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Vivitar DVR786

Vivitar DVR786HD Camcorder

CMOS 4x 2" Jul 2013
Sensor Type Digital Zoom Screen Size Built-In Display Release Date
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16 Reasons For

Average User Reviews

The average user rating of this Vivitar video camera is 78 out of 100 based on 52 user reviews.

Reasonably Priced

Several Vivitar DVR786 reviewers who reviewed it considered that it was good value for money. Alitom wrote on Amazon “Seemed to be very good value for what it cost”. Allan Todd wrote in his review two years ago “Good value only problem was with the cd it would not get the instructions for the camera” and rated this camcorder 4 stars. B. E. Sweeting said on Amazon “Excellent price and delivery” in their review of the Vivitar DVR786.

One Vivitar DVR786 reviewer who reviewed it thought it was a bargain for the price. Two years ago Smeggers gave it a score of 5 stars and said “Considering that this camera usually retails for £150, to get it for around £50 was a total bargain! The camera is incredibly light” in their review of this camcorder.

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Good Product Quality

Some customers who purchased the product reckoned that it was good quality. Julia gave it an excellent review score and she said in her review of this camcorder “It performed brilliantly and I'm really pleased with the picture quality”. Mayho_h rated this camcorder 4 stars and said on Amazon “Nice Action Camcorder, Quality of Video/Picture is also okay” in their review. Two years ago Mj S. rated the product as very good and said on Amazon “Buy a better quality mount than comes as standard for it” in their review.

Easy to Use

Some Vivitar DVR786 owners wrote in their reviews that the Vivitar DVR786 was easy to use. Hairydancer scored it very highly and said “It seemed very easy to use” in their Vivitar DVR786 review. In October last year James Orr said in his review of this camcorder on Amazon “Great camcorder really easy to use very small sits in the hand”. Tom Murphy said “My son uses it on his jet ski great results, clear sharp picture and easy to use” and rated it 5 stars.

Robust

A number of customers who reviewed it agreed that it was well made. Boychunder wrote in their review of the Vivitar DVR786 “To fail so quick i question the build and component quality”. Clinton mentioned on Amazon “Solid equipment, compatible with most gear out there”.

A few Vivitar DVR786 reviewers who purchased it considered that it was good at resisting water ingress. A G Christopher wrote in their review “Its waterproof, great item, well happy!” . Smeggers said in their review “For recording in a swimming pool it was as easy as pressing two buttons; one to turn it on”.

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Good Size

One person mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to carry around. One customer who purchased this camcorder thought it was a good size. Boychunder wrote “The item looked good, size was great” in their review of the Vivitar DVR786.

Nice Design

One customer who bought it considered that it was good looking. Neil Fyfe said in his review on Amazon “The Camera is smart good looking” however despite that he rated the product 2 stars.

Good Battery Life

One person mentioned that this camcorder had a good battery life. Petros said on Amazon “I fully charged the battery” in their Vivitar DVR786 review.

Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion battery, which is typical of many video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Waterproof

The Vivitar DVR786 is waterproof, which is unusual. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DVR786 are not waterproof.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other waterproof video cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the ION S3000[plb_2962199_price].

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Has a Built-In Display

The Vivitar DVR786 has a built-in display, as do most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the DVR786.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The Vivitar DVR786 has a greater number of white balance modes than most comparable spec video cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Vivitar video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on video cameras that are a comparable age to the DVR786.

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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 available for more than two years.

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2592 X 1944 Still Image Resolution

The Vivitar DVR786 supports a maximum still image resolution of 2592 x 1944. That's over two times the still image resolution of the most common still image resolution of 1920 x 1080.

This video camera's still image resolution (2592 x 1944) is in fact the best supported still image resolution across all video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DVR786.

The worst supported still image resolution across comparable types of video camera is 640 x 480.

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Very Small

The widths of video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years range from 19mm to 640mm. At only 45 millimeters, the Vivitar DVR786 is fairly small compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the DVR786.

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Very Small

The Vivitar DVR786 is quite small (only 27 millimeters) compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the DVR786. The smallest video camera that is a comparable age to the DVR786 is 12mm deep and the biggest is 520mm.

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15 Reasons Against

Vivitar Only Has Poor Reviews for Its Camcorders

We calculated the average ratings for all Vivitar video cameras and also specifically for Vivitar video cameras and found that in both cases Vivitar had poor ratings compared to other brands.

