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I have had this Vivitar Vivicam 8400 camera for roughly 4 years now, received it about the same time I got my first Kodak Easyshare, and as I preferred the Kodak I put this one away - I couldn't return it so pretended to use it, it's not like I ever saw that relative much anyway!
I honestly didn't like it from first glance. It feels huge, heavier than the Kodak even though it was the same size. It was better than the Kodak in the sense that it was an 8 mega pixel, but as I didn't know much about cameras back then I based my decision of which to keep on purely looks and ease of use.
The Vivicam wasn't easy to use to start with; I had problems finding the right modes and then, after finally finding the instruction manual, it still took a bit of time to work my way around it. I managed to learn the Kodak quicker than the Vivicam - took me a couple days to grasp the Kodak and at least 5 or six to finally give up on the Vivicam! When I eventually worked things out properly (only a few months back because my boyfriend commandeered it off me as I wasn't using it) I found that yes it took some great pictures, all clear and whatnot, but after the pictures had been taken it was an awkward chore getting to see them again!
My boyfriend has actually had trouble with it too, not as much as me because he actually understands what the symbols mean and is able to get into things quick, but as I have my own Kodak and really don't want to learn about it 4 years after getting it, I don't really care whether I can figure it out or not. He has trouble uploading pictures to the PC - I don't know what the problem is but after you plug it into the PC it takes time to find, and then when it eventually finds you it tends to cut out halfway through upload. It's that old I can't even be bothered to find out what's wrong!
Not recommended at all, unless you're a real whizz with extra old and awkward cameras! A good camera, don't get me wrong, it takes good quality pictures and holds good sized memory cards, but not for me personally and to be honest I doubt really good for anyone else either, not with what's available on the market these days.
When it comes to writing a review about techy things I am really a novice..so please bear with me and I will try to type everything I have felt about my first digital camera out.
Vivitar8400 is a very compact and smart looking vivicam indeed with its silver shiny and huge lcd screen and I fell in love with it at Dubai airports duty-free shop and hubby was extremely pleased to see all the features it included. Hence no doubt a crowd puller in its little leather pouch and black box.
Ease of use:
After reading the short (smaller version of the big handbook).. I was able to snap a few great pictures of the clouds and the smiley Royal Emirates airhostesses on the second flight leg , so would say a any novice photographers dream camera of course if you use the autofocus option .
And now for the real techy bit aka the jargon which I have deligently typed from the manual in order not to make a single mistake.. don't understand half of it tough except the resolution which has caused havoc in sending them off and saving etc and the massive 8.1 mp zoom which lets me take incredibly gorgeous pictures .
Autofocus , Battery Model: AA, LR6, MN1500, KAA, LR6/M,AM-3, 4006, MIGNON/AM3 ,Built-in Flash: Yes
Camera Resolution Heigth in Pixel: 2448
Camera Resolution Width in Pixel: 3264
Digital Zoom (Ratio): 4
Effective Pixel (in Megapixel): 8.1
Highest Focal Length in mm: unknown
LCD Monitor Size in Inch: 2
Lowest Focal Length in mm: unknown
Maximum Pixel (in Megapixel): 8.1
Memory Type: Internal + External
Movie / Voice Recording: Movie + Voice
Number of Batteries: 2
Optical Zoom (Ratio): 3
Range Finder Type: Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD
SLR / Compact: Compact
Secure Digital Card present
Weight in Grams: 150
Zoom Type: Optical + Digital
What did make sense though was that it took great still pictures..over 200 economy sized ones and around 150 excellent quality ones so all in all a very good camera to take on vacation .
Also you could downsize the pictures real quickly.
It does have red-eye compensation and 4 flash modes. Night images are quiet good actually even though it has no infra-red night compensation .