I dont like how it sucks the battery power up so fast other rtan that it is a good camera
Tue, 11 Sep 2007 20:35:25 +0000
In very bright light the camera works just fine. The pictures were OK (for a 7 year old) What we haven't been able to do though is transfer pictures to our picture file. We bought it for our grandaughter just for fun. The video part is short but no sound-for 10 bucks what can you expect!
Wed, 19 Sep 2007 01:34:23 +0000
Hello, I bought the mini vivitar camera and I am so happy with it, I still can't believe what this thing does. It doesn't have a flash but when you take the pics outdoors , wow..they are beautiful!! The resolution is outstanding too as long as is on high resolution you will get detailed pics.
Love my little camera.
Sun, 09 Dec 2007 22:00:47 +0000
Mine works fine - as a keyring pendant.
I knew it would take photographs in lousy quality, blurred, out of focus, wrong colors etc,, that's what I wanted. Unfortunately it seems to be impossible to get the pics out of the camera. The camera can be used as a keyring though - and only as a keyring.
Mon, 10 Dec 2007 14:50:14 +0000
this camera is broken I think it dont work for me...
Tue, 25 Dec 2007 23:25:34 +0000
THIS CAMERA IS A LOT OF C-R-A-P. It would be nice if this $10.00 piece of crap would work.
WHAT KIND OF IDIOTIC MORON WOULD "BUY" IT!!!!!!!!!!!.
Thu, 27 Dec 2007 04:30:40 +0000
such a hassle.
my cannon died, so someone purchased this thing for me. pretty convenient i must admit because of size and price but not worth fighting with the damn thing for forty mins everytime i wanna take a picture and everytime i do i have to take about 15 to make sure atleast 1 comes out good
and have yet to get the video to work
heres a pic of my two cats
Thu, 27 Dec 2007 11:54:01 +0000
This stupid thing is so not worth it.
I got this for christmas as well. Kudos to those of you who actually got it to work! Me and my friends have a yearly thing where we buy an old microwave and stick everything we hate in it, and this is a grand canidate for the job.
Oh, and it turns out, vivitar doesn't even make these.
Mon, 31 Dec 2007 18:07:20 +0000
As a low-profile PI in the Greater Metro Area, I have come to rely on this little gem. Though downloading the accompanying SW has also posed problems on my laptop as well, the PC applications will eventually work providing one thinks 'outside the box' rather than repeating failed steps & getting frustrated along the way. Though battery life on the camera itself is low, use Duracell Ultra Digital batteries to insure reliability. Also opt for the 20 exposure/high resolution/no compression settings for the best results. Use the short duration AV mode only if necessary (i.e. capturing critical moments like flagrant delecti or a cop beating-up someone). Until the images are actually downloaded to your PC, make sure battery life is still sufficient to ensure proper functioning of the camera. A piece of black electrical tape over the battery cover will serve as a reminder not to open the case inadvertantly as you will lose all images without steady juice. While it would have been preferable if the casing were made of aluminum, this product is afterall Made in China & plastic is their gold when it comes to the manufacturing process. Considering the outlay for this product is only $10, the comments referring to being 'ripped-off' are somewhat amusing. Then again, as Americans we pride ourselves as being savvy shoppers & getting the most bang for the buck. Time to get over it as other countries cranking out cheaply-made goods do not share the same sentiments. All in all, I would recommend this product to anyone seeking a low-frills, cost-effective way to capture digital images.
Tue, 15 Jan 2008 20:23:47 +0000
Though not a private investigator, I hope to enter the field of national security/surveillance someday and as part of my online correspondence school curiculum we were required to purchase these cameras and use them for field/case studies involving the identification of suspicious and/or deviant behavior on the part of peculiar-looking individuals. This camera works satisfactorily and is very compact. I usually carry 4-5 of them in different colors in order to instantly ID pictures according to time, place, activity and type of individuals being photographed during my preliminary and ongoing observations. At $9.95 apiece, they are very economical though I seem to be spending far more on the lithium batteries that I replace on a regular basis. I too had a problem downloading the software until I realized that certain environments like public libraries, cyber-cafes etc. have network administrators who often block the downloading of outside software. As a result I was not able to initially view my pics until I arrived home. I recommend this product for anyone seeking a small, inexpensive digital camera or who has an ongoing interest or aspiration in protecting our country from those who wish to do us various injustices.
