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JVC GC-XA1 ADIXXION Action Camera - (5MP, 4x Digital Zoom) 1.5 inch LCD Display
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- 5 megapixel digital compact camera
- 4X Digital Zoom, 1X Optical Zoom
- 1.5 inch crystal-clear LCD display
- Features include: 5m waterproof, 2m shockproof, freeze- & dust-proof, wi-fi compatibility, 5M CMOS sensor, HDMI terminal, image stabilization, super wide 170° lens
- Provided with accessories; flexible mount and base, goggle mount, lens protection cover and usb cable.
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The tough and compact ADIXXION Action Camera takes videos and stills at angles, in situations, and from perspectives that are beyond the ordinary, right from the get-go. Ride with it, dive with it, experience more life with it.
Lens protection cover
screw for goggle mount
flexible mount & base
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1. The price;
2. It's very discreet;
3. It's well-built;
4. It's waterproof without a bulky housing;
5. It's made by a company that's been in the camcorder game for years;
6. The video quality is as good as the rest;
7. Supplied with two plastic lens protectors;
8. Takes a full-size SD card;
9. Has 'mini', as opposed to 'micro', HDMI out;
10.Takes lovely stills.
Things I don't like:
1. Recording light at the front instead of at the back where you could see it better;
2. Recording light stays on all the time; being at the front this attracts attention to the camera;
3. No external mic socket;
4. Internal mic picks up a lot of wind noise - so you have to cover it with insulating tape;
5. No screw-thread on the lens to take a UV filter;
6. LCD screen stays on all the time while recording, a feature that just helps to drain the battery (sorted in GC-XA2);
7. Supplied mounts pretty useless and do not inspire confidence;
8. Wi-Fi implementation not great, though it's always worked well enough for me (read the manual);
9. Battery takes ages to charge.
Otherwise, a fairly neat little camera, as long as you don't pay too much for it. You should also be aware that there's now a new improved model out called GC-XA2 that attempts to address some - though not by any means all - of its older brother's shortcomings. I shall probably buy this latest incarnation in due course. For your info, I also have Sony HDRAS15 Sports Action Camcorder with Full HD and Wi-Fi - Black which, in overall terms, is pretty much on a par with the camera reviewed here. While the one you eventually buy will depend on what's important to you, neither should disappoint.
After looking at just about every POV camera on the market I decided for the money that the JVC Adixxion would be the best buy at a price of £139 when I bout it, even better now in terms of price
I didn't really expect a lot to be honest but on my first outing mountain biking over Canock Chase the footage is just what I need. 720p at 60fps is perfect, not to massive a file as my computer can't cope with it like I would sure to get with a GoPro (and the fact that it's £200 less than the Hero 3).
It's the first time of used a POV cam and I'm still learning about the best place for the camera. I bought the handbar mount from JVC store and it works fine but the footage isn't as good as it could be with a lot of vibration and no foreground interest to get a speed perspective.
Helmet mount is good quality in my option but a helmet camera has to be the worst of all the angles you can shoot action, specially on a mountain bike. There is no sense of speed or terain at all, I very quickally put that to one side.
The goggle mount is a bit hopeless to be honest, nothing to do with fitting it but the fact that there is no camera adjustment once it's on there. But I hope the remedy this with the introduction of a Hama mini ball and socket mount. If I'm right this will change the usefullness of the goggle mount considerably allowing the camera to be positioned slightly out and angled with precision to just keep the side of the helmet and eyeline in view as you travel, this might be a nice shooting position.
I've just ordered the chest mount direct form JVC UK the only place I've seen it available. One reviewer pointed out a seriouse flaw for using the chest mount on a bike, the fact the camera dosnt tilt far enough back to allow you to film the trail as well as the handle bars, it's only really for when you are upright???. My hopeful solution is again the Hama mini ball and socket mount that I will screw into the chest mount thread allowing the camera to sit on the 360 degree ball head that should allow me to lock the camera in a much better position facing up along the chin line and down the bike towards the trail not at 90 degrees from the chest.
I'll report back about how the ball head works out, fingers crossed this should free up all the attachments for the JVC Addixion by giving proper positioning.
I looked at the Go Pro but the fact that the JVC had a built in screen and was considerably cheaper was the selling point.