Review of the NEW Vivitar DVR 786HD

If you one of my regular readers,  you know that I love technology.  Technology doesn’t always love me but either way, I’m a techhead…

When I was approached to take a look at a brand new, unreleased HD camera for taking extreme videos, I jumped at the opportunity.

I’m going to keep this brief because this is a pretty straightforward camera. 

The Vivitar DVR 786HD is a HD camera in the spirit of the GoPro. It takes both HD video and photos.



I’ve been playing with this camera for about a week and I have to say that I’m impressed, especially considering that you get everything you see in the picture for $59.99.

Over the years I’ve become quite accustomed to smartphone photography bit this tiny little camera has really intrigued me.. 

One of the coolest things about this camera is the ability to film underwater

The camera includes a waterproof case for taking pictures or video underwater, which is so cool. 





Of course, the boys and I had to test out the camera underwater, so we headed to the park and did just that. The included wireless remote allowed us to place the camera in the creek, step back and take underwater video. 

See the below sample..  Please note this was taken in very poor lighting conditions. 






The camera is very simple to use and only has 5 buttons, a rest button and a microSD card slot for picture and video storage. 

For testing purposes I used a Samsung 64GB class 10 card and I experienced no lag. 

Video is very smooth and frankly pretty good, especially considering the price point.  Is it on par with a GoPro? No, not really but I don’t think it’s meant to be. 

Essentially, it’s a very affordable, extremely kids friendly HD camera for taking extreme videos. 

This is something that the entire family can enjoy.  The kids can take the camera in the pool and take HD video of what it looks like underwater. 

The camera can be mounted to a helmet, bike handle bars or pretty much anything you can think of to get some really amazing footage. 

Best of all, pretty much everything you need is included in the package. 

If you know someone who’s interested in capturing film in more extreme circumstances, this is definitely something to look at because it does a great and the for the price, it can’t be beat.

On a more personal note, Elliott is absolutely in love with this camera.  He’s been chomping at the bit for me to turn it over to him but I’ve made him wait until after I finished this brief review.  He’s going to be one happy camper now that I can turn it over to him.

I’m excited because something like this can be what inspires people to discover the world of photography or cinematography.  Elliott really enjoys filming things and taking pictures and the Vivitar DVR 786HD is the perfect device for him..  ☺

If you’re interested in getting your hands on one of these really cool little cameras, you can purchase these at Walmart, both in store and online.  They are also available on Amazon.  The camera retails for $59.99 and I’m telling you, for the price, it can’t be beat. 


  1. My daughter just bought this camera with Christmas money given to her from grandparents. When taking videos longer than 10 seconds, the green “busy” light flashes and doesn’t seem to ever stop. We let it flash for over an hour two different times today before finally pushing the reset button. I’m wondering if it’s the micro SD card we have … we bought the card it requires on the package — a class 4 micro SD card. Do I just need a larger/faster card? Seems silly they would require that card, but you can’t take video longer than 5 seconds with it.

    • I would think a class 4 card would be the minimum. Recording 1080p requires bandwidth that isn’t available in lower class cards.

      My thought would be that the card can’t keep up with the camera. That’s a guess but a good place to start. I’ve not had the problem but that does sound right. I will say that we used a class 10 card.

      The only other thing I can think is maybe it’s defective and perhaps swapping it out would be of benefit.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know what you figure out and feel free to let me know if I can do anything goes to help.

    • Bought brand new Vivitar DVR 786HD. Went for two weeks trip. Tried to take underwater films with cam. Freezing on every other attempt (first time was not prepared). Heating up like crazy. By the time I found a suitable pin to reset it it was burning hot. So, forget about getting nice underwater scenery that won’t wait for u to get back to the shore, open a case and reset. Then swim back and shoot it again. Conclusion – cheap, unreliable and dangerous product. My kid almost got his finger tips burned while extracting it from a case. Almost like Samsung latest problem. Sorry to say. So, carry a pin with u everywhere u go with the thing in order to reset it promptly if discovered its frozen. Or better, buy something else and stay away from Vivitar (don’t remember my memory card # but I bought a way higher than required).

  2. Hello. Do you know if i have to do any special thing in orden to make the remote control work…

    Thank you

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