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Vivitar Vivicam S529 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 16.1MP 5x 4x Oct 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Digital Zoom Release Date
Has a built-in flash
Does not support Full HD video
Quite small display diagonal

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Vivitar Has OK Reviews for Its Cameras

We checked 374 expert and user reviews for Vivitar cameras and found that on average Vivitar has only ok reviews. However we also found that Vivitar has good reviews specifically for its medium megapixel cameras.

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Released Over Three Years Ago

It was October 2013 when this Vivitar camera was released.


Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of only 2.7 inches, the Vivicam S529 has a fairly small display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age. The average display diagonal of digital cameras of this spec and age is 2.9".

There are a number of other 2.7" screen cameras currently available that you might want to consider including the Sony DSC-W630 which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a digital camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Lumix DMC-GM1 (£319.99) (3" and higher rated), or the Lumix DMC-GM5 (3" and higher rated) both from Panasonic or the Nikon Coolpix S5300 (3" and higher rated).

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Lens System

Average Digital Zoom

The Vivicam S529 has a fairly typical digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

We compared this camera to all the other 4x digital zoom cameras and we think the Nikon L120 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth considering include the WB350F (5x and higher rated), or the WB250 (5x and higher rated) both from Samsung.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

At only 5 times zoom factor, the Vivicam S529 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera. The optical zooms of comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 0.34x to 65x, and the average optical zoom is 14x.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 5x optical zoom cameras and we think because of their better review scores, the Sony DSC-W630, and the Samsung SAMSUNG MV900F are also worth considering.

Digital cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth looking at include the D5100 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR (£239.99) (5.8x and higher rated), or the Coolpix S5300 (8x and higher rated) both from Nikon.

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Video

Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for more than two years, the Vivicam S529 does not support Full HD video.

It is worth also looking at other cameras which also support Full HD video including the SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, or the DSC-WX80 both from Sony or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Vivicam S529 is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 67% less video resolution than a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution.

This digital camera's video resolution (640 x 480 pixels) is actually the worst video resolution across all cameras of a similar type and age to this camera.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is the best video resolution across similar types of digital camera.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Vivicam S529 has a built-in flash. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera also have a built-in flash.

Other cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to look at include because of their better review scores, the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, or the Fujifilm FinePix S4800.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Vivicam S529 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Vivitar Vivicam S529 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera.

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Picture Quality

4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution

The Vivicam S529 has a 4000 x 3000 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most cameras of this type and age. Most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This camera also have still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1536, 2592 x 1944, 3264 x 2448 and 3648 x 2048 and 3648 x 2736. Across all digital cameras of this age and spec the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 to 4928 x 3264.

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16.1 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16.1 megapixels digital camera.

We compared this camera to all the other 16.1MP digital cameras and we think because of their better review scores, the Nikon P510 (£293), and the Casio EX-ZR1000 are also worth considering.

If you are looking for a camera with a higher megapixel then you might want to look at the Kodak Pixpro FZ41 (16.15MP and higher rated).

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers vivitar vs529blk
Barcodes 00681066400074, 01320010045976

Vivitar Vivicam S529 Review Sources

To prepare this Vivitar Vivicam S529 review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 311,698 product attributes, 177,254 digital camera reviews and 3,980,200 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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