Tue, 15 Jan 2008 22:48:49 +0000
Don't buy this if you're looking for a good camera to take pics with. Buy this for fun and fun only. It is a TOY! The detractors need to get real and go buy a small Kodak or something. Install the drivers, install the software and it works fine. I can't understand why so many people have such problems with it. Yeah, it doesn't work mindlessly like some people need but if you've used a computer more than 6 or 7 times in the last ten years you should be golden!
Wed, 16 Jan 2008 03:16:07 +0000
quote: "I recommend this product for anyone seeking a small, inexpensive digital camera or who has an ongoing interest or aspiration in protecting our country from those who wish to do us various injustices."
*lord help us if our national security rests on the dependability & worksmanship of this little toy camera from China*
Wed, 16 Jan 2008 05:18:59 +0000
I wish this camera had more memory or the capability of adding an external HD via the USB port connection for extended use. A compact clip-on rechargeable power supply that extends the operating time past that of a regular digital camera-specific 1.5V battery would also be a desirable feature. The USB port connection could have been designed to accomodate other features like an optional LCD viewer or micro digital sound recorder to run in conjunction with the 10 second AVI feature. Since the unit is manufactured overseas, these features would probably have added only about $5-$10 above the $10 retail price.
Wed, 16 Jan 2008 05:51:07 +0000
Okay, here's the honest truth.
The camera is essentially crap, but if you are OKAY with crap, it works fine. In the other thread on this camera some savvy kid has placed a link for a driver download and this driver works.* Forget about the driver on the cd, it does dick.
Sure, the pic quality is bad. Really bad... but let's be real. For $10 I now have a camera I can toss in my truck. If I'm ever in an accident or witness an accident, I can take some pics for insurance purposes. If I see Tom Cruise flip his lid and start foaming at the mouth like a rabid dog I can snap some pics and sell them to the National Enquirer and pay off my mortgage. If I see bigfoot or a ufo, I can take a really crappy picture no one will believe is real.
In the compressed -screen settings are CP and Hr- (CIF format), or the 'medium' setting, I can take 60 pictures. Now, your light source has a huge impact on picture quality. Bright artificial light results in a very yellowish or orangish pic. And ANY handshake will blur the pictures. My suggestion is set the camera down and use the timer. A little farting around in photoshop will give you reasonable clarity. Like I said, these pictures are on a par with cell phone pics, but you get 60 of reasonable clarity, 20 of good quality, and over 100 tiny ones. You can also do 20 seconds or so of crappy video.
The attachment has been cropped to half its original size, and photoshopped, to show that a little effort can make a half decent pic.
Not the greatest camera in the world, but the perfect thing to have in your pocket the next time you experience one of those 'Holy ****, look at THAT' moments.
Tue, 22 Jan 2008 22:04:45 +0000
I purchased this camera at Walgreens in Orlando to take pictures while running in a marathon. I took 5 pictures and the battery low indicator came on. After coming home from vacation I attempted to download the pictures. Well low and behold, no pictures found. Apparently the battery died (the battery that came with the camera) and I lost the 5 pictures I took before I even downloaded them. I wasted $10 and will try to contact Vivitar, to see what they will do. (probably nothing, but it doesn't hurt to ask).
Mon, 28 Jan 2008 20:47:27 +0000
ten dollar toy, make the best out of it. Gave it to my 4yr old grandson and re-worked the results in PSP. Got him laughing..you too?
Wed, 30 Jan 2008 03:51:17 +0000
Bought one of these to use in an emergency where I did not want to drive back for my "good" digital. Put in the "factory" battery and took several "very important" un-recreateable photos. When I got home, loaded the driver, no problem. When I went to downlaod the photo's, the program said there were no photo's on the camera. I FOUND THAT THE "BRAND NEW" battery was DEAD. This caused all the photo's to be lost. These pictures were to be used in court. SO PLEASE BE AWARE NOT TO TRUST THIS CAMERA FOR ANYTHING IMPORTANT!!!!!
