Vivitar XVN-1 Digital Video Recorder Review

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Disclosure: I received this product for the purpose of a review. All opinions are 100%my own. I was not compensated for this review. Your opinion may vary from mine.

Consumer electronics seem to be getting smaller while providing more power and better quality results. The XVN-1 Digital Video Recorder by Vivitar is no exception to this rule. In this extremely compact design, advanced camera technology has been implemented that can produce 1080p high definition video, or still pictures rated at 16.1 Megapixels. For a device that is smaller than the average cellular phone, this is quite impressive.

 


 

Technical Specifications:

Megapixels 16.1 (4608×3456 4:3)
Video Recording 1080p (1920x1080x30 fps)
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Aperture F/2.8;f=4.27mm
Digital Zoom 4x
Compatible Memory SD/SDHC
LCD 3” Touch Screen
Battery Lithium Ion
Charging Methods USB or Standard Outlet
Video Output to TV: HDMI (Type D) and Composite
Included Cables: HDMI Type D to AComposite CableUSB CableWall Charger
Included Accessories: Drivers (DVD)Wrist StrapSoft Carrying Case (Belt Loop Style)Quick Start Guide

 

Coming out of the box, the first thing I noticed was how incredibly light this unit is. With the battery, this unit feels like it weighs under a pound, which can help for long recording sessions. After looking at the device, and inserting the battery it requires a four hour charge prior to use. Since the battery is Lithium Ion, it has no charging memory, holds a charge, and last much longer than standard batteries. The charger initially comes in two pieces which are assembled by simply pressing them together. It appears as if they had created it this way so you can purchase adapters for other countries if you travel abroad.

 

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Once the unit had been fully charged, I started it up for my test run. I have to say it is quite responsive and boots extremely quick (under a second). My next task was to navigate through the short startup questions. During this process I noticed that the screen was easy to manipulate, which is rare for me since I have tree trunks for fingers. The menu on the camera is pretty intuitive, which is fortunate because the startup guide is very minimal. It took me several minutes to determine how to switch from video mode to still picture mode, which in hindsight seems silly it took me that long. In the upper right hand corner is a graphic of a video camera, tap that and it changes to a camera. Tap it again and you are now in sound record mode. One last time and you cycle back into video mode.

 

Now I am ready to take some pictures! The internal memory does not hold much, but that is to be expected in today’s market. (Approximately 1 minute of video or 15 pictures at 16.1 MP). While it states on the box that the digital zoom is 4.0 times, I noticed that in still mode I could go as much as 10 times. Granted, with any digital zoom this will be enhanced by the internal software and some detail can expected to be lost from any device with this feature. Vivitar placed two buttons for start recording and/or take picture on the camera. One is on the top, and the second on the rear of the unit. This is nice because no matter how you hold the digital video recorder, you can capture the scene easily.

 

Once I was done with the pictures, I took out the USB cable and attached it to the rear of the device and into my Windows 8 computer. Without even requiring drivers, my laptop recognized it and transferred the pictures extremely quickly. (About 8 Mbps, or 2 pictures a second). This device is also compatible with Windows XP SP3, Vista, Windows 7, or an Intel based Mac with OS X 10.5.x or higher. The native file format for pictures is in JPG and while these are typically compressed files, it does not look as if it lose much with an average file size of 4.5 megabytes. In addition, the videos capture in a pure .MOV format providing the quality for 1080p recording.

 

The following two photos displayed were taken with the XVN-1 Digital Video Recorder.

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Overall, I felt this is a great digital video recorder for standard occasions. It is light, extremely portable and puts out an overall decent video. If I was going out for a day with the kids, this most likely would be the camera I would bring as it is extremely light, portable and has a great battery. You can find more information on this particular unit or their other products at Vivitar

 

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12 comments

  1. I love the fact that it is very thin, it's nice to carry everywhere.

  2. becca112971 says:

    how cool i would love one of these video cameras

  3. Michele says:

    I know my Mom and one of my cousins would appreciate this video camera–they are the picture takers in the family !

  4. Nicole A. says:

    I like how thin this is, easy to carry around.

  5. Melinda Dunne says:

    I am always looking for new devices. I am a camera junkie! I don't have a video recorder though. I like that it is light and small. I hate carrying around a heavy bulky camera.

  6. jennifer378 says:

    I need one of these so I can keep up with my boys. I would love to have great videos for them when they get older.

  7. Julia Potvin says:

    I love how small it sounds, we have an old clunky thing that is a handful to use and carry! Grr we don't use it much for that reason.

  8. Sharon says:

    What a tiny camera! We need a video camera to capture my kids before they become teens! This looks handy for travel!

  9. Sasha Cory says:

    I could really use one of these for all the silly moments! Love the color and size. Could put it in my pocket!

  10. Nova S says:

    One pretty cool way to capture the moments of your family.
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  11. Mharms says:

    I would love to have this for my niece. She likes taking videos.

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  12. amiable amy says:

    what a great product … I bought one for my nephew's bday and he loves it.

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