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Oregon Scientific ATC3K Action Camera review

£99 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Oregon Scientific

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5

A budget device for recording various action sport antics, the Oregon Scientific ATC3K Action Camera is waterproof up to 3m, and comes supplied with all the attachments required to mount the camera in a variety of locations.

A budget device for recording various action sport antics, the Oregon Scientific ATC3K Action Camera is waterproof up to 3m, and comes supplied with all the attachments required to mount the camera in a variety of locations.

The Oregon Scientific ATC3K Action Camera features a wider angle lens than that of its predecessor, the ATC 2K, is capable of recording up to two hours of footage on one 4GB SD card, sports an improved CMOS sensor that promises better quality recordings, and can now be used as a webcam. A promising package for the price.

Being a self-contained unit, setting up and configuring the Oregon Scientific ATC3K Action Camera is quick and simple. Unscrew the back, put in two AA batteries, insert your SD card, screw the back on, and you're ready to go.

All that's left is to decide upon a mounting position for the Oregon Scientific ATC3K Action Camera and to select one of two recording resolution settings. The screen display used to achieve this is extremely hard to read and we had to clarify if we had the correct settings by cross-referencing where the little pictures appeared on the screen with those in the diagrams in the manual.

Secondly, the Oregon Scientific ATC3K Action Camera itself is big and relatively heavy (about 200g). Therefore we decided not to mount the camera on a helmet, and instead opted for the handlebar-mounting option.

The brackets are well designed, and allow you not only to quickly mount the Oregon Scientific ATC3K Action Camera securely, but also to rotate the camera to the desired recording angle whilst in situ.

The Oregon Scientific ATC3K Action Camera itself lacks a viewing screen, and therefore it is a little tricky to select the optimum recording angle without first downloading your attempts to your computer. However, future set-up and 'out-the-door' times are extremely quick. This would not be the case with a set-up requiring a separate recording device, where a secure home must be found for your recording device, and cables must be tidied so as not to hinder your movement. A self-contained, wireless unit such as the Oregon Scientific ATC3K Action Camera is far more convenient.

Downloading a recording is a simple case of squeezing the Oregon Scientific ATC3K Action Camera out of it's bracket, and connecting the supplied USB cable from your camera to your computer. The USB 1.1 interface built into the ATC3K however is slow, and you will have to wait quite some time for even an average length recording to download.

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Oregon Scientific Action ATC3K reviews verified by Reevoo

Oregon Scientific Action ATC3KScores 8.0 out of 10 based on 1 review
640x480 VGA resolution at 30 frames per second
waterproof up to 10ft and shock-resistant for extreme conditions
mounting grips and straps of different length included
48 degree FOV
USB and RCA cables included for easy playback on PC or TV (NTSC)
SD card expansion up to 4GB – onboard memory is 32MB
compatible with operation system Windows 2000/XP/Vista and Apple Mac X 10.3/10.4
operates with 2 AA batteries, not included
108x44x57mm
200g
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 6 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 6 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

The Oregon Scientific ATC3K Action Camera is well priced, waterproof, can be used as a webcam (although not with Vista 64), offers adequate resolution for most purposes, is solidly built, and comes with all the attachments you need to mount it for a variety of uses. There are several self-contained competitors out there for similar prices, but for recording certain activities on a budget, you cannot go far wrong with the ATC3K. Owners of existing digital cameras, or portable video recorders with an 'AV IN' option who are after higher quality recordings for a little more money (£85-£170) may want to consider a higher quality standalone bullet cam however. The decision will ultimately come down to whether cabling (and to a certain extent, weight) is an issue.

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