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Vivitar ViviCam 8400 Digital Camera (Yellow)

B&H # VI8400Y Mfr # 8400YELLOW
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Product Highlights
  • 8MP Resolution
  • 7.4mm f/2.8 Lens, 8x Digital Zoom
  • 2.4" LCD TFT Display
  • Waterproof to 32.8'
  • Video in VGA and QVGA Formats
  • Built-In Flash
  • Operates on 2x AA Batteries
  • Exposure Compensation of +/- 2 Stops

Vivitar's ViviCam 8400 Digital Camera (Yellow) brings back the pictures that other cameras can't--this 8MP camera has a 7.4mm lens with 8x digital zoom and a fast f/2.8 aperture that's great for low-light shooting. It's also got a built-in flash, auto exposure, auto white balance, and it's waterproof down to 32.8' (10 m) depth. So, swimming, diving, surfing, boating, or just hanging out on the beach can produce great photos, without worrying about your camera breaking down. It also delivers great video in VGA and QVGA formats, though without sound, since there is no built-in microphone. It has a 2.4" LCD display for framing your pictures and for playback, exposure compensation of +/- 2 EV in 0.5 EV steps, and it runs on 2 easy-to-find AA batteries. Plus, this bright yellow camera is very hard to lose.

8MP resolution. Also available: 5MP, 3MP, 2MP and 0.3MP
Waterproof to 32.8' (10 m)
7.4mm lens with 8x digital zoom and a fast f/2.8 aperture that's great for low-light shooting
Video in 640x480 VGA and 320X240 QVGA formats, at 30fps or 15fps. No built-in microphone, so videos are captured without sound
Built-in flash
2.4" LCD TFT display
Operates on 2x AA batteries
Auto ISO sensitivity
Automatic, daylight, cloudy, fluorescent and tungsten white balance
Exposure compensation of +/- 2 EV in 0.5 EV steps
Imaging
Pixels Actual: 8.1 Megapixel
Effective: 8 Megapixel
Sensor Not Specified By Manufacturer
Bit Depth Not Specified By Manufacturer
File Formats Still Images: JPEG
Movies: AVI
Max Resolution 8MP: 3264 x 2448
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Image Stabilization Not Specified By Manufacturer
Color Spaces Not Specified By Manufacturer
Optics
Lens EFL: 7.4 mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Zoom Digital: 8x
Focus Range Auto: 4.92' (1.5 m) - Infinity
Exposure Control
Shutter Type: Electronic
Speed: 1/20 - 1/6000 sec
Exposure Metering None
Exposure Modes Modes: Auto
Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/2 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Tungsten
Burst Rate Not Specified By Manufacturer
Self Timer 10 Seconds, 20 Seconds
Interval Recording No
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Forced On
Off
Maximum Effective Flash Range Not Specified By Manufacturer
External Flash Connection None
Memory
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC (up to 8GB)
Still Images per GB Not Specified By Manufacturer
Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Video
Video Clip Length Limited by Memory Card Capacity
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type None
Screen 2.4" LCD Rear Screen
Connectivity/System Requirements
Software System Requirements Windows: XP, Vista, 7
Mac: OS X 10.4.6 or later
Environmental
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Storage
-4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
Waterproofing 32.0' (10.0 m)
Power
Battery 2x AA Batteries
AC Power Adapter Not Specified By Manufacturer
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) Not Specified By Manufacturer
Weight 1.0 lb / .45 kg
Vivitar ViviCam 8400 Digital Camera (Yellow)
  • USB/AV Cable
  • Wrist Strap
  • CD ROM
  • User Manual
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    VivitarViviCam 8400 Digital Camera (Yellow)
     
    3.5

    (based on 20 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    75%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (15)
    • Compact (7)
    • Good battery life (7)
    • Great resolution (6)
    • Large clear LCD (5)

    Cons

    • Lag / shutter delay (7)
    • Poor in low light (6)
    • Poor image quality (3)

