Take it to the beach

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 03 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 June, 2007, 12:00am

Vivitar's ViviCam 6200w is a fun and sturdy accessory for summer.

The 6-megapixel digital camera comes encased in a bright yellow outer shell, which makes it waterproof to a depth of nine metres.

What protects the 6200w from water will also protect it from sand (so you can take it to the beach) and any other substance that might short-circuit the camera (as in ice cream).

There has clearly been a lot of thought behind the design of the 6200w.

It uses standard AA batteries so you don't have to worry about running out of power on your day out.

And anything that requires sensitive fingers - such as the typical navigation pad of most models today - has been replaced with bold, stand-alone buttons that are designed for ease-of-use under water, or with gloved hands when diving.

On the downside, the 6200w's focus-free (or what is more commonly referred to as fixed focus) lens offers no zoom and makes it a pure point-and-shoot model. The 2-inch LCD display is also small in today's terms.

If you're looking for something that is robust enough to take to the beach, then the 6200w is worth a look at HK$1,690.

But if you have dreams of capturing your favourite tropical fish species in their natural habitat, then you'd have to literally swim among the fish if you want a decent shot.

PROS: waterproof casing, easy-to-use buttons

CONS: no zoom, small display (especially through goggles underwater)

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