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Muvi Atom - OK for the price
on 7 November 2013
First impressions - Not a bad camera bearing in mind the price, although it does have a few drawbacks
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