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SVP 18 Megapixel Digital Camera Series (Aqua5500-bluecolor)
- Dual color screens; 2.7" LCD display in the back and a 1.8" TFT color display in the front
- The battery provided with the unit is solely for testing purposes. We recommend using high capacity AAA batteries to get best results.
- 18 Megapixels with 4x digital zoom,Waterproof digital camera with video
- Compatible with Win XP / Vista / Win 7 and Mac OS x 10.6.8 or above. Compatible with Micro SD card ONLY ; supports up to 32GB external memory card
- Due to the small screen, images may appear out of focus when they actually are. We recommend viewing the images on a computer for best results.
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- Dual color screens
- 1.8" TFT color display in the front
- 2.7" LCD display in the back
- 18 Megapixels with 4x digital zoom
- Waterproof digital camera with video
- Compatible with Micro SD card ONLY; supports up to 32GB external memory card
- Compatible with Win XP / Vista / Win 7 and Mac OS x 10.6.8 or above
Twice the Fun with SVP's New AQUA-5800 Dual LCDs UnderWater Camera
SVP has unveiled the 18-megapixel max. resolution AQUA-5500 Dual-LCD underwater digital camera, which offers a 1.8" front-mounted LCD panel in addition to its more conventional 2.7" rear screen. Dustproof, shock-resistant to 1.5m and waterproof down to a depth of 3m, the SVP AQUA-5500 features a equivalent fixed-focal-length lens with a bright f/2.8 aperture and 30fps@VGA video recording.
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I thought the pics came out good, not great. Main challenge was the zoom, too much equals fuzzy pics. Video was good.
This camera is confirmed water proof. I went deep enough that my ears cracked but this camera held its own. The big back screen is nice and the front selfie screen is unique but its difficult to see in sun or under water.
Only major gripe is battery life. I don't know what the one reviewer did to have their battery last five days but my camera was the Cookie Monster of batteries "Me want batteries!", "Me eat batteries!". I went through the ones that came with it, 2 Duracell's, and 4 sets of Energizers in 7 days and that's with me, after having read the previous reviews, being very conservative with its use. Flash seemed to almost equal instance death and videos ate up a good chunk of power as well. This is not a deal breaker though since having a couple of pairs of rechargeable batteries solves the problem.
I'm happy with the purchase and now have an inexpensive but decent quality camera (for the money) that I can take to the beach or the pool without fear!
Getting started is super easy. Pop in the batteries and memory chip, turn it on, and start using it.
Using it can be a bit tricky underwater. I used it while snorkeling in Key West. The water was extremely clear and calm, but I still couldn't actually see what I was taking pictures of when I looked at the screen. There is no view finder, which I feel is a mistake given that it will mostly be used in bright conditions, which makes the LCD display impossible to see. So I improvised by taking more pictures than usual of stuff that swam in front of me. Some pics were blurry from movement or not quite focused on the right subject, but I got enough good pics that it didn't discourage me.
As many other people have noted, this camera eats through batteries quickly! Make sure you have a healthy supply of lithium batteries. I went through the first pair in an hour.
Pictures lack the vividness and clarity that I get with my iPhone, but they aren't bad. I'll try to upload some of the shots I took when I'm on my computer later.
In summary, if you're looking for an inexpensive camera to take pictures during your next beach vacation, this is a good option. I didn't experience any problems with the camera leaking or malfunctioning. I just would have liked a better means of seeing what I'm taking pictures of. Oh, and a light that indicates the camera is actually turned on would be good, since the LCD doesn't show up enough to even realize if it is on or not.
I am not disappointed in this camera, I did a lot of research with all the cameras amazon had to offer that were under $100 and am glad I chose this one
They loved them, I bought a 32 gig card for them and they took a bunch of pics and movies, the under water movies looked so cool. Their pictures lookes as good as mine and I have a 400.00 Nikon. Theirs weren't blurry . The screen on the camera is not the best but does let you see your pictures, it's decieving because it make you think the picture is poor quality but when you up load the pictures and videos to the computer they are crystal clear. Can't beat it for the price, the batteries last an adequate amount of time.
First the good: I love that it is waterproof, though I haven't tested it in water yet. You definitely need to hold still when taking pictures as there is no image stabilization and slight movements will lead to blurry pictures, especially in low light. It is very easy to use and my 5yo adapted to the menus and buttons very quick. The front screen is great for taking selfies with friends and family.
Now the issue: it worked perfect on Christmas day, however the next day it is unusable. It started displaying "Low Battery" and shutting off within about sixty seconds of powering up, even with fresh batteries in it. Then it started freezing with a solid black or green screen and would become unresponsive, the only way to get it to work again is by pulling and reinserting the batteries.
Amazon is replacing it with a new one and making it easy. I'll update the review after I get the replacement and get some runtime with it.
My only complaint is that it's REALLY hard to see the screen showing you what you're taking a picture of, and there's no view finder you can squint into so a lot of times we were just taking pictures blind and hoping they came out okay.
Also, make sure you wipe the lens before taking a picture--some of our pictures that would have come out great were blurry because the lens had a drip of water on it.
Can you get a better water proof camera? Yeah, probably, if you're willing to spend the money. But for the price, this camera was awesome.