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Snap colorful photos and record 4K video with this Vivitar camera. It has a water-resistant case and assorted clips for taking it with you on outdoor adventures, and its built-in Wi-Fi lets you directly stream content to any smartphone or tablet. This Vivitar camera has a 2-inch preview screen for playing back videos or viewing photos.

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Vivitar - 4K Action Camera with Remote - Black - Angle
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Overview

What's Included


  • AC power adapter
  • Bicycle mount
  • HDMI cable
  • Helmet mounting kit
  • USB cable
  • Underwater housing
  • Vivitar DVR-917HD
  • Wireless remote control

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
76% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (99 out of 131)

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Features


2" color LCD display

Gives you a clear view of the action you're recording or reviewing.

Wide-angle lens

Designed for precise image capture.

MicroSD card slot

Supports microSD and microSDHC.

HDMI and USB 2.0 interfaces

For high-speed video transfer. USB streaming capability allows the camcorder to function as a webcam.


Overall customer rating

Rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars with 140 reviews

78%of customers would recommend this to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Bad Battery or Bad Camera or both?

    Posted
    LRRAM
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This is my second review as my first review that was approved wasn't posted. Followed instructions to the T. especially for battery charging. The camera only recorded one loop in the auto mode. Second use, after recharging again after only 3 minutes recorded in auto mode, the camera froze. I removed the battery and started recording using the wireless control and recorded approximately 5 minutes of 1080P video as the battery discharged quickly. Recharged the battery and set it to record in 4k and after several minutes of recording using the android app the app stopped working after getting a dead battery notification in the app and the connection was lost. The camera LCD was on but froze again. The battery indicator reflected half battery life remaining thus I left the camera in the frozen state with LCD on and it remained on for another 35 -45 minutes or so. The camera was very hot to touch. At this point, I had written my first review and continued with attempts to get the best out of the camera and recharged the battery again. Upon powering on the LCD welcome screen letters were not complete. I used the wristband remote until the camera or the remote experienced problems. I removed and replaced the battery again and was able to record approximately 15 minutes of 4k video using the app to control the camera settings. I could not determine which component was the problem or are they both defective. Video quality - 4K is horrible but then it's not really 4K it's upscaled to 4K. 1080P is subpar even compared to cable tv's 1080i playing on my Samsung KS8000 4K TV. I recorded similar video with my Samsung Note 4 in HD and if was far superior to the camera's 4k video. Wifi - Wifi connected easily and quickly however when my app froze and lost the wifi connection after getting a dead battery notification on the phone app although the camera's LCD remained on and the battery indicator showed half battery life remaining. I couldn't determine what the issue was as mentioned above the camera froze again. Apps and software- The camera didn't work long enough to determine the apps capability. The software is very basic and was unable to transfer files after the camera froze 3 times. So what is the problem Camera or software? My thought is the camera as the first videos downloaded/transferred smoothly and efficiently. I should have trusted the reviews about the battery and I should have given more consideration to the knowledgeable Best Buy representative who stated he didn't know anything about the camera as they were just received shortly before Christmas and the store didn't have them on display. My closing comments on my first review is more than likely the reason it was not posted after being approved. Thus I will refrain from giving details about Best Buy only products which are in general made to good quality standards.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    A good camera for the price.

    Posted
    Like2Flm
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I got the camera because it was a good price for what I wanted to do. I wanted to attach it to the bottom of my drone and get some aerial shots in 1080p so I already went into this without having high expectations for the 4k recording ability. Now my main problems with this camera is the battery. The battery on this camera is a hit or miss and I think it may have something to do with the firmware or how it records to the SD card. I recorded in my car using an insignia GoPro accessory kit and selected the Car option on the camera at 1080p which flips the recording upside-down for you. It recorded a solid 45 minutes and had some battery left to spare. Then the next day after a night of charging it, I ended up doing the same thing again but this time the battery only lasted about 15 minutes. I figured buying another battery could be in order but I did more testing. While at work I charged the camera up and recorded again on my way home. I noticed the screen shut off but the red light was still blinking letting me know that it was still recording. I would assume that there could be an issue where in some cases the screen stays on while recording at times which will most likely drain the battery even quicker. I think there should be an option to keep the screen on or shut it off while recording using the button function at the top level of the UI. The other thing that I have run into was the way the videos are stored on the SD card like I mentioned in the above. Firmware update could resolve this. When I plugged the camera in to view what I had recorded, I noticed that there were a ton of captures. It seems as though it records a bunch of separate 20-40MB recordings rather than one continuous recording. I was baffled by this a lot and was still skeptical about the way it recorded so I went ahead and recorded some more just to confirm. This past weekend I recorded myself doing a couple upgrades to a car and in the 30 minutes that I was out there the camera battery lasted 15 minutes on a full charge (charged the battery for 2 hours) and the recording light stopped blinking. I thought that it was a fluke so I powered the camera up once again and then it immediately shut down. I plugged the camera into my laptop to review the recordings to see where it stopped at and again I was greeted to about 5-6 new separate recordings to look through for that one recording. So, as for a solid review on this, for the price, pretty reasonable for something that records in upscale 4k. That alone makes it a good deal when it is on sale. Build quality, I cannot say that I wouldn't get mad if it were to break while I was doing something extreme but I would not buy another one for a replacement. Comes with a good amount of attachments and it is also a good thing to know that I can interchange some of the GoPro accessories to it and not have problems. File management, pretty annoying and I stress again that a firmware update can resolve this. Even cheaper action cams receive firmware updates via social networks. Just keep the recordings in 1 solid file instead of multiples for a single recording over 5 minutes long. Video is good and sound is good although I am a little iffy on the waterproof enclosure it comes with because when I had the camera mounted in my car, it sat right above the car speaker and you could hear the music crystal clear. I would hold off on going diving with the camera. It is a good camera for anyone in the beginning stages of trying to get into action cameras. For the avid film enthusiast or professional, eeehhhhhhh you may need to lower your expectations quite a bit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    DO NOT BUY

