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Oregon Scientific's ATC Chameleon action cam puts two cameras in one bodyIt's a one-trick pony, but it's also an inexpensive way to get two different angles on the action.
Hey, there. I'm Josh Goldman with CNET and if you ever wanted to shoot action video with more than one camera, but didn't want to hassle with or pay for multiple cameras to do it, this might be the answer for you. It's the ATC Chameleon from Oregon Scientific. In a single body, you get 2 cameras, each adjustable 180 degrees. One moves horizontally, the other vertically allowing you to shoot different views simultaneously. The body is made from a lightweight polycarbonate that's splash-proof so you don't have to worry about riding in the rain. But if you actually want to take it in the water, there's a waterproof housing for it that's good down to 20 feet. The camera is about as simple as they come, just position the lenses and slide the big switch on the top forward and you're recording. Each lens captures at 720p at 30 frames per second and outputs is one MP4 file either with the video side-by- side or stacked. A switch on the side lets you pick which one you want. But that's the only setting choice you get. It doesn't do anything else. No photos, no burst shooting, no time lapse, no other resolution options and everything is automatic. You can even choose to capture just from one camera. So, you always end up with 2 different views in your video. The camera does come with viewing software which lets you do picture on picture or view just one camera, but it has no editing features and can't export the videos in this other views. Video quality is okay, good enough for posting in the sharing sites but it's soft and lacks detail and you definitely don't wanna use it in low light. Now when it first came out, it was priced at $200 and that was for the camera, a USB cable, and vented helmet and tripod mounts. That same package is now available from Oregon Scientific for 80 bucks, which even with its limitations isn't a bad deal. I'm Josh Goldman and that's a look at the ATC Chameleon action cam.