Monoprice MHD 2.0 Action Camera review: Simple waterproof full-HD action cam gets the job done

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MSRP: $89.99

The Good The Monoprice MHD 2.0, like its predecessor, is an affordable, easy-to-use waterproof POV camera with a decent assortment of available mounts as well as a built-in standard quarter-inch tripod mount. Plus, the company has excellent customer service.

The Bad Other then some slightly improved video quality -- which was just OK to begin with -- there's no reason to upgrade. Without a screen or Wi-Fi, there's no way to preview your framing before you start shooting.

The Bottom Line If you're in the market for no-frills, cheap-and-easy point-and-shoot action cam, the Monoprice MHD 2.0 gets the job done.

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7.2 Overall
  • Design 8
  • Features 7
  • Performance 7
  • Image quality 6

Back in 2013 when Monoprice started selling its waterproof 1080p MHD Action Camera , there was no notable competition that offered its features at its sub-$100 price. The $90 MHD 2.0, however, is up against cameras like the $99 Polaroid Cube (£89, AU$149), the $129 GoPro Hero (£100, AU$169) and the $99 Xiaomi Yi (about £65, AU$120).

The MHD 2.0 has an edge on each of those cameras, though, in one way or another. For one, the price frequently drops to as low as $75, so it bests them all there. It has better video quality than the Cube and it's waterproof without a housing, which is something the Cube and Yi can't claim. The Hero is actually built into its housing, which could potentially limit how it is mounted.

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The MHD 2.0, on the other hand, is waterproof down to 30 feet (10 meters) and is shock-, dust- and freeze-proof. It has a standard quarter-inch tripod mount, so there are plenty of mounting options available and its bullet-shaped design gives it a lower profile than the Hero.

The camera comes with a clip that screws into the tripod mount, so it can be quickly snapped into the included handlebar/pole mount and removed just as fast. This mount uses a ball joint too, which could be used with third-party mounts like those from RAM. Monoprice also sells suction cup, helmet and board mounts that use the same quick-connect clip.

Along with the handlebar mount, you'll find a carrying pouch, a Mini-USB cable for charging and transfers, a screw key for the clip mount, and a small security strap that loops into the various mounts. What you won't find is a microSDHC card for storage, so be sure to factor that into your purchase price.

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Sliding the big switch on top is all you need to do to start recording. If you want to take a picture instead, just press and hold the shutter release to turn the camera on and press again to shoot. The body of the MHD vibrates to let you know when you've started and stopped recordings or taken a photo.

Behind a locking twist-off cap on back you'll find a Mini-HDMI and a Mini-USB port, a microSDHC card slot, a switch for changing video resolution (1080p or 720p) and a reset button.

Shooting options include Full HD 1080p and Tall HD 960p at 30 frames per second, and 720p HD at 30 and 60fps. Recorded with every HD video is a second 432x240-resolution thumbnail video -- whether you want it or not -- that can be used for quick uploads to social networks. The camera can also capture 5-megapixel stills one at a time, at 5-, 10-, 30- or 60-second intervals and in bursts of 10.

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