|Oregon Scientific ATC2K ATC-2000 Action Camera|
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|UPC||0734811400895, 0734811602107, 734811602152|
|Storage Type||Removable (Card/Disc/Tape)|
|Media Format||Flash card|
|Optical Sensor Qty||1|
|Focus Adjustment||Focus Free|
|Memory / Storage|
|Integrated Memory size||32 MB|
|Microphone Type||Microphone - built-in|
|Connector Types||1 x USB, 1 x composite video/audio output|
|Expansion Slot||1 x SD Memory Card|
|System Requirements for PC Connection|
|Operating System Supported||MS Windows 2000, MS Windows XP|
|Battery Form Factor||Standard form factor|
|Digital Video Format||AVI|
|Additional Features||Auto Power Save, Shock Resistant|
Average review score based on 26 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
I got mine for $45 + $15 ship new unopen, For the price $60 brand new on ebay is well worth the deal, but I personally would not pay more than that for another unless I upgrade to atc3k or better. Works great for video but not for sound as you can bearly hear anything. Can be used on your bike, skiing, swimming, etc. and holds up well. Easy to attach to a window visor to record your driving. If you have a well lit room or use a motion detector to light up room it is very easy to hide to watch the maid, babysitter, snoopy guests, etc. I keep finding a lot of great uses for this where other cameras are not practical. Batteries last a long time, 2gb SD card seems to be enough for my needs for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Very durable with a very nice clean full color picture quality.
Only drawbacks are the bottons are hard to push to turn on and off and the dinky menu diagrams are too small to read what does what. Easy to hook up to a tv but for your computer you have to format a seperate file to run on fat16 because it says it wont upload to a fat32 file. If you get one used try to ask for the instructions for the fat16 file setup. Low light works but you lose color and clarity. I read in reviews below 30 degrees is a challenge for this camera so they suggest using lithium batteries for best performance. Reviews also mention very durable but not bullet proof so you gotta try to be reasonable about the punishment you dishout. Also I noticed some slight very minor pauses between frames but at 32 frames per second is expected to see that and hardly noticable when you playback.
Bottom line: I rated as average because sound quality is not good and hard to push bottons, otherwise it it will perform what it was designed to do and a little more plus its compact size makes it very practical where other brands require added accessories that overall will cost a bunch more. If you dont pay too much for this you should be satisfied. But if your picky for premium picture quaility and has sound then save up and get something better than ATC3K.
I have been doing action camera stuff for a bit now, with several differing set-ups from high line bullet cams and DVRs that cost $200+ to the Wally World types. I have to say the ATC2K is a good mid-level camera.
The ATC2K is a all-in-one action camera, that records to SD cards (up to 2GB) and is powered by 2 AA batteries. I feel these are strengths for the mid-level user. You don't have to worry about proprietary batteries that need 3 hours to charge for one hours use..if you need more time when the power dies..pop in a couple of AA. If you need more memory, pop in a new SD card.
It is not the camera to use if you plan to attempt to make a commercial film, but to capture your activities for YouTube and the like it is more than serviceable. The only real weakness is it's sound recording, which is basically unusable...the price you pay for a camera that is waterproof and submersible.
The camera is tough...like rhino tough. I have used it for everything from paintball, motorcycle riding, to giving it to my 18 month old son in the bath. I had a homemade mount fail at @45 mph on my motorcycle and it went skidding across the highway. Scuffs and scratches, but it still works fine...not to mention getting awesome footage of the 'crash'.
Bottom line..there are better cameras out there...but most are not as tough and dependable as the ATC2K. The only thing that would cause me to give this camera up is for a newer version with more memory.
The ATC-2K is Excellent at taking AVI movies and has very adaptable mounting hardware as well as sound capture. The ATC-2K is ruggedized and water-resistant too. I give the ATC-2K an Excellent rating because its terrific for the price. More expensive cameras are available (starting at about 2x's the price) but I do not know others with comparable features sold near this price. I recommend the ATC-2K to Snowboarders and Cyclists who want video for sports. I find the ATC-2K the lowest cost for the features offered. Additional features such as motion control, improved light sensing and higher resolution sold in more expensive cameras are available and for the price (approximately $120.00) the ATC-2K is the best choice for the price. If you don't want to spend more, buy the ATC-2K.
As others have stated this item works; however, it could work much better "IF":
the gain on the microphone was increased (you have to scream to be heard) and the low light or lux capabilites were improved (only works in well lit areas). As is, I can't recommend anyone buying this w/o the knowledge of these two significant shortcomings. Shame on Oregon for releasing it and EBAY for not highlighting these faults to customers.
This camera is a must for those who love outdoors, sports, etc. I use it in my paintball marker, in my bicylce helmet and my snorkeling mask. It records very nice at 30fps and good resolution. Audio is a little low since its completely sealed to be able to submerge it in water but still a nice action cam. The 2Gb SD card records up to 1 hour so you might have some spare cards if you plan on record more than that.