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Vivitar VIVICAM-6200W 6.0 MegaPixel Underwater Camera with 4x Digital Zoom 2.0" LCD

by Vivitar

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  • Image resolution up to 2816 x 2112 with 4x digital zoom
  • Specifically designed for divers to take brighter, colorful pictures underwater up to 30'
  • Records movies up to 320 x 240 at 24fps
  • Uses 2 AA alkaline or NiMH batteries and SD memory up to 1GB
  • Includes 2 AA alkaline batteries, hand strap, USB cable and software
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Vivitar
  • Model: VIVICAM-6200W
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 6 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 4 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 8.2 x 3 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000QCI65I
  • Item model number: VIVICAM-6200W
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,141 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 14, 2004

Product Description

The waterproof ViviCam 6200w with built-in flash takes your photography to the next level, on both land and aquatic adventures.

Customer Reviews

It worked well and I was able to take pictures underwater.
Jerome E. Shidel
I would highly recommend this camera to anyone looking for an underwater digital camera.
Jackette
Also the LCD screen is difficult to see if you are in the sunlight.
C. Bennett

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By dragonal on December 26, 2007
I'm really happy with the purchase of the Vivitar 6200W. I took the camera to Maui and the photos came out much better than the disposable underwater cameras. We went snorkeling 3 times with the camera and its holding up well. The feature I like the best about the camera is taking underwater videos with sound. The shutter speed of the camera is a bit slow (takes 2-3 seconds between each shot) but the photo quality is very good in daylight conditions. We weren't as impressed with the early morning snorkeling photos since it doesn't do so well in low light conditions. But overall, its the a great underwater digital camera under $200.

Pros:
- Video mode with sound (which also works well underwater)
- Photo quality in daylight situations is very good
- Case is well designed (2 latches to keep the battery/SD card compartment dry - it shouldn't have any problems while snorkeling as long as the rubber seal is ok)
- Low price
- Decent battery life, it'll last a 1-2 hour snorkel trip on AAs
- Case included
- SD card slot (I recommend buying at least a 1GB SD card)

Cons:
- The picture does not display after you snap a photo (it just shows a blank screen after you take a photo)
- No zoom (digital zoom is available but not recommended)
- Low light performance is ok, could be better
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Richard D. Richardson on September 11, 2007
I tried out in a pool our Vivitar 6200W Digital Camera. The camera took very good photos out of the water and under the water. Also the underwater movie mode did great! The sound works best underwater for the movie mode. Out of the water the movie sound has an echo but you can still understand what is being said. I bought rechargeable AA batteries that lasted for over 250 photos before needing to be recharged. The camera view finder works well out of the water but in the water is very hard to see. Also very bright sunlight makes the view finder hard to see at times.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jane C. Tutton on November 12, 2007
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This little underwater camera is a great deal for the price. It's 6 mp, not just the 5 listed in the description and seems very sturdy. It is easy to use and has a lot of features. Not good for deep diving, but great for shallow diving and snorkeling. I've shot a lot of photos with it already and they are pretty good quality.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By G. Bailor on April 20, 2008
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Back Story: I bought this camera to take with me on a trip to Cancun. I knew that my buddy and I would do a lot of water sports and needed a camera to take with us. I decided on the Vivitar 6200W because it had all of the features I needed at a price that fit my budget.

Cons:
- Video mode is only 320x240 AVI format. So don't plan on playing the video back on a TV. The quality won't be good enough.
- Microphone doesn't work well above water. Further than 6' away, don't expect the microphone to pick much up.
- No Optical Zoom!!! This was a big drawback. The only zoom is digital and it ruins the picture quality. You're better off taking the picture with no zoom and then cropping your photos in a photo editor later.
- Large & Heavy... this isn't a take-anywhere point and shoot.
- Low-light pictures don't come out. In low light situations (indoors, sunrise, sunset, night, etc.) the Vivitar doesn't focus. Even using the camera's preset features, I still can't find a way to take good low-light pictures.

Pros:
- Works GREAT underwater for photos and video. The buttons are easy to use underwater and the camera didn't leak once.
- The microphone that doesn't work well above water works great underwater. I picked up sound on my videos of boats and other divers that I don't remember hearing at the time.
- Good price. For the price, I couldn't find a better waterproof camera out there.
- Durable. I wasn't intentionally trying to harm my camera, but I did bring it places that I would never consider bringing my high-end Kodak. It kept on taking pictures and videos and asking for more.

Note:
- I've seen in several places where the camera only supports 1GB SD cards. I used a 2GB card with no problem.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Doyle on June 3, 2008
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Unfortunately my camera arrived with several mechanical problems, such as a faulty waterproof compartment latch, malfunctioning motion detection feature, bad spring for the memory card, and the flash would not work period. Sometimes the LDC display would go blank, with nothing but a blue screen, and the only way to reset the camera was to remove the batteries and reinstall them. Not to mention the pictures were extremely poor even on the highest quality settings, the zoom was a complete joke, and the photos would not download via the USB cable, even though driver & software were installed in our computer, and all connections were fine.

So I contacted Vivitar for a replacement. Although I had to be transferred from outsourced customer service, with lengthy hold times, I eventually spoke with someone stateside in the returns department. I was given instructions for returning the camera for REPLACEMENT, and did so at my own expense. A little over 2 weeks later I received my EXACT same malfunctioning camera BACK with nothing more than a post-it note stuck to it that read, "NDF"?!?! I phoned Vivitar for an explaination. Once again there was the tangle of transfers and long hold times, and I finally got connected with an extremely rude individual in the California based returns department. I was told that they do not replace cameras and that nothing was wrong with the camera I sent them! I asked to speak to a supervisor and was HUNG UP ON! Upon trying to phone Vivitar back, I again went through the obstacle course of long hold times, disconnections, explaining my situation again and again to outsourced customer service agents, transfers, and FINALLY connected to the SAME rude individual in California! I asked for the supervisor once more but was never connected with them.
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