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Vivitar DVR508NHD Camcorder

281g CMOS 4x Jul 2013
Weight Sensor Type Digital Zoom Image Stabiliser Release Date
Compact and stylish in blue, the Vivitar DVR508NHD Traditional Camcorder is ideal for taking with you on-the-go. Recording in HD 720p for great quality home movies, the DVR508NHD also snaps still... More
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Unboxing the Vivitar DVR508 Full HD Camcorder - Blue.

14 Reasons For

Easy to Use

A number of customers who reviewed the Vivitar DVR508 concluded that it was easy to use. Gavin Price said in his review on Amazon “Easy to use and robust my 8 year old nephew mastered its use very quickly”. Ian Gilmore scored the product 80 out of 100 and he wrote on Amazon “Easy to use with stunning results”. Jannine Wakley mentioned “Great value for money and easy to use!” in their Vivitar DVR508 review.

Reasonably Priced

A number of Vivitar DVR508 reviewers who purchased the Vivitar DVR508 reckoned that it was good value for money. Alison B. said on Amazon “I would not recommend this camera to anyone, do not waste your money!” but only gave it a rating of 1 stars. Angie Stacey mentioned in her review of this camcorders on Amazon “This product is a waste of money ideal for kids on the box it” but even so only rated it 20 out of 100. Annie said in August last year “Excellent value” in her review.

Thirteen customers mentioned in their reviews that the Vivitar DVR508 was a bargain for the price. A said in their Vivitar DVR508 review on Amazon in August last year “Cheaply made and low quality filming”. This year Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “Cheap and nasty” but only gave the product a score of 20 out of 100. C.o.jones mentioned on Amazon in August this year “I used some cheap ones and she got about 30 seconds of use out of it before it went dead” in their Vivitar DVR508 review nonetheless only gave the Vivitar DVR508 a rating of 20 out of 100.

One Vivitar DVR508 reviewer who bought the product concluded that it was cheap. This year Mrs. J. D. Wilcock scored it 5 stars and said in their review of the Vivitar DVR508 “Had my doubts that something so inexpensive could be up to much.”.

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Good Size

A number of Vivitar DVR508 owners who purchased it agreed that it was compact. Adam Green wrote “This compact camcorder just drinks up the batteries - All going fine until the battery life went so quickly” in his review. C.o.jones wrote “It's nice and compact” in their review of the Vivitar DVR508 however despite that only scored the Vivitar DVR508 20 out of 100. Heather Titchmarsh mentioned in her review of the Vivitar DVR508 “Ultra compact camcorder” although only gave the product a rating of 20 out of 100.

Some people who bought it concluded that it was lightweight. Keith A. Crowhurst said on Amazon two years ago “However, although lightweight and not terribly robust, given reasonable care it should last well”. Pamela Martin said “This is a lightweight cheap plastic piece of nonsense” in her review of this camcorders.

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Nice Design

Several Vivitar DVR508 reviewers who bought the product wrote that it was good looking. Jasmine wrote on Amazon “It is pretty good”. Keith A. Crowhurst and he mentioned on Amazon “The video and pictures that it takes are pretty good, particularly the video, although the sound is not hi-fi quality, ( although adequate”. Mrs. J. D. Wilcock and wrote in their review “The enclosed instructions were pretty good.”.

Robust

A few people mentioned in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Gavin Price said “Easy to use and robust my 8 year old nephew mastered its use very quickly”. Two years ago Keith A. Crowhurst mentioned on Amazon “However, although lightweight and not terribly robust, given reasonable care it should last well” in his Vivitar DVR508 review.

One person who reviewed the product concluded that it was well made. This year C.o.jones wrote in their review of the Vivitar DVR508 “It's better to spend more on a decent camera that has a built in rechargable battery”.

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Good Connectivity

One person thought this camcorders was good in terms of USB connections. Last year Wongobongo said “However this problem can be overcome by using a 12 volt battery connected to a USB adapter, car cigarette lighter socket”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One customer mentioned that it had a good screen. C.o.jones mentioned in their review on Amazon this year “The screen is clear and my daughter loves the colour”.

Good Battery Life

Some people who purchased it agreed that it had a good battery life. Adam Green wrote “This compact camcorder just drinks up the batteries - All going fine until the battery life went so quickly” in his review of the Vivitar DVR508 nonetheless only gave the product a score of 20 out of 100. In August this year C.o.jones said on Amazon “It's better to spend more on a decent camera that has a built in rechargable battery”. Two years ago Jasmine wrote “It only lasts 1 minute then says low battery apart from that good” in her review of this camcorders.

Has an Image Stabiliser

Unlike most of the other video cameras of this spec and age which do not have an image stabiliser, the Vivitar DVR508 has an image stabiliser.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other camcorders with an image stabiliser currently available including because of it's better review score, the ION S3000[plb_2962199_price].

We think you might also be interested in alternative video cameras which also have an image stabiliser including the Vivitar DVR936[plb_2962203_price].

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SDHC Memory Card

SDHC memory card

The Vivitar DVR508 supports an SDHC memory card which is better than the SD memory card supported by most video cameras that are a comparable age to it. This video camera also support an sd and sdhc memory card. SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB. The memory card type of all camcorders that were released more than two years ago ranges from MicroSDXC to SDXC.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Has Five White Balance Modes

The Vivitar DVR508 has a greater number of white balance modes than most video cameras that came out around the same time as it. This video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on video cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The white balance modes "fluorescent", "cloudy", "daylight" and "Bulb" are also found on this camcorder.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a cmos sensor type, which is typical of many video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Very Short Minimum Focal Length

With a minimum focal length of only 2.8 millimeters, the Vivitar DVR508 has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths amongst similar spec video cameras of this age. The minimum focal lengths of video cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 1.8mm to 110mm.

