Veho Muvi Micro Camcorder | Handsfree | Body Worn | Action Camera | 4GB microSD Card - Black (VCC-003-MUVI-BLK)
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|Flash Memory Type||Micro SD|
|Screen Size||4 Inches|
|Camcorder type||Video Camera|
|Video Capture Resolution||480p|
|Minimum Focal Length||20 Millimeters|
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- Includes 4GB (up to 8GB compatible) Micro SD card to record up to 3 hours footage
- AVI format using motion JPEG, mini USB 1.1/2.0
- 2 Mega pixels, 2GB microSD (up to max 8GB)
- Resolution 640x480
- NOTE:Kindly review the videos under the image section and user manual under product details for set up and user guidance.
Muvi is an ultra portable camcorder. At 2.17" long the Muvi Micro Digital Camcorder is one of the smallest high resolution DV camcorders in the world. With a 2 Mega Pixel recording image, quality is not compromised.
From the Manufacturer
Perfect for extreme sports
The Muvi unique micro design enables digital video recording in situations where it may not be possible to use standard camcorders. Coupled with the extreme sports mounting kit the muvi will allow the user to capture high quality digital video and sound footage hands free. With its robust thumb sized alloy metal casing you needn't worry about your Veho Muvi. It features a 2 Megapixel lens and records in AVI format.It’s the smallest in the world of its kind
The Veho Muvi comes with a 2GB Micro SD Card, that's enough for 2 hours footage, and with a built in rechargeable battery life of 2-3 hours, you'll never miss a thing. Easily connects to your computer via Micro USB, so you can upload your videos in seconds. It also charges through any USB giving complete portability.Great quality
The Veho Muvi Micro DV Camcorder is perfect for anyone who wants to capture great quality images whilst on the move. The Muvi DV Cam captures video with a 2 mega pixel image quality, which are then stored in AVI format on the Micro SD Memory card. Powered by the included internal li-ion rechargeable battery the Veho Muvi Digital Video Camera will keep going for up to 3 hours from a full charge, and can be connected to your PC via the included USB cable to both transfer videos and re-charge the battery, or for use as a webcam.Attaches easily
The Veho VCC-003 DV Camcorder is ideal for those out and about as the included clip allows it to be attached to various items, whilst it also features voice activated start/stop recording function so it can be used completely hands free when you need them for other things. Accessories available include an extreme sports pack for mounting the camera on items such as helmets for when your mountain biking, skateboarding, skiing etc., your then able to capture the action has it happens.
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Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2010
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First off, I need to clarify that this item being sold by Amazon is NOT the "Pro" model. At least at the time of writing this review, there is nothing in Amazon's product description to indicate whether the item being sold is the regular version or the 'pro' version. The regular version is model number VCC-003-MUVI-BLK, while the 'pro' version is model number VCC-003-MUVI-PRO. Amazon just lists the part number up to the MUVI part, and does not include the suffix. I have reported this to Amazon, so maybe the description will be fixed by the time you read this. I also petitioned Amazon to include a note in the technical description area to further clarify this. In case you are curious, the two products seem to be basically the same (according to Veho's own website) with the exception that the regular version comes with a 2 GB micro-SD memory card and lists a frame rate of 20-25 fps, whereas the 'pro' version comes with a 4 GB card and lists a frame rate of 30 fps. Reviews on other websites suggest that the frame rate is dictated by the speed of the memory card, and that the regular version of this product comes with not only a smaller card, but also a slower one. This might explain the slower frame rate, but by extrapolation, it might also mean that if you put in a larger and faster memory card, the regular version would become identical to the 'pro' version. In other words, the actual camcorder might be the same product, with the only difference being the memory card that comes packaged with it. ****Clarification as of March 5, 2012: Veho tech support advised me that there IS a minor difference between the regular (BLK) and the PRO version; the PRO version includes a firmware change so that it records timestamp data into the video....this was apparently due to requirements by law enforcement for their applications of the MUVI.
