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Tech Times: A Cam for Life

Published:Monday | December 7, 2015 | 12:00 AM
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Last year, I saw a friend with a GoPro and couldn't understand why someone would use such a small camera for videos or pictures? Two months later, I felt like the world's dumbest person. A small portable camera is essential in capturing physical activities, and a first person perspective of events. So, in the hunt for a GoPro Camera, we found out that they aren't cheap at all, and thus we had to change our search to incorporate a cheaper alternative to the GoPro. That search led us to the Vivitar Life Cam DVR that has a cheaper price tag and a host of similar features as the GoPro. Let's see if this small compact device has what it takes to go on a real adventure.

 

Design and Features

 

 

[9 out of 10]

 

This is how a small portable camera should be packaged. I was amazed with the amount of add-ons it came with. The only thing Vivitar left out of the packaging was the kitchen sink and a water proof casing for the camera. The possibilities are endless for the share amount of places you could use this device due to the generous amount of accessories it has. The device itself is light weight and has all the buttons you would need to operate it manually.

The Life Cam is packed with some really useful features a well, like Remote View through Wi-Fi, Time-lapse, 4K video recording and many more. I most advice not to video in 4K with this device though, because it tends to get warm, and 4K video files are extremely large.

 

Picture and Video Quality [7 out of 10]

 

The Life Cam provides decent quality photos and video for a fraction of the price you would pay for the top-of-the-line counterpart. In moderate to greatly lit areas, the Life Cam will shine, but it suffers a bit in low light areas. You also have the ability to change photo resolution for time-lapse or photo mode option, video resolution, file format (MOV or AVI), Anti-flicker and Loop recording. Loop recording is a feature that allows the camera to continue to record over previous recorded videos which is wonderful if you plan to use the Life Cam as a dash cam.

 

Battery Life [6 out 10]

 

The Life Cam isn't stellar in the battery life department. It would kick the bucket for me just under the one hour mark when it was in use with Wi-Fi. The good news is that it doesn't take long to charge the device back up to 100 per cent. This is the only saving grace that made the battery life tolerable.

 

Final Thoughts

 

The Vivitar Life Cam has the ability to pair with a mobile device for remote viewing and control adjustments and the picture and video quality are decent. The small form factor allows for easy transport, making this camera a true Life Cam. The products mentioned in this article were provided courtesy of Royale Computers and Accessories telephone#: 906-1067, 906-1068, and 754-5048.

Writer: Payton H. Wilmott