How to Use My Vivitar Digital Camera as a Webcam

Written by edwin navarro
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The Vivitar brand carries a line of low-to-high-quality digital cameras aimed for both the amateur and professional photographer. They are easy to use and relatively affordable entry-level digital cameras. Some Vivitar camera models, such as the Clipshot 11698 and the Vivicam V15, are built as “fun to-go” cameras that can take pictures and movie clips and even doubles as a webcam. A webcam is necessary in chatting with family and friends to send real-time video footage directly to them.

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Things you need

  • Vivitar camera installation software
  • USB cable
  • Microphone

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  1. 1

    Install the software that came with your Vivitar camera when you purchased it. Insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive and wait for the Vivitar Installation Wizard to load. Select the camera model on a drop-down list and click the “Install” icon. This will install "PhotoTags Express" and "PhotoTags webcam Express" plus the camera driver.

  2. 2

    Connect the USB cable from the Vivitar camera to your USB port. Make sure your camera is turned off when you do this step.

  3. 3

    Place your Vivitar camera where you intend to use it. If using a desktop computer, you can place it right on top of your monitor. If using a laptop, put the camera on a flat surface next to the laptop.

  4. 4

    Press the power button located on the top right side of the camera. Open the webcam Express program which is located on your computer desktop or in your programs list. Aim the camera's lens where you intend to take webcam footage. Plug a microphone into your computer's mic port to include audio to your video.

Tips and warnings

  • The image sensor of a Vivitar digital webcam is usually limited. An insufficiently lit scene will produce dark and grainy images. Add more lighting to your computer area or move your subject to a position where the camera can "see" more light to properly expose a footage.

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