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Polaroid X720 Camera Review

Polaroid's X720 is a reasonably standard pocket Internet camcorder in most respects. However, it's not only one of many cheapest available on the market, but it is waterproof too, down to 3m. Additionally, it includes a decent collection of manual settings, together with a few scene modes, control of metering and sharpness, and exposure, although nothing as advanced as shutter and iris control. Picture quality is just mediocre, and there is the notable absence of a tripod screw mount. But otherwise this is a great value camcorder.





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The X720s waterproofing stretches to some depth of 3m, although Polaroid doesn't quote any particular compliance with international standards. It achieves its resilience thanks to locking flaps over its compartments. One covers the battery, which will come as two regular alkaline AA cells. The 2nd protects the USB 2 and mini HDMI ports, plus the microSD slot.



The X720 has the capacity to shoot video at approximately 1,280 x 720 and 30 feet per second. You can also shoot WVGA - a widescreen form of VGA - at 30 or 60 frames per second, regular VGA, and QVGA. Still images can be captured at 3, 5 or 8Mpixels. The X720 includes a few more features than most pocket Internet camcorders, although just a few. They are all operated by a smattering of rubberized buttons. The zoom can be a mere 3x and digital, with all the current implications for reduced video quality that entails.



Features, Performance



It is possible to affect the way metering is completed, with center spot and average options. Alongside automatic white balance you can find presets for sunny and cloudy conditions, plus tungsten and neon indoor lighting, there's a handful of digital effects included. However, no fully manual choices available.



Most surprisingly of all, you will discover a modicum of control over sharpness, with the facility to improve or decrease www.pocketpussytoy.com this by one notch. An EV exposure control with 13 settings between 2 and -2 is also available, although it's strangely found at no more the next menu page. Just like practically all pocket Internet camcorders, the plethora of ports available doesn't include minijacks for headphones or an external microphone - not that you would be able to utilize these underwater anyway. So you will must rely on the somewhat mediocre built-in mono microphone. However, a slightly more annoying omission may be the not enough a regular tripod screw mount.



Without any sensor specifications designed for the X720, we weren't sure what amount of picture quality to anticipate from it. Within our usual 100W ceiling light test, the X720 produced a reasonably dark image, with muted colours, but at least it wasn't full of grain. In brighter, natural lighting the automated white balancing did a good job, but colours were slightly inaccurate, with reds particularly looking somewhat washed out. It's also worth noting how the X720 has no image stabilisation system, so shaky camerawork means shaky footage. Overall, though, performance is much from atrocious, and positively adequate for the price.



Verdict



We're not sure simply how much Kesha, Polaroid's creative director, was mixed up in making from the X720, there are no giveaway signs including the chassis being made of raw meat. In most respects, Polaroid's X720 is really a me-too product, with nothing particularly singling it from the pocket Internet camcorder crowd. However, it does get one rather unique feature. Inspite of the added bonus of being waterproof, put costs just 70, rendering it one of many cheapest in the marketplace. So although it's not that special when it comes to picture quality or features, the X720 is exceptionally good value.



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