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Thursday, 31 August 2006

Vivitar DVR-510 5.0 Mega Pixel Digital Video Camera - Page 2

Written by David Fortini
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The DVR-510 is one of Vivitar’s digital video cameras. This camera can do more than just video and still images it can also be used as a voice recorder, MP3 player, and a PC camera. If you’re going for a light-weight, all-in-one device, this could be a bonus for you. It also supports PictBridge printing, so if you have a PictBridge printer you can print directly from the camera.



For shooting video indoors in normal indoor lighting the video came out somewhat dim. This camera does its best work outdoors. Even on slightly overcast days the video came out well. The only time it was too dim outdoors was in a forest, where the amount of light was close to that of indoor lighting.


I would recommend you spend some time with the camera before a trip to familiarize yourself with all of its features.


The camera comes with:


USB/AV Cable

Software CD

Camera Pouch & Strap

Camera Tripod


2 AA Batteries


The package does not include an SD card, so I would recommend you get one. It only has internal memory for 24MB of images. That’s 7 photos at high resolution with 4:1 image compression and 44 seconds of video at 640x480 resolution at super-fine quality. You’ll want that SD card.


The directions say you can use up to a 1GB SD card in the camera, but I only have a 2GB card, which didn’t seem to make any difference at all. It showed 1:02:18 as the available time for a 640 x 480 video at super-fine quality, and 632 photos available at 2560 x 1920 resolution with super-fine quality. I’m not so sure that the batteries would last long enough to take over an hour of video unless you use Lithium batteries.


The fact that the camera comes with a mini tripod is quite useful, at the very least it saves you $20 on that accessory. They are often invaluable if you want to set the camera up on a rock and put yourself in the video. Plus its small size allows you to always have it with the camera.


Overall the Vivitar DVR-510 is a good little multi-purpose camera. You won’t shoot a Hollywood blockbuster with it, but you can capture your vacation without breaking your budget.


Details: The DVR-510 varies in price between $120-160.



©David Fortini


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