CNET First Look
The Monoprice MHD Action Camera gets you POV video on the cheapThe overall MHD package is good for the money, but don't expect stellar video at this price.
Hey, there. I'm Josh Goldman with CNET. And this is a look at the Monoprice MHD Action Camera. For those unfamiliar with Monoprice, the company has made a name for itself by selling less expensive versions of pricier name brand products. In this case, the MHD has a very similar design and feature set to the Ion Air Pro Camera. It's about half the price, though. But to be fair, the Ion has a couple of differences, including the capability to add Wi-Fi to it-- which the MHD just doesn't have. So, what you do get with the MHD is a small lightweight action cam that's waterproof down to about 30 feet without an additional housing. It records in either 1080p or 720p at 30 frames per second and captures 5-megapixel photos. And operation is simple. Just slide the switch on top forward, and it powers on and it starts recording, giving you a little vibration to let you know it's going. Included is a handlebar or pole mount along with a quick-connect mount that screws into the standard tripod mount in the bottom. So, while you can buy other mounts from Monoprice all under about $20, you can also use anything with a quarter-inch tripod mount. It sports in MicroSD card slot are stashed under a cap in the back. And while the camera's battery is built-in, you do get about 2-1/2 hours recording time from it. Now, the video quality, it's what I would expect from a sub-$100 video camera that has all of these other features going for it. It's basically good enough for mobile devices and online sharing at small sizes, but viewing even slightly larger reveals a lot of artifacts, and wobble is plentiful. The rest of the package is very good for the money, though. So, if you don't need anything more than decent web video, this will do the trick. I'm Josh Goldman. And that's the Monoprice MHD Action Camera.