Vivitar DVR781HD-SIL HD Action Cam – $50 could have used for a better gift.

For the money it is well worth it.

It doesnt really take the greatest quality movies or pictures.

This was for my nephew and aside from the underwater photo taking ability i found this product to be made very shoddy.

Grand son loves it good stuff.

I got two (one for each kid) last christmas. I bought one more for myself at half price and couldnt be happier. Its light, small and very easy to use (no brainer) one kid has been making movies of the pets and the other has had it bolted to an r/c car and taking a beating. I plan on using it for my bike rides this spring and summer. Yes, having to buy the micro sd card separately stinks, but its 8 bucks at walmart and you get up to 10 hours of video time. My battery has lasted over two days and at least 3 hours of recording and deleting. If you’re one of those dopes that has to have a gopro, suit yourself. I’ll take nearly as good video and have enough left over to pay for a trip to use the camera.

This was such a great investment. I purchased 2 for my son and his friend to use while on vacation, they used it snow tubing, on go karts, water slides, and in a ball as they rolled down a hill. . Such great memories were captured.

  • Entry level camera with a bargain price
  • This was such a great investment. I purchased 2 for my son and
  • Fine for the money.

My feeling are decidedly mixed on this product: on the one hand, the image quality is totally inadequate for any commercial use or any use that requires resolution above 640×480. The hd resolution is merely a scaled-up version of the base resolution, so you’re getting a bigger file size, but no additional resolution. At 1280 x 720, you can’t even make out road signs 7-8 car lengths ahead of you. And, at that resolution, a 4 minute video clip is over 500mb. Image compression makes the photos look like you used a 90s-era ‘pastel’ filter from a photo-editing program. On the other hand, getting a camera, a waterproof case, a helmet mount, handlebar mount, and a stand mount for under $25 is ridiculously cheap. The mounting mechanism will work with existing tripods, but is not compatible with gopro mounts, so you will need an adapter if you want to use the included mounts with a gopro-style camera when you decide to upgrade. In the final analysis, its not very useful for much in the way of serious filming, but its an affordable, fun little entry-level camera that you can use to get the hang of action shots. Or give it to the kids so they won’t touch your ‘good’ camera.

Well i had high hopes for this camera. Pros:the water tight compartment works great. The photos from the camera stills are pretty clean. Now, the video is great inside the building and would probably be good outside. Lot’s of attachments to cover just about any way to use the camera. 720p30hd video resolution is not bad, but 1080phd would be much clearer. As for the video, i really can’t say. The camera i got had a problem. The luminus white level was extremely over modulated.

For a cheap little camera its ok vs others. Recording in 720p is not the best idea cause the play back is zoomed up and cant change it. If you leave it set to 640 is not a bad setting with ok looking video and the mic on this camera isnt bad as well. When in the case with the waterproof door you cant really hear anything and would half to almost yell to hear yourself. The other door that comes with the case has little holes to help sound to be picked up by the mic and very simple to change the doors out. Over all i havent had any problems with this camera as it was a simple little x mas gift and i wont mind using it for random outdoor video recording. Deep down if you want a good starter camera like this just go pick up the sj4000 with a price tag at $60 starting out.

An inexpensive alternative to gopro-style cameras if you don’t need the full feature set and quality. Picture quality is not high and is dramatically over-sharpened. However, for light or infrequent use, this is an excellent buy for the price. Note that it does not take aa batteries. It has an internal battery that is charged via usb.

Good does not have a long charge.

Features of Vivitar DVR781HD-SIL HD Action Cam, Silver

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  • Record video at 720p. 4x Digital Zoom. 1.77 inch Preview Screen
  • Stunning 5.1 Megapixels. Element proof casing
  • Package contains: Camcorder, USB Cable, Vivitar Experience Software, Easy Guide, Waterproof casing, Bicycle Mount, Helmet Mount, Stand Accessory, Built in Lithium Battery. 1 Year Warranty. SD Micro Card required, Not included
  • System Requirement Minimum: Windows XP SP3, Vista SP1, or Windows 7.System Requirement Minimum: Intel Processor Based Mac with OS8 x 10.5 or higher

From the manufacturer

About Vivitar

Vivitar is a leading international consumer electronics manufacturer with a rich heritage of technology innovation and affordability dating back to 1938. Vivitar products include digital still cameras, action cams, photo accessories and mobile accessories which are designed to meet the needs of today’s families. Vivitar is headquartered in Edison, New Jersey, with additional offices across the United Kingdom, Latin America, Canada and Hong Kong, and global retail distribution spanning more than 100,000 locations in both mass market and specialty channels.

