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Vivitar DVR 850W

alaTest has collected and analyzed 118 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the battery and image quality are generally positive. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably, but many are critical about the features and viewfinder. There are some mixed comments about the reliability.

value for money, usability, portability, image quality, battery

control panel, color, zoom, viewfinder, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Vivitar DVR 850W is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: review summary for Vivitar DVR 850W


alaTest has collected and analysed 58 user reviews of Vivitar DVR 850W from The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on

value for money, usability, portability, image quality, battery

control panel

62% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Vivitar DVR850W Digital Camcorder - Yellow (8.1MP, 2.4 inch TFT, 4x Digital Zoom)Vivitar DVR850W Digital Camcorder - Black (8.1MP, 2.4 inch TFT, 4 x Digital Zoom)Vivitar DVR 850W 8MP Underwater Digital Video Camcorder - Silver (3 Metre Waterproof, Li-ion Battery, 8x Zoom)

Consumer review by: review summary for Vivitar DVR 850W


alaTest has collected and analyzed 25 user reviews of Vivitar DVR 850W from The average user rating for this product is 2.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on

portability, usability, build quality, battery, value for money

reliability, color

32% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: 8.1MP Digital Camcorder Water Resistant Up To 10 Ft Hi DefVivitar DVR-850W 8.1MP Underwater Digital Video Camcorder (Yellow)

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Save your money and look at others!

Do not wast yourmoney

I have spent 1000's with Newegg on on electronics and never have written a bad review.This camera is the biggest piece of junk on the market.It has a picture quility of the 90's and the plug in is very hard to manipulate.It broke within a week and...


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Keep your money


LOOK at another brand or you will trow away your hard on money too!

NONE! Had to rate 1 to even post this

I have bought several 1000 dollars from Newegg and never written a bad review.It was glued back together at factory holding in broken power hook up.It took the worst pictures out of water that I have not seen since the late 90's.II only got to use it...

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Ehhhh...don't buy.


To be honest I don't like it. I'm upset about the purchase and wished for better. The picture quality is... Okay, but if there is the slightest shadow the picture is as good as gone. The sound is terrible and I can nearly hear other people further than...

Easy to Use

Limited Zoom, No image stabilization, Poor Image Quality, Poor In Low Light, Poor Sound

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great video recorder


hello i bought this probably in january and it works very good i always video tape stuff and it comes out clearly and amazing so after when i watch the video its so clear and perfect this is probably my favorite video camera i ever had

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its ok


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Great underwater, ok camera


We got one for our daughter for Christmas, and it works great - as long as you get an SD card with it. Without the SD card, you'll have limited resolution and next to no video time. It's resolution is great underwater, and the stills are close to our...

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bad present


i got this for christmas, and i was very excited that i got a video camera, especially one that shot underwater. when i started using it, i discovered the pictures were terrible, all grainy and poorly lighted even when i turned the flash on. The videos...

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Worked suprising well underwater!


I did not buy this camera, but my brother-in-law let me borrow it! He purchased this camera right before going on vacation without any prior research. For [$], he thought he would take this chance. The small size and long battery life are pluses for...

Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Versatile

Viewfinder hard to use

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Great Quality


Great device for making home videos, but sound quality could be better.

Comfortable to Operate, Simple Controls

Poor Sound

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not a good camera


This digital camera/video is not a good buy, it is a reason why it's so cheap. Quality was very poor, I couldn't hear the playback of the video. It has very poor lightin, You have to almost be in direct sunlight in order to get a decent picture. Not a...

Low-Quality Recordings, Poor Battery Life, Poor Sound

Product Specifications

The powerful DVR 850W packs loads of features into easy-to-carry technology. Take this DVR everywhere - even up to 5 meters underwater - and connect to the world. Enjoy the convenience of 128 MB built in NAND flash memory and rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.4in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:128MB


Model:DVR 850W
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Vivitar

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.1
Min Focal Length:7.5mm


Underwater Use: Yes

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:8.1Mpix
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:8
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Type: None