Polaroid XS100 Video Cameras

2.45/5 (11 Reviews)
MSRP : $159.99

Product Description

The Polaroid XS100 Extreme Edition Waterproof Action Camera is the most exciting and most professional Action Camera offered by Polaroid yet! Are you ready to jump off a cliff or a plane? How about surfing, skiing, biking, rafting etc? Then this is the camera you want! The Functions, Quality and Durability equals and in some features (G Sensor, Dual File Recording, Vibrates, Ultra Light )even surpasses the cameras offered by other brands in the professional market. Priced at $159.99 this is one of lowest priced cameras in this field. This camera comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Brian Flynn

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2014

Strengths:    Lightweight, good mounting options.

Weaknesses:    No stabilization, videos are almost unusable when recording over choppy surfaces. Persistent clicking sound over the same surfaces. Battery life is quite short.

Bottom Line:   
This is a good entry into the helmet cam craze. If they can fix the stabilization and the clicking sounds I will give one more chili.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by this guy

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2014

Strengths:    has a great picture and easy to use

Weaknesses:    NO AUDIO

Bottom Line:   
I love this camera but I just wish I could figure out how to get the audio working. I've been watching you tube and it seems that some peoples audio works fine but from the reviews, other people are having the same problem as me.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by detroit44

Date Reviewed: April 10, 2014

Strengths:    great look, very aerodynamic, lots of extras

Weaknesses:    where the h**** is the sound?

Bottom Line:   
Great camera except for one thing. I can not record sound off of the damn thing. i've tried different recording options, I've tried playing back on my p.c. and my t.v. and although the video looks great,I cant seem to get any sound to record.
I've read my of you out there with the same problem that i have,and unfortunately, no one has figured out what to do to fix it...I will keep looking at this post in hopes that someone out there has an idea on how to fix this problem...
What a damn shame.....

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by tspoon

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2014

Strengths:    As others have mentioned, the display case is a masterpiece. In addition, the unit is attractively styled.

Weaknesses:    Everything else. Polaroid should have made the reset button larger because you'll be using it every single time you interact with this piece of junk.

Sometimes it won't turn on. Sometimes it won't turn off. I never successfully made a video or took a photo with this unit, despite poring over the instruction manual, trying everything exactly as written.

Bottom Line:   
Don't buy. Tell all your friends not to buy. This camera is utterly worthless.

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Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   tour bike

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brian a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: April 1, 2014

Strengths:    Amazing visual clarity of picture, ease of use, sleek design.

Weaknesses:    Microphone pickup is a little weak

Bottom Line:   
The Polaroid XS100 addresses all of the shortcomings I've felt the GoPro has in spades. First the design - WAY more streamlined than the GoPro, which for motorcycle riding is a really good thing. The camera has standard camera tripod threads so you can easily attach it to any tripod - unlike the GoPro. Easy to operate while it's mounted on top of your helmet - vibrates to let you know it's recording, it's on, it's off - only one button, and one sliding switch. Also there is only one large, rear cover - not the little hatches and covers the GoPro has. Without a dedicated waterproof housing, the Polaroid doesn't go as deep as the GoPro in it's housing, but 30' is plenty for swimming pool, surfing, or snorkeling. I've had fewer issues connecting the Polaroid XS100 to my computer to download movies and pictures than I ever had with the GoPro 3 black edition. The XS100 doesn't have wifi (the XS100i does if thats a deal breaker), but the wifi on the GoPro was always such a pain in the a** and a battery drain. I've had the Polaroid on my motorcycle helmet and have recorded both 1080P video and timelapse photos and the quality is really good - comparable to the GoPro (in those resolutions) and for $120, really a no brainer. Better than lashing my miniDV camcorder to my handlebars with a spare inner tube (which I have done) :)

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Howie

Date Reviewed: March 8, 2014

Strengths:    Picture quality is excellent

Weaknesses:    This is just not user friendly, plugged into Tv or through the pc with the card plugged in. It has never recorded sound doesn't auto rotate and often won't replay on anything.

Bottom Line:   
I thought this thing looked great and so bought one for my son to record biking and it's true the picture quality is good. However films are no good with out sound, it won't play through the TV and is not always recognised by the pc, in short it's very disappointing and I wouldn't buy another. I have another similar product , not gopro, cheaper than polaroid but much better and easy to use. if you're on a budget get Chilli mini pro.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Karim

Date Reviewed: January 25, 2014

Strengths:    Good size, comes with lots of accessories + HDMI cable. Does not take long to charge. Wi-Fi is very useful. It would be nice to be able to connect multiple devices and watch videos or live stream on all of them.

