166 of 168 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Budget busting head cam
I am really impressed with the capability of this "tiny" camera. Its not just compact but also really easy to use with very intuitive switches and buttons a real "plug and play" set up (even on Vista) with a simple drag and drop facility.
The video quality is very good with very little motion blur (see below) and the run time is acceptable (although in the cold...
Published on 27 Oct 2009 by J. P. Gillard
155 of 159 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Much better than expected
From the reviews of other similar products I didn't have my hopes raised too high for this one. I was wrong. It's solidly built and well presented and the video quality in daylight is comparable to my Sony handycam. (if you prop it up and leave it to record.) artificial light sees quality drop dramatically, but what do you expect for the price. On the con side. buy the...
Published on 5 Nov 2009 by Christopher Holmes
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166 of 168 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Budget busting head cam,
This review is from: Veho VCC-003 Muvi Micro DV Camcorder (Camera)I am really impressed with the capability of this "tiny" camera. Its not just compact but also really easy to use with very intuitive switches and buttons a real "plug and play" set up (even on Vista) with a simple drag and drop facility.
The video quality is very good with very little motion blur (see below) and the run time is acceptable (although in the cold winter mornings, you can cut the time by TWO THIRDS!).
* Cheap (for an action Camera). Being under £100 makes this a vital tool to ensure a little extra safety on my commute each day, there are plenty of Plus £100 cameras around that have nowhere near the quality and capability of this camera
* Light, Its built of sturdy metal and feel solid, but as it is so small it is very light and sits on a cycle helmet/head band without you even noticing the weight.
* Very, very, very small (have I mentioned the size!!)
* Simple to use (even for a fat fingered oaf like me)
* Simple to set up (just plug it in the USB, and it appears as a drive on the PC)
* Robust and sturdy design, made of solid and chunky metal not plastic
* Vox setting (voice control, a simple slide switch to turn's the camera into an auto record unit)
* Initially very jerky...this was solved by the addition of a higher class memory card than the standard (that the camera ships with). I didn't realise that storage cards record at different rates and the rate at which this camera produces images is effectively quicker than the standard card can burn. A new class 6 SDHC card works wonders and produces really good, smooth results
* 30 minute record segments. The camera stops recording after 30 minutes. However, if you switch on the vox setting the camera automatically starts recording again without any need to push buttons or "restart" (I use the camera to record a 60 to 90 minute commute and it never misses a beat).
* Weather proofing......well, it isn't....... so it wont stand up to rain and water (no water sports I'm afraid) even the "Extreme sports " pack's rubber cover/gator is pretty useless as the camera will not sit in any of the provided mounts with the gator fitted...very poor design of this component in my opinion. However the sports pack does excel in the provision of a multitude of very secure and very simple mounts for all other applications (motorcycle, cycle, car, head cam, climbing, skating etc etc)
The camera's use is massively enhanced by the additional "Extreme sports pack". To be honest, it's a little useless without it. The sports pack is a little costly, However the camera itself is pretty cheap so the two combined still cost less than most action cameras.
The SD card that the camera ships with is not (in my opinion) up to the job and creates jumpy and jerky (almost wobbly) footage. I really recommend the acquisition of a good High class card to replace the standard (costs about £10 to do so)
In addition, software shipped with the cam includes WEB cam software, I've yet to play with this but allegedly its plug & play .....and if the use-ability of the camera is anything to go by, then the webcam set up should be very straight forward.
155 of 159 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Much better than expected,
This review is from: Veho VCC-003 Muvi Micro DV Camcorder (Camera)From the reviews of other similar products I didn't have my hopes raised too high for this one. I was wrong. It's solidly built and well presented and the video quality in daylight is comparable to my Sony handycam. (if you prop it up and leave it to record.) artificial light sees quality drop dramatically, but what do you expect for the price. On the con side. buy the 8GB optional card as the one enclosed only gives 40 mins recording max and the instructions are a little on the sparse side. On the whole a great buy.
73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small and powerful Camcorder,
This review is from: Veho VCC-003 Muvi Micro DV Camcorder (Camera)Muvi Micro Camcorder
I bought this as I was looking for a small camcorder that I could use at home or work rather than carrying around a larger camcorder or camera with video capabilities. I have these other items but find them bulky and it's obvious I'm using them. If you are loking for something discrete then this is the item for you.
Despite it's small size it is particularly well built, made from alloy and not plastic so it feels solid.
It is simple to use and after a few minutes checking it over I was recording straight out of the box and downloading my efforts to see what I recorded.