    Best Uses

    • Sports/action (6)
    • Travel (5)
    • Wildlife (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual photographer (8), Photo enthusiast (7), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (18)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good value, nice pictures

    I have a Canon 7D and an underwater case for it, so I know something about u/w photo. I bought the ViviCam for my wife to snorkle and I decided to check it...Read complete review

    I have a Canon 7D and an underwater case for it, so I know something about u/w photo. I bought the ViviCam for my wife to snorkle and I decided to check it out for her. I found the camera very easy to use and it took nice pictures. I used it when I was on vacation on Grand Cayman Is.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Extremely disappointing

    I give the camera zero stars but the website forced me to give it one. I'd give it negative stars if I could.
    We took it to a pool soon after receiving it...Read complete review

    I give the camera zero stars but the website forced me to give it one. I'd give it negative stars if I could.
    We took it to a pool soon after receiving it only to discover you can't see the image on the screen in bright sunlight. It made framing the picture a bit of a guessing game.
    Upon uploading the photos to a computer we found some of the photos were distorted, fun-house mirror type of distortions.
    We haul the camera down to Florida to use at the beach and the first time in the water the camera leaks. Waterproof? NOT. Water resistant? NOT.
    Buy this camera again? NOT.
    I strongly suggest trying a different camera if you need a waterproof digital camera.

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    5.0

    vivicam 8400 digital camera

    By John

    from Yakima, WA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action

    Comments about Vivitar ViviCam 8400 Digital Camera (Yellow):

    Plan to use it snorkeling and at the ocean. Like the fact that one does not have to "put the camera in a bag then point and shoot." The wide apertire provides the greatest amount light when needed.
    No negatives.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 10
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Viviparous ViviCam 8400 Review

    By Gahinners

    from Houston

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Photos With Flash
    • DURABLE
    • Easy To See Yellow
    • Easy to Use
    • Floats
    • Good Price
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Blurry If Not Still
    • Flash Turns Off
    • Lag / Shutter Delay

    Best Uses

    • Outdoors Bright Light
    • Still Photos

    Comments about Vivitar ViviCam 8400 Digital Camera (Yellow):

    I bought this camera to take some photos during a dive in Belize this month. The camera performed well. There were comments about blurry pictures and I had a few but most were fine. They improved when the flash was turned on. I recommend you practice using the camera so you have the flash turned on before it is needed. The subject can swim away during the time it takes for the flash to charge but I really had little trouble or inconvenience with it. This was the cheapest camera for shallow diving I could find and it gave me what I wanted and expected. B&H did an awesome job of shipping and I got it in time as promised. I can recommend this camera and buying it from B&H. Oh, I took it to 60' and it worked great. The next dive was to 50' and again no problems at all.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 8
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    best for kids

    By michaelsoncam

    from NY

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Vivitar ViviCam 8400 Digital Camera (Yellow):

    Easy to use.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good value, nice pictures

    By JoJo

    from NYC

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good Battery Life
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Vivitar ViviCam 8400 Digital Camera (Yellow):

    I have a Canon 7D and an underwater case for it, so I know something about u/w photo. I bought the ViviCam for my wife to snorkle and I decided to check it out for her. I found the camera very easy to use and it took nice pictures. I used it when I was on vacation on Grand Cayman Is.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 8
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    4.0

    Good camera

    By Traci

    from Newport, KY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Resolution
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay
    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • At the Pool
    • Waterpark and lake

    Comments about Vivitar ViviCam 8400 Digital Camera (Yellow):

    I've had the same camera in the past (I lost the first one), I use this camera at the pool and when we go to the lake. It takes very good pictures and is easy to use. I think it's a great camera for the price!

