Product Type: Vivitar camcorders
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A hungry camcorder
Vivitar DVR508 HD
Member Name: kathboo
Vivitar DVR508 HD
Advantages: Looksgood, easy to use, cheap
Disadvantages: Eats batteries, poor picture quality
In an attempt to get my son off his computer game I bribed him into a trip to Toys R Us to buy what he wanted with a budget of £25. This Vivitar camcorder was the result (I discovered at a later date that he wants to video his computer game play aaaargh!)
When we first stumbled across this in the shop I was very impressed. It's a nice looking mini camcorder which came in blue or pink, with a padded black safety handle and a pull out screen at the side to view what is being filmed. I was also impressed with the price- at £25 I was pleasantly surprised to discover it's actually real as I was half expecting it to be a toy camcorder!
Admittedly, the screen is tiny, 1.8inch, but this is pretty much expected considering the camcorder itself is only small. The buttons used to operate the device are simple and straight-forward enough for my 7 year old to work out on his own.
The quality of the picture is unfortunately rather poor, but then again for the price I wasn't expecting crystal clear clarity. It does what my son wants it to do and is simple to use. It has a timer function which is great if anyone wants to film themelves, a zoom feature and the option to switch between still camera shots and recordings.
The camcorder also comes with leads to attach to the TV which means any videos can be watched on the bigger screen, it's always nice to have this option in the future as well as it's so nice to look back on. Also supplied was a computer disc with downloadable software in which to store previously made videos. Again, for the price paid I was impressed.
A big downfall of this camcorder I have found is the way it devours batteries. The camera uses 3 AAA batteries which last only for about an hour of constant use. What makes this worse is the fact that I can only get it to work by using Duracell Extra Strength batteries. These can't be bought at a pound shop unfortunately, so what was a cheap camcorder suddenly becomes very expensive considering the price of batteries that would need to be constantly bought if this was used a lot. Luckily my son only uses it now and again - if he didn't he would have to! The 'cheap' batterie I normally use for everything else simply don't work in the camcorder, they are obviously not powerful enough to work it even when brand new.
The other extra expense which I didn't realise I needed was an SD card for storage/memory. This added another £10 on to the bill, and to be hinest I would probably rather pay an extra £10 for the whole thing and have the convenience of having it included in the package.
All in all this is great for the kids at a great price, just be aware of al the little necessary extra expenses.
Summary: Cheap camcorder can become expensive...
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