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Really poor, not suitable for young children
on 18 January 2010
A review of another version of this camera on Amazon described it as "a toy camera". Sadly, even that's not accurate. For a young child to use it, you don't need so many megapixels but you do need foolproof point-and-press settings, and to be able to recall what each badly-composed picture might be via checking the date and time.
But, as another reviewer said, this camera has a terrible dark screen which makes it very hard for a kid to see what they're taking - either in outdoor sunshine or indoors. Worse, although anti-shake is advertised, it and all the other settings are lost whenever you turn the camera off. They can't be set 'on' by default. Trawling through menus every time the camera's turned on, because otherwise your child's excited hands will never take an unblurred photo, is obviously not going to happen.
Finally, and unbelievably, although like all digital cameras the date and time are recorded in every photo's file, they'll always be wrong. The camera has no way of setting them, although the PC (note, no Mac) software can manually change them on each photo once you've uploaded it. If, of course, you have a clue when each shapeless mass was taken in the first place :-(
I was so surprised by these basic flaws that I emailed 'Vivitar' (actually a company called Sakar) to check that the above was all really true. They wrote back politely and apologetically to confirm it - and added "Thank you for using Sakar International, the leader in technology." I think there was a word missing.