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Ive updated the thread to point to the same product at Amazon as they have dropped their price to £34.40, it was originally at ebuyer for £36.51 delivered.

Thanks to toots for spotting the price change at Amazon.

This isn't going to be the greatest digital camera in the world, but under £35 for a digital camera you can use underwater? Bargain! The reviews are good and one even links to a video on Youtube.

Going to use this for our honeymoon, for scuba diving and snorkeling and use our better camera the rest of the time.

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Vivitar 5188 Waterproof 5mp Digital Camera 2.0 inch TFT Screen

ViviCam 5188 Black WP
With its removable waterproof case, the flexible 5 Megapixel ViviCam 5188 is ready for any underwater adventure.

Features:

* Vivitar Vivicam 5188 with Underwater Housing
* 8x Digital Zoom
* 1.5" (5cm) TFT colour LCD display
* Memory Internal: 16 MB
* SD Card slot - supports up to 2GB (not included)
* Waterproof Case, up to 15 metres (45 feet)
* Focus: 0.5m to infinity, 11cm to 18 cm (macro)
* 3 capture modes; photo, video or sound recording
* Image quality selection
* Self-timer
* Built-in Flash: auto, fill-in, off
* Still Resolution: 4032 x 3024 (interpolated), 3264 x 2448, 2560x1920, 3MP, 1.3MP, 300KP
* Movie Clip Resolution: 320 x 240 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (20 fps)
* Webcam mode available for Windows users
* Self-timer: 2 Sec, 10 Sec & 10+2 sec Delay
* Comes with ULead photo software
* No driver required for Windows 2000 or later / MAC OS 9.0 and later
* Connectors: USB 1.1, TV out
* Accessories: carry case, carry strap, 2 x AAA alkaline batteries, USB cable, AV cables, software installation CD, user's manual
* Weight: 105g
* Weight with waterproof case: 240g
* Dimensions: (L) 5.8cm x (W) 8.7cm x (H) 2.7cm
* Dimensions with waterproof case: (L) 5.8cm x (W) 8.7cm x (H) 2.7cm
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#1
A few pictures

http://image.ebuyer.com/UK/R0138461-01.jpg
http://image.ebuyer.com/UK/R0138461-02.jpg
http://image.ebuyer.com/UK/R0138461-06.jpg

And that video on Youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHXpo0d-Z5c
#2
LMAO - it's got a "webcam" mode!!!

Useful for those of us with a waterproof laptop :-D

(Definitely getting one though - thanks OP!)
#3
i bought one of these last year for a similar price, they are supprisingly good.
#4
I dont like Vivitar stuff at all but for this price its great to mess around with snorkelling. :thumbsup:
banned#5
Thanks, is this good compared to other cameras?
#6
i heard the lenses vivitar use aren't the best, but i guess if it's waterproof and at this price, not so bad...

i'll just not vote :]
#7
At £36, I suppose it is a good enough disposable camera for the holiday booze up on veronicas. And if some bird chucks all over it, it won't even get wet ;-)
#8
I must have bought a dud, mine was pretty ropey compared to other compact cameras.
#9
I'd like to see some pictures taken with this
suspended#10
pikachu12
i heard the lenses vivitar use aren't the best, but i guess if it's waterproof and at this price, not so bad...

i'll just not vote :]


I have a Vivitar camera that is a rebadged Pentax.

Their optics are pretty good :-D;-). Not all Vivitar stuff is bad but not all of it is good either.
#11
phproxy
I'd like to see some pictures taken with this


I think this shows some. Of course it depends how close to the surface you are, how sunny etc.. but should be OK for a ball park idea..
banned#12
I would *quite literally* rather stick a fork in both eyes, slowly one at a time, than touch this utter piece of junk.

Absolutely dreadful, and £36 too expensive. Utterly Awful. avoid at ALL costs.

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My post from the other vivitar thread (See the other comments too - its not just me)

No matter whats the specs, no matter how amazingly low the price is. Remember one thing: Vivitar make bloody awful cameras.

Do NOT be tempted by the prices and the specs, this will be as crashprone and utterly useless as every other Vivitar camera.

You can do a hell of a lot better buying a lower spec, better camera than this pile of turgid rubbish.

Cold.
#13
The YouTube video convinced me - that's surprisingly good quality.

I did manage to find some sample pictures - but as they're on ebay, they're not at full resolution. They definitely look okay, though.

http://tinyurl.com/6rw3kc


Tim
#14
Sorry - somehow managed to post twice.
#15
At this price you cant go wrong, even though its a Vivitar!
#16
I have one of these and the picture quality is SHOCKING. Worse than most good mobile phones!
#17
vibeone;2268875
I would *quite literally* rather stick a fork in both eyes, slowly one at a time, than touch this utter piece of junk.

Absolutely dreadful, and £36 too expensive. Utterly Awful. avoid at ALL costs.



That's pretty forceful - from someone who doesn't own one.