    Posted
    Tyler
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I repeat DO NOT BUY! Even though this camera is on sale for $50, it's for a reason. The quality on this camera is horrible. I was filming with it and it was one of the worst videos I have ever seen. Don't get me wrong, for $50 it came with a decent amount of accessories and it's a camera. I get it. However, you will be very disappointed with how long the battery lasts and how the videos show up when you review them over. There is no way to control the aperture of the lens, nor can you really tell a difference of quality when switching from 720 all the way to 4k. I was reading reviews of this camera and thought, "maybe this is actually a decent camera, plus it's on sale". Just save your money and listen to the reviews. IT IS NOT WORTH IT. I ended up returning it 4 hours later. I had to scrap the video I shot and start over with another camera.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Great camera, WHEN IT WORKS!

    Posted
    Tieoneon1
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I purchased my camera to use for fishing trips. Didn't want to spend the money for a Go Pro. Boy, did I make a mistake!! The camera itself is perfect for what I wanted. Actually takes nice pictures and videos. The problem is the battery. Oh what a problem!! I completely charged the battery as the instructions stated for the first time and turned on the camera on. All was well until I turned on WiFi. The battery IMMEDIATELY went from green battery indicator (full charge) to 1/4 percent left on the battery and a low battery warning!! ALL I did was touch a button, no photos, no videos, just turned on WiFi and the battery died! I would honestly have to say, BEWARE. This is a nice camera/package but you can't use it because the battery dies when you turn it on.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Vivitar Customer Service

      Hello, we would be happy to send you a replacement battery. Please visit our website and fill out the contact form. vivitar

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Second thoughts then ok

    Posted
    Donnell
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I bought this camera because of features compared to price and thought would be good value. Had reasonable expectations and did not expect GoPro results. Used with my drone and video was average to good. Acceptable. Love all the attachments and ability to use also as dashcam. But battery life was a deal breaker. Contacted support and they act like I don't know how to charge a battery and then the same return to them and pay song and dance. Very disappointed with customer service. I did use and recharge a few more cycles and battery life improved but still not great. Went from 5 minutes to 20 minutes. Seeing similar cameras available online that have better battery life and include a second battery sealed the deal for me. Returned.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Big waste of time

    Posted
    Stan
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    We bought our daughter a cheaper version of this camera for Christmas and it wouldn't even turn on. We exchanged it for this one and it works but has a bad battery. After charging fully it only lasts 10 minutes. I contacted vivitar after seeing their replies here and they are no help. Was hoping they would send a new battery, but wanted me to return the 1 day old defective camera to them and pay for the shipping. Then they would fix or replace the camera and ship it back. Will be looking for a different brand. It's too bad this would be perfect if it worked for the price.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    You get what you pay for. Get a GoPro instead.

    Posted
    Aidan
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I tried to give this one a chance, the 4K was appealing, so was the phone control. It has so many issues, though -- it won't keep a connection to your phone for more than a few minutes, I couldn't record videos for more than 6 seconds for whatever reason, the battery life was terrible, the list goes on. I exchanged for a GoPro HERO Black and I am not looking back. The quality difference is DRAMATIC.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    great value for the price

    Posted
    HMOM
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    My son is very excited to use this camera. He plans to attach it to his bike helmet. We were all set to go, and then we discovered that we purchased the wrong size disk. I saw a 'frequently purchased together' listing at the bottom of this item so I thought that was the disk that fit. (I wish the packaging was more clear on the outside as to what size disk it needed.) Unfortunately, I was wrong, so back to the store I go! From what we've seen of the camera (without being able to actually use it) it seems pretty user-friendly.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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