Product Research Team
2 questions already asked
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your questions in comparing this with other action cameras. As for the battery: Power Requirements: The XS9 has a built-in, non-removable 850mAh Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery, which charges via USB in approximately 2 hours. Battery life is approximately 3 hours, without the LED or Laser functions. The camera will power off automatically after 5 minutes of inactivity. [ Jeff Apr 23, 2014 ] Staff
This should be compatible with a Mac. Either through the USB connection or using an card reader with the Micro SD card to get the files from the camera to the Mac. [ Jeff Dec 29, 2013 ] Staff