Fancy yourself as the adventurous type? Have you been thinking about how cool it would be to shoot video of your adventures, but you just don’t want to drop two hundred bucks (or more!) on an entry-level action camera? Well, now you don’t have to, thanks to Monoprice.com.
The MHD Action Camera from Monoprice is a small (3.9 ounces/3.75”x1.765”x1.5”), semi-cylindrical HD video camera with a 120° field of view that shoots in either 1920x1080p or 1280x720p with 24-bit resolution at a rate of 30 frames per second. This camera features a housing that is waterproof up to a depth of 10 meters, and since the case is so tough, Monoprice claims that it is also shock, dust and freeze proof. Very discretely tucked away within this housing is a waterproof microphone to make sure you get great audio to go along with all your video adventures. Additional features:
- standard ¼”x20 threaded mount
- 2 axis gyroscopic sensor to ensure proper video orientation
- simple one-touch slide switch to start and stop recording
- micro-SD card slot (can accommodate up to 32BG)
- mini-B USB port for charging and data sync
- micro HDMI port for direct video output
- built-in rechargeable battery provides 3 hours of recording or 6 hours of standby
- 5 megapixel still camera that can shoot single, burst and time-lapse
- software is compatible with Windows XP SP3 or later or Mac OS X® 10.5 or later
By now, you’re probably wondering how this thing works, and to that I can attest that it works pretty well. Once the initial setup is done, shooting video or stills is about as simple as it gets thanks its chunky, minimalist controls. At first, I was a bit concerned by the lack of viewfinder or screen in regard to being able to frame a shot, but since it has a 120° field of view, it pretty much captures everything you point it at. The images shot by this camera are sharp, clear, and bright, and the waterproof microphone works pretty well at capturing sound, though depending on the conditions under which the video is shot, sound can come out a little muffled.
Regarding the claims of how burly the housing is, I can tell you unequivocally that the MHD Action Camera is indeed shock, dust and waterproof. This thing has hit the asphalt a few times from about four feet up, and it’s taken a tumble down the wooden stairs of my house once, and everything is still in working order. To test the camera’s water-resistance, I left it in a full sink overnight, and there was no sign of leakage at all, and the camera worked perfectly the next morning. Sadly, the camera has not spent a night in my freezer, so I cannot tell you whether or not it is actually freeze proof. Considering that the rest of the claims have all held up, I have no reason to doubt this particular claim.
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**Full disclosure: This camera was provided at no cost for the purpose of testing/reviewing. To think otherwise would be silly.