Summary: The camera worked fine right out of the box; but... it took only 1 photo the broke. The software didn't work either; so I'm assuming the camera was at fault. Oh the Good Side... A fre emails to the company that makes or distributes the camera caued them to send me a brand new functional camera at no charge. They were really quick about resolving the problem without a lot of hassle on my part. Vivitar is still a good camera thanks to their CSR's.
Summary: When I first bought this camera back in 2010, I thought this was a good investment.. Boy was I wrong.. For one the shipment was late, the camera was too small then advertised, it took okay photos.. But would constantly freeze up which ended up erasing all data on the memory card.. The seller.. Not much to say about them.. Other wise I would not recommend this product nor the seller due to the lack of quality.
Summary: vivitar has always been know for quality but this product is very, very bad. dark photos even in brilliant sunlight; no viewfinder; screen impossible to see in even average light; most photos out of focus. other than being portable and a pretty purple color this is a terrible product.
Summary: A friend bought this for me to help me with my cigar photos for my cigar blog. Up til then, I was using my phone which actually ended up taking better photos than this camera. It's very frustrating. There are two switches. 15mm-30mm and 1.5m to infinity. The flash only works on the 1.5m switch. And the close ups are not accurate. It has a no shake option which doesn't seem to work. And the viewing screen is so small, I can't see the subject without my reading glasses.
Summary: Doesnt show up on fine print, package claims you can "make and edit your own movies" - what it doesn't tell you is your movies will be charlie-chaplin silent movies! there is NO sound feature whatsoever (I called Vivitar and confirmed). Picture quality is ok.
Summary: Now, I understand that this is not a camera that one should be buying for everyday use. I bought this camera for my 4 year old daughter. I didn't want anything expensive in case she dropped it, but she has gotten quite adept with our normal camera and I felt like she was ready for her own. I bought this for the price and figured while the pictures weren't going to be great quality, they would at least be passable for a 4 year old. I was very wrong.
Summary: Purchased 2 months ago for personal shirt-pocket use. Found it adequate - small, acceptably easy to use, and it made acceptable photos (note: with some vignetting in all photos.) But I'm giving it a 2-star leaning toward a 1-star, as (1) it doesn't work easily with older Macs. (Software/set-up is all PC-focused, and I had to jump over a few computer hoops to get the pictures to download to a pre-intel Mac) and (2) defective.
Summary: Purchased at Walmart before I depoloyed to AFG because I didn't want to take my $250 camera. Wished I would have spent more money and got one worth while. Picture quality is really poor and it takes a long time to take a picture. Have to manually turn on the flash every time you turn it on. I find battery life seems decent. It has an auto turn off mode when you don't do anything for like a minute.
Summary: If this camera had not totally died on me within 2 weeks, I could give it a decent review. The picture quality wasn't great, but for $40, what do you expect? It was good enough for a camera for the kids, and for taking camping, etc. BUT! After about 2 weeks, and really only a few uses, it's now worthless. What a waste.