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Vivitar's ViviCam 3655 digital camera, front and rear views. Courtesy of Vivitar. Vivitar announces ViviCam 3655 digital camera! (UPDATED)
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, February 19, 2001 - 21:57 EST)

Vivitar announces a 2.3 megapixel, 2.4x optical zoom digicam with LCD display and CompactFlash storage...

Following on from Vivitar's announcement of the ViviCam 2795, the company has announced a 2.4x optical zoom, 2.3 megapixel camera, the Vivicam 3655. As with the previous camera, the unit is actually manufactured by Taiwanese manufacturer Premier (Pretec), and features CompactFlash storage. Unlike its lower-cost sibling however, the 3655 also includes a 1.8" color LCD display...:

Specification Highlights - full specifications here
Vivitar ViviCam 3655
Vivitar's ViviCam 3655 digital camera, front  and rear views. Courtesy of Vivitar Corp. Click for a bigger picture!
Model Number: 3655
Camera Format: Compact
Retail Price: $399
Date Available: 2001-02-11
Image Capture
Image Sensor: 0.571" 2.30 megapixel CCD
Image Resolution: 1792 x 1200, 896 x 600
Focal Length (effective): 38 - 90mm (2.36x optical zoom)
Digital Zoom: 2x
Auto Focus: Yes
Manual Focus: Unknown
Normal Focus Range: 40 cm to Infinity; 16.3 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 8 - 40 cm; 3.3 - 16.3 in
Aperture Range: F2.8 / 4.2 / 7 / 13
Optical Viewfinder: Yes (Real Image type)
LCD Viewfinder: 1.8", 61600 pixel
ISO Settings: Unknown
White Balance Settings: Auto, Preset
Manual White Balance: No
Shutter Speeds: 1/4 - 1/500 second
Exp Adj Range: +/- 1.5EV in 1/3EV steps
Metering Modes: Auto
Exposure Modes: Auto
Self Timer (seconds): 10 seconds
Internal Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Fill, Off
Flash Range Description: Unknown
Ext Flash: No
Image Storage
Flash Memory: CompactFlash
Memory Included (MB): Unknown
File Formats: JPEG
More Information
Weight: 388 g; 13.6 oz
Weight With Batteries? Yes
Size: 126 x 61 x 75 mm; 5.0 x 2.4 x 3.0 in
Notes & Features: Manufactured by Premier Image Technology Corp. (Pretec) of Taiwan, which also sells the camera as the Premier DC2000. Weight is 388.1 grams without batteries, 290.1 grams with batteries. Bundled with PhotoSuite 2.0 and DS800 TWAIN driver.

UPDATED 2001-02-19 22:51ET: - We thought this camera looked familiar as we were writing this item up, and a little sleuthing revealed that we were right... Polaroid's PDC-2300Z (below) looks to us to be identical - right down to the $399 price tag. I guess we know who makes the Polaroid unit now - Premier / Pretec! ;)

Polaroid's  PDC-2300Z digital camera, front and back views. Courtesy of Polaroid.

Original Source Press Release:


LOS ANGELES (February 11, 2001) - Vivitar Corporation today introduced the ViviCam 3655, a compact digital camera with a 1.8" color LCD for real time image display. It is an affordable yet feature-packed camera for users who would like to enter the world of digital photography.

The ergonomic ViviCam 3655 is equipped with a 2.3 megapixel CCD iamge sensor. It has a built in 4.6x (2.3x optical and 2x digital) zoom lens with a focal length of 8mm to 18mm and a focal range from 40cm to infinity. The camera supports CompactFlash cards and images are saved as JPEG files. An 8MB CompactFlash card will store 7 fine, 14 normal or 29 economy resolution photos.

Users can preview their photos on the color LCD screen. They may also review the photos they have taken using either single image playback or nine images at a time in a thumbnail display.

Other features include a built-in flash and a 10 second self-timer. The ViviCam 3655 comes with an AC power port, USB port, serial port and video output cables to download images for viewing and editing. Power is supplied by four AA alkaline batteries.

The estimated retail price is $399.95. The ViviCam 3655 may be purchased at mass merchandisers, consumer electronics stores and other Vivitar resellers nationwide.

Vivitar Corporation, headquarterd in Newbury Park, California, is a world leader in the development, marketing and distribution of high quality photo, sports optics and digital products. Vivitar products have been the choice of Americans for more than 60 years.

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