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Veho VCC-004-ATOM Muvi Atom Super Micro DV Camcorder - Black
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- Measures a super micro 4cm high x 2cm wide x 2cm deep
- 640 x 480 High resolution video and 30 frames per second using FRE technology
- 1280 x 960 resolution stills camera snapshot function
- Bundled Sports mounting Kit
- Includes 2GB (up to 8GB MSD compatible) Micro SD card to record up to 90 minutes footage
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Have you ever watched the likes of Watchdog and marveled at the 'secret recording' portions. Now how on earth do they manage that you wonder, as you attempt to tuck your transit van sized video camera under your shirt. Now, of course, in these days of producer-consumers (that's you, by the way), one can take complete control and become a veritable cameraman anywhere, anytime. Introducing the Veho Muvi Atom - a rather cute name for a rather cute product. But don't be fooled by its innocent size. Measuring just 4cm tall, the Muvi Atom is the smallest digital video camcorder in the world. With 2 Mega Pixel recording image quality is not compromised. This little beauty 'mounts' (for that is the phrase) to almost anywhere with the help of a full array of mounting, clamping and fastening accessories. For example we would strongly advise against holding a camera whilst you are jumping out of a plane. Or skiing down a mountain. Or climbing the Grand Canyon. But, naturally, if you are doing those things you will, somehow, want to capture the moment. Clip the Atom onto a backpack, hat, pocket and collar for all manner of activities. It has a 640x480 VGA sensor to record your incredible footage with incredible quality. And if that is not enough, it also has an in-built micro SD card slot, so you can boost the memory. Other features include a photo snapshot facility, and voice activated start/stop - leaving your hands to roam free (which can come in handy in all kinds of videos wink wink).. So start practising your best director voice. 'CUT! And again from the top people'.
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The Muvi was expensive compared to the Excelvan sunglasses but a better-made product. Controls on both products were a bit fiddly at first, as was learning the controls. The Muvi controls could be turned on and off accidentally when in a pocket for instance. It is not an inconspicuous product and can attract more attention than a normal camera in the situation described because of its novelty; whereas the Excelvan look just like a pair of (relatively inexpensive) sunglasses so not a big temptation for a potential thief or mugger. There's no viewfinder on the Muvi, so although great for a crazy bike-ride -type video, as on the advert, the Muvi is a bit hit-and-miss for more regular video or still photography (An advantage of the Excelvan sunglasses is that they recorded what one was looking at, whereas the Muvi was "blind.") The resolution on either product does not seem particularly outstanding in practice (and with no anti-shake or stabiliser), but the wider angle of the Excelvan produced less juddering and I was able to extract many useful stills from the videos. On the downside, whether through incorrect handling or inbuilt faults, the Excelvan stopped working after a few weeks (but by then I had my videos and photos). The Muvi might be more ideal for certain situations, such as strapped to handlebars and so on for fast action footage, but I found it less useful. I only recorded one short 'usable' video with the Muvi in total on the trip and soon dispensed with it. The Muvi is a better-made product (and much more expensive) but the Excelvan produced results and at a more 'disposable' price. I'll keep the Muvi for specific things, such as action shots strapped to something but didn't personally find it that useful so far.
the unit ran for 30mins and then flashed red, saving to sd card, then I had to restart the recording and I was lucky to get another 10mins before it saved again, then I recorded again, and 10mins, a total of 50 mins was ever reached, the product description says 90 mins...... this has to be a battery issue not memory.
Veho customer services replied once promptly to my query, but upon giving them all my data and observations they went quiet on me for over a week, not good customer service, I either have a faulty unit or the product is not as described.
I have requested a refund of this unit and have already ordered the 003 pro model which has been tested and ran for 70mins continuously and saved 3 files of 2x 30mins and 1x 10mins to the card, much better performance vs the 004 but still not what they said on the product description, me thinks they are slightly exaggeration the recording time across all products in the range, prob the battery length is the issue.
If you are serious about record stuff I would get the gopro or ContourROAM2, this is more of a micky mouse unit and a fairly expensive one at that.
Firstly, it certainly is small! It also seems fairly well made, and feels more solid than I was expecting it to be. I connected it to my PC to charge it up (per the instructions) and it did charge within the 2 hours stated. It also connects up to the PC very easily for copying the video files off, however as it doesn't appear to use USB 2.0 it is painfully slow (perhaps worth getting hold of a card reader for the microSD card).
The camera comes with a couple of mounts - the clip mount seems to be the general purpose mount, although there is also a screw on type mount, and a mount with several velcro straps. They all seem solid, and certainly hold the camera securely (to the point where I really struggled to remove the camera from the clip mount to move it to the other mount!)
The included 4Gb MicroSD card will store around 2 hours worth of footage (calculated using the data supplied in the instruction book) - I've not run a battery test as yet, but the general feeling here is that it will last around 40 minutes between charges, which could be considered to be a little short (especially if you don't have a means to recharge it when you are outdoors). It is a shame that you don't appear to be able to record whilst charging though, as for my use in cars this would be very useful.
Now for picture quality. One thing you need to remember from the word go - this is not a GoPro, and it's completely unresonable to expect that kind of image quality. That said, the picture quality is not too bad, although the resolution is quite small. I was hoping that the camera would match my phone in terms of video capture quality, although I have to say that it doesn't quite make it. My test footage was filmed at night, and I suspect that the image quality will improve in dayligh. Overall though, the image quality is fine for general use.
I haven't really been able to test the audio quality - it appears to be fairly resonable for the type of camera, although as yet I've not filmed anything which generates very clear sound (I've had it mounted on a car, so all you really pick up is the engine noise!) so it would be unfair for me to comment.
Overall, if you are looking for a very small, low cost mini video camera for general use, or for just starting out in filming your own sports action films, then this camera is ideal. If however you are looking for spot on image quality for use in video production or more serious sports action videos, then I would advise biting the bullet and investing in a GoPro.
Pros - Well made, solid/secure mounts, very compact, fairly low price
Cons - Fairly short battery life, video quality could be slightly better, can't record whilst charging
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