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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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Owner Reviews Are Average

This video camera has an average owner rating of 78 out of 100 based on 52 owner reviews.

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 video camera has a Lithium-Ion battery, which is typical of many video cameras of this age and type.

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Waterproof

The Vivitar DVR786 is waterproof, unlike most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as the DVR786 which are not waterproof.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Vivitar DVR786 has a built-in display. Most of the other video cameras of a similar age and type to the DVR786 also have a built-in display.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The Vivitar DVR786 has a greater number of white balance modes than most video cameras that have been available for more than two years. This Vivitar camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the DVR786.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a cmos sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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2592 X 1944 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Vivitar DVR786 is 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 are a similar age to the DVR786.

A 640 x 480 still image resolution is the worst supported still image resolution amongst similar types of video camera.

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Very Small

Across all the camcorders that have been around for more than two years the widths range from 19mm to 640mm, and the average width is 95mm. The Vivitar DVR786 is fairly small (only 45 millimeters) compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

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Very Small

At only 27 millimeters, the Vivitar DVR786 is fairly small compared to most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years. The smallest camcorder of this age and spec is 12mm deep, the biggest is 520mm, and the average depth is 130mm.

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14 Reasons Against

Vivitar Only Has Poor Camcorder Reviews

Based on 111 owner and expert reviews, Vivitar has poor reviews for its video cameras. Vivitar also has poor reviews specifically within its camcorders range.

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”.

Very Small Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of only 4 times zoom factor, the Vivitar DVR786 has one of the smaller digital zooms amongst camcorders of this age. Across all the camcorders of this spec and age the digital zooms range from 2x to 3,000x.

We compared all the other 4x (digital) video cameras to this video camera and we think the Vivitar DVR508 ($34.95) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Not Full HD

The Vivitar DVR786 is not Full HD. Most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years are also not Full HD.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other video cameras of this age and type, the Vivitar DVR786 does not have an image stabiliser.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have an image stabiliser to this video camera and we think the Vivitar DVR508 ($34.95) 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, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the DVR786 also do not have an HDMI port.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DVR786, the Vivitar DVR786 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Screen Size

The Vivitar DVR786 has a fairly small screen size (only 2.00000108 inches) compared to most of the other camcorders of this age and spec. Camcorders of this spec and age have screen sizes of between 1.3" and 11".

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Very Shallow Waterproof Depth

The Vivitar DVR786 has a quite shallow waterproof depth (only 3 meters) compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age. The waterproof depth of camcorders of this age and spec range from 1.5m to 100m, and the average waterproof depth is 20m.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the DVR786, the Vivitar DVR786 does not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Vivitar DVR786 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to the DVR786 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Vivitar DVR786 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other similar spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the DVR786 are also not 3D compatible.

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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 most video cameras that have been around for more than two years. Most similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it have a 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution.

A 1280 x 720 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the worst maximum video resolution across all camcorders that are a comparable age to the DVR786.

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

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Fairly High Minimum Aperture

Across all the video cameras of this age and type the minimum apertures range from 1.1 to 4, and the average minimum aperture is 2.3. At 3.1, the Vivitar DVR786 has a very high minimum aperture compared to most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Vivitar DVR786

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 that have been around for around the same time as 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
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Design
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
Interface
Cable
Aperture Range
Audio Recording Format
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Dimensions
USB 2.0 Connector
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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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers vivitar dvr786, vivitar dvr786h, vivitar dvr786s, vivitar dvr786si, vivitar dvr786hd, vivitar dvr786hds, vivitar dvr786hdr, vivitar dvr786sil, vivitar dvr786hdre, vivitar dvr786hdsi, vivitar dvr786hdsil, vivitar dvr786hdred, vivitar dvr786hdsilw, vivitar dvr786hdrede, vivitar dvr786hdsilwm, vivitar dvr786hdredeu
Barcodes 00681066549681, 00681066718919, 00689466866087

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