I say with great pride that I love this little camera. The ViviCam T135 weighs about as much as a smartphone and is about as thick as a stack of credit cards. But this little puppy can sure do a heck of a lot. Essentially it’s got all the features of a normal point-and-click camera, with the addition of …..3D!!! All of this will only set you back a mere $75 bucks as well. As Yakov Smirnoff would say, “What a country!”
That’s right, our friend ViviCam has a 3D mode, where you can shoot stills or video in the third dimension. The camera works with two lens on the front to create the effect. Much like VivCam’s sister camera, 790 HD camcorder, 3D is still in it’s evolutionary stage – much like how the Kinetoscope eventually become our modern motion picture projector. You have to wear a stupid pair of red/blue glasses to enjoy the effect, and the picture quality is grainy with noise and the colors seem to get desaturated in the video mode. (Why do my eyes hurt after awhile!?).
But that’s video…The still camera mode is where the 3D really shines (or excels in being three dimensional). I shot of a 3D photo of a fire hydrant and a tree in front of my apartment building that’s still blowing my mind.
If you want to go a bit old school. ViviCam also comes equipped with various fun filters such as sepia and monochrome. Plus, you can change exposure, white balance, and resolution.
The camera records in 1280 x 720p HD video. No matter which format you choose to record in, however, the camera stores files to SD memory cards and it comes with Vivitar Image Manager software for post-production editing and sharing.
The 5x digital zoom, a 2.4" LCD display, and anti-shake help ensure that your images are in focus and to your liking. Features like face detection go an extra step to ensure that your subjects smiling faces are clear and blur-free. Other features like a tripod mount help you to capture with ease.
Here’s the full skinny:
3D image capture
3D glasses included
1280 x 720p HD video capture
Vivitar Image Manager software
5x digital zoom
Fixed focus lens
2.4" LCD screen
SD memory card recording
You probably don’t want to solely take 3D pictures, but with this point-and-shoot camera it’s good to have the option. Perhaps when the day comes where you don’t have to wear the silly 3D glasses that will be the Golden Age of 3D. Now let me get back to looking at that 3D photo of that fire hydrant in front of my apartment.