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ATC2K Waterproof Action Cam

3.5 out of 5 stars 228 customer reviews
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  • Operates with 2 AA batteries, not included
  • Full-function, hands-free, digital recording
  • Waterproof up to 3 meters and shock-resistant for extreme conditions
  • Mounts easily on helmets, handlebars, and other sports equipment
  • 640 x 480 VGA resolution at 30 frames per second
  • USB and RCA cables included for easy playback on PC or TV (NTSC)
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Product Description

Dirt, Snow, Rain, or Shine, capture all the action with the ultimate, all-terrain digital video camera .It's even WATERPROOF up to 3 meters with NO additional casing! With a new expanded 48 degree Field of Vies, the hands free digital video and audio captures all the thrill of your adventure in 640X480 VGA resolution (up to 30 frames per second) with the 32 MB internal memory (expandable to 2GB with built-in SD drive, 2G card not included). It's 3 button operation mode makes the ATC2K incredibly user friendly. This product comes standard with a carrying case, and mounting accessories, making it easy to connect the camera to helmets, bikes, and a wide array of other equipment. It also comes with both USB and RCA cables for quick, direct playback on either your PC or TV (NTSC). PC requirements: Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, OSX10.4 and below.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 4.2 x 1.8 x 2.2 inches
Item Weight 1.3 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.7 pounds
ASIN B000F5FKHI
Item model number AT18-08
Batteries 2 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
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3.5 out of 5 stars 228 customer reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #11,247 in Camera & Photo
#164 in Electronics > Camera & Photo > Underwater Photography > Camcorders
#550 in Camera & Photo > Camcorders
#862 in Electronics > Camera & Photo > Video > Sports & Action Video Cameras
Date first available at Amazon.com June 17, 2003

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By Shawn K. Tolley on August 28, 2007
I am a police officer and I use this camera when interviewing people. I was initially disappointed with the sound quality, but found the video and capacity with the 2gig card excellent. The problem with the sound is the waterproofing. If you are not going to be using it in water or wet environments all you have to do is remove the mic cover and there is a black square rubber cover over the mic. It is 1mm or thicker and causes the sound distortion and lack of range. Remove it an re-install the cover and you get as good a sound as any other video camera. This camera is well made and a good value at the price. If it had an external mic jack it would rate five stars.
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I bought this after being involved in an auto accident and suffering an insurance rate increase because I couldn't prove what happened. Less than three months later I was hit by another driver who ran a red light. She and her passenger claimed she had a green light. I had this mounted on the dashboard and recording as I was hit and was able to prove she was lying. Without it I would have been blamed for the accident. It paid for itself already.

The camera provides reasonable quality video but very poor audio. It does not operate well in low light conditions (say 30 minutes after sunset). It's very easy to use and has the ability to change resolution, frame rate, date and time, and also to delete files using the built in display and buttons. At 640x480 30fps a 2Gb card (4Gb not supported) can hold about one hour of video. At 15fps it can record about 90 minutes. It only records videos up to 45 minutes, then seamlessly starts another file. It eats batteries so I bought two NiMh rechargables from Radio Shack and recharge them every other day. You probably don't want to use regular alkali batteries with this camera.

The construction is good with waterproof buttons and a waterproof end cap covering the USB and video ports, battery compartment and memory card slot. It has a good selection of mounts including a handlebar mount, helmet mount, and a big rubber strap that will attach it to just about anything. I used stick-back velcro to attach it to my truck's dashboard and it's steady over smooth roads, jerky over the rough stuff.

Recording is as easy as turning it on (press and hold the left button for two seconds) and hitting the record (middle) button. Stop recording by pressing the middle button again and turn it off by pressing and holding the left button.
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Length: 2:51 Mins
A simple video to show camera and accessories next to bicycle.
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I've had the ATC-2K for a while now and I have to say it's exactly what I thought it would be. It's for extreme sports, is compact, no wires and all in one. The video quality is pretty good but can't be compared to my $500+ Sony camcorders. Obviously the camcorder will have much better quality but I'm not going to strap one to my head or bike, especially as it would be an expensive piece of equipment to smash if I wiped out!

To be honest, for the price, it's well worth buying. I mount it to wherever and then press record, after that I haven't got to worry about it. With the other helmet cams I've tried, the wires sometimes get tangled and I constantly have the thought of my camcorder, in my backpack getting smashed up, at the back of my head.

I was a little confused about whether the ATC-2K was waterproof or water resistant as some websites have different descriptions. I called Oregon Scientific and they said when the camera first came out they had not yet received the waterproof certificate so they had to advertise as water resistant. Upon receiving their waterproof certificate for the ATC-2K they changed the classification of the camera from water resistant to waterproof. They even put it on their website!

Oregon Scientific say they can confirm it is waterproof up to 3 meters. It makes a change from those cameras on the market pretending they're waterproof where you have to use a plastic case to make it water proof. Those things are so much hassle! It is kind of like putting the camera in a zip-loc bag!

The battery time (2 x AA alkaline) is around one and a half hours to two hours flat out. That's an ideal time considering I use a 2GB SD card and film on the highest quality. The max. recording time at 640 x 480 and 30FPS is 1hr and 1 min.
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This is a jetsking video made using this product on Lake Washington in Seattle in October 2007. As you can see, it works really well and we're quite happy with the product. In fact, I have since recommended it to a bunch of friends who have all bought it and love it too. We've got a bunch of similar videos listed on youtube (account= rothstafari) and all of the jetsking ones were made with this camera.

A 2 gig SD card provides you with an hour (approx) of footage at the best resolution. This is a great feature. The camera is durable and works very well.

My only issue with the camera is the placement of the lens relative to the camera body. Because the lens is slightly set into the body (presumably for protection), water tends to pool at the base of the lens obstructing the view and making the end result look bad. We're going to try something like rain-x next time out and hopefully it will help.
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