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ATC5K and ATC3K Action Cameras can handle tough times

The Action Cameras feature easy-to-understand interfaces and a few neat features; however, the cameras fall flat when it comes to video and photo quality.

ATC3K action camera
The ATC3K is both shock-proof and waterproof. Josh P. Miller/CNET

The Oregon Scientific ATC3K Action Camera is a bit like the Jeep Wrangler of digital camcorders. On paper, the bare-bones digicam is only capable of capturing VGA video. In a civilized world filled with pocket HD camcorders, that's not a particularly impressive feat.

However, take the ATC3K into the rough and tumble great outdoors and you'll find that its rugged construction, waterproof design, and compact size allow it to be used in conditions that would instantly void the warranty of more complex and delicate pocket cameras.

Upping the feature set while maintaining its rough and tumble nature is the ATC5K, which adds a full-color LCD viewfinder, an IR remote, and the ability to capture still photos.

The ATC5K adds more features, including a full-color LCD. Josh P. Miller/CNET

The Oregon Scientific Action Cameras aren't as compact as our current favorite, the GoPro Hero Motorsports Wide, and don't have as broad of a selection of mounting options. But the Action Cameras are slightly easier to use--particularly the ATC5K with its color LCD.

Check out the full reviews of the ATC3K and ATC5K Action Cameras.