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Vivitar DVR794HD Camcorder

The Vivitar DVR794HD-WHT Action Camcorder in white lets you shoot HD adventure videos, offering a compact design for easy outdoor use. High resolution adventures and exploits A 12-megapixel CMOS... More
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11 Reasons For

Reasonably Priced

Some customers wrote in their reviews that the Vivitar DVR794 was good value for money. Ken T wrote on Amazon “Overall good value”. Kevriz mentioned on Amazon “Good for the price, handy remote wrist band”. Mark Baldwyn mentioned on Amazon “Overall a very good product with a lot of included accessories and excellent value for money.” in his review.

Several people reckoned that the Vivitar DVR794 was a bargain for the price. Ken T said “I have lots of cameras, generally cheap ones” in his review of this camcorder. Ken T also mentioned “I find you can have a lot of fun with a new cheap one compared to something 5 or 6 times the cost”. Vbps mentioned “Cheap and lots of fun!” in their Vivitar DVR794 review.

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Robust

A number of customers mentioned in their reviews that it was good at resisting water ingress. Alison Innes wrote in her review of the Vivitar DVR794 on Amazon last year “I need glasses so the display wasn't easy to read when swimming” and rated the Vivitar DVR794 5 stars.

A number of people reckoned that the product was well made. Salty said in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “Well made solid camera that can be operated from my mobile phone”.

One Vivitar DVR794 owner considered that it was easy to damage or scratch. Mrs J mentioned in her review of this camcorder “He did wonder if it was broken as the camera doesn't give a true indication as to how much power is in the battery”.

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Good Product Quality

A number of customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was good quality. Mark Baldwyn said in his review of the Vivitar DVR794 on Amazon two years ago “Good quality build, with bundled accessories” but even so he only scored this camcorder 3 stars. Mark Baldwyn also said “These and the camera feel good quality”. Mark Baldwyn also mentioned “If you want high quality video this camera is not for you”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Some customers mentioned that it had a good screen.

Easy to Use

A few customers wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was easy to use. Mark Baldwyn mentioned on Amazon “Also included is an infrared remote control which also comes in very handy.” in his Vivitar DVR794 review.

Good Battery Life

Several customers who reviewed it thought it had a good battery life.

Good Quality Lens

One person who bought this camcorder reckoned that it had a good lens. Vbps said in their review of this camcorder “Its got a great wide angle lens”.

Good Connectivity

One customer who reviewed it considered that it was wifi compatible. Mark Baldwyn said in his review of this camcorder on Amazon “A real bonus is that the 794 is Wi-Fi equipped and can be controlled via mobile phone, also giving a live view functionality” however despite that he scored the Vivitar DVR794 3 stars.

Good Size

One Vivitar DVR794 reviewer who reviewed the product considered that it was tight.

One Vivitar DVR794 owner who reviewed the product thought it was good physically. Weathernerd mentioned on Amazon “Quite why Vivitar produce such a nice physical product with such poor video is really beyond me” but even so they scored it 1 stars.

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Quite High Effective Megapixels (movie)

With an effective megapixels (movie) of 12 megapixels, the Vivitar DVR794 has a quite high effective megapixels (movie) compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the DVR794. The lowest effective megapixels (movie) of video cameras of a similar type and age to the DVR794 is 2MP and the highest is 16MP.

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Has One White Balance

The Vivitar DVR794 has a greater number of white balance modes than most camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This video camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on camcorders of this age and type.

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11 Reasons Against

User Reviews Are Poor

The average user rating of this Vivitar camcorder is 63 out of 100 based on 13 user reviews. That puts this video camera in the bottom 8% of all the video cameras of this age and type.

Poor Brand

On average Vivitar camcorders have poor ratings compared to other brands as do all camcorders produced by Vivitar.

