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Vivitar TV/video recorder/player/MP3/still camera


September 16, 2004

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September 17, 2004 Vivitar has launched its own take on the convergent multimedia device with a new and versatile multimedia recorder/player. Due for release on September 23, the Vivitar DVR 390H combines an XVGA MPEG4 video camera, 3.1 megapixel digital still camera, TV/video recorder, digital photo frame, MP3 player and voice recorder in a compact handheld device just 106mm wide x 71mm long x 32mm deep.

The DVR 390H features 20 Gigabytes of storage and is SD card compatible, enabling it to hold 15 hours of VGA movies or recorded video from any video source such as TV, VCR and DVD. Compatible with PC and MAC, the unit slots into a cradle which can be attached to TV, notebook, PC or network.

The one feature which sets this unit apart from other personal video recorders is the detachable camera/camcorder module (40mm x 71mm x 30mm), that captures MPEG4 video in both VGA and XVGA formats. The 270-degree swivel lens on the unit does not have mechanical zoom but a 2x digital zoom enables the user a closer view.

The combined 3.1-Megapixel still camera also offers a macro lens, a self-timer, built-in flash with red eye reduction and date stamping.

The DVR 390H also functions as a voice recorder. Using the microphone input connection it records high quality sound clips and is ideal for recording lecture notes or interviews.

It also stores and plays MP3 music files through its built-in speaker or (included) headphones. The 20GB hard drive can be used to store unrelated data and computer files. The 3.6 inch LPTS TFT LCD screen offers more than enough real estate to enjoy movies and also has a digital photo frame function - just sit the device in its cradle for continuous AC power and select the slide show format to electronically scroll through those favourite snaps.

The Vivitar DVR 390H offers excellent value for money including a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, charger and AC adapter and comes with a complete software package that includes Photo Suite, WIN DVD Creator and Muvee Auto Producer.

Available from major retailers, leading photographic and imaging specialists for AUD$999, for more details, contact

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