UNBOXED: Reviewing the Vivitar DVR 988HD Action Camera
The evolution of the 360-degree action camera market over the last several years has been entertaining to watch—and to participate in. Of course, the big name in the action camera space for years now has been GoPro. They made attainable the idea of bringing a tiny little camera with you on any kind of adventure, whether it was just strapped to your bike frame or in your hand as you travel down a waterslide.
But since they burst onto the scene, so many other companies have come to market with similar products at much more wallet-friendly prices.
Sakar, which sells the Vivitar branded line of action cameras, is one such competitor. And we recently got an up close look at one of their newer action cameras, the DVR 988HD, a 360-degree action cam. The look and feel of the device is a lot like what you might find in a GoPro camera. The case itself is a rugged texture, and the camera feels sturdy in the hand. The obvious difference between Vivitar’s product and anything GoPro has made to date is the existence of the dual lenses. Like with any all-in-one 360 camera, the DVR 988HD features two lenses. In this case you have dual 12.1 megapixel lenses that have a roughly 190-degree field of view—just enough to overlap and allow the internal stitching software to do its thing.