Product Type: Vivitar digital cameras
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IT WAS TOO good to be true
Member Name: velissaria
Date: 06/12/11, updated on 07/12/11 (78 review reads)
Advantages: In 2012? None!
Disadvantages: Multiple issues
The camera apparently comes in different colours, but mine is silver. The box looked well-made and professional, with the camera in a small black pouch, a usb cable, a CD Rom with drivers and an instruction manual. As I said, the camera's features were very promising:
* 5.0 mega Pixels - very high at the time
* 8 X Digital Zoom - I had noticed that it did not have any optical zoom, which is considered superior, but I thought that an 8x digital one would be good for everyday use
* 1.5 TFT Display
* Video recording function
* External MMC/SD Card slots - but no card was provided with the camera
* Web cam function
The camera itself is small and compact, about 2" x 5" which would be a plus if it were not that flimsy. It's made of plastic and it feels too light and cheap.
* Taking photos:
I am not impressed at all with this. I cannot believe it is supposed to be 5.0 mega Pixels as my 2.0 mega pixels phones used to take better pictures. The resulting photos were not clear and either too dark or too over exposed. I just wanted a camera for everyday use, and it failed. The settings are automatic and apart from switching the flash on or off you don't get many further options. If you use it outdoors under natural daylight the result is better, but indoors, either the result is too dark and "yellow-y" without flash, or too "white" for being over exposed with the flash on. I would say, it is only suitable for daylight outdoor use for taking general scenery photos. It's rubbish at zooming or at photographing objects. Of course, it does not have a macro function, so don't even try to get a close up photo of some detail.
The TFT display is OK and it is easy to use the usb cable and transfer the photos on to your computer. No card is provided with the camera, but the camera has some internal memory, so you can take about 10-15 photos without needing one, which is convenient. It also has a setting for taking low resolution, middle resolution or higher resolution photographs, which affects the memory size of each photo. However, because the photo quality is so bad, I usually opt for maximum resolution.
* Video function:
I've used this once in broad daylight and I must say that the result was surprisingly good and clear.
* Web cam:
I use it as a webcam sometimes. It is OK as a basic webcam but one problem is that it is very difficult to make it stand on or near your screen. Especially with the new flat screens it is impossible. In addition, modern webcams, even the basic ones for £20 or so, have built in microphones, whereas you need a separate microphone for this one.
The biggest disappointment I had while using it as a webcam is that it works with Windows XP but when I tried it on my brother's pc that runs Vista, I could not make it work. The computer recognised the camera as an external USB device and I could transfer my photos or videos, but it did not recognise the webcam function at all. Even after uploading the drivers to the computer from the CD, still the Windows Vista could not recognise the webcam function. I searched online trying to find some new camera drivers, thinking there would be an update. I couldn't find any, so I decided to contact the company hoping that they would point me to updated drivers for this camera. It was end of 2009 and after some internet search I realised that Vivitar belonged by then to Sakar International (http://www.sakar.com/). The reply was utterly disappointing. They were "sorry" to inform me that the camera was "an old model" and not listed among the products that they manufactured after purchasing the brand name of Vivitar. So, they decided not to offer any tech or software support at all. They claimed that they did not even have any of the old cameras, its accessories in stock, or its information at all.
I think that this is a very irresponsible approach towards the Vivitar customers and consumers in general.
Lately, I am having problems making it work as a webcam even with my Windows XP. For some reason I cannot make it work with Skype any more.
* Battery life:
Despite its limited functions, it is a real power sucker. It takes 3 AAA Batteries which it consumes pretty quickly.
As a result, I cannot recommend it at all and I am thinking to simply give it to a charity for recycling parts.
Summary: Not a brand I will ever trust again.
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