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Published on June 7th, 2012 | by Kira


Midland: Record The Action

Re­mem­ber the days of Jack­ass? When all the boys in the neigh­bor­hood ig­nored the warn­ings af­ter the show and took their par­ents clunky home cam­era out on their crazy ad­ven­tures with them. My broth­er had hours and hours of footage of him crash­ing his go-kart, hang­ing out of car win­dows, and jump­ing off ridicu­lous things. Now let’s imag­ine for a mo­ment what that footage would have looked like if the cam­era had been small, light, 1080p high def­i­ni­tion, record­ed at 30 frames/sec­ond (60 frames/sec at 720p), eas­i­ly mount­able, had a four hour bat­tery life, weath­er re­sis­tant, and came with a wa­ter­proof case. Well, with few­er lim­i­ta­tions I am con­fi­dent my broth­er would have record­ed more ex­treme footage and I would have want­ed to watch it!

The XTC 300 Wear­able Video Cam­era by Mid­land is all of those things! This cam­era is per­fect for the video hun­gry ad­ven­ture/trav­el­er who wants to show off their first per­son point of view. With its four dif­fer­ent in­clud­ed mounts and light weight, it can pret­ty much go any­where. Strap it on your bike to get a blow by blow of your ride. Take it sky­div­ing with you to give the world your view as you plunge to your… suc­cess­ful land­ing. You can even throw it in a sub­mersible case and go swim­ming with it.

We live in an in­stant up­load stalk­ers’ par­adise, with ev­ery­one face­book­ing, foursquar­ing, blog­ging, flick­er­ing, or tweet­ing their ev­ery breath. So, why not take it a step fur­ther and add the ac­tu­al video el­e­ment. The XTC 300 Wear­able Video Cam­era makes it in­cred­i­bly easy to up­load the footage by ei­ther plug­ging the cam­era in­to your TV di­rect­ly or us­ing a SD read­er and your com­put­er to read the mi­cro SD card.

Since this cam­era is com­pact to be per­fect for the go, it does lose some of the cre­ative lux­u­ries oth­er cam­eras have. The XTC 300 Wear­able Video Cam­era does not have a viewfind­er or a play­back fea­ture, mak­ing it ba­si­cal­ly the quick easy point and shoot ver­sion of a video cam­era. De­spite this and the fact there is no man­u­al fo­cus, the au­to fo­cus and im­age sta­bi­liz­er do a great job and the video qual­i­ty is pret­ty good. As a pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­pher, I found my­self miss­ing hav­ing more con­trol over the video, but I al­so com­plain about point and shoot cam­eras. In fact, I can see some peo­ple (who are not as much of a con­trol freak) con­sid­er­ing the in­abil­i­ty to see what is be­ing record­ed free­ing, mak­ing the cam­era less in­tru­sive to the ac­tiv­i­ty that he or she is do­ing. It is al­so very easy to use. Af­ter you turn on the switch, it has three lights that in­di­cate the charge of the bat­tery, if the mi­cro SD card is in, and if you are record­ing. The ease of this cam­era is ide­al when you are on the go and have more im­por­tant things to think about than your cam­era.

As far a qual­i­ty ac­tion cam­eras go, this one is at a rea­son­able price for $190.

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Former neuroscientist, and now fashion photographer, Kira is a perfect fit for TrulyNet. She has a great understanding of what is hot, loves the new geeky toys, and has the academic background to be opinionated on it. Kira is well traveled, has lived in Australia and Canada for school. Loves the outdoors, biking, all types of art, and is completely obsessed with fashion and photographing it. She presently can be found in New York City at an art event, art gallery, museum, science talk, one of the NYC parks, a vegetarian friendly restaurant, a comic book store, or out getting bubble tea. She is a little obsessed with bubble tea.

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