Saturday 20 January 2018

Decent snaps for the price of a taxi journey

Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Vivatar Vivicam X022

Price: €35 (Argos)

Rating: ***

Entry-level digital cameras are starting to feel disposable. A few years ago, it would have been impossible to assemble the parts required – sensor, lens, video – for Vivatar's 10-megapixel X022 video-shooting camera for less than €100 at cost. Today, it's the price of a taxi ride from Dublin to Portmarnock. By the super-megapixel standards of today, the X022 is dull, with a basic 10-megapixel sensor, 4x zoom and a paltry ISO 400 (meaning it's pretty bad at shooting in dim light). Then again, it shoots video at an entry-level high-definition range of 720p with sound recording. It also has face detection (for one person) and even a smidgen of anti-shake control. True, if you have a high-end smartphone, a camera like this is utterly redundant. But if you don't, this can deliver basic, usable snaps on an extreme budget.

Irish Independent

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