RePlay 720P Digital Video Action Camera

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We’ve had readers request more video in our reviews. The problem is a conventional camera and remote microphone setup cost a lot. I’ve been trying to find a solution to this for some months now. I now have the answer in the most unlikely of happenstance.

I received an email from Cory who represents RePlay HD. Cory asked if I could do a review of the HD 720. I usually give some thought to these requests and this time was no exception. After some thought I decided it might just be something our readers would find useful in recording a hunt, competition our just range work.

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I contacted Cory and asked him to go ahead and send it to me. The first thing I thought of when I opened the box was how small this camera and accessories are. Then it hit me we just might be able to use this as an HD digital recorder for our reviews. If it works as advertised it would solve my problem of providing more video in some reviews and letting the readers know about a great way to document their activities.

Well it sure does work as advertised. In fact better than I expected. The video link will give you some idea of the quality of the video as well as the sound and ease of use. As far as my results are concerned you’ll have to wait for the review I did using it.

 Sample Racing Video RePlay 720XD

The kit comes with either the HD720 or the HD1080 depending on how much you want to spend and how much resolution you need for the activities you have in mind. Also included is a car and home charger, 4 GB micro SD card with a converter to use in a standard USB port on your computer, tablet or smartphone. The cable needed is also supplied. There is also a static mount and a throw lever mount which swivels 360 degrees as well as up and down so you can cover any angle. These are mounted with supplied adhesive pads so they will hold on about any surface. Several very thin stick on plastic pieces are supplied to block out wind noise. These are placed over the built in microphone. The entire kit fits in a cordura pouch with a belt clip or wherever you choose to carry it. The pouch is also included.

 

Replay XD720 Video Camera System   Replay XD

 

The controls are simple and straightforward. At the rear of the camera is a screw on cap with a rubber gasket to guard against moisture as well as dust and dirt. The micro SD card is inserted in the back. There are also two controls for setting the number of frames per second you want to shoot at and the video setting of 720p or 1080p. A small port is used to charge the unit. The on off control and video start are located on the top of the camera.

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After looking everything over and learning how to set the camera up I realized I could also use a picatinny mount and external microphone. When they arrived I was ready to mount this small camera on a rifle and pistol using the picatinny mount. Any rail will work whether handgun, rifle or shotgun. There are a number mounts available from RePlay. MSRP on the 720p is $149.99. The 1080p is priced at  $299.00. As always the price in stores will be less expensive. It’s really a bargain considering what it will do.

External Mic Kit   Replay XD

I used the camera for both hand held and rail mounted applications during my review. It worked just fine whether handheld, mounted on a standard tripod or picatinny rail. When my review is posted using the RePlay camera I’ll be sure and let you know so you can judge for yourself.

 

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Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the senior writer and moderator at TFB as well as the review manager. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


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  • http://twitter.com/txshurricane Jim

    The demo video is for the XD1080, not the 720P

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      They were shooting at 720 P but I’ll add another with just the 720XD

      • http://twitter.com/txshurricane Jim

        Thanks for the clairification

        • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

          Sure no problem. I should have put that information in anyway.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=767053319 James Patrick

    I like the water-resistant cap on the back. I have a ContourHD and the cap on the back will pop off if the camera is dropped. I wonder how durable the buttons are.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      It certainly does fit tightly. I don’t have any worries there. Since I wrote the review I laid it out in the rain for a few hours. When I brought it in I left it dry for a little while. It was still ticking right along so I’d say the buttons are good for foul weather.

  • MrTorben

    Now that you got a liking to gun mounted mini cam’s….when can we expect a review of what is currently available? Yes there are tons of action cam reviews but the firearm community is usually a side note, crammed somewhere within the accessory listing.

    With the high level of ambient noise at a range, with the even higher level of noise when you fire the gun, the higher g-forces and very fast movements due to recoil…all those things combined are probably unique to mounting a cam on a firearm?

    thoughts?

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      It will take a bit of time to line up a review of several kinds but it’s something I have considered.

      I’ve sure learned a lot about them since I received this one. The shooting videos are a side note to racing, skydiving etc. I think one reason for this is people aren’t taking the time to get the most out of the camera, You mentioned fast movements. That’s something I’ve noticed on several of the videos done and posted on You Tube.

      I’ve tried a few ways of recording shooting sessions and there are some things I’ve come across in variations of mounting points. Mounting it further back reduces movement and lowers the volume of the round being fired. I have to say the camera does a good job of handling the loud noises on the range. If you use the supplied adhesive pieces over the microphone you still get the sounds you want without the wind noise. It also reduces the noise from other shooters a few lanes away.

      Anyway I’m learning and expect to get better with it over time. As you mentioned there are unique considerations to recording good video and audio when recording shooting activities.

      • MrTorben

        Thanks for the reply.

        Just reading what you have learned during this experience, from someone “untainted” by the traditional use of action cams, it will make future reviews even more interesting and entertaining.

        Thanks

        • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

          Good I hope it does:-) You’re very welcome!

  • MadMarsupial

    There is a solid Picatinny rail mount for the Contour cameras.

    Not much good having a great camera if you secure it well.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      This one has a very good picitinny mount. It can be rotated 360 deg as well

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