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Vivitar's ViviCam 3825 digital camera. Courtesy of Vivitar Corp. Vivitar announces its first 4mpix digicam
(Tuesday, January 14, 2003 - 15:58 EST)

California-based Vivitar Corp. showed its first 4-megapixel digital camera at the Consumer Electronics Show.

The Vivitar ViviCam 3825 (actually announced on December 11th, but being shown in public for the first time) couples its 1/1.8" CCD imager with a 3x optical zoom lens, 1.6" LCD display, SD / MMC storage (16MB bundled) and USB connectivity. The camera has a suggested retail price of $469.95, and should be available this month. Full specifications and exclusive images of the camera follow:

Vivitar ViviCam 3825
Vivitar's ViviCam 3825 digital camera. Copyright (c) 2003, Michael R. Tomkins. All rights reserved.
Image Sensor
1/1.8”CCD (24 Bit RGB Color),
4 mega pixels (2272 X 1704)
Image Resolution
Fine 2,272 X 1,704
Standard 1,600x1,200
Basic 1,280x960
Economy 640x480
Power zoom lens,
Focal length: 7 ~ 21mm (equivalent to 34-102mm in 35mm)
Max Aperture: f/2.9 (wide), f/4.8 (tele)
Range of Focus 0.7m-Inf. (Normal), 0.1-0.7m (Macro)
3x Optical/2X Digital
playback zoom up to 4X
Shutter Speed 2 ~1/1,000 second
Automatic with action, normal, and creative modes
Scene Program (Portrait/Landscape/Night view)
Manual: 1/4 EV step, -1.5 ~ +1.5 EV
White Balance Automatic with manual presets for daylight, fluorescent & tungsten
Display: 1.6 color TFT LCD
Status: shooting / exposure / battery / frame / WB / flash / ISO / remote
Internal: none
External: SD Card/MMC
File Format JPEG (EXIF 2.2), DCF
Flash Modes
Automatic, on, off, red-eye reduction
Effective range: 3m at wide
ISO Automatic with manual selection of 100, 200, 400
Self-timer 10 sec delay
Power Saver
1/3/5 min. in Rec/PB mode with battery image
5 min. with AC adapter usage
Shooting Modes Single shot, burst, self-timer
Software MGI Photo Suite SE, Photo Vista V2.02
Ports AC power port, USB port, Video Output (NTSC)
Language Support English, Japanese, German, French, Spanish
Power 4 AA (alkaline, NiMH & NI-Cd) or AC/DC adapter (not included)
System Requirements
PC,Windows 98 / 98SE / 2000 / ME / XP
Mac OS 8.6, 9.1, 10.1, 10.1
64MB RAM, 80MB hard disk space, USB port, CD ROM drive, color display (XGA or better)
Language Support English, Japanese, German, French, Spanish
Connectors AC power port, USB port, Video Output (NTSC/PAL selectable)
Power 2 AA Ni-MH & CR-V3 Lithium
Optional 3.4V AC-DC Adapter (not included)
Certification CE, FCC
Weight Approx. 12 oz. (210g) with battery
Dimensions 106mm x 63mm x 40mm
More Photos
Vivitar's ViviCam 3825 digital camera. Copyright (c) 2003, Michael R. Tomkins. All rights reserved.

Four sample photos from the Vivitar ViviCam 3825 are available on Vivitar's website. The company also showed a selection of its existing digital camera lineup at CES, but had no other digital camera announcements.

Vivitar's booth at CES. Copyright (c) 2003, Michael R. Tomkins. All rights reserved. Click for a bigger picture!

Vivitar's Booth at CES

Original Source Press Release:

The Vivicam 3825 - 4 Megapixel Digital Zoom Camera

A stylish, compact, 4MP digital camera with 3X Optical Zoom at a family-friendly price

LOS ANGELES, CA (December 11, 2002)- Vivitar Corporation announces the ViviCam 3825 product available in January 2003. The V3825 is a compact, feature-packed, 4 MP digital zoom camera. The V3825 is an affordable choice for anyone seeking a versatile, high quality digital camera.

The stylish V3825 is equipped with a 4 megapixel CCD image sensor. Its 3X optical power zoom lens ranges from 7 to 20 mm (equivalent to 34 - 97 mm) and is complemented with a macro function. Optical zoom is supplemented with 2X digital zoom capability. Images may be reviewed on the 1.6" LCD display. In addition to outstanding digital still images, the V3825 also has a burst mode allowing for the capture of sequential images in rapid succession. Sample images from the V3825 can be viewed and downloaded from the V3825 image gallery.

The V3825 offers imaging versatility. Users may select from four resolution settings including 2272 x 1704, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, and 640 x 480. The V3825 is an ideal camera for all your digital imaging needs ranging from email and web applications to images that are ready for display or print. Quality 8" x 10" prints, or larger are not a problem with the V3825.

The V3825 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 auto focus, auto white balance, exposure compensation control, built-in flash, and a 10-second self-timer. The V3825 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 $469.95. The V3825 may be purchased at mass merchandisers, consumer electronic stores and other Vivitar resellers nationwide.

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