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Very Small

The widths of comparable spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years range from 19mm to 640mm. With a width of only 38 millimeters, the Vivitar DVR508 is one of the smaller camcorders of this age and spec amongst video cameras of this age.

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18 Reasons Against

Poor Product Quality

Eleven Vivitar DVR508 reviewers who purchased this camcorders reckoned that it was not good quality. A said on Amazon “Cheaply made and low quality filming” and gave it a score of 40 out of 100. Ayesha Naeem-Rehman wrote in her review “For a camcorder so small, I could not believe how good the quality is! I am very impressed! My son wants one now in blue for Christmas”. Keith A. Crowhurst mentioned “Pictures that it takes are pretty good, particularly the video, although the sound is not hi-fi quality, ( although adequate” in his Vivitar DVR508 review but in spite of that still scored this camcorders 80 out of 100.

Vivitar Camcorders Only Have Poor Reviews

Vivitar is one of the inferior camcorder manufacturers according to average reviews from users and experts, and Vivitar also has poor reviews for its video cameras.

Poor Support

A few customers said in their reviews that the Vivitar DVR508 did not have good technical guidance. C mentioned in their Vivitar DVR508 review “Also this product does not have easy to follow instructions, Do not buy this product!” and scored this camcorders 1 stars. Two years ago Mrs Christine Harris rated this camcorders 3 stars and she mentioned “The instructions are not very good” in her review.

Very Small Screen Size

With a screen size of only 1.79921357 inches, the Vivitar DVR508 has a fairly small screen size compared to most of the other camcorders that came out around the same time as the DVR508. The smallest screen size of video cameras of this age and type is 1.3", the largest is 11", and the average screen size is 3.2".

If you would prefer a video camera with a larger screen size then you might want to look at the Vivitar DVR786[plb_2962201_price] (2.00000108") which is also cheaper.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of only 4 times zoom factor, the Vivitar DVR508 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this spec and age. Across all the camcorders of a similar age and spec to the DVR508 the digital zooms range from 2x to 3,000x.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 4x (digital) video cameras currently available including the Vivitar DVR786[plb_2962201_price] which is cheaper.

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Not Full HD

Like most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as the DVR508, the Vivitar DVR508 is not Full HD.

If you would prefer a camcorder that is Full HD then you might want to look at the Vivitar DVR936[plb_2962203_price].

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Does Not Have an HDMI Port

Most video cameras that have been around for more than two years do not have an HDMI port. The Vivitar DVR508 is no exception to this as it too does not have an HDMI port.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DVR508, the Vivitar DVR508 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Internal Memory Size

With an internal memory size of only 8 megabytes, the Vivitar DVR508 has one of the smaller internal memory sizes amongst video cameras of this age. Across all the video cameras of a similar age and type to the DVR508 the internal memory sizes range from 8MB to 32GB.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

The average maximum focal length of camcorders of this age and spec is 140mm. The Vivitar DVR508 has a fairly short maximum focal length (only 2.8 millimeters) compared to most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as the DVR508.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Display

The Vivitar DVR508 does not have a built-in display, unlike most of the other camcorders of this age and spec which have a built-in display.

There are a number of alternative video cameras which also have a built-in display which you might also want to look at including the Vivitar DVR786[plb_2962201_price].

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Only Optical Viewfinder

This camcorder has an optical viewfinder, which is the most frequently found viewfinder on comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Not Waterproof

Most comparable spec video cameras that came out around the same time as the DVR508 are not waterproof. The Vivitar DVR508 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

If you want a video camera that is waterproof then you might want to look at the Vivitar DVR786[plb_2962201_price] or the ION S3000[plb_2962199_price].

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other video cameras that came out more than two years ago, the Vivitar DVR508 does not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Vivitar DVR508 does not have a built-in projector, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras of this age and type also do not have a built-in projector.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Vivitar DVR508 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the DVR508 are also not 3D compatible.

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Only 1280 X 720 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Vivitar DVR508 has a 1280 x 720 pixels maximum video resolution which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution found on most video cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

A 1280 x 720 pixels maximum video resolution is in fact the worst maximum video resolution amongst all video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

The best maximum video resolution amongst similar types of video camera is 3840 x 2160 pixels.

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Quite High Minimum Aperture

The lowest minimum aperture of camcorders of a comparable type and age to the DVR508 is 1.1, the highest is 4, and the average minimum aperture is 2.3. At 3, the Vivitar DVR508 has a fairly high minimum aperture compared to most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the DVR508.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Vivitar DVR508

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Vivitar video camera has been on the market for over three years.

Average Weight

With a weight of 281 grams, the Vivitar DVR508 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the DVR508.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Type
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Image Stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Image Stabiliser
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focal Length
Maximum Aperture Value
Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Shutter
Video Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed
Display
Screen Size
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
Self-Timer
Design
Colour
Video
Full HD
Video Format
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Continuous Shooting Mode
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
USB Connector Type
Battery
Battery Type
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
Operating System
Lens Focal Range
Auto Focus
Photo Mode
Internal Memory Size
Interface
Cable
Aperture Range
The Windows Operating System
USB Connectivity
Audio Recording Format
Mac Operating Systems
USB Port
Dimensions
USB Cable Included
USB 2.0 Connector
Waterproof
Video Compression Format
Display Diagonal
Projector
Built-In Projector
Technical Details
Dimensions (WxHxD)
Shutter Speed
Self-Timer

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers vivitar dvr508, vivitar dvr508s, vivitar dvr508b, vivitar dvr508bl, vivitar dvr508st, vivitar dvr508str, vivitar dvr508blk, vivitar dvr508stra, vivitar dvr508straw
Barcodes 00609722086394, 00681066136867, 00681066901083, 00681066949351, 00753182325590

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