Dog de­liv­ers rough edit

We tied the cam­corder to our dog and pressed record, writes Rod Ch­ester

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we not only ex­pect the yarn but the YouTube clip to go with it.

The size is the first thing that want-to-be ac­tion stars will like about the Muvi Atom mi­cro cam­corder. It’s 4cm high and 2cm wide. The cam­era charges through a USB con­nec­tion and you can ex­pect about 50 min­utes of shoot­ing on each charge.

You can get the Atom by it­self, although our re­view ver­sion in the ac­tion cam­era bun­dle in­cluded a range of mounts, a wa­ter­proof case and a 4GB Mi­croSD card that can record up to 90 min­utes of video.

The sturdy-feel­ing cam­era in a metal case has a min­i­mum of but­tons to con­fuse you: a power but­ton, a video but­ton and a photo but­ton.

As well as be­ing a cam­era for ad­ven­ture-seek­ers, the Atom is pitched as a se­cu­rity de­vice, which is why you can put it on voice-ac­ti­va­tion mode.

The cam­era has a fixed aper­ture of f2.8, min­i­mum fo­cal length of 2cm and will record an an­gle of up to 80 de­grees.

To test a cam­era such as this you want to put it in a sit­u­a­tion that in­volves im­mers­ing in water, fran­tic ac­tion and an un­usual view­point. That’s why we strapped it to an overly ac­tive dog and took him to the lo­cal park for a swim in the creek.

From a bud­ding film­maker’s view­point, the dog’s cam­era work was il­lu­mi­nat­ing.

The jerky ac­tion of a dog in full bound is enough to re­mind you that you prob­a­bly want to keep the cam­era as steady as you can, for best re­sults. You should not have high ex­pec­ta­tions for sur­round­ing sound on your video. In our 30-minute film, you can hear lots of pant­ing and rustling but not the voices of peo­ple stand­ing nearby.

The cam­era put up with a bit of heavy han­dling, though. When our dog-cam op­er­a­tor de­cided to sit in the creek, the Atom kept film­ing.

The Atom doesn’t have the im­age qual­ity of some other tough, wear­able cam­eras, but its in­cred­i­bly small size means it can record al­most any ad­ven­ture you’re likely to have.

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