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Old November 17th, 2007, 16:46   #1
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Helmet Cam - Oregon Scientific

This is a review of an Oregon Scientific helmet camera, ATC 2000.

I bought it off ebay and it cost me a grand total of 140 CAD, which included:

Helemet camera
AV output cords
USB Cord
Various mounting straps and bases
2 GB SD card

This is not a bullet camera, it is a self contained unit. There is no cord to a separate storage device or anything like that, no receiver. All the videos are stored on the SD card. It doesn't look nearly as nice as some of the more pricey ones out there, and, though I'm not an expert on other helmet cams, the video quality probably isn't as good. However, it didn't cost $900.

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You would probably only want to record on the highest resolution and framerate, which yields videos comparable to a lot of other airsoft gun/helemt cam videos I've seen on the net. With a 2GB card you get 1 hr and 1 min of footage at 30 frames per second and 640x480 resolution (the highest).

It's waterproof up to 3 m, shock resistant, and operates at a variety of temperatures. There is an auto 10 minute shutoff when the camera is not being used, which saves your 2 AA batteries. You can connect an AV cord to the camera for PLAYBACK PURPOSES ONLY. This means you could watch old videos on your TV from your camera, even record them to VHS if you wanted to, but you could not record NEW videos to VHS. I thought this fact important, because I was hoping to double this camera as a security camera. Plop it outside with an extra long AV cord running to a TV and recording VCR somewhere. Won't work.

You can also connect the camera to your computer via USB cable.

The sound is the worst thing about this camera. It could be in part due to my mounting set up, but there is a ton of mic rumble. If the camera is held in the hand, audio is fine. Quiet, but fine.

You can find some sample videos on e-bay, but if you want one in an airsoft application, this is the first and only "in use" video that I've taken with this camera, mounted on my Mp5.

YouTube - Outback III - Airsoft

(note: youtube shrank my video so the quality is about half of what it really is)

Conclusion:
Great value for the money. Honestly, you can't go wrong. The only thing that bugs me is the mic rattle, which, as I said, I think has a lot to do with my mounting set up. As for looks, if you found a way to mount it to a rail, it would look like any other piece of optics. Video quality is pretty decent, and an hour of recording time may not sound like much, but it's plenty. The 4 minute video I made was from footage over 24 hours. You only really turn it on when you need it. Anyway, like I said, if you don't have the money to fork out for something high end, 140 bucks does it just fine.

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Old November 17th, 2007, 17:27   #2
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awesome video...the crackling noise was annoying as balls but whatevs. Gotta say...Love the 1st kill lol....you spot the guy and then lace him with a nice burts =P
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Old November 17th, 2007, 17:32   #3
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Cool, where'd you pick it up from?
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Old November 18th, 2007, 01:57   #4
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Nice review i have one of these as well. I would say its really good bang for your buck. and the audio is pretty crap, but the footage is not bad for the price.
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Old November 18th, 2007, 10:29   #5
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Anyone try mounting these onto googles or a helmet? It's not to bulky is it?
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Old November 18th, 2007, 11:49   #6
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A guy here in Calgary mounted it to his helmet.

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Old November 18th, 2007, 21:36   #7
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They also top mount very well - it looks goofy but is supposed to be a better vantage point for doing a chase cam.
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Old November 21st, 2007, 01:22   #8
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Yeah, I saw one of these a while ago at a local store.

I personally bought a cheapo Tony Hawk holmet cam witch is half the size of these cameras. Its acctually really nice for the price ($20 USD) and its good quality for youtube uploads.

Look up vidoes on youtube and you can see the quality. I gave mine a coat of flat black witch makes it look really nice.
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Old November 21st, 2007, 12:46   #9
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Yeah, I saw one of these a while ago at a local store.

I personally bought a cheapo Tony Hawk holmet cam witch is half the size of these cameras. Its acctually really nice for the price ($20 USD) and its good quality for youtube uploads.

Look up vidoes on youtube and you can see the quality. I gave mine a coat of flat black witch makes it look really nice.
Are you the kid that took apart the AEP mechbox for the CM030? If so good job!
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Old November 23rd, 2007, 03:05   #10
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Are you the kid that took apart the AEP mechbox for the CM030? If so good job!
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I would much like Teenager or mature young adult....

Yes, I did but those videos are kinda old. Plus, I have a new sccount now witch has all of my new videos as well as a video of the tony hawk halmet cam I was talking about.

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=AirsoftHawaii09
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Old November 23rd, 2007, 13:08   #11
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Pssft enjoy being able to be a kid while you can......
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Old November 24th, 2007, 00:40   #12
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lol thanks?
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Old December 8th, 2007, 17:29   #13
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Not about this kind of cam but it's useless to create a new one for a single link !

http://www.ebgames.com/product.asp?product%5Fid=322254

Found this about an helmet cam and pretty damn cheap maybe it not be a big lost if someone shot on it !
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Old December 29th, 2007, 01:19   #14
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I just got one the Oregon Scientific cams for christmas. Only took a few vids to test. Video quality is ok, but to hear my voice on one I almost had to yell. Kinda just Jury rigged it onto my AEG's too since getting it only my Goggles proved to much work

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