Polaroid iD820 Ultra Thin HD Camcorder Visit Site

Pros / It has the highest frame rate of any pocket camcorder we reviewed.

Cons / It's not water-resistant.

 Verdict / The Polaroid iD820 HD Camcorder gives you excellent video quality in an easy-to-pocket camera.

TopTenREVIEWS - Gold Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set
TopTenREVIEWS - Excellence Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

The Polaroid iD820 HD Camcorder is a pocket camcorder with an unconventional shape and exceptional image quality. For its innovative design and top-notch specs, the Polaroid iD820 HD Camcorder is our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award winner for best pocket camcorder.

  • Max Resolution
  • Max Memory Expansion
  • Max Frames-per-Second
  1. The highest resolution the camcorder can shoot at, regardless of frame rate.
    More is Better
  2. 1  Polaroid iD820
    1080.0 p
  3. 2  GE DV1
    1080.0 p
  4. 3  HTC RE
    1080.0 p
  5. Category Average
    870.0 p

Video/Image Quality

This camcorder can record video at 1080p, commonly referred to as full HD. Although a few displays on the market can display content at a higher resolution, 1080p is still the common standard for HD video.

It can also record video at 120 fps, the highest frame rate of any pocket camcorder we reviewed. Shooting at 120 fps lets you create smooth slow-motion replays, which is one of the most enjoyable applications of a camcorder.

When it shoots at 120 fps, the iD820 can only record in standard definition; however, it can record at 60 fps in 720p HD. This is the best setting for shooting fast-moving scenes. It is sufficient for decent slow motion, and the HD video will look much better than the standard definition available at 120 fps.

One reason we didn't give the iD820 a perfect score in image quality is it has 1/3.2-inch sensor, which is significantly smaller than some of the sensors in competing pocket camcorders. This could result in degraded low-light performance. Fortunately, this camera has a built-in flash to help compensate.

Another weakness is this camera's lack of image stabilization. This means that you'll have to hold the camera steady to get a steady video. A few of the other cameras we reviewed did have this feature.

Perhaps its most outstanding feature is its powerful, 120x zoom. You can zoom way in on faraway action. However, because this is a digital zoom, not optical, you will see a loss in video quality as you zoom in. Fortunately, 1080p resolution gives you a bit of room to zoom before you see a significant loss in quality.

The iD820 can take still photos as well as video. You can take digital stills with a 16.1-megapixel resolution. This is easily the highest photo resolution of any of the pocket camcorders we reviewed. It means you can easily crop and zoom in on photos after you've taken them.

Design

This is a very small video camera. It is less than 1 inch deep, less than 5 inches long and weighs just over 3 ounces. You can slide it into your pocket and forget that you're carrying it.

This camera has an unconventional design. Most pocket camcorders have the lens on the front of the broadside of the device, much like how a smartphone camera is positioned. The iD820 has the lens on the edge of the device, like a conventional camcorder that has been significantly slimmed down. This design is easier to hold, and it has the flip-out screen that gives the camera a bigger form factor than when it is in your pocket.

The iD820 features a rechargeable battery that powers the camera for one to two hours. This is about on par with most of the other camcorders we reviewed with rechargeable batteries.

One of this camera's most modern features is its touchscreen interface. Touchscreens can make navigating menus more intuitive, especially if you are accustomed to the touchscreens found in most modern smartphones.

This is not a particularly rugged camcorder. Because it doesn't have any of the shockproof or waterproof protective features that some competing cameras do, it's probably best to be used in dry and steady shooting conditions.

Memory/Ports

This camera relies on SD memory cards to store your photos and videos. It can take up to a 32GB card, which will store a few hours of video in MP4 format. You can export video to your computer using the built-in USB port. You can then export that video to popular video-sharing websites, such as YouTube, Facebook or Instagram. Unlike some competing cameras, it doesn't have any wireless connectivity, so you'll have to use a computer to upload video files to the internet.

This camcorder also has an HDMI output. This lets you connect it directly to your HDTV. You can scroll through pictures and video on the camcorder, and they will display on your television.

Help & Support

Polaroid has phone support, as well as a social media team. The customer service representative we spoke to was only moderately knowledgeable about the product, though.

The company also offers email support, which can be useful for detailing complicated issues. It has a downloadable product manual on its website, and it ships the iD820 with a one-year warranty.

Summary

The Polaroid iD820 is the best pocket camcorder on the market, for several reasons. It has unparalleled video quality, and its traditional-camcorder design is a welcome departure from the cell phone-like feel of competing pocket camcorders. It's not the most rugged camera out there, but if you can avoid dropping it or getting it wet, it will help you capture and relive life's beautiful moments.

Polaroid iD820 Ultra Thin HD Camcorder Visit Site