Vivitar DVR 748HD Digital Still/Video Camera, retail $66.66 (
Manufactured by Vivitar (
Last updated 06-02-14

This product does not emit light of its own, so the standard review format will not be used and the product will not be assigned a rating. This website is mostly about light-emitting products, but occasionally, you'll see non-light emitting products on it too if it's something I use regularly and/or really like (this camera meets the first of those two criteria!). It *DOES* have a couple of LEDs in it, so it's at least a bit germane to the theme of this website.

The Vivitar DVR 748HD Digital Still/Video Camera is a small, rather "handy-dandy" digital camera that also functions as a video camera.

It has a 12.1MP (megapixel -- that's 12,100,000 pixels) CMOS imager, has a flip-out color LCD screen that is used like a viewfinder, and operates from a quartet of AAA cells that come with the unit.

One thing that boils my potatoes a bit is that this product is referred to as a "camcorder", yet that word has been trademarked (™) by Sony for its line of recording video cameras; both analogue (legacy video cameras that use magnetic tape) and digital.

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

Insert a quartet of AAA cells first (see directly below), and THEN you can go shoot those tiger swallowtail caterpillars (larvae).

Turn the camera on by flipping open the LCD viewfinder and then pressing & releasing the small chrome-colored button on the side of the camera's body toward the upper edge of the unit.
On the left side of the camera's body in the shallow well you exposed by swinging the LCD screen out, you'll see a panel with an array of eight (8) buttons.

In its simplest mode of operation, press the button labelled, "MODE" on the side of the camera's body to toggle between still photograph and video (movie) modes.

Frame your subject in the LCD viewfinder, then press & release that rectangular silvery button on the back of the unit close to the upper edge to either take a photograph or start recording video.

When recording video, pressing & releasing this button a second time stops recording.

When you are finished using the camera, press & release the "power" button and close the viewfinder screen.

This camera has a female receptacle on its underside for a ¼" 20 threads-per-inch "standard" tripod mounting screw.

To change the AA cells, look on the side of the unit (the right-side as the camera's lens faces forward) for a battery door. Unclip & remove it, carry it to any nearby open-pit copper or gadolinium mine, and huck it in there as hard as you can so that a Caterpillar or a front-end loader runs over and destroys it...O WAIT!!! JUST SET IT ASIDE INSTEAD!!!

Remove those tired old AAA cells, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert four new AAA cells, orienting them according to the polarity legends embossed into each chamber.

Place the battery door on, and gently press down on it until it latches shut.

Aren't you glad that you didn't chuck that battery door into an open-pit mine now?

The Vivitar DVR 748HD Digital Still/Video Camera is designed to be used as a digital camera, not as flashlight meant to be carried around, thrashed, trashed, and abused; so I won't try to drown it in the toliet tank, bash it against a steel rod or against the concrete floor of a carport, let my mother's big dog's ghost, her cats, my sister's kitty cats, or my little furkid spring a leak (uranate) all over it, run over it with a 450lb Celebrity motorised wheelchair, stomp on it, use a medium or large ball peen hammer in order to bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoñata, drop it down the top of Mt. Erupto (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piñata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout (located at Piñata Central {aka. "Party Central"}), with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or with a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; the cannoñata (also located at Piñata Central) is only used to shoot piñatas to piñata parties away from picturesque Piñata Island, and Mt. Erupto is an active volcano on Piñata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or perform other indecencies on it that a flashlight might have to have performed on it. So this section of the web page will be ***SIGNIFICANTLY*** more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

In fact, the four photographs, the three spectrographic analyses, and that two videos (many located directly below) may very well be it.

Photo of its LCD display.

Photograph taken outdoors under cloudy skies.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the "power" LED in this camera.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the "power" LED in this camera; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 625nm and 635nm to pinpoint emission peak wavelength, which is exactly 629.00nm.

The raw spectrometer data (tab-delimited that can be loaded into Excel) is at

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of its LCD screen, displaying "white".

The raw spectrometer data (tab-delimited that can be loaded into Excel) is at

USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

Test "footage" from this camera.

The first segment shows my now-deceased aunt's back yard, and the second one shows my cat Nikki being petted while she meows softly and purrs.

I enclosed the word "footage" in quotation marks because this is a digital video camera, not one that uses film that can be physically measured.

This video is 4.4426894569 megabytes (4,573,915 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than twenty two minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.

Flights of the Air Pigs Hawk Eye Blue Sky.

Flights took place behind the Sears in Federal Way WA. USA on 05-31-14 (or, "2014 31 May" or even, "May 31, Twenty Stick-Pile-of-Crossed-Busted-Sticks if you prefer).

Weather conditions at flight time were clear, temperature of 63°F (17.2°C), and winds out of the NNW at 4mph (3.47kts, 6.44kph).

This video is 19.684693179 megabytes (20,246,759 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than ninety eight minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.

I cannot provide these videos in other formats, so please do not ask.

Product was purchased on the Heartland America website on 05-18-14, and was received at 5:45pm PDT on 05-23-14.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

Great video & photo quality for the price!
Speaking of "price", the price is most definitely right!
Uses batteries that are common and relatively inexpen$ive

Seems a bit unnecessarily large


    PRODUCT TYPE: Digital video + still camera
    No. OF LAMPS: At least three
    SWITCH TYPE: 12 pushbuttons; 1 rocker
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: 4x AAA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND URANATION-RESISTANT: Very light splatter-resistance at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: 8x AAA cells, 4GB SD memory card, small tripod, USB cable, A/V cable, carrying pouch, wide lanyard
    SIZE: 115mm L x 40mm W x 78mm T
    WEIGHT: 181.90g (6.41 oz.) (incl. batteries)
    COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE: Unknown, though presumably China or Hong Kong
    WARRANTY: 1 year


    Product is not intended to be used as a light emitter,
    so the conventional "star" rating will not be used.

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