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Question on Possible Vivitar Purchase


Standard Member
Hi All,

Wondering if anyone with a bit of knowledge on cameras can advise me here.

I'm currently using a Vivitar Camcorder which seems to be acting up a bit now, and also use my Nokia N95 for pics/vids too.

Just wondering if the one below, would be any good to me. I know it's a DVR but I'm assuming I can still take pictures with it? It does mention 12MP digitial stills, so is that the photo quality or is that the video quality (or both?).

A link is below to the actual cam, but here is a list of spec:-

HD camcorder.
4 x digital zoom.
2.7in LCD touch screen.
1080p high definition recording.
Accepts SD memory card formats.
Recording time dependant on memory card size.
Digital picture processing.
AVI file format.
M-JPEG file format.
12MP digital stills.
VGA digital stills.
CMOS sensor.
Auto focus.
Intelligent scene mode.
Image stabilisation.
Built-in lens cover.
PictBridge compatible.
Webcam function.
1 touch upload to YouTube.


I'm not a big techy person and ain't too fussed about top notch pictures, but was wondering if that would do the business for me? Thinking of getting it for my birthday next month as it could come in useful for our Florida trip next year instead of carrying around multiple cameras etc. I don't want to pay loads of money for a camera, jsut because it sounded good for £50.




Established Member
My opinion based on only a little experience with Vivitar, is look at the Kodak range.
Kodak PlayFull ZE1
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Standard Member
It's double the price of it though for the hd version.

I was just looking at it due to it's price.

I'm not a big photography person and in all honesty am more than happy with the vids my nokia n95 (and pics) produce. So not sure if that tells about the level of satisfaction i'm looking at. Tbh if it wasn't for the phone acting up i wouldn't even think about this.



Distinguished Member
Hi, new Member,

I'm guessing this camera is just what you want...so go and see one, pref taking a blank SDHC card so it can be formatted in the camera and click away. In-store shots in a dark corner will show up low-light issues. but avoid panning this is rarely satisfactory without a tripod and you are testing the camera, not your ability to hold it!

I'm suspicious of cameras that are both HD and Webcams, VGA is horrid and having no manual controls options doesn't mean the Auto is fab. either.

At least with Argo you should get some sort of Warranty.

However, it's unlikley anyone here uses one other than "FUN" since as soon as you are hooked on the hobby, you realise you need greater flexibility and proven build-quality . . . . but it's difficult to argue with the price, isn't it?

Good luck.

Direct loading to YouTube is why they host so much rubbish . . . at least edit it first, eh?

Bob++ - I mean he takes his own "blank card" into the store, formatting it on the camera ensures it has the correct File layout. . . . or did you mean it won't work with SDHC . . . maybe take both, eh?
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Standard Member
Thanks guys.

Yes, will take a look.

As I said I ain't too fussed about the overall quality, my vivitar I have is now playing up a bit and my Nokia N95 has started playing up a little in poor weather so time for a change.

And as said if I get the same quality as my Nokia I'll be happy.


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