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New Helmet Camera Measures G Force

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Oregon Scientific have released another action camera, the ATC9K, offering high definition recording in a robust shockproof, waterproof shell. What makes this camera particularly interesting though are it’s additional features. Firstly the built in G-sensor allows the user to measure acceleration and deceleration forces such as those generated during a crash, or cornering. Secondly there is an optional built in GPS to allow you to log your rides and review them in Google Earth. Used together these features will allow you to watch the video of your ride and simultaneously display the altitude, g-force and location on your computer screen. More pictures and specifications after the break.


The full specifications are:

  • HD quality recording 720p 30fps/60fps (1280 x 720), 1080p 30fps (1920 x 1080),
  • 3M/5M photo function
  • Different scene modes for photo and video taking
  • One-press record button for user’s convenience
  • Built-in G-sensor (measures acceleration)
  • Laser pointer (indicates direction)
  • Status LED on main body
  • FOV:130 degree
  • 1.5” TFT display on main body
  • Minimum 1.5 hours battery life
  • Various types of mounts included
  • 20M water proof
  • Compatible with Window 7/ Vista/ XP/ Apple Mac
  • Dimensions: approx. L100 x W44 x H55 (mm)
  • Power source: USB connection rechargeable battery for ATC9K (supports an external charger but not included); 1 x CR2032 button cell for remote control

It is not clear what the options for sound recording are, this has been a weak point on previous Oregon Scientific cameras. An additional flaw with earlier cameras was a very narrow field of view, meaning it was hard to capture all the action, however this has been improved with this latest camera. The camera is priced at about £250 in the UK (US pricing not available currently) so the camera will be competing with offerings from GoPro and Contour. We will have to wait and see how the performance matches.

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13 years ago

MMMMmmmm.. Have to see it in person first. Great features though.

13 years ago

The older camera was really disappointing on the bike. I think the shape and weight distribution causes it to bounce around way too much. The biggest problem I had is that if the battery got low before you stopped shooting, the file didn’t write to the SD card. Dead battery = no video stored. The only way to really get anything was to shoot short clips which required a lot of stopping and helmet removal.

The sound was really hit and miss – never had any sound on the bike. Their tech support told me they had moved the microphone from the top front of the camera (where they advertised it) to under the water tight cap in the rear (where it would stay dry, yet not record sound). Their advice was to run it without the cap (that didn’t work either). For some unknown reason, the sound worked in the pool underwater with my kids (with the waterproof cap on).

I did get some cool footage by strapping it to a CNC spindle housing cutting some millwork parts. The only interesting thing I got on the bike was perspective shots – pointing down the fork and front wheel contact patch from the handlebar or strapping it to the chainstay and shooting forward at the cranks or backwards at another rider.

Looks like the buttons may be a little easier to get to on the new ones.

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