Veho Muvi micro cams now through bike shops

We're looking forward to trying this Atom; a long-awaited rear-view maybe?

by nick_rearden   November 21, 2011  

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The established Veho mini camera range is going to be available in bike shops for the first time, prompted by their recent Atom micro model which seems made for bicycle helmet mounting. Distribution to shops will be handled by Raleigh.

In case you didn't realise, Raleigh the bike company in Nottingham is also one of the largest distributors of cycling accessories and clothing to the trade, shipping such brands as Uvex, Vaude, SRAM, MucOff, Michelin, Sigma and Selle Royal to bike shops all over UK and especially the ones that sell Raleigh bikes.

From now on they'll also be shipping out Veho digital video cameras as well, since the use of these mini marvels in general has exploded among cyclists for fun and safety. Bike shops seem a logical place to buy them if the staff who are often active cyclists themselves can usually advise on where and how to mount them.

Ben Vallance, Veho's Sales and Marketing Director says, "The Raleigh brand is synonymous with cycling and bikes and we are pleased that our award winning successful brand of action cameras is going to have representation in this very important market."

We reviewed the Veho Muvi Micro DV the previous and 15mm taller Muvi camera back in November 2009 with the verdict:

"All things considered the Muvi is a good option if you're looking for a fun, easy to use POV camera to take riding. The sound is good enough to record the odd piece to camera too. Unless you're prepared to splash (sorry) out for the waterproof casing it's not an all-weather option though."

Already on the way into road.cc for review is the Muvi Atom camera which only measures 40 x 20 x 19mm, weighs 37 grams and yet packs a 2 megapixel sensor with 640 x 480 resolution and a 2GB miniSD card.

For £69.99 you get:

  •     2 megapixel sensor
  •     640 x 480 resolution
  •     30+ frames per second
  •     2GB memory
  •     1 hour battery life
  •     Universal mount kit
  •     USB lead
  •     Carrying pouch
  •     Lanyard
  •     Head / helmet strap

The Atom will also shoot 1280 x 960 stills. There are optional waterproof cases and additional mounts for special applications like windsurfers, skateboards and tripods.

Bike shops will also be stocking the Veho Pebble range of portable batteries. Apart from recharging your Muvi video vamera, the 5000Mah Pebble XT will do a similar job for your other portable devices like phones and GPS.  

Veho tell us there's a Muvi "No Proof, No Glory" website coming up with the aim of creating a community for people to share their Muvi videos as well as watch "interesting and fun documentary footage."

According to Ben Vallance, "We are quickly building a team of "No Proof, No Glory" athletes and first to feature on the new website will be World Freestyle MTB Athletes Sam Pilgrim and Grant Fielder who have recently returned from capturing some amazing footage in Iceland. We are really looking forward to the site launching and creating a central community for MUVI users."

Details: raleigh.co.uk

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um, I've been using an Atom for 2 years, is this 'new' model a 'new improved' thing?

posted by andyp [774 posts]
21st November 2011 - 11:57

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Does anyone know how it deals with an urban commute? Does it perform well in low light?

posted by Coleman [329 posts]
21st November 2011 - 12:04

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andyp wrote:
um, I've been using an Atom for 2 years, is this 'new' model a 'new improved' thing?

um, you're right, I've toned down my overexcited headline. Blimey, is it that long we've been looking forward to trying an Atom? It was certainly exactly two years ago we reviewed the slightly larger Micro model: http://road.cc/content/review/10959-veho-muvi-micro-dv-camcorder

Coleman wrote:
Does anyone know how it deals with an urban commute? Does it perform well in low light?

Pretty well is the quick answer but it's going to struggle once the car lights come on, we'd have thought. This will be one of the things to look at in the next fews days. Watch this space...

posted by nick_rearden [859 posts]
21st November 2011 - 12:15

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posted by JC [125 posts]
21st November 2011 - 13:31

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I mounted one on my bars a few months ago - problem I had was you can't quite tell where the camera lens is pointing so I had a nice shot of sky for one ride, and then several minutes of someone's back tyre the next time.

Found the best placement was on the chest strap of my camel-bak - filmed a ride across and back from holy island, including the moronic van driver who tried to wipe me out on the causeway (cue lovely bit of fashonable shaky cam as I lean to avoid the muppet and then wobble back and forth for a bit before miraculously regaining equilibrium)!

It's workable if you can get the positioning correct and the ebay ones are cheap as chips. Smile

posted by moonbucket [55 posts]
21st November 2011 - 13:53

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I've been using camears whilst commuting for several years now. I've used a range of cameras in all condionts and these Veho cameras are rubbish in comparison to others.
Narrow FOV, low quality, rubbish in low light and not even weather resistant.
I suggest that people save up a little bit more and buy a better camera.

posted by gaz545 [12 posts]
21st November 2011 - 14:13

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I have had two Muvi Micros (the slightly larger brother) and have found them to be reasonable.

As gaz545 says the low light performance isn't great. I have also found the battery on the Micro to last about an hour (well below the advertised time). Mine have survived the rain well without any problems (apart for a bit of water on the lens making some parts of a recording blurry).

But for the money you pay, they are pretty good.
If you want better quality a ContourHD probably is best, but costs three times as much.

posted by thereverent [294 posts]
21st November 2011 - 17:28

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Just registered to comment - as I bought one of these Atoms from Veho's ebay store a few months ago - a 'refurb' apparently, the clip was already broken....

It works OK in daylight, but two things stopped me using it:

1. I found I was lucky to get 40 minutes out of the battery, i.e. not enough for my 45-50 minute commute.

2. The camera seems to be USB 1, and it's painfully slow to upload video. I know I could get round this using a memory card reader, but eventually I'd be bound to lose the tiny memory card.

For the £40 I paid for it I'm not too bothered but it's absolutely not worth nigh on £70.

posted by Sheepy1209 [2 posts]
21st November 2011 - 21:43

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gaz545 wrote:
I've been using camears whilst commuting for several years now. I've used a range of cameras in all condionts and these Veho cameras are rubbish in comparison to others.
Narrow FOV, low quality, rubbish in low light and not even weather resistant.
I suggest that people save up a little bit more and buy a better camera.

I have to agree with the above statement and agree that Gaz knows his stuff if is is the same Gaz545 as "Mr Silly Cyclist"??

I myself am now using the new contour roam and couldn't recommend it enough

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posted by Gkam84 [8633 posts]
23rd November 2011 - 0:40

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