Vivitar DVR781HD-SIL 1.3MP Action Camcorder

Whether it is biking in your neighborhood or skiing at a nearby resort, make sure all your favorite sporting activities are ones to never forget with the Vivitar HD Action Cam. This waterproof device provides a superior video and imaging experience with great high definition qualities. Mount your camera to your bike or helmet to get up close and personal with all the latest action. The strong built-in lithium ion battery provides a great charging experience with minimal refueling required so you can stay active and on the go as long as you want.

  • Waterproof casing provides protection in the harshest of conditions.
  • High definition video for a crisp, clear picture.
  • Micro SD card supported (not included).
  • Mounts included to attach camera to bike or helmet.
  • Lithium ion battery for strong charge and superior performance.

Element Proof casing

This action camcorder is a compact digital video camera with a lightweight underwater housing you can easily take on and off.

Full HD Video

Capture the most exciting moments in full HD 720P on it’s 1.77 inch preview screen. Delivering clear quality video and imaging thanks to superior high definition and stunning 5.1 Megapixels.

Capture Action On The Go

Make sure your camera keeps up with your active lifestyle with the Vivitar HD Action Cam. This sporty device gets you in on all the action that surrounds you. Within a waterproof case, don’t be afraid to make a splash or get down in the dirt with all your favorite outdoor activities.

Take it with you anywhere

Both an ATV/bike mount and helmet mount bracket are included right in the box. Enjoy hands-free recording without having to buy more mounts.

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. Like something cheap from the early 2000’s. Quality is low, and there is a severe loss of detail in photos and video. Think security camera quality. However, if you just want something waterproof to mess around with, it’s alright (the handlebar and helmet mounts are worth the $30, even though they’re kind of flimsy).

Great for the price that it is selling for (currently $23 from amazon). Comes with a variety of mounts for the waterproof casing; could probably connect to anything (mounts are probably worth more than the camera). Easy to use–start and stop with one button, although user interface otherwise is a bit clunky (can’t switch between picture and video mode without taking out of case). Maybe i had the setting wrong, but the image was a little more zoomed in than i expected. I didn’t time battery life of the built-in battery, but seems to be a few hours. Probably only works starting with a totally blank micro sd card in it. Underwater photos were surprisingly clear. Other reviewer who noted images look a little over-sharpened is probably right. I won’t use a product like this enough to spend the money on a gopro; this does plenty for the price. The buttons are so easy to use, i’m thinking about using this to take photos from my motorcycle (taking photos with phone super awkward/impossible while wearing gloves and motorcycling; a cannon compact point and shoot the buttons are tiny).

I havn’t had any problems with mine as of yet. I just installed it on my motorcycle handlebar and did a vdo coming into work. Very poor quality as the vibration from the motorcycle gives off a wave effect on the vdo. I do plan on trying the helmet connection when i get home tonight to see if that is any better. For the money it’s good for other types of vdo’s.

Record video at 720p. 4x Digital Zoom.

Stunning 5.1 Megapixels.

Package contains: Camcorder, USB Cable, Vivitar Experience Software, Easy Guide, Waterproof casing, Bicycle Mount, Helmet Mount, Stand Accessory, Built in Lithium Battery. 1 Year Warranty.

System Requirement Minimum: Windows XP SP3, Vista SP1, or Windows 7.System Requirement Minimum: Intel Processor Based Mac with OS8 x 10.5 or higher

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Vivitar DVR781HD-SIL HD Action Cam, Silver
2.2 of 5 stars, based on 26 reviews