This summer our family spent a lot of time swimming. Between the beach, hotel pools and the local water park the kids were little fish. A pool in our backyard is one of the main items on my wish list. Normally when I want to capture memories of the kids playing at the water park or pool I have to stand on the sidelines and snap a quick photo while trying to prevent getting my phone wet.
When I was asked to review the Vivitar DVR 850W I knew our family would have fun with this little handheld waterproof video camera. Little did I know how many times it would be passed between each family member, everyone wanting to play with it in the pool.
- Waterproof up to 5 meters
- Rechargeable lithium ion battery
- 8x Digital Zoom
- 2.4″ LCD
We took the Vivitar DVR with us to Louisiana on our family weekend getaway. We did not take time to read the instructions beyond how to charge the camera. We also did not take time to test it out at home or outside of the water first. We just dove right in and attempted to figure it all out.
I would not suggest our approach. There were a few times we thought it was recording and sad to say, it wasn’t. We also somehow deleted some footage from the SD card that we didn’t realize we deleted until we were home and trying to view the footage. I’m sure both times were operator error. We also forgot to set the date and time. You cannot see the date stamp on the videos but we took a few still images and the date is on those…. and it’s wrong.
However, we did have a blast playing with it. I was very pleased with the quality of underwater clarity it provided. The videos picked up all the sound extremely clearly, almost too high of a volume. I edited our video clips to lower the volume on some of them and even muted one because the kids were being rowdy in the pool (or just loud) and it was too much to listen to on a video.
I have tried out another underwater video camera in the past and was not pleased with it. You could not hear voices very well when above water. If I take a video camera on a beach trip I don’t want to carry two different ones – one for out of water and one for in water. What I liked about the Vivitar DVR was you could clearly hear everyone so it made capturing videos great even if above water. The clarity was pretty decent too. I do suggest having your beach towel or some other cloth to wipe the lens when it fogs up. A foggy lens is normal when going in and out of water with different temperatures.
I compiled some of our video clips and the only part I edited was the volume to be lower. The videos themselves were not edited in any way. The below video shows the true quality of the Vivitar DVR 850W.
Do your kids love to play in the water? How do you preserve those memories?
Full Disclosure: I received the Vivitar DVR 850W complimentary to conduct this review. All opinions are 100% my own.