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Old 03-11-13, 06:36 AM   #1
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Vivitar's "Action" Camera

Thinking about getting a second camera for my bike; one that faces behind me. Don't have a lot of money at the moment, so a GoPro is probably out of the question. Was looking thru the Sunday ads yesterday and came across this camera on sale at Tiger Direct.....

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...FemiPAodxRUAqw

Checking the specs both at Tiger Direct's and Vivitar's websites, it sounds like a decent enough camera to do what I want it to do.

Just wondering if anyone here owns one, or has experience with one? If so, could you share your opinion of it?

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Old 03-12-13, 04:10 PM   #2
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I saw one at big lots. I looked up test videos on YouTube and the video quality kinda sucks.
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When a product is as sparse on detail in the specifications as that is, it's generally not a good sign. It doesn't say anything about what the video resolution is, how it's stored (Motion JPEG, h.264, etc) or anything. It's not guaranteed crap, because for $30 you can get a #16 HD keychain camera that actually shoots reasonable video, but it's probably not very good.
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When a product is as sparse on detail in the specifications as that is, it's generally not a good sign. It doesn't say anything about what the video resolution is, how it's stored (Motion JPEG, h.264, etc) or anything. It's not guaranteed crap, because for $30 you can get a #16 HD keychain camera that actually shoots reasonable video, but it's probably not very good.
On the Vivitar site, it shows that HD is 1280x720 @ 30fps and VGA is 640x480 @ 60fps, and looking at the online copy of the manual says that the file format for video is AVI and for pictures it JPEG.

Now, having said all that, I probably will be passing on this. May have a chance to pic up a used GoPro (first generation) that a friend may part with when he gets his GoPro 3 White this coming weekend.

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AVI isn't really telling you much, AVI is just the bucket it shovels data into. I'd want to know the codec. That's more important than the container.

None of it matters much if they have a lousy compression chip or their bitrate is too low though, you'll still get crap video. It's even possible that they're interpolating up to 1280x720. You don't really know until you test it.
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