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Vivitar DVR1080

Vivitar DVR1080 Camcorder

Capture home videos in stunning clarity with the highly portable Vivitar DVR-1080HD Full HD Camcorder in black. Gorgeous video quality Now 1920 x 1080p Full HD video can be yours with this superb... More
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5 Reasons For

Easy to Use

A number of people wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was easy to use. Alan D Syphas mentioned on Amazon “It is easy to use, sharp picture, Still or video would highly recommend this item to anyone who wants a small”. Alan D Syphas also wrote “Easy to use camera”. Mince mentioned in their review on Amazon “My father-in-law bought this hoping it would be a handy small video camera” but they only scored it 1 stars.

Nice Design

One Vivitar DVR1080 owner who reviewed the Vivitar DVR1080 thought it had a good case.

Good Size

One customer mentioned that the Vivitar DVR1080 was compact.

Quite High Movie Megapixel Count

With a movie megapixel count of 12 megapixels, the DVR1080 has a fairly high movie megapixel count compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age. The movie megapixel counts of camcorders of this type and age range from 2MP to 16MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 8.1MP.

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SD Memory Card

This camcorder supports an SD memory card, which is typical of many camcorders of this age and spec. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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13 Reasons Against

Poor Owner Reviews

On average, based on 43 owner reviews this Vivitar camcorder has an overall owner rating of 49 out of 100. That puts this camcorder in the bottom 6% of all the camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

Vivitar Only Has Poor Video Camera Reviews

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

Poor Product Quality

A few customers who bought it considered that it was not good quality. Mince wrote two years ago “Very poor quality” in their review of the Vivitar DVR1080. Mr Magoo wrote on Amazon “The noise is terrible when recording and then continues on playback, quality is bad”. Paul Miller gave it a rating of 20 out of 100 and he said in his review of this camcorder “Poor on screen controls and image quality is not good”.

Unacceptable Noise Level

One Vivitar DVR1080 owner who purchased it reckoned that it was not noisy.

Not Full HD

The Vivitar DVR1080 is not Full HD. Most of the other video cameras that were launched more than two years ago are also not Full HD.

If you are looking for a video camera that is Full HD then you might want to consider the PXW-FS7K, or the PMW-150 both from Sony or the Polaroid ID975HD which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as the DVR1080, the Vivitar DVR1080 does not have an image stabiliser.

We think you might also be interested in alternative video cameras which also have an image stabiliser including the Thinkware TW-X500, or the JVC GY-HM150 which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have an HDMI Port

Like most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DVR1080, the DVR1080 does not have an HDMI port.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have an HDMI port to this video camera and we think the PXW-FS7K, or the PMW-300 both from Sony or the ION Air Pro Lite ActION is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most similar spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the DVR1080 do not have an interchangeable lens. The DVR1080 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with an interchangeable lens and we think the PMWEX3, the HXR-NX30 ($79.95), or the PMW100 all from Sony is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Display

The DVR1080 does not have a built-in display, unlike most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DVR1080 which have a built-in display.

Other video cameras which also have a built-in display that you might want to consider include the PXW-FS7K, or the PMW-150 both from Sony or the HTC RE Digital Camera ($201.90).

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Not Waterproof

The DVR1080 is not waterproof. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DVR1080 are also not waterproof.

If you want a camcorder that is waterproof then you might also want to look at the Air Pro Lite ActION, or the The Game ActION ($244.99) both from ION or the HTC RE Digital Camera ($201.90).

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The DVR1080 does not have a night mode, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders that came out around the same time as the DVR1080 also do not have a night mode.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with a night mode and we think the F-500G, or the F-500 both from HP or the Transcend DrivePro 200 ($99.95) which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Vivitar DVR1080 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the DVR1080 are also not 3D compatible.

If you want a video camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at the Sony HDR-TD20VE.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Vivitar DVR1080 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type also do not have a built-in projector.

It is worth also looking at other camcorders which also have a built-in projector including the HDR-PJ820, or the HDR-PJ420 both from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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1 Other reason to consider the Vivitar DVR1080

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Vivitar released the DVR1080.

Specification

Image Sensor
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Image Stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Storage
Memory Card
Display
Built-In Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Use As a Webcam
Design
Colour
Video
Full HD
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
Battery
Battery Type
Weight & Dimensions
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Other Features
Night Mode
Auto Focus
Photo Mode
Interface
Dimensions
Waterproof
Projector
Built-In Projector

User Reviews

(19)
(Verified Purchase)

Poor on screen controls and image quality is not good at all. My daughters broke after 4 weeks light use (when powered on the screen snows and the device hangs). The SD card that is recommend with... Read more…

Reviewed 12 January 2015 by Terence Don
(Verified Purchase)

OK for the price, but recommends an SD card for it when it required a microSD card.

Reviewed 27 November 2014 by Nicola

It's rubbish I suggest just to buy a different camcorder the image is bad the sound overall it's not a good camcorder.

Reviewed 17 August 2014 by Mr Duffy
(Verified Purchase)

If this was.

Reviewed 30 April 2014 by Mrs P.M Nicholas
(Verified Purchase)

The item came on time and was well packaged. Unfortunately it did not charge when we took it out of the packaging and as it was a Birthday present to use on the birthday on holiday it was a great... Read more…

Reviewed 22 April 2014 by Alan D Syphas
(Verified Purchase)

The DVR108HD pocket camcorder is absolutely brilliant, it is easy to use, sharp picture, Still or video would highly recommend this item to anyone who wants a small but easy to use camera.

Reviewed 1 April 2014 by Sharon
(Verified Purchase)

A bit dissapointed with the quality, but if you need something small for a quick bit of filming or a starter for a child. I think you have got value.

Reviewed 2 March 2014 by Mr Magoo
(Verified Purchase)

The noise is terrible when recording and then continues on playback, quality is bad and to be honest i would not even advertise this rubbish.

Reviewed 8 February 2014 by Mince

My father-in-law bought this hoping it would be a handy small video camera.

It takes appallingly bad images even given the price; it's low light performance is particularly dreadful and... Read more…

(Verified Purchase)

Ok for the price, felt a bit flimsy so fingers crossed it lasts, did not include memory card which was quite expensive.

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Product Identifiers

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Barcodes 00681066735565, 00681066784341

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