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Vivitar Freelance 3-in-1 Digital Camera - Red

by Vivitar
2.1 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
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  • Specifications -
  • Still Image Size - Up to 1280x1024
  • Video Clip - 320x240
  • Aperture - 3.0
  • Shutter Control - Electronic Shutter
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Technical Details


Product Description

Color: Red

Vivitar's Vivicam V15 1.3 Megapixel Digital Camera is a simple, but feature-rich camera. Giving you the ability to take photos, shoot videos, but also use it as a webcam. There is also a Self Timer feature, which is great for a group shoot. And to capture performances, such as the winning goal or musical performance, there is the Continuous Shot feature.

Shutter Speed - 1 ~ 1/8000 sec Focus - 100cm ~ infinity EV Compensation - Auto Sensitivity - Auto White Balance - Auto Scenes - Auto LCD Display - 1.4 CSTN LCD View Finder Memory - Internal - 64Mbit SDRAM (8MB) Self Timer - 10 seconds Continuous Shot Playback PC Camera File Format - JPEG/AVI PC Interface - Mini USB 1.1 Accessories - Power Source, USB Cable, Wrist Strap, CD ROM, User Manual Supported OS - Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Mac OS9.0 or later Unit Dimensions - 4.15 x 2.53 x 0.98

Product Details

Color: Red
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • ASIN: B002ZKENGU
  • Item model number: V15
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,570 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

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Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Color: Red
I had to keep this in mind as we first started to use this camera. That's why I gave it a four out of 5 stars... after I got over my initial frustration/letdown it really isn't so bad. I purchased this camera at Walmart for $20. I bought it for my 5 year old because the kid proof camera we bought him (V-tech) took such horrid pictures and I want to see how long a real camera will survive with him before spending anymore money on one. AND of course I want it to be able to take reasonably nice pictures - because I want him to be able to look at his pictures, decide which ones are good and which ones aren't and adjust his photography based on his results. So based on those requirements it was worth the $20, but it's durability is still up in the air as he's only had it one day!

Straight out of the package I found it frustrating and not intuitive to figure out. I was ready to return it, honestly. But I finally found the user guide and got the first pictures off it, and my husband reminded me how little we paid for it. So I relented, gave it to the kid, he came back 5 minutes later with 30 pictures. I downloaded them and a couple were pretty good. I spent another 10 minutes trying to figure out how to delete the pictures and he took it back outside and came back in 10 minutes later with 30 pictures. Now we have a rhythm. He loves it. He can tell it isn't a little kids camera and is actually treating it pretty well. He took it with him to bed and I'm sure will be snapping more pictures at first light.

The nitty gritty:
#1 If you buy this camera, be careful opening the package. There is a cd hidden inside the cardboard label - and they don't tell you it's there. This cd has the software that downloads the pictures from the camera and it has the user guide on it.
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I purchased this for my daughters 10th birthday at WalMart. Despite it's low price this is the worst camera I have ever tested or used. As a semiprofessional photographer I have tried a number of cameras from point and click to SLR.

First off the construction is very flimsy. It is 100% light weight plastic. In fact the first commentmy daughter made was "It Feels Like A Toy!".

Due to it's low price I was not expecting much from this but I was at least hoping for it to produce clear photos. Well it can't even do that!

Every shot I or my daughter took no matter the lighting was blurred and grainy. I have taken better pictures using a disposable 35mm that cost $4.99.

If you are looking for a low cost first time camera keep looking.
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Color: Red
I bought one each for triplet eight year old boys, thinking if they lost or destroyed them, I wouldn't be out much. The packaging says Minimum System Requirements: ... Macintosh OS X v10.4.6 or later. A downloaded manual indicates it only runs on PCs. I have a number of camera drivers on my Mac with a later OS but none of them can connect. So the packaging is not correct, but the manual is. On another note, the camera has limited storage - at the highest resolution you can have about 12-15 images in the camera. If you are thinking this may make a good first camera, you may have to spend a few more dollars.
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This is a poorly made and poor functioning camera. My cell phone takes better pictures.

We only purchased this camera because we were on vacation in a remote location and both or our good digital cameras malfunctioned half way through our week long vacation. The Vivitar Freelance V15 was the only inexpensive digital camera for sale in a local big box store and we took a chance on it.

The LCD screen is impossible to view in bright daylight which means that you will have to frame your shots with the view finder instead of the screen. In addition, it is impossible to read the instructions &/or see the symbols that are displayed on the LCD screen when you are in an outdoor location.

The biggest drawback to this camera is that all of the photos and the videos in the camera's memory will be lost if the batteries run down before you download the pictures to your computer or if you accidentally remove the batteries before you download the pictures from the camera. This information is not printed in the Quick Start Guide that is part of the retail packaging for this camera.

The latch to the battery compartment on our camera failed and the batteries lost contact with the camera and as a result we lost approx. 30 pictures.

Don't waste your money on this turkey.Vivitar Vivicam V15 1.3 Megapixel Digital Camera - Red
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My 6 year old son wanted his own camera, and with Dad's advice not to spend too much of his money he bought this inexpensive camera at a local chain retailer. That'll teach him not to listen to Dad! He was super excited...until we opened the packaging and went to put the batteries in. The battery compartment door broke the very first time we opened it. This camera is incredibly flimsy, hence the cheap plastic latch that holds the battery door in place broke off immediately. That's actually the best thing that could have happened, as it necessitated us returning it without any time to question whether or not to keep it. For kicks we took some sample pictures with it by holding the battery compartment shut with one hand, and the pictures were just awful - all of them were blurry and the images are very low-res. I've had lower end cell phones with pretty mediocre cameras and they all put this thing to shame. This in no way qualifies as a real camera, so take my advice: save your twenty bucks and put it toward some other camera - any other camera but this one! Seriously, you can find decent budget priced cameras from quality makers (Canon, Kodak, etc) on sale for not much more than fifty dollars, so save up until you can afford one of those. The old saying goes "you get what you pay for," but in this case you get even less.
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