Uploading HD video wirelessly? Yes you can!

A lot has been written about the iPhone 4's ability to record HD video, and its inability to upload via the AT&T 3G wireless network (maybe next year, guys). However, there's another way you can record HD video and upload it wirelessly (via Wi-Fi), with the help of two cool tools:

The scoop: DXG-A85V Pro Gear high-definition video camera, by DXG, about $320; and Eye-Fi Pro X2 8GB SDHC card, about $150.

What it is: The DXG-A85V Pro Gear video camera offers a lot of the same features found in brand name video cameras, but without the brand name price. This model includes a 10 megapixel image sensor, 12x optical zoom, and can record videos with 1080p resolution at 30 frames per second, or 720p resolution at 60 frames per second. The DXG-A85V includes a 3-inch touchscreen display for easy menu option navigation, and an HDMI cable and interface for connecting to an external display. The system supports SDHC cards up to 16GB in capacity, and this includes the 8GB Eye-Fi Pro X2 model. Videos are stored in the .MOV file format (QuickTime).

Why it's cool: The camera was very easy to use, the LCD screen pops out from the side, and the touchscreen was a nice and easy way to change resolution settings (we tend to shoot in 720p to save on file sizes). The dual-capture mode, in which you can record videos and pictures simultaneously, was a very nice touch. The electronic image stabilization feature was also handy, helping us keep steady during videos without having to rely on a tripod.

When you add the Eye-Fi Pro X2 card to the camera, you can automatically upload your videos and photos via Wi-Fi network to a photo sharing site, including Facebook (as well as Flickr and Picasa). The card features its Endless Memory Mode, which automatically frees up space on the card once photos and videos have been uploaded. The card can also upload images and videos through AT&T Wi-Fi hot spots (including Starbucks and McDonald's locations). But for the most part, you'll want to upload photos through your own Wi-Fi network at home, especially if you have an 802.11n network.

Using the Eye-Fi card was also a breeze; once configured it was a great way to quickly upload photos to Facebook and other photo sharing sites, and the software lets you choose privacy settings on photos, as well as choose only the photos you want to upload -- a very nice feature that prevents you from sharing 200 photos of your kids at the carnival.

Some caveats: On the camera, I would have preferred an external microphone jack, which can help in noisy environments. On the card, I have no complaints other than the sticker price -- make sure that wireless uploading is something you plan to do frequently, otherwise you can pick up a regular SDHC for a lower price.

Grade: 4.5 stars (out of five) for each product.

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