Anyway, on to the actual review. You get a lot for your money with the MUVI. It is a surprisingly heavy device, and the case is metal, not plastic. It has a high quality look and feel. It is about the same dimensions as the average adult human thumb (the part that extends from the hand). It is thicker in the lens area, and thinner for the rest of its length; at its thickest it is about the thickness of the average thumb. Length is approximately 2-1/8", width 13/16", maximum thickness about 3/4". Weight is 1.5oz (42g), not counting the optional clip and lanyard, 50g with those accessories.
It is also very easy to use. It has a sliding power switch, but it has some ability to power down and/or go to sleep after a while if not recording. Whether it turns off or goes to sleep depends on how much charge remains in the battery. Once turned on, you press a tiny button to start recording, and press it again to stop recording. There is a slide switch labeled "VOX", and this turns the voice activation feature on and off. According to the manual, any sound louder than 65dB will cause the MUVI to record. If the sound level drops below 65dB and stays there for 2 minutes, the MUVI goes into standby mode. When the sound level exceeds 65dB, it comes out of standby and resumes recording. There are no other controls besides the ones mentioned above.
The MUVI has a single LED indicator. In my opinion, this is the weakest aspect of the device, because it can be somewhat difficult to remember all the color and flash combinations. To give you some idea, steady blue means power on, slow blue flashing means low battery, fast blue flashing means memory-to-computer data transfer, steady green means memory is full, slow green flashing means recording, fast green flashing means no SD card installed, steady red means charging, and LED off means either fully charged (if currently plugged into USB) or device is off (if NOT plugged into USB). But it is not so bad as it seems, because operationally you are most likely to just be worrying about the green colors, where a slow flash is good, and anything else means you are not recording.
While I have not tried it, the manual states that the MUVI can serve as a webcam (the VOX switch must be on).
The MUVI records video and monaural audio. Video is 640-480 pixel resolution at 20-25 frames per second (fps), recorded in the AVI file format, takes 1 GB of memory per 45 minutes of recording, so with the included 2 GB micro-SD card you can record for 1.5 hours. Maximum SD card capacity is 8 GB, so you could record for up to 6 hours. There are no settings to change any aspect of the recording quality; it "is what it is". Because the file format is AVI, the video quality is somewhat better than that taken by some other inexpensive cameras, and you should not have any trouble using the video file(s) because this format has fewer issues (perhaps NO issues) with codecs that some other formats (e.g. MOV) suffer from. NOTE: While the Veho website says that the video fps is 20-25, the actual manual states that it is 'up to 30 fps'. Considering what I wrote above in the paragraph that compares the regular and the 'pro' versions of the MUVI, this seems to reinforce the idea that the two products are actually the same (see clarification above), and the fps is dictated solely by the speed of the memory card you plug into the MUVI; i.e. the somewhat slower frame rate advertised for the product can be improved by replacing the included SD card with a faster one.
Pressing in on the edge of the micro SD card with your fingernail, it will be released and will pop out (normally the edge of the card is flush with the side of the MUVI). You can insert the card into any card reader that accepts the micro-SD size. You can also connect the MUVI to your computer using the included cable, and the computer should immediately recognize the MUVI as an external memory device, allowing you to access the SD card without needing to remove it from the camera.
The MUVI does not come with any software. None is required for accessing the memory, and according to the manual, it is 'plug and play' for use as a webcam.
The internal battery is apparently lithium ion, just like in your cell phone. It appears that the battery is not user-replaceable, although it looks like the metal case can be opened by removing screws, so perhaps the battery can be changed. However, I suggest that you consider the battery to be non-removable, non-replaceable. It charges in less than 2 hours, using any USB power source (most likely your computer). The battery, when fully charged, lasts for 2 hours; this means that you should be able to record for the full capacity of the memory before the battery runs down. NOTE: According to the Veho website, the 'pro' version of the MUVI still has the 2 hour battery usage limit, so that is a gotcha considering that model comes with a 4 GB SD card, with a recording time of 4 hours.
An important limitation of the MUVI, and one that is not mentioned in the manual, is that for the camera to record, it MUST be operating on battery power. If you have it plugged into a computer and turn the power switch on, the MUVI insists on going into webcam mode, and does not respond to the record button. However, if you use it in webcam mode with software that can record its video stream, you could theoretically record forever (i.e. the MUVI itself would not be doing the recording).
