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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.