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Vivitar announces 2mpix fixed-focus digicam (UPDATED)
(Monday, March 10, 2003 - 11:01 EST)

Yet another new announcement by Vivitar, the ViviCam 3695 is a 2 megapixel version of the ViviCam 3330.

The camera didn't seem to be on display on Vivitar's booth. As well as the higher sensor resolution, there's a wider-angle fixed focus lens, more powerful digital zoom and at 16MB, double the built-in memory. This model should be available in April at a suggested price of about $130...

Vivitar ViviCam 3695
Courtesy of Vivitar. Click for a bigger picture!
Image Sensor 2.0 mega pixel CMOS
Color 24-bit Color (RGB)
Image Resolution – still images 1600 x 1200 (2MP native), 1280 x 960, 800 x 600, or 2048 x 1536 (3MP interpolated)
Video Resolution 320 x 240
Fixed focus Lens
-Aperture: f/2.8
-Focal length 7.5 mm
-Focus Range: 14” to infinity (normal), 4” to 14” (macro)
Digital Zoom Up to 4X for still capture, N/A for movie clips
Exposure Automatic with manual compensation of: +/-2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps
White Balance Automatic with presets for Sun, Fluorescent, Tungsten
Image display LCD Display: 1.5” color TFT LCD, 312 x 230 resolution
Internal: 16 MB (14 MB accessible - 2 MB used by OSD)
External: SD Card up to 128MB - not included

Typical Storage in internal memory:

At 1600 x 1200 (2MP Native resolution): 29 Fine, 75 Normal
At 1280 x 1024: 45 Fine, 110 Normal
At 800 x 600: 110 Fine, 226 normal
At 2048 x 1536 (3 MP interpolation) 18 fine, 44 normal
Movie clip: approximately two minutes

Flash Integral Three-mode flash with modes: Automatic, Off, Red-Eye Reduction
Self-Timer 10 second delay
File Formats JPEG, Motion JPEG AVI
System Requirements PC: Windows 98 / 98SE / 2000 / Me / XP
USB Mass Storage Driver for Win98
Applications: Image editing software for PC
Language Support Six languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese
Connectors USB port, Video Output (NTSC/PAL Switchable)
Power 2x AA (Alkaline, NiMh) or 1 Lithium, CRV3
Weight Approximately 3.7 oz (105 gm) without battery and SD card
Dimensions 3.6” x 2.28” x 1.4” (92.5 mm x 55.3 mm x 36.4 mm)
More Photos
Courtesy of Vivitar, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

UPDATED 2002-03-17 23:36ET: Whilst working on another PMA report item, we noticed that this camera seems to be identical to the SiPix StyleCam Extreme. Could SiPix be the manufacturer, or is this being made by a third-party company (perhaps Premier Image Technologies, from whom Vivitar source a number of their cameras)...

Original Source Press Release:


A stylish, ultra-compact, 2.0 MP digital camera with 4X Digital Zoom at a family-friendly price

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 2, 2003)- Vivitar Corporation announces the ViviCam 3695 product available in April 2003. The V3695 is a compact, feature-packed, 2.0 MP digital zoom camera with high-impact, high-density styling. The V3695 is a perfect choice for anyone seeking a stylish, versatile, high quality digital camera. High-impact styling and precision manufacture make the V3695 stand apart from the competition.

The stylish V3695 is equipped with a 2.0 megapixel CMOS image sensor. Its 4X digital zoom is complemented with macro capability. Images and video clips may be reviewed on the 1.5" LCD TFT display. In addition to outstanding digital still images, the V3695 also has a movie mode allowing for the capture of movie clips. Sample images from the V3695 can be viewed and downloaded from the V3695 image gallery beginning in March at:


"The V3695 really stands apart from the competition. This model is love at first sight. It is a crowd stopper amongst young teen, high students, and young adults. This model features high quality precision construction, audible feedback with distinct tonality, and a top-notch image-display LCD;" according to Tom Piehn, Director of Imaging Technology at Vivitar Corporation. "We offer an entire spectrum of digital cameras at Vivitar. This model is unique in that it really resonates with young photographers. The size is perfect, the density is right-on, the tonal feedback is way cool, the OSD graphics are stunning, and the image LCD is top-of-the line. And it fits anywhere in your backpack."

The V3695 offers imaging versatility. Users may select from four resolution and two quality settings. Whereas the V3695 is a 2.0 MP camera, it can interpolate images to 3 MP based upon processing inside the camera. Still image resolution may be set to either 1600 x 1200 (native resolution), 1280 x 960, 800 x 600, or interpolated to 2048 x 1536. Motion JPEG video clips are captured at a resolution of 320 x 240 in AVI format. The V3695 also features a web-cam mode for live video to your PC via USB. A notable feature for video-clip enthusiasts is the fact that V3695 video clips are not limited to a pre-determined duration (such as 30 or 60 seconds). Video clips captured with the V3695 may be recorded to the extent of available memory.

The V3695 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 prints up to 8" x 10" are not a problem with the V3695.

The V3695 comes with 16 MB internal memory built-in to the camera. Internal memory can be extended using Secure Digital (SD) memory cards.

Other features include focus-free operation, automatic white balance (with the ability to specify lighting conditions), automatic exposure control (with manual compensation capability), an integral three-mode flash (including red-eye reduction), 10-second self-timer, and tripod-mounting socket. The V3695 comes with both USB and video output cables to download images for viewing and/or editing.

The V3695 multi-lingual camera interface menus are available in six languages including English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Japanese. Video output can accommodate either NTSC or PAL systems, making the V3695 a truly International camera. Two AA alkaline batteries, or a single CRV3 battery, supply power whereas built-in power saving logic automatically turns-off the camera to conserve battery power. Image editing software is included with the camera.

The suggested retail price for the camera is $129.95. The V3695 may be purchased at mass merchandisers, consumer electronic stores and other Vivitar resellers nationwide.

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