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Most camcorders that have been around for a similar time to the DVR794 do not have an image stabilizer. The Vivitar DVR794 is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabilizer.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the DashCam[pl_2962215_price], the Air Pro Lite WiFi ActION[pl_2962214_price], or the DashCam WiFi[pl_2962216_price] all from ION which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have an HDMI

The Vivitar DVR794 does not have an HDMI. Most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago also do not have an HDMI.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras with an HDMI and we think the DashCam[pl_2962215_price], the Air Pro Lite WiFi ActION[pl_2962214_price], or the DashCam WiFi[pl_2962216_price] all from ION which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Full HD

Like most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the DVR794, the Vivitar DVR794 is not Full HD.

If you are looking for a camcorder that is Full HD then you might want to consider the DashCam[pl_2962215_price], the Air Pro Lite WiFi ActION[pl_2962214_price], or the DashCam WiFi[pl_2962216_price] all from ION which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the DVR794, the Vivitar DVR794 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Display

The Vivitar DVR794 does not have a built-in display, unlike most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have a built-in display to this video camera and we think the DashCam[pl_2962215_price], or the DashCam WiFi[pl_2962216_price] both from ION or the Veho MUVI K-Series K1[plb_2962213_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The Vivitar DVR794 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the DVR794 are also not waterproof.

Video cameras which are waterproof that might be worth looking at include the ION Air Pro Lite WiFi ActION[plb_2962214_price], or the Panasonic HX-A1ME[plb_2962218_price].

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Not 3D

Most video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the DVR794 are not 3D. The Vivitar DVR794 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the DVR794, the Vivitar DVR794 does not have a night mode.

There are a number of alternative camcorders which also have a night mode which you might want to look at including the Transcend DrivePro 200[plb_2962204_price].

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Vivitar DVR794 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the DVR794 also do not have a built-in projector.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Vivitar DVR794

Recent Price Increase of £0.01

The DVR794 has increased in price by £0.01 in the last 2 days.

Released Over Four Years Ago

Vivitar released the DVR794 over four years ago.

Specification

Image Sensor
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
White Balance
White Balance
Design
Colour of Product
Video
Video Formats Supported
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Still Image Resolution(s)
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Battery
Battery Type
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
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Interface
Aperture Range (F-F)
Dimensions (WxDxH)

User Reviews

(12)
(Verified Purchase)

The remote does not work unless directly in front of the camera, not helpful when you are trying to use it with the bicycle helmet attachment! Instructions are on a mini CD which is also not an... Read more…

Reviewed 8 November 2015 by Rampager15

Buyer beware! The case is an extremely tight fit to the camera which caused the plastic clasp to snap when installing it. I contacted Vivitar and was told that they do not sell replacement cases,... Read more…

(Verified Purchase)

Took a bit of getting used to, I need glasses so the display wasn't easy to read when swimming :) but whole family had great fun with this on holiday going down the water flumes, even the 5 year... Read more…

Reviewed 7 October 2015 by Salty
(Verified Purchase)

Well made solid camera that can be operated from my mobile phone...

Reviewed 29 August 2015 by VBPS

Enjoying using this for mountain biking. If you are expecting to impress a highly critical cinema audience then this won't be for you, however if you want a cheap way of videoing your sports... Read more…

Reviewed 21 August 2015 by WeatherNerd

I don't expect perfection for this price, but I also don't expect the truly awful video output, which has remarkably poor detail (extremely 'soft', probably down to overcompression), poor colour... Read more…

Reviewed 19 August 2015 by Luke chesworth

Used it for biking and it was great.

Reviewed 14 June 2015 by Mrs J "Cookie"
(Verified Purchase)

Bought this for our son and he loves it. He did wonder if it was broken as the camera doesn't give a true indication as to how much power is in the battery, it said full charge but when he tried... Read more…

(Verified Purchase)

I have had a number of vivitar cameras and have always been impressed by what you get for the money, yet again it is an impressive.
However my reason for buying this camera was that I wanted... Read more…

Reviewed 22 April 2015 by KevRiz
(Verified Purchase)

Good for the price, handy remote wrist band and also works with iOS app. Teeny tiny display buttons means its hard to see when the device is recording video, on mute, taking a photo etc. Not... Read more…

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