Fri, 08 Feb 2008 16:39:03 +0000
This little thing is a piece of crap! I did everything it says on the Instructions, but for some reason it won't connect to my hard drive and I can't even upload any pictures....for those who had it working on their computer, u guys are LUCKY! I dont know what's wrong with mine...im so bummed out, but whatever, it was only $10?!?!?! ahaha
Fri, 15 Feb 2008 08:50:13 +0000
This is a fun little camera! It is the digital equivalent of the old pinhole camera. Pics are tiny but fun. Check out this one of my cat. This is the LARGEST (of 2 choices) and highest resolution (of 2 choices). Also found that the included "carrying case" is pretty lame, but a much better choice is a standard DENTAL FLOSS dispenser. Pop out the old floss reel and the camera fits right in, with a nice snap-closing top.
Thu, 20 Mar 2008 14:49:05 +0000
My little brother won this vivitar 3-1 digital camera at school carnival.We thought wow this is cool.No wonder they were giving this piece of shit so called camera away.Camera sucks...software sucks.The package says for windows xp.But it wont work.It says driver failed.Dont buy,win,or let anybody give u one
Wed, 07 May 2008 04:49:15 +0000
I bought this mini digital camera (Vivitar) at Walgreens last year, almost a year ago. Honestly, for the $10 that I paid for this small camera, I have to admit that I was SURPRISED TOTALLY by the outcome of the photo images! Sure, its not the BEST camera in the world to take pics with, but like most people have already admitted in this forum, its not the WORST camera, either!! And if you're trying to take a $10 digicam image seriously (court, or whatever), you should be slapped. Why in HELL would you try and take a $10 digicam image seriously?? Especially for something as important as "court"?? C'mon!! If you thought that this lil' $10 digicam will be "immaculate" at taking "serious" pics, please GET REAL. I'm not on here to bash anyone, but let's use the common sense that God has blessed us with! Overall, I LOVE my Vivitar digicam! Yes, I DO have to sometimes take damn near 40 pics to get the right image that I'm looking for. Then there are other times that I just wanna have fun with it, take pics of me or my beautiful daughter/family, and they STILL come out fine! I HAVE had problems as far as the "image quality" goes ('grainy' outcome of some pics if not taken in a well-lit area), but again..you get what you pay for. Here are some images of me...I would put one up of my daughter, but the world now-a-days are full of gaping a^&holes that like to still play games...that AREN'T FUNNY!!
Hope this helps! By the way: I have never had ANY problems out of the driver installation software, or downloading images, and I own a HP laptop with Windows XP. But here is a "rule-of-thumb" that I have learned about this tiny thing: DON'T REMOVE THE BATTERY (EVEN IF IT HAS DIED) FROM YOUR MINICAM UNTIL YOU ARE NEAR A COMPUTER, AND ARE READY TO DOWNLOAD AND SAVE YOUR IMAGES!!! IF YOU REMOVE THE BATTERY(EVEN AFTER IT HAS DIED), YOU HAVE LOST THOSE IMAGES...and you CANNOT retrieve them again!!
Good Luck people!
Fri, 16 May 2008 13:26:39 +0000
not a real high quality unit but hey it was under $15 ...ansel adams would chuck it off 1/2 dome i'm sure
Thu, 26 Jun 2008 05:18:18 +0000
i got 3 and only 1 worked, but the 1 that worked is at least a good a webcam as the webcam on my laptop. pretty cool 4 $10
Fri, 27 Jun 2008 21:49:46 +0000
Just tested it out on my Macbook, no dice. But put it on my husband's PC and everything works fine. However, I think the quality of my cellphone camera is better than this so while this is fun, I won't buy another.
Sun, 29 Jun 2008 16:27:00 +0000
This piece of crap doesnt even work it took 5 MINUTES! for the got dam sofwar to load up and it dont even worked worst $10.93 my stupid sister has ever spent
Wed, 02 Jul 2008 20:37:38 +0000
I just got my cam and wow this is crap. I didn't read the manual cause my sis has one that works. Accidentally I put in the USB cord before I installed the drives/program and now I can't get to anything I have on my cam. It's a piece of ****. Also I took two pics that were meaning less and I even took out the battery and it didn't delete the pics.
Wed, 09 Jul 2008 21:41:45 +0000
HI~ Do you mind telling me where your VIVITAR MINI DIGITAL CAMERA bought from? and is it 3 in 1?