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 8
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Awesome Camera

    By Squirrelstaken

    from New Jersey

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Vivitar ViviCam 8400 Digital Camera (Yellow):

    Loved this camera!
    We took it on our honeymoon for our snorkling! The pictures are clear, the camera is super easy to use! We did have to change the batteries once. (not bad for a 2 week trip!). We took around 150 pictures with it. It really worked great but we did purchase the 1G SD card to go with it, I'm not sure how many pictures it would hold without it. We also took movies on it and it played them back great! Good Deal especially for the price!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Pics/vids are quality of old cell phone

    By yooperman

    from Marquette, MI

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Easy to Use

    Cons

    • Poor Image Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Vivitar ViviCam 8400 Digital Camera (Yellow):

      I didn't expect much and was still disappointed. I don't know what $ is in goldfish money but this cam is best used as a TV for a pet fish.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      like it

      By walt

      from jacksonville, FL

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good in Low Light
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Underwater

        Comments about Vivitar ViviCam 8400 Digital Camera (Yellow):

        took it to the pool and the beach-- flash work under water- there is a second delay though. No flash shot came out good as long as I kept a steady hand.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 5
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        For my grand daughter

        By kdg

        from Canada

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Vivitar ViviCam 8400 Digital Camera (Yellow):

              Giving this to my grand daughter for her 5th birthday. Looks like it will be just perfect for her. Especially at the price. Can't go wrong considering the lack of quality and features for traditional kids cameras.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Extremely disappointing

              By embrktmn

              from Wichita, KS

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Distorted image
              • Leaked
              • Poor Image Quality
              • Poor in Low Light
              • Poor viewfinder

              Best Uses

                Comments about Vivitar ViviCam 8400 Digital Camera (Yellow):

                I give the camera zero stars but the website forced me to give it one. I'd give it negative stars if I could.
                We took it to a pool soon after receiving it only to discover you can't see the image on the screen in bright sunlight. It made framing the picture a bit of a guessing game.
                Upon uploading the photos to a computer we found some of the photos were distorted, fun-house mirror type of distortions.
                We haul the camera down to Florida to use at the beach and the first time in the water the camera leaks. Waterproof? NOT. Water resistant? NOT.
                Buy this camera again? NOT.
                I strongly suggest trying a different camera if you need a waterproof digital camera.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 4
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                This camera leaked the first time used

                By SCC

                from Hackensack NJ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Vivitar ViviCam 8400 Digital Camera (Yellow):

                      The camera has a badly designed opening & can easy open while in water with strap- not recommended

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      CHANGE Picture RES for Better pics

                      By Albert

                      from Newport Beach, CA

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good Battery Life
                      • Great Resolution
                      • Great Zoom

                      Cons

                      • Lag / Shutter Delay
                      • Poor in Low Light

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel

                      Comments about Vivitar ViviCam 8400 Digital Camera (Yellow):

                      I have had this camera for 1 year s far and for the price i can't say a word. Took it to Jamaica, Europe and California where i live and i am happy with it. Make sure to go into settings and choose 8MP resolution and picture quality set to Super Fine and you have yourself a killer deal. i do have to say that if you have watter on the lens when you are not under water your pics will look weird, it is expected with any camera even if it is a $3k camera, no water no weird pics. dive with it and i will look great underwater.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 9
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great Camera Good Value Very Durable

                      By Airbearga

                      from Alpharetta GA

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good Battery Life
                      • Great Resolution
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Video

                        Comments about Vivitar ViviCam 8400 Digital Camera (Yellow):

                        [...] Ordered one from [...] and it came after I left for trip ..Thanks to B&H I was able to take pics under water. The camera is great to use underwater. LCD Screen at times could be hard to see underwater with a mask on but worked out fine when I got back to surface and looked at pictures .. Was far superior to the disposible option .. also the video is great ..

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                        • No

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great underwater camera

                        By PoolMan

                        from Wisconsin

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good Battery Life

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Travel
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about Vivitar ViviCam 8400 Digital Camera (Yellow):

                          My daughter took this camera to Key Largo for a diving class for high school. She took 540 pictures and all were great. The underwater photos are clear and the colors are awesome. The case is rugged and surveyed some rough handling.

