I received this as a gift for 25 years of service with my company. It came with a 2GB SD card (That may be a special deal though).
Recommend this product?
The 'details' section of this page says: Included Accessories: Bag, Tripod, 4 x AAA Batteries, Li-Ion Battery.I didn't get any of these accessories. I think that they should be listed as 'optional accessories'
In short, this is a toy. It is described as HD, and yes - it does have a video resolution of 1280 x 720, but there is more to making a good picture that just having a lot of pixels. First, you need a good lens - which this does not have. Secondly, it is limited to 20 frames per second when recording in the 'HD' mode. A video camera must have at least 30 frames per second to create smooth video. You also need a good image sensor to capture images with good color and low noise. This video camera has none of these.
Comparing this video camera to my Canon Powershot A540 is perhaps unfair since there is a great price difference, but I'm happier with the lower resolution of the Canon's video (640x480 30fps). The video mode of the Canon is just a side feature of the camera, but it far surpasses the Vivitar's primary feature.
Digital Zoom: Why bother - it just makes a mess of subject that you're trying to see. There is no optical zoom.
Battery life: This really eats Alkaline batteries quickly. When I use my Canon camera, I always use rechargeables (NiMh), but fully charged AAA rechargables in this Vivitar camera causes a shuts down after a few minutes of usage.
Camera mode: Yes its also a camera with 8 Megapixels, but the lens and image sensor make good pictures impossible. The pictures have poor color and contrast.
Memory: There is a bit of memory built in to the camera - but only enough for a photo or two. SD card is necessary Their spec sheet says 4GB, but other reviewers say 8GB. I have only tried a 2GB.
Amount Paid (US$): gift
Recommended for: Home and Families - Keep Memories of Family Vacations