SVP Acqua Waterproof Camera
This is the SVP Aqua 8800 review. For the record, Aqua is not the color of the camera, but is only indicating it’s waterproof feature. SVP, stands for Silicon Valley Peripherals. If you go to the company’s website, at this writing they do not have any information or images of the 8800. Their camera line goes up to the 6800 which may mean that there is another manufacturer of the camera, but the SVP name is still used on the camera.

It goes without saying that the GoPro cameras have taken over the market for a rugged video camera that can be worn on your body, mounted to equipment or other items. Consumers and the manufacturer for that matter have reported that it has decent image quality even when used under water.  With all this in mind, why are the SVP models the top sellers in underwater cameras?

The most recent, the ACQUA 8800-BU Waterproof-Shockproof 20MP Under Water Digital Camera/Video Recorder is a bestseller, not only on Amazon, but with other online dealers. The design of the camera looks as good as any of the other rugged waterproof cameras in the marketplace. In fact, one could boast that it has the more appealing features geared for the social media hungry buyer than the more popular and expensive models.

So, what is driving the SVP camera’s popularity on Amazon? It is not only this model which appears to be an updated version of the SVP 5800, but the previous models as well. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why consumers are consistently buying these cameras and making them the one to own.

  • Cost: If you compare the cost of the SVP cameras, you will find that they are all under $100 or right at that amount. You will not break the bank when purchasing this camera. There are no accessories or peripherals needed in order to use it right out of the box.
  • Versatility: These cameras are known for this because they can be used on dry land and underwater. It is compact and lightweight. It can be placed inside a purse or back pack with no problems. You don’t have to worry about having to carry around a power cord when traveling because the camera runs on batteries. Additionally, since it has a dual LCD display it can be used not only to capture those special moments with your family and friends, but also to take the ever popular selfies which can be shared on social media via a computer.
  • Kid Friendly: Many consumers purchased these cameras for their children or grandchildren. Because of the rugged features. The camera can sustain being dropped or tossed around without fear of damaging it.  Kids and adults alike like the fact that it is not difficult to use.
  • Dual screen LCD (liquid crystal display) & TFT (Thin Film Transistor) display: The SVP 8800-BU has two display screens. One of which can be used to take selfies. The dual display is an appealing feature for this camera. Most of the more expensive and larger manufacturers did not include this feature on their waterproof cameras.
  • Records video and takes photos:  This feature usually comes on the more higher priced waterproof cameras. However, all of the SVP models have this feature. It is packed into a very economical camera that makes every attempt to mimic the operations of the more popular camera models. The outcome is not spectacular but will suffice since most consumers are only capturing memories and to perfection in their video recording and picture taking.
  • Megapixels: These models do not skimp on the megapixels. They rival the same as in most digital cameras on the market. The SVP 8800 has 20 megapixels which most consumers evaluate as a means for purchase. Keep in mind that more megapixels does not necessarily mean better photos. If you are thinking about purchasing this camera, it is better to stick to the basics. Such as, cost, design and versatility. Although, the megapixels are adequate, you may still find problems with image quality.

SVG Acqua 8800 Waterproof Camera

Features of the SVP ACQUA 8800

Image Resolution: 20MP Max.(via interpolation);  CMOS sensor
Display: Dual-LCD displays:  2.7 inch rear and 1.8 inch front TFT Full Color Displays
Video Recording Resolution: [email protected], [email protected]; VGA:640×480 P30; QVGA: 320×240 P34
File Format Picture: JPEG, VIDEO: AVI
Digital Zoom: Still Image: 4X
Self Timer: 10 sec.
USB Port: USB 2.0 High Speed
Tough Features: Waterproof to 10 feet, shockproof from 5 feet and dustproof
Power Source: 2 AAA alkaline or Ni-MH Batteries (Included)
Battery life: Video recording : 30 Min  Photos:  60 min
External Memory Card:Supports MicroSD Cards up to 32GB (Sold separately)
Dimensions:  4 in x 3 in x 1 in (Without lens)
Weight: .9 lbs.
Colors: Blue, Orange & Yellow

What’s In The Box

  • Waterproof Aqua-8800 Digital Camera
  • Wrist Strap
  • 2 AAA Batteries
  • USB Cable
  • User’s Guide

Comparison Table of SVG Waterproof Cameras

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PROs

Takes great pictures
Reasonable price
Dual screens
Waterproof and shockproof
Compact and handy
Takes good photos even in dim light and dark backgrounds
Videos are sharp and clear
Great for simple underwater snorkeling

CONs

Poor Image quality
Does not take clear photos in murky water
Poor quality control
Poor Battery life
No WiFi (Have to use computer to upload to social media)

Summary of SVP Acqua 8800

Reviews from owners of this camera are mixed. Image quality and battery life are the two most reported issues with the camera. I wouldn’t go as far as saying it is a solid performer, but it basically it does what it says it does. As far as the quality of the videos and images, you have to understand that the price of a camera provides some indication of how well the camera will meet your operational expectations. If you want an economical camera that takes a decent photo, this one is more than suitable for the task.

