After reading a number of the negative customer reviews, i felt compelled to add some positive light to this camera given my overall positive experience. I’ve been using the camera in the pool to film my swim stroke underwater and also out in the ocean when i paddleboard. 5 color screen is great for instant playback (ie- i dont have to wait until i get home to watch the footage, also i can make sure im getting the right camera angle instantly)- the image quality is great (there are a number of high quality customer videos on youtube)- durability (the camera is very sturdy, able to withstand drops)- 4g of memory (not included, but can be purchased online for $9)- plenty of mounting options (i havent tried to use a helmet yet, but the rubber strap looks like it would fit firmly around a helmet)suggested improvements:- battery life was only 2 hours with 2aa batteries (i rarely shoot video for more than 2 hours, but this could be a pain if you plan on using the camera for long periods of time)- audio quality (most waterproof cameras will have this same issue)overall, i recommend the camera.
Pros: if you’re just looking for something for the kids i guess it’s ok. This is a camera you’d give your kids and say have fun, it is a poor quality camera but it works. Cons: i paid a little under a $100. Seller: was quick on delivery.
This model is still reasonably priced and fixed the major issues of the previous versions (accidental card removal, trashing the data and often the card) and not seeing the viewing area. The one big outstyanding issue is the small amount of internal memory. If you use theis for a long duration, the 50 seconds of internal memory is more of a hinderance when repalcing batteries, etc.
Key specs for Oregon Scientific ATC 5K Waterproof Action Cam Flash Memory Video Recorder with 1.5-Inch Color LCD Screen, Still Image and Web Cam Capabilities (Blue):
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- Waterproof up to 3 Meters
- 32mB Internal Memory, expandable up to 4GB with built in SD drive (SD card not included)
- Web Cam and Still Cam Capabilities with Stand Included (Webcam not for Mac)
- All Mounting Hardware and Remote Control Included
- PC requirements: Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, OS X 10.4 and below
Comments from buyers
“Better than the ATC 2K
, Better Waterproof Action Cam
, ATC-5K by Oregon
Was not what i wanted but worked well and as it was supposed to. Nothing wrong with product just not what i was wanting.
Oregon scientific atc 5k waterproof action cam flash memory video recorder with 1. 5-inch color lcd screen, still image and web cam capabilities (blue)i am really pleased with this video camera. I am a pilot so i placed the camera on the the wing strut and it took some spectacular footage. It is easy to use, with many cool features. If you are an outdoors person looking for a good video camera at a fair price this is the one.
Got this to film fishing action shots, filmed lots of action shots works as stated no more no less,soit’s good.
I like it, good quality video. The batteries aa is perfect for buy in any store in rural sites.
I like it, it works well and the image quality is 7/10, the audio is 3/10.
This could be the best value in the marketplace on an action cam that does it all at a great price. Not to mention the convenient hands-free remote control (so you are not fumbling for buttons on your helmet) and color lcd screen for immediate playback :-).
I bought this to replace my atc 2k that wore out after 4 years of use (rubber deterioration and some mechanism breakage). This model is obviously an improvement based on lessons learned from the atc 2k. The menu options on the 5 are easier to manipulate because of the video screen. There are fewer video format options one the 5, but i am fine with a binary ‘big’ or ‘small’ choice. The battery hatch securing on the 2 eventually broke. The battery hatch on the 5 looks very robust but at the price of being harder to manipulate (requires the use of a coin to turn the securing screw). The camera ‘on/off’ button, in fact, all the buttons on the 5 inspire more confidence as to their robustness. On the 2, one of the 3 buttons (the menu) button was beginning to fail intermittently. I’m hoping that the 5 gives longer service than the 2 did. I would have sprung for the oregon scientific atc 9k hd model but a 1.