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 10
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Excellent - this is my second one

                          By theycbercop

                          from The Woodlands, Texas

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Good Battery Life
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Great Resolution
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                          • Limited Zoom
                          • Poor in Low Light

                          Best Uses

                          • Sports/Action

                          Comments about Vivitar ViviCam 8400 Digital Camera (Yellow):

                          I love this camera, I lost mine while diving in the keys and I bought the exact same camera because it's the best

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          1.0

                          Three uses and it died

                          By Traveler

                          from Orlando, FL and Cebu Philippines

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Good Battery Life
                          • Great Resolution

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Sports/Action
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about Vivitar ViviCam 8400 Digital Camera (Yellow):

                            I bought the camera for a trip to the Philippines. Used it on three snorkeling trips, it only lasted for two. I Found a small amount of moisture when opening the battery compartment, apparently enough to kill the camera but the SD card was still good. The underwater picture quality was good for an inexpensive camera, but the housing leaked with the the door firmly latched and the seal appears to be in good condition. Waiting to see if Vivitar will stand behind the product when I get back to the United States.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            1.0

                            Worst Ever

                            By Brian

                            from Middletown, NJ

                            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Complicated Controls
                              • Lag / Shutter Delay
                              • Limited Zoom
                              • No Viewfinder
                              • Poor Image Quality
                              • Poor Image Stabilization
                              • Poor in Low Light

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Vivitar ViviCam 8400 Digital Camera (Yellow):

                                This camera took bury pics even with the flash... grainy, soft and poor color. My 6 year old phone took better pics. Don't waste your time or money.

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                                • No

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                                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                So far so good

                                By Brad

                                from Cumming, GA

                                About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use
                                • Good Battery Life

                                Cons

                                • Lag / Shutter Delay

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Vivitar ViviCam 8400 Digital Camera (Yellow):

                                  Seems good above water, waiting for warm weather to test underwater.

                                  • Ease of Operation:
                                  • 7
                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  3.0

                                  It's alright

                                  By Steve

                                  from Johnstown, PA

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Use

                                  Cons

                                  • Lag / Shutter Delay
                                  • Poor in Low Light

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Wildlife photos

                                  Comments about Vivitar ViviCam 8400 Digital Camera (Yellow):

                                  a camera for [$], you get what you paid for. I did notice the time it takes between pictures is slow, but i have not seen any other camera that i can take scuba diving down more than 30 ft for the price.

                                  • Ease of Operation:
                                  • 7
                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Camera for Snorkeling!

                                  By maggie

                                  from Tennessee

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                                  • Good Image Quality
                                  • Good in Low Light
                                  • Great Zoom
                                  • Nice Body Color

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Vivitar ViviCam 8400 Digital Camera (Yellow):

                                    I needed a rugged camera for a cruise that was water proof. This is a great deal!! I can use it to take pictures on the ship, beach and in the water!

                                    • Ease of Operation:
                                    • 9
                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

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                                    Memory Cards

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                                    Required item: Be sure to have enough storage capacity.

                                    Transcend -  2GB SD Memory Card
                                    • You Pay: $6.62
                                     

                                    Batteries & Power

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                                    Required item: Always keep a spare battery handy so you won't get caught without power.

                                    Varta -  High-Energy 1.5 V AA E91 Alkaline Battery - 4 Pk
                                    • You Pay: $1.23
                                     
                                    Watson -  4-Hour Rapid Charger with 4 AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries (2300mAh)
                                    • You Pay: $17.95
                                     

                                    Bags & Straps

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                                    Carry, store, and protect all your equipment with a bag or a strap.

                                    Pearstone -  Onyx 260 Camera Pouch (5.6 x 2.8 x 2", Black)
                                    • You Pay: $16.95
                                     

                                    Slings & Straps

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                                    OP/TECH USA -  Cam Strap-QD (Black)
                                    • You Pay: $8.95
                                     

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                                    Download your pictures faster and save battery life.

                                    GGI -  All In One USB 2.0 Digital Flash Card Reader / Writer
                                    • You Pay: $9.95
                                     
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