I first used it handheld and recorded in bright sunshine outdoors and moved inside and the lens coped well with the change in light and adjusted very quickly. The colours too are very clear and true and the recorded movement was realistic not like some other small camcorders and webcams I have used which have a slight delay slowing motion down.
I recoreded later at night in the rain under street lights with it worn on my clothing and it worked better that I thought it would with the camera picking up eveything despite the lack of daylight. The inbuilt microphone worked well picking up conversations from people around me as well as my own voice.
Downloading is so simple and the camcorder comes with 2 USB connectors, one in lead form so it can be used as a webcam or a simple USB connector which plugs directly into the camcorder then into the PC. Downloading is quick and the footage plays directly in Windows Media Player and I was able to archive and store my files with ease.
The camcorder comes with a clip which I used to attach to my clothing and it is easily adjustable and can be clipped to any part of your clothing. I used the neckstrap attached to the top of the camcorder as well as the clip for added security but to be honest wasn't really required as the clip felt sturdy enough.
At last I have found something that actually claims to be what it says and would recommend this to anyone.
I will be buying the accessory pack with additional attachments for bike and helmet etc.
463 of 481 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good learning tool,
This review is from: Veho VCC-003 Muvi Micro DV Camcorder (Camera)
Used this for the first time the other day, just clipped it to the top of my safety vest. Really impressed with teh quality (this video is rendered down to FLV the original file size was 899mb AVI and really pin sharp with good colour. I have just started biking and reviewing footage like the attached helps me to see if I am riding as well as I could be - road position etc, also lets me highlight other drivers doing silly things so I can improve my observationn skills.
75 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for price and size,
This review is from: Veho VCC-003 Muvi Micro DV Camcorder (Camera)I have wanted a mini cam for sometime to take out Moutain Biking and finally bought this one after reading the reviews. This is a fantatsic piece of kit. About the size of those throw away cigarette lighters, but it is surprisingly heavy and gives the impression of being very robust. It is very easy to use with very few buttons and nothing to set up, it is all plug and play. The relevant parts of the user manual are only about 7-8 pages (in large font in the PDF document).
I also bought
- the Extreme sports pack (more of this later).
- An 8gb card (approx 6 hours) which should be sufficent for most trips. The 2gb card that it comes with holds about 90 minutes
- VEHO recharger plug, makes re-charging exceptionally easy (especially if you haven't got a PC with you)
- ease of use both itself and on the PC
- picture quality is excellent for something of this lens size
- Re-charges fully in about 2 hours
- good variety of straps and mounts
- Good sound quality (haven't tried the voice activation bit yet)
- The mounts seem very secure, but I might use a zip tie in bumpy conditions just in case. If you lose it the size will make it very difficult to find!
- You can't see what you are recording, or have recorded, without a PC. This can make setting up the cam in the right place a little difficult and you will need to try out the varions straps to get the positioning correct.
- No instructions with the sports kit. Although it is fairly easy to work out which straps are for what, it isn't easy to work out the best way to attach them to the mounts.
- Velcro straps are fiddly and attache themselves to anything that you don't want them to! especially the inside pads of a cycle helemt!
Extreme Sports kit
- Handle bar strap - gives very shaky images (made my wife feel seasick watching them!) and lots of background noise I think from the vibrations thru the bike.
- Head strap is fine, but I wear a helmet (everyone should when cycling) so not really practical. May be ok for skiing.
- Arm strap - No good for biking, the cam it points at the sky most of the time. Probably ok for skiing though.
- Helemt strap - This is good and reduces the background noise. Downside is you can't see the cam and will need someone to tell you if it is a the correct angle for recording.
- When on, the rubber weather jacket means you can't use the mounts and can only use the straps. Unless there is a way of doing so that I have'nt found yet.
In summary I am very pleased so far, but have only tested locally and not in any serious MTB conditions.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow data card and slower frame rate than stated,
This review is from: Veho VCC-003 Muvi Micro DV Camcorder (Camera)The camcorder is supplied with a 2GB micro SD card Class 2. This is not a fast enough write speed to capture the data being recorded by the camera (quoted at 30 frames per second). I found the video capture to appear to jump every so often when using the supplied Class 2 card. This has improved on using a Class 6 card but supplying the camera with a card which is not capable of capturing data at the speed of the camera is disingenuous. Expect to spend a further £10 to get the appropriate 4GB Class 6 card.
Nor does the camera actually record at 30fps. It appears to be somewhere between 20-25 fps. The 30fps quoted in Amazon's spec for the device is not correct; this is confirmed by Veho on their website tech support and spec pages. Amazon (and for that matter any vendor) should not be advertising this as a 30fps camera. It would appear Veho probably did so originally but have since retracted. They now state 25.
