In this age of YouTube and Facebook getting video footage of your follies to share with family and friends now is a way of life.
We at Baggers have used all sorts of video recording devises including the small, but not HD Replay XD and keep coming back to the slightly larger XD 1080 ($299). Is it the water-resistant, hard anodized, rugged aluminum housing design or the custom-designed wide-angle 135-degree f3.1 lens and anti-glare coating? Nope. It’s the simple, two-button on/off and start/stop buttons, which make the Replay XD1080 camera easy to operate. Unlike some other manufactures cameras, which are actually confusing. On the XD 1080 all you do is push one button and it’s on, then push another one and it starts recording. If you are daft and don’t think it’s on and recording you carving the twisties, the built-in LED and vibration also tell you when you are powered up and rolling.
The Replay XD1080 records in 1080p @ 30fps, 960p @ 30fps, 720p @ 60fps, 720 @ 30fps, and can take time-lapse photos in 1-, 5-, 10-, and 15-second intervals. The XD 1080 is the first to stream full 1080 HD through the built-in HDMI-out connector. You can record and stream your video simultaneously or just stream your video straight to an external HD recorder.
As far as audio goes, we found the XD 1080 to have about the best quality built-in microphone of the small cameras, but Replay took it one step further and lets you connect a high-quality external microphone through a standard 3.5mm mini-jack in the back of the unit so you can get some stellar sounds.
Replay also has a myriad of plastic and hardcore billet aluminum mounts so you can securely place it anywhere on your bike or yourself with ease.
My honest opinion is this; after messing with a slue of other cameras I feel that the Replay XD1080 is a giant leap from its first offering and the best video recorder of its class I have used so far.