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Vivitar DVR794 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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9 Reasons For

Robust

A number of customers thought it was good at resisting water ingress. Alison Innes mentioned in her Vivitar DVR794 review on Amazon “I need glasses so the display wasn't easy to read when swimming”. Two Vivitar DVR794 owners who purchased this camcorder agreed that it was well made. Salty said in their review of this camcorder “Well made solid camera that can be operated from my mobile phone”.

One Vivitar DVR794 owner said in their reviews that it was easy to damage or scratch. Mrs J wrote on Amazon last year “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

Seven Vivitar DVR794 owners who purchased it reckoned that it was good quality. Mark Baldwyn said “Good quality build, with bundled accessories” but even so he gave it a score of 60 out of 100. 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

A number of customers who reviewed this camcorder thought it had a good screen.

Easy to Use

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

Good Battery Life

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

Good Quality Lens

One person wrote in their reviews that it had a good lens. Vbps said in their review of the Vivitar DVR794 on Amazon “Its got a great wide angle lens”.

Good Connectivity

One Vivitar DVR794 reviewer who bought it concluded that it was wifi compatible. Mark Baldwyn said “A real bonus is that the 794 is Wi-Fi equipped and can be controlled via mobile phone, also giving a live view functionality” yet he rated the Vivitar DVR794 60 out of 100.

Good Size

One person considered that the product was good physically. Weathernerd said on Amazon “Quite why Vivitar produce such a nice physical product with such poor video is really beyond me” in their review of this camcorder although they gave this camcorder a rating of 20 out of 100.

One person said in their reviews that this camcorder was tight.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The number of white balance modes found on the Vivitar DVR794 is more than most video cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This Vivitar video camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to the DVR794.

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11 Reasons Against

Owner Reviews Are Poor

Based on 13 owner reviews this camcorder has an average owner rating of 63 out of 100. That puts this video camera in the bottom 13% of all the video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

Vivitar Only Has Poor Video Camera Reviews

We checked 111 owner and expert reviews for Vivitar video cameras and found that on average Vivitar has poor reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Vivitar has poor reviews specifically for its camcorders.

Not Full HD

The Vivitar DVR794 is not Full HD. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the DVR794 are also not Full HD.

If you want a camcorder that is Full HD then you might want to consider the Vivitar DVR936 ($129.99), the Sony HDR-AS30, or the ION DashCam WiFi ($187.89) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Most video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the DVR794 do not have an image stabiliser. The Vivitar DVR794 is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabiliser.

We compared this video camera to all the other camcorders with an image stabiliser and we think the Vivitar DVR936 ($129.99), the Sony HDR-AS30, or the ION S3000 ($29.99) is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have an HDMI Port

Most camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the DVR794 do not have an HDMI port. The Vivitar DVR794 is no exception to this as it too does not have an HDMI port.

It is worth considering alternative camcorders which also have an HDMI port including the Sony HDR-AS30, or the ION DashCam WiFi ($187.89).

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Vivitar DVR794 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the DVR794 also do 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 camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the DVR794 which have a built-in display.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have a built-in display to this camcorder and we think the Vivitar DVR936 ($129.99), the Sony HDR-AS30, or the ION DashCam WiFi ($187.89) which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Most camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the DVR794 are not waterproof. The Vivitar DVR794 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

If you would prefer a video camera that is waterproof then you might also want to look at the Sony HDR-AS30, or the ION S3000 ($29.99).

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Vivitar DVR794 does not have a night mode. Most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years also do not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most camcorders of this spec and age do not have a built-in projector. The Vivitar DVR794 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Vivitar DVR794 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as the DVR794 are also not 3D compatible.

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1 Other reason to consider the Vivitar DVR794

Released Over Four Years Ago

Vivitar released the DVR794 over four years ago.

Specification

Image Sensor
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Image Stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Focal Length Range
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Shutter
Display
Built-In Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Design
Colour
Video
Full HD
Video Format
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Still Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Built-In Microphone
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
Networking
WiFi
Battery
Battery Type
Weight & Dimensions
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Other Features
Night Mode
Auto Focus
Photo Mode
Interface
Aperture Range
Dimensions
Waterproof
Shock Proof
Projector
Built-In Projector

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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