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Vivitar DVR 850W

alaTest has collected and analyzed 201 reviews of Vivitar DVR 850W. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the size and portability are on the whole positive. The image quality and price are also mentioned favorably, but reviews are divided on the color. Some have doubts about the control panel and viewfinder.

usability, price, image quality, portability, size

zoom, reliability, viewfinder, control panel

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Vivitar DVR 850W is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Vivitar DVR 850W


alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 user reviews of Vivitar DVR 850W from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Opinions about the zoom and portability are overall positive. The image quality and usability also get good feedback, whereas many are less positive about the control panel.

price, usability, image quality, portability, zoom

control panel

64% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Vivitar DVR850W Digital Camcorder - Yellow (8.1MP, 2.4 inch TFT, 4x Digital Zoom)Vivitar DVR850W Digital Camcorder - Yellow (8.1MP, 2.4 inch TFT, 4x Digital Zoom)

Mar, 2018

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Vivitar DVR850W


lightweight and cheap

hav e to keep finger on button when filming

Jan, 2012

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Vivitar DVR850W


Couldn't try the camera out as it was faulty and wouldn't work leaving a very disappointed gift recipient. Would not buy from thick brand again

Jan, 2012

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Vivitar DVR850W


it does what it says on the box, small palm & pocket size, not tried to see how waterproof it is, I'm not that brave.

the zoom button makes a clicking noise when you use it,the sound is then picked up when you record something !

Jan, 2012

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Christmas Present


Bought this camcorder for my 10 year old daughter as a christmas present as she's obsessed with making music videos with her friends....

Jan, 2012

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Vivitar DVR850W


Lightweight, good fun, bought the same one for my 19, 17 and 10 year old. The 10 year old has not really put it down since christmas. Not tried underwater yet but hopefully this wont let them down on holiday.

Didn't have a memory card supplied and not many bags designed to keep it all in. Also had to buy an adaptor to charge from the mains. Can't say anything bad about the item itself.

Jan, 2012

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Not good


Bought as a xmas present for my 13 yr old daughter,sound quality was awful,returned and got a full refund

Jan, 2012

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Does what It Says


Not great at anything but if buying for a cheap water proof recorder it's good and works well but don't expect movie standard quality

Jan, 2012

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great product easy to use fantastic 10mp stills and video highly recommended!!!!!!!

Dec, 2011

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good value for money


had this as a present, ready for our hols so not used it much yet!

Dec, 2011

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good value


bought to go on holiday, really light and compact, ideal.

Dec, 2011

Product Specifications




Composite Output: Yes
Firewire in (IEEE 1394): No
Firewire Out (IEEE 1394): No
HDMI Connection: No
Line-In Audio: Yes
USB Connection: Yes


Screen Size:2.4 in
Screen Type:LCD


Web Cam Function: Yes

Image resolution

Digital Still Pictures:Photo
Progressive Scan for Photos: No
Still Picture Resolutions:3320X2490, 2592X1944, 2048X1536, 640X480 pixels
Total MegaPixels:5 megapixels


Digital Zoom:8 x
Optical Zoom:0 x
Shutter speeds:1/2-1/1024 s
White Balance:Auto, Daylight, Tungsten, Fluorescent , Cloudy

Power source

Battery Type:Lithium Ion


Miscellaneous:Built In Memory 128MB, UP TO 5 Meter underwater


Built-in Memory: No
Built-in Storage Size:0 GB
External Memory Type:SD/SDHC
Extra Memory Support: Yes


HD Recording: No
Recordable File/Disc Formats:MPEG-4
Recording Format:Internal flash / SD / SDHC
Recording System:PAL/NTSC
Video Resolution:640x480, 30fps, 320x240, 30fps