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Underwater digicam ViviCam 5188 Black - £39.99 in-store @ SuperDrug
Underwater digicam ViviCam 5188 Black - £39.99 in-store @ SuperDrug

Underwater digicam ViviCam 5188 Black - £39.99 in-store @ SuperDrug

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Having checked to find prices were higher everywhere else I bagged one of these for the kids for Xmas - They had loads in Burnham on Sea - both pink and black.

ViviCam 5188 Black WP

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

* 5.1 Megapixel CMOS
* 1.5 TFT-LCD
* 8x Digital Zoom
* Waterproof 15 m (45 ft) with Housing
* 16 MB Flash Memory
* SD Card Support
* 2 x AAA Batteries

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I guess this in instore only as I couldn't find it on the website link? Not a bad price though if you need a fully waterproof camera and dont want to risk anything more expensive.

This is the details on the camera
vivitar.com/uk/…blk

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I picked up 'in store' having failed to find on the website after 'spotting' yesterday.

its 5Mp, vivitar and small and you don't have to dive to 40ft to take a photo. I'd guess the case makes it beach and pub resistant too but don't take my word for it

I guess it will come in handy later as a doorstop ;-)
Not for me i'm afraid

Good as a throw away temporary camera for a kid I suppose, but if you do not need underwater stuff, then the canon a530 5mp 3x for £50 from asda completely stomps on this deal unfortunately.

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Its xmas stocking stuff. If you have ever tried underwater photography you will know how difficult it is. Fortunately the kids haven't so this will keep them happy for an hour or so.

If you want one its cheaper than elsewhere - if you don't want one or you are Jaques Cousteau then what are you doing looking at a sub £40 underwater camera thread??

localshop

Its xmas stocking stuff. If you have ever tried underwater photography … Its xmas stocking stuff. If you have ever tried underwater photography you will know how difficult it is. Fortunately the kids haven't so this will keep them happy for an hour or so.If you want one its cheaper than elsewhere - if you don't want one or you are Jaques Cousteau then what are you doing looking at a sub £40 underwater camera thread??



That's fair enough. I was just commenting that anyone who wants a great camera would probably want to steer away from this. Anyone who wants something cheap and cheerful for the kids will be happy with the price of this. Even at this price though, it could be a false economy.
No offence meant.

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Scribbles

That's fair enough. I was just commenting that anyone who wants a great … That's fair enough. I was just commenting that anyone who wants a great camera would probably want to steer away from this. Anyone who wants something cheap and cheerful for the kids will be happy with the price of this. Even at this price though, it could be a false economy.No offence meant.



Indeed - my opening line - 'kids for Xmas'. I have only reviewed the price and it seems to be about £15 less than elsewhere. I just hope the Kids won't want to try it in the river on Xmas day:giggle:

Depending on the quality of the waterproof housing (assuming it seals reasonably well and can withstand the pressures quoted), it is this rather than the camera that makes the hot deal. Again, its use as a full diving camera is probably a little over optimistic, but as a cheap camera to take surfing, canoeing, sailing etc etc. i.e. situations where your better camera could get wet it is ideal. The picture quality will have to be a certain basic standard, but being in the correct location for the picture can more than make up for any lack in definition especially if the pictures are only going to be shared on the internet rather than being printed etc.

schizoboy

Good as a throw away temporary camera for a kid I suppose, but if you do … Good as a throw away temporary camera for a kid I suppose, but if you do not need underwater stuff, then the canon a530 5mp 3x for £50 from asda completely stomps on this deal unfortunately.



Sorry where can you get that? And does that include the UW casing?

Excellent - this will be cool at bath time.

akexuk

Sorry where can you get that? And does that include the UW casing?



hotukdeals.com/for…841

No UW casing.

Doesn't appear to be Vista compatible ?

Added £39.99 in-store @ SuperDrug to thread title...

Great find my lil one will love this!! Thanks:santa:

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schizoboy

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=102841No UW casing.




So how much extra would a waterproof case be for the canon?

localshop

So how much extra would a waterproof case be for the canon?



£130? Something like that.

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Scribbles

£130? Something like that.


Kids won't be finding that in santa's sack then:oops: :santa:

localshop

Kids won't be finding that in santa's sack then:oops: :santa:



If you want a cheap way to make a camera waterproof, look for Aquapac camera cases on ebay (and most good diving stores). They are waterproof sealed cases with an optically clear panel for taking photos and viewing images on the lcd screen. They are fine for playing around in the shallows and/or non pressurised enviroments (e.g. on a boat; in the pool etc.) although I wouldnt trust them in heavy surf or diving.

Yours for about £20 and come in different sizes to suit different cameras.

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social lurker

If you want a cheap way to make a camera waterproof, look for Aquapac … If you want a cheap way to make a camera waterproof, look for Aquapac camera cases on ebay (and most good diving stores). They are waterproof sealed cases with an optically clear panel for taking photos and viewing images on the lcd screen. They are fine for playing around in the shallows and/or non pressurised enviroments (e.g. on a boat; in the pool etc.) although I wouldnt trust them in heavy surf or diving. Yours for about £20 and come in different sizes to suit different cameras.



but if you don't trust them you are back to buying a cheap camera to go with it and might as well have got the Viv 5188

it all depends on how important and how often you are going to use your camera in the water.

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social lurker

it all depends on how important and how often you are going to use your … it all depends on how important and how often you are going to use your camera in the water.


and the sort of results you expect
If you are prepared to spend £200 then the viv will not look too clever in comparison but I'd not put that in a kids xmas box - for £40 its an educational toy that will encourage kids to get ff their bottoms.

If you see one cheaper please let me know.

Sorry to digress of the subject, but since when has £40 become a stocking filler item? When I was a kid I'd be lucky to get a £40 gift for my main present.

But anyways, all shots will be rubbish underwater if you do not use a strobe.

I bought this camera last time it was in Superdrug back in July.. I took it to Cyprus and had cracking photos by the pool and in the seea by the beach.
It is very much an outdoor camera though to be used in good light as it takes poor photo's indoors and when the sun aint shining but if you want a camera to take on hols this is it.. dont need to worry about getting sand on it as you just wash it under the tap.. the waterproof housing is totally water tight . we took ours in the see and took great pics of little fish!
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