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CNET First Look
ATC5K and ATC3K Action CamerasThe ATC 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.
[Music] >> Antuan Goodwin: The ambitiously named ATC 5K and ATC 3K action cameras by Oregon Scientific are fairly basic digital camcorders with even more basic specs. Both cameras are tube style cameras with the lens at one end, an array of buttons at the top for capturing images and a variety of mount options such as hook and loop straps and handle bar mounts. Both cameras capture video at VGA or QVGA resolution onto a SD card. The ATC 3K only captures video, features a monochromatic LCD display and lacks a view finder; so there's no way of knowing what you've captured until you get back to your computer. On the other hand, the ATC 5K has a full color LCD screen for framing and previewing as well as the ability to capture photos albeit still at only VGA at best. The 5K also ships with an IR remote controller for triggering video and photo capture. Each camera features an ovi table rear end where you'll find the battery door, a mini USB port, AV output and an SD card slot. A neat bonus feature is that when both cameras are connected to a computer they function as a web cam and when connected to a monitor via AVRCA cables they function as a live view camera. In a world populated with cheap HD pocket camcorders, the VGA resolution isn't at all impressive. However, thanks to their rugged shock proof and waterproof construction these cameras can go places that your average digital camcorder simply cannot such as up to 10 feet underwater and they can take a much better beating. Compared to the best known competitor, the Go Pro Hero, both the ATC 5K and 3K are considerably larger and feature a less diverse array of mounting options. Video and still photo quality of the Go Pro is much better also. However, the ATC 5K and 3K cameras [ background music ] control scheme make the Oregon Scientific cameras much easier to use particularly the 5K and its color LCD screen. I'm Antuan Goodwin and this has been your first look at the Oregon Scientific ATC 3K and ATC 5K action camera [Music].