Sat, 26 Jul 2008 03:17:44 +0000
this thing is a piece of shiiiiiiiiiiitttttt.
i wanted to use it as a webcam. like it said
it would be able to do. i went to www.justin.tv
where u can use a webcam and make videos and
stuff. it wouldn't work. annnnd i tried to get
the pictures off of the camera and i just can't
figure it out. who makes a camera so complicated?
Wed, 06 Aug 2008 02:12:49 +0000
when u are trying to use as a web camera how can u get it where u see all i see is a black box .
Fri, 15 Aug 2008 19:34:52 +0000
I'm about to throw this thing away. All i got to say about it is, P.O.S..
Mon, 15 Sep 2008 05:15:55 +0000
S shitty (yes again)
Sun, 12 Oct 2008 02:08:40 +0000
MY CAMARA SUCKS!!!!! IT WONT LET ME DOWNLOAD THE PICTURES OFF OF IT!!!!!
Fri, 17 Oct 2008 14:53:59 +0000
I like the thing - here's a shot with it: you do need decent light and steadiness, otherwise it'll be blurry.
Wed, 03 Dec 2008 02:31:02 +0000
I WENT AND BOUGHT ONE OF THE MINI VIVTAR DIGITAL CAMERAS, AND HERES MY OPION. ITS GREAT BECUASE ITS SO SMALL TO CARRY AROUND ON YOUR KEYRINGS, I LOVE IT, AND WELL I HAVE TO SAY THAT EVERYTHING WORKED GREAT FOR ME, BUT WHEN U BUY ONE YEAH THE BATTERYS THAT COME WITH IT ARE NO GOOD THEY DONT LAST BUT 2 DAYS. SO I WENT AND BOUGHT SOME DORACELL BATTERYS FOR IT AND WELL THEY LAST MUCH LONGER THAN 2 DAYS. ONLY THING IS THAT IF U TAKE PICTURES IN SAY A BUSINESS PLACE WELL THE PICTURES DONT COME OUT THEY ARE BLURY OR U DONT GET THE PICTURE U WERE TRYING TO TAKE WITH IT. TO ME ITS A OUTSIDE CAMERA TO TAKE PICTURES WITH BECAUSE I TOOK PICURES OUTSIDE AND THEY CAME OUT GREAT, AND AS FOR THE SOFTWARE WELL IT WORK GREAT FOR ME. JILL
Thu, 08 Jan 2009 21:24:58 +0000
well i bought the mini camera, and well it woeks great. but the one thing i dont like about it is that u cant leave the battery in the camera because it will go dead withing 2 days or a week. and u have to take the pictures and then put them on your computer right away or the batery wil go dead and u lose all the pictures because the battery goes dead.so what i do is put the pictures on computer and download them on my little photo picture keychain then i take the battery out and well i just carry the camera on my keyring and carry the battery with me in my pants pocket all the time i go somwhwhere. and well i called the number i found on a website of the vivatar website and well they told me to call back in february because they will be taken over the vivatar company. they sayed the vivatar company went outta business. haha. so im gonna call them back in february and complain about this camera eatting up the batterys if left ion the camera. later Jill
Wed, 28 Jan 2009 23:29:16 +0000
tell me where can i find comments about this camera at ive look all over the internet and need a few more websites to look at, so if u know where i can get the reviews of this camera plz let me know at [email protected] email address ok. Jill
Wed, 28 Jan 2009 23:31:55 +0000
I bought this camera at Walgreens for $10 yesterday. Never had a digital camera before. Found the instructions difficult to read and understand especially as those instructions on the disc differed somewhat. There was nothing to explain about the little viewfinder which you pop up. I tried looking thru it but could no see anything. But I persevered and found that one needs to hold the camera at arm's length and then look through it. Not the best way to focus for a picture. Also found trying to press the Mode button and then the Click button to take multiple snaps, difficult to manage while posing one's subject. Anyway, it worked and I took photos of my new adopted cat during the evening by lamp light and although the quality was not the best they were fine for emailing to friends. I think it was well worth $10.
Wed, 04 Feb 2009 04:09:18 +0000
i like vivitar mini digital camera.
it's realy good.....
