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4.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I wanted (almost), 16 Mar 2011
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This review is from: Veho VCC-004-ATOM Muvi Atom Super Micro DV Camcorder - Black (Electronics)
I was after a small unobtrusive video camera. The objective was to fix it in my car and record the antics of the other drivers on my short daily commute. When the weather gets better it will be transferred to my bike. Reading the specification on reviews I knew exactly what to expect from this product so there were no nasty surprises. I purchased it along with a micro SD to SD adaptor and a quick micro SD card and would recommend these as useful accessories for use with the Muvi Atom.

The 640x480 video quality is adequate for my purposes and I was pleasantly surprised by the low light operation. Even in the late evening the Muvi Atom gives usable video. The auto exposure is quite responsive and the dynamic range of the camera is pretty much what you would get from a mobile phone camera. This product also feels solid and comes with all sort of straps, holders and fixings.

Why haven't I given it five stars then? Firstly, the direct connection is by the very old and slow USB v1, this must be the only USB product I've bought in the past few years with this old interface. Therefore it's either a very long wait while the video downloads by the USB cable either that or just pop the card out and use an external reader. Secondly, you cannot charge the battery and record at the same time. I'm not likely to want to record much over the 45 minutes the battery gives but this restriction means I always have to keep in mind the state of the battery which is frustrating when a 5V supply is readily available which could be used to top it up. Yes, these are all problems that I knew about before my purchase however how difficult would it be for Veho to resolve these issues?

In summary, don't expect this product to replace a proper video or still camera, it's beauty is in it's size and simplicity. The Muvi Atom does what it is supposed to and overall I am pleased with my purchase.
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