Vivitar DVR794HD Action Cam Review: Value for Money Analysis

Vivitar DVR794HD Action Cam Review: Value for Money Analysis

As an enthusiast of the latest tech gadgets, I’ve been closely following the buzz around the newly released GoPro Hero4 Black. However, its $500 price tag is steep for casual users like myself who aren’t into extreme sports. That’s why I was intrigued when I learned about the Vivitar DVR794HD, a more budget-friendly option at just $99.

The DVR794HD is compact, measuring only 2.44 x 1.57 x 1.26 inches and weighing 2.8 ounces with the battery installed. It comes with a waterproof case and mounts for helmets and handlebars, making it suitable for various outdoor activities.

Vivitar DVR794HD Action Cam Review: Value for Money Analysis

However, buyers will need to purchase a MicroSD card separately, which is essential for storing photos and videos.

Setting up the camera is straightforward. Insert the battery, charge the unit until the blue LED extinguishes, and it’s ready to use. The waterproof case is robust, securing with a snap-on lock and is rated for depths up to 30 meters.

The camera features a 2.9 mm wide-angle lens with a fixed focus and an aperture of F3.1. It includes minimal controls: a power button, a Wi-Fi button for connecting to iOS devices, and a top button for switching between video and photo modes.

The small LCD display provides basic information but is quite limited in visibility.

Connecting the camera via Wi-Fi allows for remote operation through the Action Cam app, though the connection can be unstable. The app allows for basic settings adjustments, but due to frequent disconnections, its usefulness is questionable.

Despite its affordability, the DVR794HD presents several challenges. The camera occasionally freezes, requiring a battery removal to reset, and it may shut off unexpectedly. The lack of a reliable Mac-compatible software and the outdated method of including a mini-CD for software installation further complicate its usability.

For transferring files, the microSD card can be used with an adapter compatible with Macs.

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