My birthday present to self this year! Figured this would work well cycling, on motorbike and as water proof (with GPS) great for sailing this summer.
I bought it from http://www.actioncameras.co.uk/Oregon_Scientific_ATC9K who I would recommend from a service point of view as when the plastic clip on the top snapped (after the first month of use) they turned around the RMA in a couple of days.
The picture quality is really sharp, 1080p 30Hz and 720p 60Hz/30Hz. Must admit I’ve left it at 720p 60Hz. It also rolls the .mov file at 3.7Ghz (~45 mins) for the 32bit restriction.
On the road bike I tried it mounted to the handlebar, but did get a bit of vibration so opted for the helmet mount. This worked great though when “top mounted” on the daily commute I did look like one of the Teletubbies!
However if buying again I might opt for one of the others, quite possibly the Go Pro purely for the lack of GPS features (which was one of the key features I bought it for to be honest).
The PC software (only for windows) CD just redirects you to http://atc.oregonscientific.com/downloadcenter.html
- The GPS data is not exportable or in a useful format like KML. Photos/videos are accompanied by some bespoke format in .MAP files.
- There’s no way to edit videos or export with the GPS info and maps as it’s just using QuickTime player. This means you can show people around the same PC but not via youtube or burning a DVD!
I was disappointed by this, and the fact that the .MAP files the camera produces are specific to the camera, I investigated looking at other software like Dashware which I thought would allow exporting video with the GPS data/maps inset. In the Dashware forums I found someone doing just this http://dashware.net/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=156 but it was an uphill task!
They had to use the Oregon software to import the .mov/.MAP files then dug about in the file directory to find SQLLite files which he then converted to .csv files (after working out the data mappings) to use with the Dashware product.
Hardly user friendly!
So overall – picture quality: great, being water proof: fantastic. Build quality: very plastic, and if the clip breaks again (I’m assured this never happens!) I will say bad design – should be a metal clip. I will use the software to pinpoint my position rarely (probably just to see where I was sailing in the Med) so a bit of a waste of £40 for the GPS module, until of course Oregon open up the format and I can write something to convert it