The optics of the MUVI are fixed. The CCD image sensor is 2 mega pixels, the viewing angle is 72 degrees, minimum illumination is 1 lux. Focal aperture is 2.8, focal length is from 2cm (approx. 1 inch) to infinity.
There is no viewfinder.
Veho's advertising claims that this product takes high quality video, which many readers these days would assume to be something a lot more than 640x480 resolution, and they claim that it is the smallest of its type. Both definitions are subjective, but their claims are no doubt somewhat unfounded. Still, this is a very nice product.
The MUVI comes with:
- the MUVI camcorder
- 2 GB micro-SD memory card
- cloth carrying pouch with drawstring
- lanyard (the lanyard attach point on the MUVI is solid metal)
- snap on belt clip (can be used to attach the MUVI to other clothing and objects)
- USB B-mini adapter plug
- USB cable
- printed manual in English, Italian, German, French, Spanish
Some likely uses:
- helmet camera for workers, athletes, extreme sports, etc
- recording random events with no warning; since it is key-chain/pocketable small, is instant-on and instant record
- recording traffic stops and other security actions (police, etc)
- baby sitter monitoring
- spy camera
- use on things like remote controlled aircraft, cars, boats, helicopters (I put mine on a Blade mQX quadrotor helicopter to take aerial videos)
- model rocketry
1) The record button has no positive feedback (like a "click")-- and positive feedback is necessary as it frequently must be pushed several time to activate. Nope, still a blue light. Nope, still blue. Ah! Now it is flashing green!
2) The avi files are huge (as much as 850MB on the card for each 30 minute file-- you get about 75 minutes of files on a 2GB card) so the supplied card is somewhat limiting.
3) The included Micro SD chip is painfully slow when uploading. I have ordered an 8GB Class 6 (they were on sale) and hope that will help speed upload time (given the battery life of two hours, maybe a hair over 4GB is all which will be useful). The supplied 2 GB card I received (your own may vary) is a class 6, but is nowhere near that rating speed on my high speed USB port when up-loading-- but that is not my technical specialty, so maybe my results are typical and to be expected.
I should note that the time it takes to charge (2 hours) means that any upload time less than that for a full card is really not an issue unless I am anxious to view the video.
3) The field of view is a little narrower than I would like for a dash-cam, and the field of view seems to be columnated a bit below perpendicular. To put that another way, the center of the video is about 10-15 degrees below that at which I am aiming.
4) It will not work as a web-cam on Windows 7 Starter. No work-around exists. It will not work. I did not buy it for that, but tested it, researched why it failed, and learned there is nothing to be done about it. For what it is worth, it seems to be a Microsoft problem.
4) If you power it off (as opposed to using the record/stop button) while recording, not only do you lose the video (the instructions warn you of this) but you have to reformat the Micro SD to free up the space it took (the instructions do not tell you that). A mere annoyance of fifteen seconds-- which would not happen as often if I could trust pressing the "record" button would work every time without having to look at what color the little light is. You know how to format at Micro SD, right? Right click on the device icon under Computer and select "format"-- I took the trouble to name mine "MUVI" while I was at it.
Tips and tricks:
* I keep it with the handy clothespin type clip and the non-corded USB adapter in a pouch and wear in under my shirt and around my neck for easy access. I leave the corded USB adapter on a shelf, mostly unused because my USB port is near the desk-top level so the device rests on the desk when plugged in. If My USB port was higher, I would use the corded adapter.
* I read the pdf version of the documentation (supplied on the CD) because I do not like reading what must be 4 point type of the included printed manual.
* It works well on a dash or even clipped to a shoulder harness as a drive-cam-- my primary reason for buying it. Hook and Loop (Velcro) is your friend for dash mounting.
* I always look at the "properties" (Windows) of the device to make sure it does not require formatting before disconnecting (see #4 above); otherwise, I may have only about 40% of the card space available.
