Camera Hacker

: :

Add Comment | Related Links | TrackBack
Related Content

Vivitar Mini Digital Camera on Linux

Anyone out there running Linux? If so, please check whether the Vivitar Mini Digital Camera is working for you or not. If the reports are correct that the camera uses the MR97310 driver, it ought to work just fine in Linux, with support through gphoto2 and libgphoto2/camlibs/mars.

Again, please let me know.

Also, please anybody who has one of these, would you let me know what the USB Vendor and Product numbers are? Look in the "inf" file for that information. It is plain text so there ought to be no problem to read it.

If you report to me this information, then thanks!

Theodore Kilgore
Fri, 19 Oct 2007 21:55:21 +0000

I got this camera, I use Ubuntu linux. I installed the (windows) software using Wine. it worked perfectly. It sees my camera every time I plug it in. I've never tried it in windows.

Thu, 29 Nov 2007 14:36:21 +0000

Not having much luck with this camera under kubuntu... digiKam detects the camera as a "Digital Camera, CD302N." Using this default it can connect to the camera, and sees that I've taken 3 photos, but freezes at that point.

The Hal Device Manager says it's a "Sakar Digital no. 56379 Spyshot."

Metadata for the device icon that automagically pops up on the desktop says camera://Sakar...Spyshot@[usb:004,]/

Any assistance in getting this thing working would be appreciated -- it looks kinda cool for a $10.00 camera!

Fri, 07 Dec 2007 02:05:49 +0000

The camera works fine with Ubuntu. lsusb reports:

ID 093a:010e Pixart Imaging, Inc. Digital camera, CD302N/Elta Medi@ digi-cam/HE-501A

It has 16M of SDRAM, not well supported by the USB kernel modules (udev creates a character device for it in /dev/bus/usb, but less than 1k is accessible through that). gphoto2 recognizes it as a Mars MR97310 camera. It can be added in gtkam as an "Elta Medi@ digi-cam". Memory access is a little slow sometimes. So far, gphoto2 seems to be the best way of accessing the camera; gtkam is somewhat flaky.

Tue, 18 Dec 2007 01:56:22 +0000

Anyone having a problem retrieve pix from the camera the easiest and simplest way in linux is to instal gtkam ,it will detect it.
Project details for gtkam

Sun, 23 Dec 2007 05:04:32 +0000

I'm using OpenSuse 10.3 and it works perfect with digiKam 0.9.2. First time running, just go to Camera menu and select auto-detect.

Sun, 17 Feb 2008 19:52:15 +0000

I just saw one at the local Dollar General for $10. Read the package, it is windows, but wondering if I can get it to work on Ubuntu 8.04 laptop.

From what I've read, it may be possible. Since the store is a block away, I may go back and get one.

Thanks for the comments so far and I'll respond with what I found out.

Wed, 17 Sep 2008 17:32:35 +0000

I just got this cam for $10.00 at Walgreen's.
Under Xubuntu 8.04, gphoto2 does indeed give limited access to the device.
"lsusb" output:

Bus 002 Device 002: ID 093a:010e Pixart Imaging, Inc. Digital camera, CD302N/Elta Medi@ digi-cam/HE-501A

"gphoto2 --auto-detect -a --config" output:

Model Port
Digital camera, CD302N usb:
Digital camera, CD302N usb:002,002
Abilities for camera : Digital camera, CD302N
Serial port support : no
USB support : yes
Capture choices :
: Capture not supported by the driver
Configuration support : no
Delete selected files on camera : no
Delete all files on camera : no
File preview (thumbnail) support : yes
File upload support : no

*** Error ***
This camera does not offer any configuration options.
*** Error (-6: 'Unsupported operation') ***

For debugging messages, please use the --debug option.
Debugging messages may help finding a solution to your problem.
If you intend to send any error or debug messages to the gphoto
developer mailing list , please run
gphoto2 as follows:

env LANG=C gphoto2 --debug --debug-logfile=my-logfile.txt --auto-detect -a --config

Please make sure there is sufficient quoting around the arguments.

I retreived my photos as .ppm's with

"gphoto2 --auto-detect -a -P"

The "-P" option is "Get all files from folder"

All commands are WITHOUT quotes and should work with Gnome and XFCE.

Fri, 12 Dec 2008 04:11:50 +0000

Vivitar mini digital keychain camera is autodetected in Mandriva 2008.1

Digikam autodetects and installs module (drivers) through its camera configuration option. Not sure if all features are accessible but at least you don't have to install any software.

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 18:12:57 +0000

Linux gphoto works (use digiKam for a nice GUI) but it autodetects the camera as Pixart CN302N/Elta. The driver hung when downloading pictures and also reported 0 pictures.
When I manually changed the driver to "Vivitar Mini Digital Camera" it worked perfectly.
Here are the capabilities reported (notice no delete, but it does allow remote image capture):
--------------- begin ------------
Title: Vivitar Mini Digital Camera
Model: Vivitar Mini Digital Camera
Port: usb:
Path: /
Thumbnails: yes
Capture image: yes
Delete items: no
Upload items: no
Create directories: no
Delete Directories: no
Mars MR97310 camera.
There is 1 photo in it.
------ end -------------

Mon, 28 Dec 2009 17:01:10 +0000

Spoke too soon -- can't get it to do remote capture

Mon, 28 Dec 2009 17:10:10 +0000

The Vivitar keychain camera and many Sakar ones are easily usable (at least on Ubuntu 9.10) via F-Spot and GIMP.

You can import the .ppm files (the mini's raw files) with F-Spot and edit/convert with GIMP.

Lawrence Capozzolo
Tue, 16 Mar 2010 16:11:32 +0000

I had trouble with this on Ubuntu 11. I clicked on "Import" in F-Spot, but it didn't give the Vivitar as an option to import from, as I recalled it had in the past when I used previous versions of Ubuntu. Is it possible that Ubuntu haand F-Sport have reverted to not properly recognize the Vivitar keychain camera?

Tue, 27 Sep 2011 02:49:05 +0000

Add Comment | Related Links | TrackBack
Related Content

Did your message disappear? Read the Forums FAQ.


TrackBack only accepted from WebSite-X Suite web sites. Do not submit TrackBacks from other sites.

Send Ping | TrackBack URL | Spam Control

Title: Vivitar Mini Digital Camera on Mac
Weblog: Camera Hacker
Excerpt: Okay, the 905C didn't do much to get this working on Mac OS X. However, I was able to use the camera by installing gphoto2 on OS X and using that to download the captured images from the camera. setting up and using gphoto2 is a bit advanced for beginners, but if you are desperate to get . . .
Tracked: Fri, 04 Dec 2009 09:09:25 +0000

Add Comment

Spam Control | * indicates required field
Your Name: *
Remember Me!
Comment: *
File attachment is optional. Please do not attach a file to your submission unless it is relevent.
Attach File:
(20 MB Max)
Spam Protection: * Answer of 2 + 8?
Click button only once, please!

Messages, files, and images copyright by respective owners.