Vivitar’s Waterproof DVR 850W
During the summertime, outdoorsy techies are always looking for fun gadgets to get their hands on for hiking, diving, camping, you name it. Being one myself, you can always find me swimming at the beach or in the pool. So I wanted to try out a waterproof camera and capture all of the great moments under the sun. Luckily, Vivitar has a new waterproof digital video recorder: DVR 850W.
If you’ve ever worked with a Vivitar camera, then you know that most are beginner friendly. My red compact size DVR 850W basically fits in the palm of my hand and comes with a yellow wrist strap, making it easy to swim with. After charging the camera and inserting a 16GB SD card (sold separately), I dove right in (pun intended). Before filming, be sure to read the manual and change the date and time stamp, which appears in the lower right hand side of the camera screen. Capturing film underwater is all about your steady hand and aim of the lens. The 850W camera lens is positioned a bit higher than you might think. This means, when you think the camera is pointing straight, it’s actually a few inches higher. So pay attention to your target.
You can easily playback the footage and delete what you don’t want. My only issues with the camera are the buttons. It takes a little more force to depress the Play button inside, and is even more difficult when you’ve just come out of the water. However, it’s fairly simply to transfer your film files from the SD card to your computer. For MAC users, note that all Vivitar files are saved as .AVI files, so you may want to look into a converter in order to edit videos on your iMovie.
The DVR 850W is a great little camera for summer fun at the pool. It’s waterproof up to 5 meters and has a rechargeable lithium ion battery, 8x Digital Zoom, and a bright 2.4″ LCD. It comes in multiple colors from red to yellow, pink, purple, blue, grey and black.
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