Still Image Size: Up to 3648 x 2736 (10.1 megapixels)
Lens: 3x Optical Zoom, Auto Focus Lens, 36-108mm
ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400
What our shoppers say:
A terrible camera choice - but Walmart was good.
The camera died the 4th time it was turned on... went to green screen and then nothing.\n\nCalled Vivitar (at a foreign call center) and they said we must pay to mail it back and they would send a replacement in about three weeks. We told them that this was a gift to my grand-daughter who was leaving on a trip in less than a week, and this was unacceptable.\n\nReturned it to Walmart within the 15 days for a full refund and purchased a different brand of camera (Fuji)... so far so good on that one.
Considering the price of this digital camera is about the same as two disposible underwater cameras with 27 shots each and the development costs for those films (assuming you can find a place that still develops films), this camera did well for a very reasonable price.\n\nIts functionalities are almost the same as disposible cameras: There is no auto focus. There are only two fixed distance settings, landscape and macro. 4x Zoom is quite grainy and useless. Except in the most ideal situation (calm pool water under bright sunlight), the view screen is too dark to see underwater, so you have to aim and shoot and hope for the best. Because the large screen is on whenever the camera is on, it eats batteries very fast, about 2 regular AA batteries for every 2 hours of activities, faster if you use the built-in flash (I very quickly switched to rechargable batteries and\/or Energizer lithium batteries). The camera is small so it is not easy to hold (although it was not as bad as I thought), and this camera does not float, so be sure to add a necklace or secure it somehow if you use it in open water.\n\nHowever, the picture quality is surprisingly good once you upload the pictures to a computer and view them on a larger screen. The motion video capture is of the same quality and it even includes sound. I like cameras using regular batteries so when the power runs low I can quickly and easily buy replacement batteries (or bring a bunch with me) without looking for outlet for charger on the beach. The camera works well out of water as in water. A small 4GB memory card is more than enough to take a vacation worth of pictures and some videos, and you can replace it with spares as needed.\n\nI have used this camera only twice so far. I think once I figure out the ideal distances for its landscape and macro settings, the results will improve a little.\n\nH Liao\n\nNote: Attached pictures were reduced from the original 3264x2448 to 640x480 for uploading here.
I received this camera and decided to do some test runs before actually taking it on an event as my sole camera. The look and feel was OK, it came with a wrist strap which I appreciated but when I started taking pictures is when I really started getting disappointed. I took some indoor pictures with CFL lighting and they were terrible. The coloration was off and they were extremely grainy I thought it was a problem with my home lighting so I turned on the integrated flash which took approximately 5 seconds to charge with new lithium AAA batteries but the quality was a little better. I then decided to take it outside around 2 PM on a clear day and it was OK with coloration and it wasn't extremely grainy as long as I didn't zoom in past the optical zoom threshold. So those problems were manageable. My biggest concern with this camera is that there was no auto-focus, there was only a small lever on one side of the camera to focus and the focal range was easy to figure out. If you were using this in any kind of sunny conditions you would never be able to determine how focused the picture was until it was transferred to a PC. I decided it was not worth the risk of having poorly focused pictures and spent an extra $30 for a camera with better reviews and a bigger name.
This little camera was a replacement for a 12mp Pentax I purchased at Nebraska Furniture Mart in 2009. It has enough nifty features to please though I was being careful to make sure it had a rechargeable battery w\/ charger. Nowhere in the description or reviews does it say that it runs on 2 AA batteries. So there you go, Review Reader. Be aware this thing takes throw away batteries. I would have rather spent my money on the waterproof camera if I wanted to spend about the same amount of money on a camera that runs on AA batteries.
This camera is great! It has all sorts of settings, like outdoor and indoor picture taking modes, panoramic option, and many other things I am still getting used to. The zoom is awesome, I have been taking pictures of birds and getting really great quality photos. The only thing I have a hard time with is the battery life, which I was already aware of before I bought the camera based on other reviews. What I've been doing when I take my camera with me is I'll take a couple photos, turn the camera off, then turn it back on to take another photo or two later on. It works better than to leave it on in between shots. I've taken about 20 pictures on this current charge and I've only lost one bar, compared to taking continuous shots you'll only get about 10 pictures per charge.\nI definitely recommend this camera to any casual photo takers because of the quality of photos, durability of the camera and the wide array of settings.
This 16mp Cobra Camera was a sad disappointment. I expected to be able to get up close and personal with flowers, bugs, jewelry, etc etc. It was just a blur. My 6mp camera has equal resolution as this 16mp. I had this product 24 hours and had to return it. Also doesnt come with SD card and that's also a disappointment. Plus this camera doesn't like generic batteries from say dollar tree. Tells me batteries too low, GOOD BYE...