This rugged underwater snapper can take your photography to new places. But does it sink like a stone or create a splash?
Digital cameras are spoiled brats. Take them for a swim, and they’ll never speak to you again. Treat them to a day out at the beach, and they’ll then refuse to work for you. And don’t get us started on how they react if you accidentally drop them.
But all that’s about to change. Enter the Vivicam 6200W. With its rugged, waterproof body, Vivitar’s latest snapper is only too happy to bathe on a sandy beach with you, or dive headfirst into the chilly North sea.
For £120, you can take your Vivicam 6200W swimming down to an ear-popping depth of 10m (that’s 30ft for imperial fans), and to make up for the lack of optical zoom, the kind gents at Vivitar have popped in a rather handy focus-free lens – perfect for snapping that jellyfish before he drifts onto your torso.
And there’s no need to worry about treating the 6200W mean either, as this commando-like snapper is suited and booted in protective rubber armour to keep it alive for any mission you select.
Whilst submerged, the Vivicam delivers vibrant tones and sharp pictures, and although the quality in dry conditions isn’t going to dampen the palms of Fujifilm and Canon, it nonetheless provides an ideal solution for a holiday camera.
Suited in a decidedly dodgy orange number, the Vivicam sports all the standard functions you’d expect from a digital camera, with video recording, adjustable white balance and a built-in flash.
It’s also packing 6 megapixels and comes with 16MB of internal memory, expandable by 1GB via an SD card. And for the microscopic price tag, you’ll also snare a lovely 2in screen, so you can review your sand-clouded pictures of nothing in particular with ease.
We reckon this tidy submarine snapper is brilliant value for money, and well worth splashing out on if you’re beach bound any time soon.
Vivitar ViviCam 6200W review
The Vivicam 6200W is terminator-tough and cheap enough to condemn disposable underwater cameras to the low-tech graveyard
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