* If disk space is in short supply, you could always convert the files to a file with suitable compression (e.g., mp4)using VLC or a similar product.
1) The video quality is excellent and the sound is not bad.
2) It is better than my built in web-cam, which is why I tested that feature.
3) Its automatic adjustment to bright light and low light is superior to any camera-phone or web-cam I have used.
2) It is smaller than I imagined-- about 2/3 size of a Bic lighter.
3) It is solid-- metal case, enough heft to be ergonomic and light enough not to notice when carrying-- the deceptively fragile-looking clip accessory is of heroic strength.
4) The accessories seemed almost generous: clip, pouch, strap, corded USB, un-corded USB, CD, printed manual, and really useful software-- it automatically begins upload when connected (if you have the power switch to "on" and the VOX to "off").
5) I was interested in testing the VOX and that feature is excellent. About a three second lag before automatically turning on to the sound of my quietly opening a door and entering the room. It will make a fine security camera should I have the need.
6) So nicely packaged that it deserves mention.
7) Upload date-stamps via sub-folder name (but not files-- the device does not know what time it is) based upon the day of upload. You tell it what folder to use and it creates all sub-folders there unless you want to change your chosen default location.
Summary: I bought mine for $41.23 plus 5.58 S&H through Amazon, had it within a week, and find it exceeds my expectations.
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I gave 4 stars because since 2012, these miniature camcorders' image quality have vastly improved. Still, it saved our rare cruise up Venice's Grand Canal at the time when cruise ships were allowed.
It recorded well, even during the early misty morning and it is still worth considering even 10 years later!
First thing is that it is really very small height-wise - no more than 1.5" in height. It comes with a range of accessories (including clips, straps etc.) that mean you can position it very neatly on your person. It's a bit of fiddle but this is probably more due to clothing rather than anything else. It's not invisible, by any means, but that's probably not entirely a bad thing.
Controls are quite neat, and the build quality feels good enough. It can be a little temperamental to start and stop recording, but i suspect this is more due to the auto-standby mode (a good feature to conserve battery life). The voice control works - sort of, I mean you can tell it to stop, but I haven't worked out how you tell it to stop (if that's even possible.)
The main though is sound and video quality. The reality is - it isn't great - about average. On a nice bright day and if you're close enough to the subject you can capture good video and sound, certainly enough to see what's going on, but this is not HD GoPro style quality, and in low light (think dusk onwards) it struggles.
It certainly wouldn't warrant its £80 RRP, but but for the price I paid (mid £20 ish) + a few quid for an extra micro SD card, I don't think you can argue in any way, hence the 4* rating. I've since started using it for more things - just taking the dogs out to the beach etc. clip it on, start recording and forget about it.
For what it is, it's an improvement over the old camera (non HD) but don't expect GoPro. This is my third camera and the battery life is around 1/ to 1/5 hour on continues record (give or take - would like it longer but). Charge time 90min's or so. Using a 32gb card with no problems. The clip is rather basic so i wouldn't trust it being attached to yourself and it didn't come with a lanyard (if it was missing?) you will need one.
Over all it relatively descent for what it is (gaffer taped to the side of my bicycle helmet). It should last a few years before the battery dies.
In short, I bought into users a helmet cam, when road cycling.
Clipped to helmet and also to the handlebars fine. However, when going over a particularly bumpy bit of road (where I had had to slowdowns considerably so as to savemy road tyres!) the camera fell out of the housing and under the car behind me. Infact moving traffic I was not about to get off my bike to try and retrieve it from a fast moving flow of cars.
Not buying another.
Waste of money.
You get what you pay for.
Superb for the price! Bought this as my budget doesn't stretch to a GoPro :(
Going to be using this as a helmet cam when cycling to catch any irresponsible drivers (and pedestrians) that may cross my path!
Audio is okay. Enough to catch any cross words that may be said.. I'm not using this to make a Hollywood production.
Video is doable. Only tried it in the house so far. I'll update this when I've done a road test.
Bought the Extreme Action Kit.. a lot of which is pointless. All you'll need is the helmet bracket and the velcro straps.