This camera does not have flash memory like the JamCam. If the exposure is even slightly off, the picture is ruined. This really made me curious as it reminded me of my faithful Fuji FinePix It was rather annoying, however. It would have been nicer if the device appeared as a drive letter when you plug it in, but no such luck. Expect very “artsy” results. The drivers seemed a bit unstable as they kept appearing and disappearing without warning.
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I’ll try to recount from memory the problems and solutions. Shadows and highlights block very quickly.
It has a focus adjustment that can be used to focus at any distance from infinity to macro. The main problem this camera has is its very limited dynamic range.
Expect very “artsy” results. If the exposure is even slightly off, the picture is ruined. This isn’t covered in the manual There viitar some interesting settings for the camera found in the following registry key: All trademarks are owned by their respective owners.
It is powered by USB, so in theory it would be very unlikely that you would ever really lose pictures as long as you downloaded the camera before changing batteries. This is a point-n-pray camera. There are no ads on this page, and there never will be. All the other complaints I have about the camera pale in comparison to the dynamic range issue. However, it can also mean that the drivers aren’t properly installed.
If there is one thing that would save this camera, it would be wider dynamic range. The JamCam seemed to do a slightly better job with dynamic range than this thing and the JamCam wasn’t very good, but at least it was serviceable. But that would probably raise the price.
Downloading pictures from the camera is relatively fast and easy. If you try to fire before the flash is ready, the camera will make a warning noise and refuse to shoot. Unfortunately, the cons far outweigh the pros.
Vivitar ViviCam 55 Review
But, if your image is overexposed, you’re out of luck. So, if the batteries die, your pictures are gone. The camera will let you shoot just prior to the flash being fully charged, resulting in a potentially dark picture. I did things the wrong way and consistently received “Driver open fail! As I recall this is a device that must have its drivers installed before it is plugged in or else things get messed up and the drivers are unstable.
The camera can be used as a “PC Camera”, i. Unfortunately, you can’t use them to get better dynamic range in normal camera mode. I am not affiliated with Vivitar in any way other than as a customer. Installation didn’t go very smoothly. It has a tripod mount. The drivers seemed a bit unstable as they kept appearing and disappearing without warning.
Vivitar ViviCam 55
So small, you can take it with you everywhere and probably forget you even have it. Shake well before serving. Normally, a “Driver open fail! Use this information at your own risk. It was rather annoying, however. This is not unusual at this price point.