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*Update and re-test on this product 5/09/07 - bottom of page.
The cost of this system is anywhere from $175 to $129, even better if you search. The "big deal" about this cam is the small package, no wires and all in the palm of your hand. This system does have included audio (kind of). It also claims to be waterproof to 10 feet. I should also mention this is a CMOS chipped unit. I tested this unit at it's highest resolution at 30 fps.
Here is the unit and the published spec's:
This is an interesting concept and it did get my attention at first. I was optimistic about this unit but unfortunately I felt let down. Since my overall best cam so far was the Viosport, I put it up against that unit, although I think just watching the video of the ATC2K by it's self will tell you enough. I had a really hard time believing it was 30 FPS the video should have been smoother. Maybe this is a firmware and chip issue that could be resolved?
I also tried the cam on both my road bike and MT bike. On both bikes the SD card kept coming loose and shutting the unit off. The video still had the "jitters" even on my road bike. Additionally the road bike the vibration actually made the video "wavy" which I have seen before in lower end CMOS chipped cameras. On the contrary, the Twenty20 helmet CMOS chipped cam showed no signs of this what so ever, verifying the OmniPixel2 CMOS chips are vastly superior.
I had hopes for this unit, but it fell short in my opinion. I think that mounting the cam on your helmet may do better (less vibration), but I feel this cam is only a basic value. I'm sure we will see video of a lot more things that we would not normally have seen just because of the price point these cam's. They will be out there in use. Purchase this cam if you have a very low budget and simply cannot afford anything else.
What I Would Change:
New conclusion: Basically with the exception of the SD card now staying put, my review above stands. This unit could be a nice package. The concept is great, but it still falls short of the mark. To me price does not matter if the video is not enjoyable to watch.