Vivitar DVR480-RH-TA 1.3 Megapixel Digital Helmet Camcorder

The Vivitar DVR480-RH-TA 1.3 Megapixel Digital Helmet Camcorder is a wearable camcorder that provides excellent video clarity and single-button user interface. This is ideal for outdoor use as it perfectly complements your outdoor gear.

You can mount this camcorder on your bicycle or helmet and record amazing videos of your outdoor activities. This camcorder is lightweight which makes it portable and very handy for everyday use.

With its low price, this is a budget-friendly unit suitable for those who don’t want to spend much for this kind of electronics devices.

Features

  • Made of hard plastic for light weight and portability.
  • Weight: 11.2 ounces.
  • 3-megapixel for clear image.
  • Supports USB 2.0 interface for high speed transfer of files.
  • Compatible with SD card of up to 16GB memory capacity.
  • Mountable on bikes and helmets.
  • Captures videos with 480p resolution in AVI video format.
  • Built-in LCD display screen to preview footages.
  • Includes 3 different mounts: side mount, top mount for helmets and handlebar mount.
  • Built with bullet design for subtle recording.

Pros

Very cheap

This unit costs less than $50. This is very cheap as compared to the other helmet camcorders in the market.

Its low price makes it perfect for those who are on a tight budget. Even if this malfunctions or breaks down, it won’t be a great loss because it is very cheap.

Multiple mounting options

This camera comes with multiple mounting options. You can mount this unit on your helmet or your bike.

If you want to use this as a helmet camera, you can attach it securely to the helmet by placing the strap around the camera.

You can also mount this camera on the handlebars of the bike by using the mount that it comes with. This gives you more mounting options.

Simple design

This camcorder fits perfectly on your helmet or handlebars of your bike because it is designed like a bullet. Therefore, you can mount this discreetly anywhere you want.

It also doesn’t obstruct your grip on the handlebar because it requires very little space for mounting.

Simple to use

You can operate this camera by pressing the single power button. There are no additional buttons which makes it very easy-to-use during your road travels.

Its LCD screen gives you a preview of your footage, making it easy to get clear shots. You can frame your shots perfectly by looking at the preview on the LCD screen.

Cons

Pixelated video quality

Because this camera offers only 1.3 megapixels, not much can be expected from its video quality. This issue was reported by some customers who have purchased this camcorder for their personal use.

When they viewed their videos on a larger screen, images got pixelated. This could be because the camera can capture footage with only 480p video resolution which is considered to be subpar as compared to those that offer Full-HD video quality.

If you want Full-HD video resolution, you can try more expensive brands such as the Tachyon BikerCam Motorcycle Camera System.

Feeble exterior case

A few customers found the plastic case to be too fragile for intense usage. If you want your unit to last more, you need to keep it safe from bumps and shakes.

Gentle care is required to protect the case from deteriorating. Avoid placing this unit in extreme heat because its plastic material may melt down.

If you want more resilient camera exterior, you can opt for other brands that are made of metal such as the Nestling Mini Sports Camera.

Limited features

This camera offers very basic features. It lacks some important features such as wide- angle lens, Wi-Fi connectivity and continuous loop recording.

A small number of users have complained about it. But you can expect only so much from the price you pay for this camera. If you want more features in your camera, you can try other brands such as the ODRVM Sports Action Camera and Tachyon BikerCam Motorycle Camera System.

Comparison with other products

PowerLead Caue Mini Sports Camera

The Vivitar DVR480-RH-TA 1.3 Megapixel Digital Helmet Camcorder is lighter than its competitor the PowerLead Caue Mini Sports Camera. The Vivitar camcorder is also cheaper than its competitor.

However, the Vivitar camcorder is inferior to PowerLead Caue Mini Sports Camera when it comes to video resolution, memory capacity and wide-angle lens.

While the Vivitar camcorder captures footages with 480p video resolution, the PowerLead Caue can record Full-HD 1080p video resolution.

Furthermore, the Vivitar camcorder can support only up to 16GB memory while its competitor PowerLead Caue Mini Sports Camera supports up to 32GB. PowerLead Caue Mini Sports Camera also boasts 120-degree wide-angle lens that Vivitar camcorder doesn’t offer.

ODRVM Sports Action camera

The Vivitar helmet camcorder weighs heavier than its other competitor the ODRVM Sports Action camera. The Vivitar helmet camcorder has subpar 1.3-megapixel video quality while its competitor offers 12-megapixel resolution.

Furthermore, the Vivitar camcorder records only 480p resolution while the ODRVM sports camera can record 1080p video resolution.

Although both are easy to use, the Vivitar camcorder lacks the Wi-Fi connectivity and waterproof features that ODRVM Sports Action camera offers. When you compare the price, the Vivitar camcorder is cheaper than the ODRVM sports camera.

Verdict

The Vivitar DVR480-RH-TA 1.3 Megapixel Digital Helmet Camcorderis a budget-friendly product that you can easily afford. It has a simple design and you can mount it on your bike’s handlebars or your helmet.

It is very easy to use which makes it a great option for those who want to avoid complex user interfaces. Although it is subpar in terms of video quality, this camera is a good ideal for personal use.

This is highly recommended because of its low price and multiple mounting options.