This summer has been HOT, and like me, you have probably been spending a lot of time by the side of a pool. You like taking pictures and family movies, but are nervous about your technology near water. Fear no more with Vivitar’s DVR 690HD. It’s a pocket size video camera with the ability to go under water, shoot in HD, and the best part, it will supposedly cost only $60 when it’s released.
The ‘Flip’-like pocket camcorder has a 2.0″ LCD TFT display. It has 4x digital zoom and an analog mic, the lense is fixed focus, and the focus range is TBD. It only has 8MB of built in memory, but it does have an SDHC slot that is expandable up to 32GB. It has no tripod mount and no HDMI port, which is unfortunate, but it does have a TV-out port and has an included Red-White-Yellow cable. It has a built-in lithium battery, which is better than the Flip, which runs on double A batteries. The camera records HD video at 25 FPS. It also has the ability takes still pictures and has an LED flash. No more shaky videos with this camera, for it has an anti-shake setting. The camera comes in 8 colours; yellow, red, fuchsia, pink, light blue, grey, royal blue and black. The Vivitar website doesn’t have the physical specs, but I assume that should be out in the near future. As mentioned earlier, the camera is waterproof and you can take it to a depth of up to 10 feet.
So, let’s put the price of this camera into perspective. For me to buy a Flip Ultra HD with the underwater case would cost about $120 from Amazon, but for the same price I could buy two of these Vivitars. I have to say that I am extremely impressed with this camera. It has everything and more that a pocket camera should and if the $60 price point is true, it will only make it more appealing. What do you think? Will you buy one of these when they’re released? Leave a comment.