Weaknesses:    The auto rotation does not work. So you basically if you have the cam on its side, you have to find a video editor to rotate the video on a PC or Mac. Contacted customer service but so far no response.

Bottom Line:   
Overall it's good, but I wish the video auto rotation was working as advertised.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Scott Hubbard

Date Reviewed: August 1, 2013

Strengths:    Excellent Picture and Video Quality

Weaknesses:    Will record video fine will not up load to work with the video.

Bottom Line:   
Do not buy this product!
I've given up after approx 20hrs of effort! Now in process of contacting seller and returning and going with Go Pro!

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by bebby

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2013

Strengths:    comes in great looking box, took me 10 minutes to open it with out ripping the box to bits to gain access,

Weaknesses:    only had the camera for a day, have followed the instructions to download software but keep getting a message saying device not recognised, because I am not a computer geek maybe got it wrong, will get my friend who is more computer savvy to give it a go,

Bottom Line:   
have been watching clips on you tube about insurance scams and motorcycle accidents so thought I would get one for when I go out for a ride on my Harley, nice looking camera, read revues, watched clips on you tube and was impressed so I purchased the camera from amazon, I hope its my incompetetence with the computer and not the camera that's at fault, hope its not an expensive mistake

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Gleep a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2013

Strengths:    Small and light and full of bite!

Weaknesses:    The manual that comes in the box rots, this is true. I downloaded the PDF manual - much better. It says there is a Firmware Update Button in the software. I didn't see it. The Helmet mount directions on how to weave the strap and clip the clips,,, you're a better man than me Gunga Din!

Bottom Line:   
I couldn't give it a higher rating because I just received it the day before yesterday. I love this camera so far. The video is outstanding and the fish-eye like lens captures it all. Everyone is different, but I think the choppiness that people are referring to is from trying to play the video file while it is still on the camera. Like trying to play a video on the internet, if the flow is slow, then the playback is cached. Move the file from the camera to the computer's hard drive and play it from there. I too was flustered until I moved the file.

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Favorite Trail:   Erie Canal

Bike Setup:   Road Bike and Off Road Bike

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Quasi a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: March 2, 2013

Strengths:    Looks good
Comes in a fancy plastic box fit for an Oscar trophy.

Weaknesses:    Unit I received does not work as it is supposed to.
It makes nice short videos, but locks up with anything longer than five minutes.

Bottom Line:   
So I received my XS100 two days ago and it may be a one-off defective unit, but I get the feeling it is basically an unreliable camera. My unit is totally useless as it locks up in video recording mode after five minutes. It wont power down and it wont stop recording. I have to punch the reset button with the tip of a paperclip and the subsequent video file on the micro SD card is useless. I have used two Micro SD Cards -- a 32 GB Unirex Class 10 card and a 32 GB Sandisk Class 10 card -- No difference. I have formatted them with the SD formatter put out by the SD card group. This camera is cheaper than a GoPro, but it costs more than a paper weight -- so there is no excuse.
I have not dealt with Polaroid's customer support on this yet. For the last two days I thought I was doing something wrong and had to try different approaches before I was sure it was the unit causing the problem and not the operator.
I have my doubts as to whether Polaroid customer support will be much help. I bought this from the Polaroidstore.com and they charge $25 for shipping and you find this out until after entering your credit card number. After you order, they will not cancel your order even if the unit hasnt shipped yet. So if you want to take your chances on this camera, go with another source, there are many good retailers carrying it. So besides poor customer service, Polaroid also has a pretty crappy manual that comes with the unit -- so the learning curve will be days long.
There is a newer and more useful manual online but it is wrong in at least one instance -- it says to use the software which came with the camera (a polaroid.exe file that the camera writes to your SD card) and "3. Click the 'Firmware Check' button". Now, if they actually had a "firmware check" button in their software, this would be useful. BUT THERE IS NO SUCH BUTTON IN THE SOFTWARE!!
My sense is that Polaroid is just a marketing company trying to market a unit which contains pretty high quality hardware, but lacking in quality firmware glue to hold it together. There are just too many things wrong with this unit that "could" be fixed by firmware. If they could be fixed in firmware, why didnt Polaroid have the proper firmware in it to begin with? I suspect it is because they dont know what they are doing, they are just a marketing company and the expertise to make the right firmware is "elseware". :) So I really doubt they will come through and fix this product with proper firmware, that would cost money and cut into profits which are probably pretty low seeing as the hardware is pretty high quality. I suppose it could be a hardware problem with my unit. If it is, then I will certainly add a new review and try to have this one removed. Until then, you have been warned.

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Duration Product Used:   3 days

Price Paid:    $165.00

Purchased At:   polaroidstore.com

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher 293

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