Budget Cam Shoots Underwater HD Video

Some say the days of the cheap video camera are numbered thanks to the proliferation of smartphones with better imaging components. Vivitar still manages to fill a niche for people who aren't interested in putting their phones underwater. For a mere 60 bucks the DVR-690HD provides 720p HD (25 fps) video recording in up to 10 feet of water.

Vivitar 690HD profile

Stills are captured at 5 megapixels, and video clocks data usage of one GB for every six minutes using the AVI M-JPEG file format. An SD expansion slot accepts cards up to 32 GB. Don't count on any on-board memory; the 690HD only has an 8 MB buffer built in.

What else do you get for 60 dollars? How about a two-inch LCD preview screen and a fixed-focus lens. The 690HD also rocks 4X digital zoom, but we're not counting on great quality when using the feature. Vivitar took a cue from Apple and included a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery on this DVR. Not only this, but the 690HD comes in seven additional colors besides the pictured black.

For low-light situations try the LED lamp. When it comes to connectivity there's USB 2.0 and TV out but no HDMI. Those looking to mount the 690HD to their tripods or other equipment will be disappointed by the lack of a threaded mount, however the camera does include an integrated microphone and speaker for playback. Digital image stabilization and software to make sharing on sites such as Flickr and YouTube easier round out the package.

Look for the Vivitar DVR-690HD to hit major retailers soon.

Tag: Cameras, News, Video, Vivitar 690 HD