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The Veho Muvi Pro DV mini camcorder is a marvel of modern tech. Utilising some pretty clever ideas to creat what must be one of the highest quality mini cameras available today. Ok so it doesn't have the superior quality of a GoPro HD, or the versatility of a dedicated DV camcorder but it does offera convenient and hardwaring option that you will be happy to keep wit you at all times. Just in case you need it.
I bought my MUVI for a mountain biking holiday to Morzine, figuring that I wouldn't get many chances to thrwo myself down an ALP on a borrowed £3500 mountain bike why not record the events for posterity.
Included in the box was the camera itself, 4GB micro SD memory card (only 2GB is included in the non pro version) as well as a number of useful mounting accesories, bungee straps, memory card case, instructions and two versions of USB to mini USB for charging and data transfer.
On the outside the controls are well laid out and simple, with switches for power on/off and VOX (voice activated recording) mode on/off. Up top is a dual colour LED to indicate power/recording status and a push button for start/stop recording. The Main body is metal and feels solid, you can see it is held together with screws and not glued like the cheap copies. This is a well made little camera.
A full charge via USB takes approximately 2 hours and completion is indicated by the charge light going off. Veho claim that the MUVI can sit in standby mode for 250 hours. In my experience, i prefer to charge it fully before any use to ensure maximum recording time.
In total, the Muvi or Muvi Pro can record for up to 2 hours on a single charge. More than enough for most needs i think. Though this is exactly the reason I have two, so i can record more when away from a power source.
Every 30 minutes the recording will save itself as an AVI file (about 800mb per 30 mins) to prevent you losing everything if power is lost before saving.
Now on to quality.... In every way you get what you pay for, AVI format is ok, its perfectly watchable on sites like youtube but if you're expecting 'high resolution' to mean high definition prepare your self for a shock. That said the quality is very watchable, contrast is very good for such a tiny pinhole camera and with a class 10 Micro SD card the frame rate is very smooth. I see no difference in frame rate between the regular and pro versions, buy the Pro if you need a 4GB card.
As far as the sound quality it is very very good when used indoors, where the VOX support allows it to start recording whenever 65Dbs or louder is heard, this is great for recording lectures or secretly recording conversations (if that's your thing) but when used to record downhill MTB runs the sound was completely lost to wind noise. Be warned it will sound like you came down the whole mountain shouting "Ooooooohhhhhhhh" and your friends will laugh.
In conclusion, this is a great bit of kit for biking, driving and general action sports where taking a more expensive or heavier camera is not an option. Its easy to charge and is self contained. Plugging into any PC (or iPad via adapter) allows you to empty the card and charge with no additional software.
At full price I would leave it alone, at half price (amazon) its a bargain.
Hope that helps.