Vivitar 690 HD

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.