It's a nice little product and ideal for my purposes but I felt a little misled to discover these two issues with it after purchase. But I would still have bought it.
51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beware of Amazon bundle with 8gb micro SD card,
This review is from: Veho VCC-003 Muvi Micro DV Camcorder (Camera)First off the camera is excellent but... If you like me purchased it as a bundle as you know to achieve 30fps you need a micro SD card capable of writing at class 6 speeds. The bundled 2gb card is slow and so is the Amazon bundled 8gb card (class 2). DO NOT BUY THE BUNDLE if you wish to get the optimum out of this camera.
As it stands I now need to purchase another micro SD card this time class 6 (as I originally thought). Hopefully I will then be able to give the camera 5 stars from the four rating now.I should have read in more depth but hey ho!
73 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Trackdays,
This review is from: Veho VCC-003 Muvi Micro DV Camcorder (Camera)Bought this a few weeks ago along with the extreme sports pack but only had chance to really get to grips with them this weekend at my Lotus Car Clubs Trackday. It easily slotted on the front grille, almost too easily that I was worried Id finish my session and it wouldnt be there any more but low and behold it was still there, strong and sturdy.
Another thing I was a little bit worried about was image quality, and the effects from vibrations from the road but it turned out pretty good. Easily good enough to stick on youtube and post on the Lotus forum. One last thing mentioning, there is a small clear sticker over the lense, I presume its there to protect it but its so small I didnt even notice it at first until my mate pointed it out.
All in all a really good little product, the pictures dont really do the size justice, it really is tiny. Also I didnt realise it was actually finished in an alloy metal, I guess I expected a plastic. 5/5
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gadget for skiing hols, it exceeded our expectations,
This review is from: Veho VCC-003 Muvi Micro DV Camcorder (Camera)For something so small I was sceptical, but having read reviews and checked out videos posted on YouTube I took the plunge. We were going skiing and thought it would be great to record our downhill antics, and other sports cams were way out of our financial reach. Well I'm glad to say this tiny camcorder exceeded our expectations. Not only are the pictures clear and sharp, the view it records is far wider and deeper than expected. I thought with such a tiny lens we would get a rather tunnel-vision view, but not so, we captured not only the ski run directly in front of us, but all the magnificent views in the background and the sides of the slopes. We took our laptop with so we could download each days recordings and check that we had the cam-corder at the right angle, this took a bit of adapting, but with sticky back Velcro on our helmets we did it, keeping the stap attached to something secure just in case it fell off which it didn't! (by the way, the extreme sports kit was useless, nothing to attach it to a solid ski helmet with; hook n loop fasteners had both hook and loop on the same piece of material so unusable; the elastic head strap didn't have any non-slip backing, and it wouldn't fit round any helmet; the brackets also don't attach to a helmet with a curved front, and one would require drilling holes in your helmet! The waterfproof cover only fits when the camera doesn't have anything attached to it...save your money and make you own kit...but I digress). We bought an upgraded 8 gb memory card and this worked well. It took a bit of practice to get the on-off, standby sorted, seemed to have to press the record button more times than it says to get the flashing green record mode to start, but we got use to that.
The only real problem we had, was that the minus 8 chill factor of the cold air rushing past it stopped it working sometimes, so we had to hold it in our hands for a few moments to warm it up, then it started working again. This is not a fault of the camcorder, as it's not specifically made for the extremes of low alpine temperatures, and most of our electronic equipment struggles in this way - batteries die very quickly...just thought it was worth mentioning for other snowsport fans. To help with this problem though, I chopped the belt loop off the waterproof case and forced the cover up over the camcorder, leaving the clip exposed!
Thanks to this innovative, qualifty gadget, we now have some very memorable sequences of downhill skiing that look really good - a warning though, it's very good at recording sound, so watch what you say on camera! Buy with confidence...for the price, it's amazing.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Veho MUVI micro camcorder,
This review is from: Veho VCC-003 Muvi Micro DV Camcorder (Camera)How Cool?...... What a toy!
At this price, even if it didn't work great you can just put it down to a "well what the heck it just didn't turn out" and look for something else.
....But this did turn out!....it was even smaller than i ever expected, the picture and sound quality for something smaller than my thumb are impressive. Very easy plug and play and never believed that i was going to get this thing working without some messing about somewhere.....I'm not a techno geek so i was pleased that it all just seemed to work intuitively.
You are never going to film a hollywood film with this but that's not what you get a tiny inconspicuous camera for now is it?
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