Most outdoors anglers and hunters have taken plenty of still photos of their trophies and/or unusual harvests, catches or general wildlife moments.
But how many of us have thought, “Boy, I wish I could have captured those actual few moments when I pulled the trigger, launched the arrow or experienced all the rod-bending excitement of a big fish on the line?”
Unfortunately, most of us (including me) consider a video camera too bulky and complicated to carry around. Many of us have tried conventional video cameras, but when we’re ready to film, these cameras require movements of hands and/or arms. And as a turkey hunter who has chased off a number of big toms while trying to hold my shotgun and reach over and turn on the video camera sitting on a tripod at the same time, it just doesn’t work.
I believe I have the solution to capturing those exciting hunts on video without scaring them off. I saw the answer in January at the Midland Radio Corp. booth at the National Shooting Sports Foundation Shot Show in Las Vegas — their Wearable Video Camera models XTC280 and XTC285 in full HD for a crisp, clear picture and with a lens that focuses from five inches to infinity so you won’t miss anything. All you have to do is push the record button for a stable and steady picture.
The first thing I noticed about the XTCs was the versatility its size and weight offered the hunter/angler. It measures 1.6 x 3.5 x 1.5 inches and weighs 3.28 ounces, definitely a pocket-size camera even when in its waterproof case, which is submersible to 200 feet.
Wouldn’t it be nice to photograph that seven-pound largemouth bass bending your rod using their visor cap clip or using the submersible case underwater to film his release? When home, just plug and play using the USB cord.
The camera package includes the XTC 1080p HD Action camera, submersible case, universal mount, two 3M adhesive pads and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery which provides two hours of constant-use battery life, a USB cable and universal mounting base.
This is where the Midland XTCs show their video versatility by providing 20 accessory choices. Let’s look at some for hunters. If you have a modern sporting rifle with a Picatinney rail, there’s a special mount for your gun. For using an XTC with a rifle or shotgun, there are two accessories: the handlebar mount atop the scope or the visor mount that clips onto your hat. There is a special mount for bowhunters that screws into the bow’s stabilizer hole.
Those of us who enjoy water sports also will find plenty of things to video on and/or below the surface. Using the hat clip, you can video pulling your kids around on water skies, tubes, etc. I plan to use the submersible case to video fish under water and coming to the net, and when they swim away after release.
I know I’ll definitely be using it while carp and garpike shooting next spring.
The most videoing I’ll be doing with the Midland XTC will be hunting, probably beginNing shortly, once all the hay has been cut, for my woodchuck hunting. If I can make the arrangements, there may be a pig roast after a wild boar hunt in the near future.
Once September rolls around, I’ll be attaching the XTC to my airgun scope with the handlebar mount to video squirrel hunting, and on Sept. 14 on my rifle for the beginning of Northern Zone bear season.
October will also be a busy month. Beginning on the first, I’ll be attaching the XTC to my 12-gauge, trying to pattern, then call in a turkey. Later that month, I hope to be roaming the turkey woods in Montgomery County with Don Vanderwerker (Palatine Bridge) and his turkey dog, Skeeter. For that hunt I’ll be using the visor hat clip to capture the dog in action and how still he is curled up in his camouflage bag while Don calls to the flock of turkeys Skeeter’s just busted up. Oct. 26, I’ll be in Washington County with my new .30-30, hoping to film the downing of a North Country buck. In November, when the Southern Zone deer season opens, I’ll be spending some time in Allegany County trying to record the downing of an eight-point whitetail.
If you’re an outdoorsman, the Midland XTC HD Wearable Video Camera is the ideal way for you to capture and keep those memorable encounters in the woods, fields and on the water. That 10-pointer you captured on a still camera is nice, but wouldn’t it be better if you could watch him sneaking through the woods ahead of the drivers and stopping just long enough for you to squeeze the trigger or release that arrow? Go to www.midlandusa.com and watch some of the XTC videos.
Manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the XTC280 is $150; the XTC285 Mossy Oak Break-Up camo is $170.