Vivitar CV-1025V 10x25 Binocular Digital Camera Review

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While combining a camera with binoculars may be an appealing idea, its execution on the Vivitar CV-1025V 10x25 leaves much to be desired. The model stores up to 160 images, but the clarity is unsatisfactory.

When you're out birding and come across an unusual specimen, what fun it would be to take a picture so you could identify it later. Sure, you could also bring along a camera, but if the two were blended into one ... Indeed, most people who bought the Vivitar CV-1025V (starting at $21, Amazon) say they chose it for the digital camera functionality. But according to Vivitar CV1025 10x25 reviews, the results are exactly what you'd expect with a $20 camera; in other words, subpar. As a pair of binoculars, reviews at sites such as Amazon generally give it a passing grade. Users say it's fine for sporting events and hiking through the woods and for anyone who's just curious about how binoculars work. A binocular review at B&H, however, gripes that it's hard to focus and elsewhere another review expresses disappointment with the optics. But it's the camera that takes the most heat. Reviews report pictures come out blurry, the batteries must be removed when not in use, the settings are hard to adjust; one user complains that lining up the shots is tricky and the subject of the picture rarely shows up where you intended it to be.

The Vivitar CV1025 10x25 has, as its name indicates, a 10x magnification and objective lens diameter of 25mm. Eye relief is 11mm and the field of view at 1,000 yards is 303 feet. There's a center focus and a roof prism, which helps keep the CV1025 fairly compact. The camera can hold up to 160 images; it features a 3/4-inch preview screen and 640x480 resolution.

If you're looking for a two-for-one novelty item, the modest price of the Vivitar CV1025 10x25 will appeal. But if you actually want to make use of its distinguishing feature -- the camera, that is -- you're in for some disappointment.

Elizabeth Sheer

Elizabeth Sheer is a Brooklyn-based writer and researcher. In addition to researching and writing about household appliances and other consumer items, Elizabeth draws on her history of preparing cooking-related articles to conduct taste tests on all things delicious.

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