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4.0 out of 5 stars Good value medium-res video; very handy for investigators., May 14, 2011
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This review is from: Veho VCC-003-MUVI-PRO MUVI Micro Spy Camera Nanny Cam for for Security/Surveillance with Noise activation (Electronics)
I use my Muvi Pro for legal investigations, witness interviews, discreet location recons, sub rosa investigations, for documenting service of process (summons service) and other related activities where a large camera is not appropriate.

It resembles a Bluetooth headset in size and shape, and people usually don't even notice it.

On a couple of occasions I have worn it outside clipped to a shirt or hoodie during light rain, and it's survived these experiences. The camera indeed does have a long run time, in excess of one hour (I've never needed to record for longer than that.) That's not to say it is a good idea to wear this for hours in serious rain.

The files produced are indeed large; I completely agree with the technique suggested by other reviewers; using a micro card adapter in a fast USB-II external card reader is easily twice as fast as trying to import directly from the Muvi Pro.

The images are a bit fish-eyed due to the wide lens configuration, but it's not too bad. Focus can handle from a few inches out to infinity but don't expect crystal-clear shots such as those a $10,000 pro video camera will produce.

The trade-off for the large depth-of-field seems to be in slow shutter speeds. The little Muvi Pro does not do well in capturing fast movement in low light situations such as indoors under normal house lighting; but there again we are dealing with compromises due to size and price.

Color tends to be over-saturated in the blues, which makes outdoor scenes look "better" than they actually were; (reminds me of the color processing they did on the old tourist post cards. Looks great but is not accurate.)

I tried using a Kingston 8Gb micro card in this unit and the Muvi Pro did not like it, wouldn't 'boot' to it so I've stayed with the native 4Gb one and it's been fine.
(Update 9/24/11: Tried the Kingston 8gb again and now it works, no idea why it didn't the first time. A fast Class-6 or-10 card is a good idea for video.)

Battery life has been good and I've never had it fail during recording; I always recharge it after a use while offloading the files. I do wish there were some low power warning but if there is one I don't remember what it's supposed to be (a flashing "low power" LED would be great.

All in all a very useful piece of gear, extremely handy to carry with you on the job in case unexpected opportunities arise.

After 4 months of use one of the little clip-points on top of the plastic clip-carrier broke, causing me to have to use some black duct tape to keep the camera in the clip so be aware that the little clip is not as heavy-duty as the camera itself.

A new generation of Muvi has just been released, the Muvi HD 10 Veho VCC005MUVIHD10 Muvi Full HD10 Handsfree Camcorder which seems to offer many features that the Pro lacks, especially the ability to monitor the scene being recorded; the trade-off is that the '10 does not appear to be a Bluetooth headset and instead, looks more like what it is: a little camera.

Depending on your requirements, the smaller Muvi Pro might be the best choice for you. The accessory pack available here (though I could not get the Amazon link search to find it) is called the Veho VCCA003ESP Extreme Sports Pack and sells for about 17 bucks, might be a good deal because it includes a replacement clip and some other mounting options.

I'm glad I bought the Muvi Pro and now am considering a Muvi 10 to add to the toolkit.

(9/24/11 update: Still using this professionally and it's delivering work product without fail. :-)
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