How to Troubleshoot a Vivitar Digital Camera

Updated April 17, 2017

Vivitar digital cameras take high quality photographs at resolutions of up to 12 megapixels and have a variety of settings and options to help you take pictures in any environment. If your Vivitar camera is not functioning properly, troubleshooting the device can help solve the problem quickly. Troubleshoot your camera if it is not behaving normally or if the pictures you are taking do not look as good as you want them to look.

Check to make sure the camera batteries are installed correctly and are fully charged. If your camera won't turn on when you press the "Power" button, connect the camera to your computer with the USB connection cable and let the battery charge before attempting to turn on the camera again.

Check to make sure your SD memory card is inserted in the camera if your camera cannot store pictures. Your Vivitar digital camera has a limited amount of built-in memory for taking test photographs and uses an SD card to store additional pictures. Insert an SD card into the SD card slot to ensure that you can save your pictures.

Check your SD memory card to ensure it has free space available if your camera cannot store pictures and your SD card is inserted. Transfer pictures from the SD card to your computer to create space on the SD card before taking additional pictures.

Adjust the "Scene" and "Flash" settings if your pictures are too bright or too dim. If your pictures are too bright, reduce the flash or change the "Scene" setting to a different mode and take the picture again. If your pictures are too dark, increase the flash or change the "Scene" setting to a lowlight mode and take the picture again.

Reset your camera to its default settings to undo accidental setting changes. If the settings of your camera are different and you don't know what was changed, select "Default Setting" from the "Settings" menu and tap the "Enter" button. Confirm that you want to reset your camera by pressing the "OK" button.


If the pictures imported from your camera are too bright or too dim and you cannot retake them, use photo editing software to adjust the brightness and contrast to improve the quality of your photographs. Make sure to adjust your camera settings before taking additional photographs.

Things You'll Need

  • USB Connection Cable
  • SD Card
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William Nagel is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he studied science, technology and culture. He has been writing since 2007 and specializes in computer hardware, operating systems and software documentation. His work has been published in the "North Avenue Review."