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Polaroid X720 Camera Review

Polaroid's X720 is a pretty standard pocket Internet camcorder in many respects. However, it is not only one of the cheapest in the marketplace, however it is waterproof too, right down to 3m. In addition, it has a decent choice of manual settings, such as a few scene modes, control over metering and sharpness, and exposure, although nothing as advanced as shutter and iris control. Image quality is simply mediocre, then there is the notable deficiency of a tripod screw mount. But otherwise this is a great value camcorder.





Polaroid X720 Digital Camera Review





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 it, which will come by means of two regular alkaline AA cells. The 2nd protects the USB 2 and mini HDMI ports, as well as the microSD slot.



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



Features, Performance



It is possible to modify the way metering is performed, with center spot and average options. Alongside automatic white balance you will find presets for sunny and cloudy conditions, plus tungsten and neon indoor lighting, there are a couple of digital effects included. However, no fully manual option is available.



Most surprisingly of all, you will find a modicum of treatments for sharpness, with the facility to increase or decrease this by one notch. An EV exposure control with 13 settings between 2 and -2 can also be available, although it's strangely at no more the next menu page. As with virtually all pocket Internet camcorders, the range of ports available doesn't include minijacks for headphones or an external microphone - not too choosing able to utilize these underwater anyway. So you will need to depend on the somewhat mediocre built-in mono microphone. However, a slightly more annoying omission will be the insufficient a regular tripod screw mount.



With no sensor specifications readily available for the X720, we weren't sure what degree of image quality to anticipate from it. Inside our usual 100W ceiling light test, the X720 produced a relatively dark image, with muted colours, but a minimum of it had not been full of grain. In brighter, natural lighting the automatic white balancing did a decent job, but colours were slightly inaccurate, with reds in particular looking a little pale. It's also worth noting that the X720 doesn't have image stabilisation system, so shaky camerawork means shaky footage. Overall, though, performance is far from atrocious, and definitely adequate for that price.



Verdict



We aren't sure just how much Lady Gaga, Polaroid's creative director, was active in the making with the X720, there are no giveaway signs like the chassis being manufactured from raw meat. In most respects, Polaroid's X720 is a me-too product, without a penny particularly singling it from the pocket Internet camcorder crowd. However, it can have one rather unique feature. Regardless of the added bonus for being waterproof, put mio (visit my webpage) costs just 70, which makes it one of many cheapest in the marketplace. So although it isn't that special when it comes to image quality or features, the X720 is exceptionally good value.



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