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Paul White
Paul White

    The excellent budget option, the TCL SVC200 has been discontinued. However, after OEMing the SVC200 as the XTC300, Midland in the USA seem to have continued with a similar camera with an upgraded spec and battery life (4 hours) as well as adding other features with the XTC400VP.

    The 140º lens is better than the 127º of the TCL they have added WiFi ability (and a rather flakey phone App) but dispensed with the side LCD display which the SVC had. It now has a rotating lens which means you can mount it at any angle. It still has the simple magnetic on-off switch of the the TCL but requires a rather heavy waterproof case to be fully waterproof. The camera and case together weigh over 240g which may be a bit much on the end of a pole but will be fine mounted on the bowsprit.

    Price US$95 on Amazon USA

    Review here  – Video Review here

    Technical Specs
    RESOLUTION Record Time: Viewing Angle:
    1080p: 1920x1080p video at 30/25 fps (NTSC/PAL) at 105° field of view (FOV).
    720p: 1280x720p at 60/50 fps with 142° FOV.
    WVGA: 848×480 at 120/100 fps with 142° FOV
    LENS 7 elements (6 tempered glass, 1 IRF)
    LENS ROTATION 270° variable (90˚ counter clockwise, 180˚ clockwise)
    FOCUS 5 inches to infinity
    FORMAT MPEG-4 (mp4) Compression: H.264*
    LIGHT SENSITIVITY 1.5 V / Lux. second
    STORAGE Micro SD card up to 32GB (class 6 or higher, not included)
    POWER Li-Ion 1700mAh rechargeable battery
    OPERATING SYSTEM Win XP SP2+, Vista, 7 and 8. Mac OS X 10.4+
    WEIGHT: Camera 140 grams (5 oz.) with waterproof housing 242 grams (8.5 oz) .

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