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Oregon Scientific ATC9K

Tuesday 18 January 2011


Rating of 5

The basics

If you want to record some extreme-sports thrills and spills, then the Oregon Scientific ATC9K bills itself as Billed as "the world’s first HD All Terrain Action Camera with G Sensor and GPS". This waterproof, hands-free action cam will strap to your helmet, board, wherever and record every gnarly detail of your antics. Easy playback on television or laptop makes this action camera an adventurer's ultimate documentary tool.

The good

Action cams have a reputation for delivering shaky, grainy footage of your extreme exploits, but the ATC9K captures high-action in 1080p high-resolution. The cam is shock-resistant and water-proof to 20m, making it a great compact option for diving. You can record straight to SD card (up to 32GB) and playback your footage straight to its LCD screen – something lacking in most extreme cams. There's also neat touches, such as an optional GPS unit, so that you can map your progress via Google Maps. There's also a built-in G-sensor that measures the force of gravity during acceleration, deceleration and hang time, making it an ideal choice for trainers or professionals, or those who simply want to nerd out on data of their exploits while they view.

The bad

Attaching the cam with the supplied straps is not always the easiest, but once you get the knack, you'll save some time. It's also not the cheapest of cams (and you'll pay £49 extra for the GPS unit), but if you're planning to use this on a regular basis, it's worth , ahem, splashing out for.

The bottom line

A great, compact hi-def action cam that will deliver footage of your extreme exploits in gloriously gnarly high definition.
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User comments (3)

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So you did a video camera review without mentioning two of the most important things a buyer must know: 1.) its light sensitivity (in LUX) 2.) How it focuses if at all... What a crap review...

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What about the battery life. How long can you shoot on one chrage or one set of batteries?

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I'm looking for a camera like this at the moment. Last two reviewers have two great points. I need to know how long the battery actually lasts, not what the manufacturer claimes. I need to know the light sensitivity. Focus not a problem as I'm sure it will be fixed focus and with a wide angle lens it will have a wide depth of field. I would like to know if you can put it on charge in a 12v supply when using the camera. I need to know how long it will record for with a card. Is there an spare battery pack available to extend the time the camera can be used for.

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