Thu, 19 Mar 2009 04:24:05 +0000
it has nos sound thats what sucks about it
Sat, 02 May 2009 18:04:49 +0000
Got the little Vivitar for Christmas. Have taken some actually decent pictures. Haven't had any trouble downloading them, but the software has to be on the pc/laptop before you attach the camera to the usb cable. The software will install and read the camera for a dual camera device. I just wonder how old the driver is and if there is a new one.
On the negative side, it does suck the life out of the battery. Point and shoot takes a little practice and if your hands aren't steady that becomes a problem. I long for a flash when I use it. The Mode LCD is difficult to read until I got used to it by keeping the little booklet with me. It reminds me a little of the old 110 film cameras. Flash memory would have been nice too. I kept wondering if it had enough power to hold the photos until I could get home and upload them to my laptop.
A gift is a gift and it does work for now. 20 hi-res photos downloaded to my laptop running Vista Home Basic is cheaper than buying a role of film and getting it processed versus buying a pack of AAA batteries. My husband was a photo-finisher in the days before the film cameras began becoming dinosaurs.
I was frankly surprised that it did what it was advertised to do at $9.95 plus tax.
The Photo Impression app that comes with the camera isn't bad either. Not great, but not bad.
Fri, 15 May 2009 10:13:51 +0000
You have to be amazed at all of the people who complain about the product while not
using a little common sense: A cheap battery packed in China, left on a shelf forever, is not
going to be my first choice for a reliable power source.
"I didn't read the instructions..." Um, why? Might you suspect the maker knows something
about this that you don't?
I cannot understand how anyone would trust a $10.00 cam to take irreplaceable pictures with.
If you realize that you must be steady and patient with the cam, you can get decent photos.
Sat, 30 May 2009 16:08:26 +0000
i like the camera,but...how in the heck can you tell you are aiming it right,to take the persons picture that you wanted without finding out later that every picture that was taken cut half the faces off,didnt even capture anything that was thought to have captured......so the big question.....how to aim and click and get the whole imaged that was set out for to get.......thank you very much for your help and understanding..........liisa
LIISA A. SHERBAK
Sat, 13 Jun 2009 06:49:49 +0000
I can't believe this piece of junk is still being manufactured and sold (as Philips P4417S, Vivatar Mini Digital Camera, and various other names).
It's not worth the $10: you lose your photos if your battery dies or is removed, it constantly consumes your battery as long as the battery is in (even when it's off), and and it's an enormous pain to get the Windows drivers working (tip: don't install any drivers except the "2.03 all functions working" driver. Otherwise, completely remove the bad drivers and then run the setup program in the 2.03 drivers).
That said, I own this because I didn't know better. I use it as a webcam (doesn't need a battery) because I don't have anything better, and I have need of a webcam very rarely.
Tue, 14 Jul 2009 06:56:14 +0000
This camera is just only a toy, yeah it can take pics and all but crappy pics that come out blurred. You hardly get any good photos and can only use just a few seconds of video. how do u like videos with no sound? This camera is only a TOY or for 7 year olds. its a no wonder its says Made in China. and it only fits in yer palm. the only good thing is. it's a keychain.
Sun, 19 Jul 2009 23:20:17 +0000
I just got a Vivitar 3-in-1 Mini Digital Camera. I downloaded the the manual, but the one thing I can't find is a picture to show which button is which- "Mode", "Snap", and how on earth do you tell what you are photographing?
I had purchased this, thinking it would be great for those "wow" moments, but need help.
Thanx to anyone with ideas.
Fri, 24 Jul 2009 14:53:48 +0000
Just purchased one of these as a backup for my digital camera. found out it works fine with SKYPE. haven't figured out how to delete photos. from camera
Wed, 29 Jul 2009 03:42:23 +0000
this little piece of shit doesn't work once i take it off my computer. i don't get it at all. don't buy it. i got it for free but come on. really?
