Dog delivers rough edit
We tied the camcorder to our dog and pressed record, writes Rod Chester
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.