As you can see the table shows the other cameras by SVG and they all have about the same features. If you don’t care about megapixels, you can go with an even less costlier model and still obtain decent images and video. If you will documenting your activities or vacation and sharing them on social media. any one of the SVG models should be fine for your photography and video needs.

A customer uploaded a video of the camera in action. This is one of two videos of this particular model. It’s a pretty good video, but you can hear the sounds of the camera’s mechanisms as it records. Other cameras do the same. I’m talking about the more expensive types. The microphone picks up those sounds which are louder in some cameras, but not all of them. If you wish to view the video, please follow this link. “You be the judge. . .”

Accessories

20MP AQUA 8800 Waterproof Digital Camera with an Extendable Self Portrait Selfie Handheld Stick Monopod

Chums Waterproof Camera Float

SanDisk 32GB MicroSD Card

 

More Megapixels?

It’s not that a large number of megapixels doesn’t matter, they do to an extent. The first digital camera’s SVG Acqua 8800resolution was not perfect. They did not have the same image quality as film cameras. Of course, upgrading the megapixels and sensors does create a better digital camera which results in better images. The need for more megapixels on your camera depends on how you plan to use the images.

Computer viewing or sharing on social media: If the only reason you are taking pictures is to view them on your computer or share on social media, the camera you purchase doesn’t require a huge amount of megapixels. You can save your money and purchase a model with less megapixels. You will still be able to take some pretty good photographs even with a 3 megapixel camera.

Printing images: If you print your images, more megapixels will be necessary. What’s important here is that printed images look sharp, not blurred or pixelated. If you are planning to print your images, you will need a camera with more megapixels. The other reason for purchasing a camera with a large number of megapixels is having the ability to crop your photos. A little extra room helps with being able to edit your images. Also, if you have an image that makes you proud, you will want to make a large print of it to show off to others.

Keep in mind that camera manufacturers are after your hard earned dollars. The myth is that the larger the megapixel, the better the camera and images. That is not necessarily true. Marketers do a good job convincing the public that the upgrade of the previous camera should prove to have better features and most importantly, be able to take better pictures and video recordings. Just keep in mind that basing your purchasing decision on having more megapixels should not be the sole reason to upgrade to a newer model. Instead, focus on the type of images and recordings you want and how you plan to use them.

TERMS

LCD (Liquid Crystal Display): An LCD is like a small television built into the back of a digital camera. When the camera is turned on, one is able to observe the subject of their photograph or video. You will be able to see what you are photographing or taking a video of in real time. The only difference with LCD screens is the size.

Image Sensors: The camera’s image sensor is what captures light when the shutter opens. A digital image sensor converts light into electrical signals, which are then converted into an image inside of the camera using the camera’s image processor. There are two types of sensors, CMOS (Complimentary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) and CCD (Charge Coupled Device).

TFT (Thin Film Transistor): This technology is used in flat-screen displays to relieve or alleviate issues with reflection or glare on a LCD display screen. Some cameras come equipped with a TFT (Thin Film Transistor) or EVF (Electronic Viewfinder), a small LCD screen inside the viewfinder.

Megapixels: Digital cameras capture images as pixel elements, known as pixels. A megapixel is equal to one million pixels. The more pixels, the higher the image resolution. Resolution relates primarily to print size and the amount of detail an image has when viewed on a computer monitor at 100%. For example, a 3 MP camera is better than a 1 MP camera because it has a larger amount of megapixels which means the photo will be sharper and clear. The image on a 1 MP camera is blurred as a result of the 1 million pixels being spread out, whereas with the 3 MP camera, the 3 million pixels are compressed together to create a better looking image.

Interpolation: When the picture is enhanced by adding pixels through software without adding new data. For example, the camera will capture a picture with 1 megapixel worth of data but with software. The one megapixel worth of data is thinned out and spread over a two to four megapixel area. In essence, the photo is diluted which results in a loss of picture quality.  For example a 12MP interpolated is most likely four to six real or effective megapixels. The quality of the pictures cannot be improved because there is just not enough data to do it.

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