For £36 I'm going to be able to get a good number of pictures of the grandkids at the swimming pool this summer; and not have to worry about soaking my other, definitely not water-proof, camera. I can also make use of an old 1Gb SD card that I've got laying around doing nothing.

Tim
#18
God, it's horrendous...
#19
IM Very tempted to get one...got to say a bargan from some of the shots thats been posted.You could expect to pay this for a waterproof casing for other cameras.I did have a Vivitar 8400 that took pretty decent pictures but used batteries as though I was running a house from it...10 shots from a top spec set of batteries...............still gona order this though...thankyou very much for the post
#20
Word of advice to ALL , for £37 this camera is just....*shudders*....just dont buy this , It's worth spending just £10-20 on a more branded name digital camera.
I've had this camera for nearly a year now , i got it from one of my suppliers as a gift for buying lots of stock and to be honest this camera is just abysmal all round. The batteries wont last more then 30 pic's as the flash drains the battery and the quality of the image is suffered without it , This dosn't use any optics just a CMOS sensor. The camera also has a tendency to blur the pictures alot if you dont keep it steady, however the flash is bright and the lcd is clear, but really for just a bit more you can get a whole lot better.
#21
Hot! But frustrating. I go to Portugal early on Tuesday so even if I order now I doubt it'll get here in time :(
#22
I almost bought this Vivitar camera a couple of months ago, but settled for a more expensive scuba case for my current camera which set me back £120.

The camera may not be great but if you want a waterproof camera it's a hot deal especially when you consider that 2 disposable waterproofs would set you back £10, they wont have a flash, and you'll have to pay to develop a measly 72 of your photos or however many. This way you can view the photos afterwards, take a hell of a lot more, and save money in the long run.
banned#23
Timbellina
That's pretty forceful - from someone who doesn't own one.

For £36 I'm going to be able to get a good number of pictures of the grandkids at the swimming pool this summer; and not have to worry about soaking my other, definitely not water-proof, camera. I can also make use of an old 1Gb SD card that I've got laying around doing nothing.

Tim


use your mobile, itll take better pictures.

Look at the comments people.

This wouldn't be worth it for £20, let alone any more.

Its DIRE.
#24
I've had very bad experiences with Vivitar. However, for a cheapy camera to mess about by the pool with this is a good deal. Probably not ideal for SCUBA divers as it only goes down to 15m. I've just purchased a film camera that goes down to 35m for a paltry £15 (not a disposable) so if you're not too fussed about it being digital there are some great deals out there. You can also pick up a Sea & Sea MX10 (again film, but very good) on ebay for about £30 which I would consider a much better deal. Regardless, voted hot.
#25
People have said in this thread, that for a little more cash you can get something better. Does anyone have a suggestion for a waterproof camera, other than the Vivitar range?

I have to say that, at this price, this is almost a throw away item when compared to the cheap wet film cameras you can buy but, has the bonus of being reusable.
#26
vibeone
I would *quite literally* rather stick a fork in both eyes, slowly one at a time, than touch this utter piece of junk.

Absolutely dreadful, and £36 too expensive. Utterly Awful. avoid at ALL costs.

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My post from the other vivitar thread (See the other comments too - its not just me)

No matter whats the specs, no matter how amazingly low the price is. Remember one thing: Vivitar make bloody awful cameras.

Do NOT be tempted by the prices and the specs, this will be as crashprone and utterly useless as every other Vivitar camera.

You can do a hell of a lot better buying a lower spec, better camera than this pile of turgid rubbish.

Cold.
Everyones entitled to an opinion, but can you explain how its getting good reviews and can you provide an underwater digital camera to a similar spec for the same price rather than just ranting off?

For anyone else who has one, can someone provide some pictures? A picture tells a thousand words :)
#27
Pine Cladding
People have said in this thread, that for a little more cash you can get something better. Does anyone have a suggestion for a waterproof camera, other than the Vivitar range?

I have to say that, at this price, this is almost a throw away item when compared to the cheap wet film cameras you can buy but, has the bonus of being reusable.


Specific models of Canon cameras have waterproof cases made to fit the camera. But you'd be looking at an outlay of £100 for the camera, and around £100-£120 for the case itself. Albeit, the cases (well mine anyway) go down to 40m, so if you're interested in Scuba diving, then they're perfect.

If you want to do a search, my kit is the Canon Ixus 65 (camera is about a year and a half old), and a WP-DC3 case. But do some research beforehand obviously, as each case is individually tailored for the specific camera model. If you go to the Canon website, and navigate to their Store -> Digital Compact -> Waterproof Cases, there's a whole list of waterproof cases and the cameras they fit (obviously don't buy from there as it'd be cheaper looking on Froogle to find the lowest price).