Sun, 27 Sep 2009 14:57:32 +0000
Here are the drivers hpe you enjoy using the camera:
Sun, 13 Dec 2009 22:44:23 +0000
This camera sucks! We paid 15 bucks at rite aid. The still pic is blurry and requires lots of light and webcam does not work. IT's a RIP OFF!!!! this just sucks BALLSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
Fri, 25 Dec 2009 05:58:21 +0000
my camera is COOL it takes good pictures coo dude but if any one has a cord for vivitar v15 i will pay after you give it to me im offering $13.00 no more than $20.00
Mon, 04 Jan 2010 00:22:40 +0000
Don't buy this camera. When you unload the instructions there is page after page.
Who has time to read it let alone memorize the instructiions. I wish I could return it.
Wed, 27 Jan 2010 16:44:20 +0000
THIS DUM PIECE OF CRAP IS WORTHLESS I CAN'T BELIEVE I EVEN INVESTED MONEY IN IT......FOR ALL THE PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO THINKS THIS CAMERA IS PERFECT YOU SHOULD THINK TWICE ABOUT BUYING IT AND INVEST YOUR MONEY INTO SOME MORE WORTH THE DIME......BECAUSE THE COMPANY IS ALWAYS NOT ANSWERING THE PHONE AND PUTTING ME ON HOLD ITS JUST LIKE THEY DON'T EVEN CARE ABOUT OUR COMMENTS OR REQUESTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fri, 26 Feb 2010 02:13:13 +0000
i just bought this camera and i think it is awesome! for R100 it is really not too crappy, although the pics look best when taken in light. installation was easy and getting the pics to appear in the program was simple. no tricks, no mission, just easy plug in and download pics onto PC. deleting of pics can only be done on the camera self which is kind of a bummer as you cannot see what pics to delete, but nontheless an awesome, very cute, digital cam.
Tue, 04 May 2010 10:36:45 +0000
To use this camera, you need to spend a lot of time reading directions. Only take pictures in bright outdoor light.
Use the camera for only one setting of pictures at a time and remove the battery in between uses to preserve it.
For shaky hands, set it on something and using the timing feature.
Expect to take several pictures initially to get the proper distance and perspective. You need to be at least three feet away.
To delete pictures, simply remove the battery and take them only one series at a time.
Let it stop with the 30 seconds. If you do not know how to do it, you can take a dozen pictures just trying to turn it off.
For aim and shoot, this camera is an economical way to shoot outdoors but otherwise it represents a project that you need to have extra time to put into and it can be frustrating.
Thu, 06 May 2010 01:08:58 +0000
My 5 year old daughter got a 'Gadget Girl 3 in 1 Digital Camera' for her birthday...and as far as I can tell it is the SAME camera (on the inside) as being discussed here.
I made the "mistake" of attaching the USB cable because I didn't want to load a bunch of crap, just move files via USB...but they don't really respect the USB protocol do they?
Sat, 25 Sep 2010 04:54:03 +0000
FIRST OF ALL.... I BOUGHT THIS FOR MY DAUGHTER JUST TURNING 13 AND IT WAS $10.00 . SO I SAY WOWW!!! WAT AN AWESOME GIFT FOR HER... I BUY IT AND SHE TRIES IT OUT AT HER LITTLE PARTY AND GUESS WHAT!?!?! IMM EMBARRESED BECAUSE THIS LITTLE PEACE OF BULL DOESNT WORK.
HOW COULD YOU SELL ME SOMETHING THAT DOESNT EVEN WORKS ?? ? ? ? ? ?? ?? ? ? ?? ? ? ? ? IM SO DISSAPOINTEDD.. SECOND AND LAST IS... I CANT EVEN RETURN THE LITTLE PEACE OF PLASTIC !! ! ! ! !
Wed, 30 Nov 2011 21:00:01 +0000
Okay.... Wath a peace of SHIT this is... At least it has two utilities:
1-A shitty kkey ring...
2- A motherfucking peace of shit.
So, SEORIUSLY if you want a camera GO LOOK SOMWHERE ELSE !!!! THIS IS BULL !!
Sat, 11 Feb 2012 04:30:35 +0300
I have it working on Windows 8.
I have had enormous trouble getting the computer and imaging program to recognise the camera. (Maybe because I'm a Mac person using Windows.) The issue is the driver. Turns out that I had to manually add the device (camera) in the Control Panel, and then browse to the driver. (The installation wizard on the CD doesn't seem to do any of this for you.) It was tricky but it worked eventually.
Takes crummy photos, but that's what I like about it.
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