Vivitar announces 5mpix, 3x zoom digital camera
Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Saturday, March 8, 2003 - 17:40 EST)
California-based Vivitar Corp., which sells a number of digital cameras made by OEMs such as Taiwanese manufacturer Premier Image Technology Corp., had several new models to talk about at PMA.
More details on these will be available shortly as we catch up on a backlog of work that built up during the show. Perhaps one of the two most interesting announcements, though, was the new ViviCam 3930. Featuring a 5 megapixel imager coupled with a 3x optical zoom lens, it is becoming apparent that as the megapixel race cools down, the OEM manufacturers are beginning to catch up somewhat. This model should ship in June at a suggested price of about $500...
Vivitar ViviCam 3930
5.25 mega pixel CCD, 24-bit Color (RGB)
Fine 2560 x 1920
Standard 2048 x 1536
Basic 1280 x 960
Economy 640 x 480
- Effective Focal Length: 7.2mm (W) ~ 21.6mm(T)
- Max Aperture: f/2.7 (wide), f/4.5 (telephoto)
- Focusing range: 31” to infinity (Normal), TBD” to 31”(Macro)
Optical: 3X, Digital: 2X (recording), up to 4X (playback)
1 to 1/1000 second
Manual EV Compensation: +/-1.5 EV in .25 steps
Automatic with Manual presets for daylight, fluorescent, tungsten
Display: 1.6" color TFT LCD
Four Modes: Auto, Fill, Off, Red-eye reduction
Effective range: 0 –9 feet
10 sec delay
External: Secure digital (SD) Card up to 128 MB
JPEG (EXIF 2.2), M-JPEG
MGI Photo Suite SE, Photo Vista V2.02
PC: Windows 98 / 98SE / 2000 / Me / XP
Mac: OS 8.6 or later
English, Japanese, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese (Simplified & Traditional)
AC power port, USB port, Video Output (NTSC/Pal selectable)
2x AA (Alkaline, Ni-MH), 1 CR-V3 Lithium, or AC-DC Adapter (not included)
CE, FCC, VCI
TBD (without battery & SD card)
3.7” x 1.4” x 2.3” (93 mm x 35 mm x 58 mm)
Original Source Press Release:
THE VIVICAM 3930 - 5.25 MEGAPIXEL DIGITAL ZOOM CAMERA
A stylish, compact, 5.25 MP digital camera with 3X Optical Zoom at a family-friendly price
LOS ANGELES, CA (March 2, 2003)- Vivitar Corporation announces the ViviCam 3930 product available in June 2003. The V3930 is a compact, feature-packed, 5.25 MP digital zoom camera. The V3930 is an affordable choice for anyone seeking a versatile, high quality digital camera.
The stylish V3930 is equipped with a 5.25 megapixel CCD image sensor. Its 3X optical power zoom lens is complemented with a macro function and 2X digital zoom capability. Images may be reviewed on the 1.6" LCD display. Sample images from the V3930 can be viewed and downloaded from the V3930 image gallery on the Vivitar website.
The V3930 offers imaging versatility. Users may select from four resolution settings up to 2560 x 1920. The V3930 is an ideal camera for all your digital imaging needs ranging from email and web applications to images that are ready for professional display or print. Quality 11" x 17" prints, or larger are not a problem with the V3930.
The V3930 comes with a 16 MB Secure Digital memory card. MGI Photo Suite SE and Photo Vista editing software are included with the camera.
Other features include aperture-priority mode, shutter-priority mode, movie mode, auto focus, auto white balance, exposure compensation control, built-in flash, and a 10-second self-timer. The V3930 comes with USB and video output cables to download images for viewing and editing. 2 AA alkaline batteries, or a single CR-V3, supply power.
The suggested retail price for the camera is $499.95. The V3930 may be purchased at mass merchandisers, consumer electronic stores and other Vivitar resellers nationwide.