Oregon Scientific introduced the ATC Chameleon last winter as the world’s first Dual Lens action camera. The HD video recording forward and rear lenses are both independently adjustable to capture a 170˚ field of view.
Find out how the ATC Chameleon worked in the Tetons :
ATC Chameleon Review
In my opinion, someone who has used both the GoPro™ and Contour™, the ATC Chameleon is by far the most versatile and coolest. Certainly it has its pros and cons but when it comes to just fooling around and filming out on the slopes the Chameleon, naturally, gives you the most angle options. If you’re looking for a more professional look and feel I don’t recommend the Chameleon. It just doesn’t offer the same picture quality as the GoPro™ does. In terms of ease and use, the power slider can be turned on and off with even the bulkiest of gloves. There are no buttons, and out of the box, the Chameleon doesn’t need any waterproof case. The durable plastic shell is splash proof. I dropped it in the snow, the lenses fogged up but the camera still worked. However, if you are looking for an underwater adventure Oregon Scientific sells a 100% waterproof case up to 60 meters.
It boasts a battery life of two hours on a single charge. I can attest to this, at just about the two-hour mark after turning it on, the camera died. This was in cold temperatures. I’m sure you could get a little over two hours in the summer. As is everything these days, the ATC Chameleon is USB rechargeable. If you’re looking to increase your recording memory there is a built in micro SD card slot for saving up to 32GB of video.
As for editing, the ATC is awesome! I’m not a tech guy but after plugging it into my Mac I found that editing is actually kind of fun! The ATC automatically synchs the rear video with the forward video so there is no need to self-edit! So, I actually didn’t make any movies with cuts and music but I was able to relive my day in the backcountry. The camera allowed me to watch both videos at the same time, or just the front, or just the back. If you’re someone who likes to edit video and make POV action movies then this camera certainly offers more options than the GoPro™ Hero 3 and the Contour+2. It is compatible with both Mac and PC but doesn’t offer an iOS or Android mobile app.
My main con with all POV action cameras is the wind noise. Audio on these devices just doesn’t meet my standard. It is a slippery slope trying to capture epic sound while traveling down a slope at 20 miles an hour so if you can get over the fact that this camera doesn’t offer the best sound quality then you’ll probably enjoy it.
My main pro is the dual action lens. The quality might not be as good as other POV action cameras but it is still 720p per lens. The two rotating lenses are awesome. Also, at $150.00 you can’t go wrong! It comes with a helmet mount and handlebar mount! This is the perfect gift for your son or daughter to take with them on their adventures!
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