Some example photos of some fishes and a tiger that I recently took using the above kit;

http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/7231/n5064390619010811196wq1.th.jpg

http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/7885/n5064390619010842179gg5.th.jpg

http://img78.imageshack.us/img78/1115/n5064390619010873195mj2.th.jpg

http://img93.imageshack.us/img93/5192/n5064390619010883532st8.th.jpg

http://img395.imageshack.us/img395/8976/n506439061901133916fe2.th.jpg
#28
Pine Cladding
People have said in this thread, that for a little more cash you can get something better.
Does anyone have a suggestion for a waterproof camera, other than the Vivitar range?


I would recommend the Pentax Optio W10/W20/W30 range:
Pentax Optio W10 Review
Pentax W20 Review
Pentax Option W30 Review

The compact Optio W30 can be submerged for as long as two hours at depths down to 10 feet below the surface.

It IS more expensive (at around the £140 mark) but the underwater pictures and video are amazing! My mate has an Optio W20 and he snorkels with it most of the time. The photos and video from this camera are fantastic, both in and out of the water!

Sample Video: Option W20 (pixelated due to the restricted quality of You Tube) here or here (cloudy water though) and here
Sample Picture: Optio W10 here

http://www.trustedreviews.com/images/article/inline/4574-PentaxW303QUART.jpg

Another shot by the Option W20:
http://img293.imageshack.us/img293/6692/mandy1mw5.jpg
#29
vibeone
use your mobile, itll take better pictures.

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WOW didnt realise you can take your mobile underwater , where can i get one of those from :oops:
#30
falcon65
IM Very tempted to get one...got to say a bargan from some of the shots thats been posted.You could expect to pay this for a waterproof casing for other cameras.


You'll be lucky to get a waterproof case for this money, I paid over £150 to get the proper waterproof case for my Canon Powershot 45 a couple of years back. That's more than I paid for the camera itself !

Voted hot just to have a play with !!!
#31
Found one for sale second hand on e-bay, and got the seller to send me a couple of pics she took earlier in the year.

I must say, the quality is better than I was expecting, but you have to be pretty careful about what you're focussing on - especially underwater.

If anyone wants a copy; there are two, they are 3Mb each, but I'll cheerfully send them over.

For my part, they're more than good enough to warrant taking a camera to the beach and the pool, so I'm definitely bidding on the ebay one, and probably buying another for my kid sister as well.

Tim
#32
I brought one of these last month to take on holiday to majorca with me as I didnt want to keep worrying about taking out normal digi camera on the beach & round the pool. We are very impressed with ours, pics are fab - the only problem wiht a couple of pics is there must have been water on the lens cover when we took the snap & they are slightly distort (nowt major, quite funny really) on the whole took about 200 of the kids in the pool & under water (got some great under water shots of the kids in the pool).

Well impressed for under £40 - cant wait to use it again.

You dont have to worry about the water, sea water, sand, sun cream etc - we love ours.

Lisa
#33
Tesco also have one OOS at the moment

http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.203-9041.aspx
#34
deanos
Tesco also have one OOS at the moment

http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.203-9041.aspx
To be honest that looks like the same camera just rebranded, so if it comes back into stock it might be worth buying from Tesco depending on P&P costs.
#35
dont see why you are trashing this.
A camera that can be used underwater for £36 is great value.
I bought one to use on a recent holiday.
We went snorkling and got good results.
Messing about in the swimming pool was great too.
If you let go of the camera it floas to the surface.
This is a great toy, not to be compared with non waterproof cameras.
I am 100% happy with mine.
#36
bwarb
You'll be lucky to get a waterproof case for this money


Really?

Aquapac

Awesome cases, great company. 3 year warrenty, quick postage...
#37
Jonster
Really?

Aquapac

Awesome cases, great company. 3 year warrenty, quick postage...


Only waterproof down to 5 metres.. useless for scuba
#38
Was very glad the OP went on to explain what they were going to use the camera for after mentioning the honeymoon :-)

Anyway, Vivitar stuff is low quality and nothing like what its was back in the 80's, how to trash a brand or what but for £36 I would not argue.
#39
John Mason
Was very glad the OP went on to explain what they were going to use the camera for after mentioning the honeymoon :-)
Theres a camcorder on the wedding list dont worry :thumbsup: :-D

I'm still interested in any pictures people have that could be uploaded for some examples. :)
#40
first post... so hi everyone, love the site...
i bought one of these for my holiday a couple of weeks ago. I'm glad i bought it, but regret only taking this camera on holiday, it is great for in and around the pool, the case is not only great for in the water, but also keeps it safe around and about. the camera lets itself down at night time or in low light where the quality is extremely poor. so disappointing in fact that in low light your unable to even see your target through the view finder so just kinda have to aim and shoot., its also very slow, and you need to change it to flash or auto flash every time you turn it on, which does have you waiting quite a while, annoying if your striking a pose! don't get me wrong though, I'm very glad i bought it and will definitely be taking it on every holiday, but it will only be coming as my 2nd camera, for the beach, pool and messing around.

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