Poor Support

One person said in their reviews that this camcorder did not have good technical guidance. In October last year F. A. Branigan mentioned in their review of the Vivitar DVR786 on Amazon “The limited amount of instructions is very badly written”.

Price Increase of £9.99

The DVR786 has increased in price by £9.99 in the last 2 days.

Very Small Digital Zoom

Across all the video cameras that were launched more than two years ago the digital zooms range from 2x to 3,000x. With a digital zoom of only 4 times zoom factor, the Vivitar DVR786 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and type.

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Not Full HD

The Vivitar DVR786 is not Full HD, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the DVR786 are also not Full HD.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Vivitar DVR786 does not have an image stabiliser, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also do not have an image stabiliser.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with an image stabiliser and we think the ION S3000[plb_2962199_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have an HDMI Port

The Vivitar DVR786 does not have an HDMI port. Most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as the DVR786 also do not have an HDMI port.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Vivitar DVR786 does not have an interchangeable lens, although keep in mind that most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Screen Size

At only 2.00000108 inches, the Vivitar DVR786 has a fairly small screen size compared to most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DVR786. Across all the camcorders of a comparable type and age to the DVR786 the screen sizes range from 1.3" to 11", and the average screen size is 3.2".

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Very Shallow Waterproof Depth

The Vivitar DVR786 has one of the shallower waterproof depth (only 3 meters) amongst video cameras of this age. Video cameras of a similar age and spec to the DVR786 have waterproof depth of between 1.5m and 100m, and the average waterproof depth is 19m.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Vivitar DVR786 does not have a night mode. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the DVR786 also do not have a night mode.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most video cameras of this age and type are not 3D compatible. The Vivitar DVR786 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Vivitar DVR786 does not have a built-in projector, although this is within the context that most of the other video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DVR786 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Only 1280 X 720 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Vivitar DVR786 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 that have been on the market for more than two years.

This camcorder's maximum video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels) is in fact the worst maximum video resolution across all camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the DVR786.

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

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Fairly High Minimum Aperture

When compared to other camcorders of this age and type that we have assessed, the Vivitar DVR786's minimum aperture of 3.1 is one of the highest. The lowest minimum aperture of video cameras of this type and age is 1.1, the highest is 4, and the average minimum aperture is 2.3.

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Released Over Three Years Ago

Vivitar released the DVR786 over three years ago.

Average Battery Life

At 0.75 hours, the Vivitar DVR786 has a relatively average battery life compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the DVR786.

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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
Focusing
Focus Adjustment
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Display
Screen Size
Built-In Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Design
Tripod Mountable
Colour
Waterproof Depth
Video
Video Format
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
USB Connector Type
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Type
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
Lens Focal Range
Auto Focus
Photo Mode
Interface
Cable
Aperture Range
USB Connectivity
Audio Recording Format
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
USB Port
Dimensions
USB Cable Included
USB 2.0 Connector
Waterproof
Shock Proof
Video Compression Format
Display Diagonal
Projector
Built-In Projector
Technical Details
Dimensions (WxHxD)

User Reviews

(52)
Reviewed 10 August 2016 by George denholm
(Verified Purchase)

Hopeless sent itback...

Reviewed 2 August 2016 by Mr. J. N. Tremelling
(Verified Purchase)

Sent it back did not work...

Reviewed 23 May 2016 by Robert
(Verified Purchase)

Quite good...

Reviewed 24 August 2015 by Will
(Verified Purchase)

The video Quality on this camera is surprisingly good as an action camera and as an underwater camera. 1080p footage is super clear. Not really worth getting for stills though. Photos tend to come... Read more…

Reviewed 12 August 2015 by Keith mckay
(Verified Purchase)

What can i say, this is a great little camera at a great price.

Reviewed 31 July 2015 by James Hammersley
(Verified Purchase)

Returned as i could never get it work properly on the video collection, files where there but always corrupted...

Reviewed 21 July 2015 by A. Perera
(Verified Purchase)

Really good cam - just wish there was more possible functions when in its waterproof case. Also that case should be available to buy separately just in the event of the clasp breaking etc. But no... Read more…

Reviewed 12 June 2015 by David Richards
(Verified Purchase)

Good value - Given as a gift...

Reviewed 12 May 2015 by A g christopher
(Verified Purchase)

Bit bulky, but its waterproof!!, great item, well happy!!

Reviewed 9 May 2015 by Joel Harris
(Verified Purchase)

Brilliant...

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