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HaarFager 8:47am, 2 October 2011
This will be a thread to post your tests and comparisons you might make between different models of the Vivitar Mini Digital camera. Feel free to post shots you might have taken to illustrate any tests you make and be sure to post your conclusions as to the results.

I personally think that the "guts" to these little cameras probably all use the same parts, so any minute differences in coloring, tone, white balance, etc., is probably just due to the parts not being totally identical in every way. But, we may never know for sure.
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HaarFager Posted 10 years ago. Edited by HaarFager (admin) 10 years ago
I've had my Shift 3 brand mini digital camera for just over a year and today finally found a spare one and bought it. It was also branded with Shift 3, but it was a color instead of silver like my first one.

The first test I attempted was positioning both cameras in front of each other and taking pictures almost simultaneously. This is what the result was:

Shift 3 Test 1 by HaarFager


You can see that each camera has a notably different focal length. I personally think this is due to how the lens is mounted and the distance it is from the sensor. I wouldn't be surprised if even a thousandth of an inch closer or farther away from the sensor could make this much difference in the focal length.
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HaarFager Posted 10 years ago. Edited by HaarFager (admin) 10 years ago
The second test I performed was placing each camera at the same point and distance from a smallish apple. The difference in the focal lenghts is also quite apparent here:

Shift 3 Test 2 by HaarFager


And not only that, one of the Shift 3 cameras is pointing at a slightly lower angle than the other. I have done some slight color corrections to the images of both tests, but used as near identical to the same steps in both tests. You can also see that they register white balance slightly differently, but by approximately the same amount in both tests. This could be attributed to even a single diode in the circuitry that was made at a different time, causing it to have slightly different conductive properties.
breakable writer [deleted] 10 years ago
Very interesting comparisons.
ThruTheSlats 10 years ago
I can tell from your uploads to this group, you are loving that 2nd Shift 3! 2nd Shift 3. Should be the name of a band or something. Interesting comparisons. My Vivitar's shutter button is failing. I'll soon be down to just my Innovage. Anyone know if there's a hidden screw beneath the "trim", perhaps on the key chain side, the black grip? I wanted to take a quick peek inside the camera, look under the button, but didn't want to pry open the side seams until asking if there is a better way in.
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HaarFager 10 years ago
I wondered that myself. It would be nice to be able to get them apart to look inside. It feels like they're glued together. If someone has a dead one and wants to try and pry it open for everybody to know, please tell us about it here.
ssntx 10 years ago
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HaarFager 10 years ago
Very fascinating link! How did you find it? It's too bad there was no way to contact the author of that article to ask him if it was glued together or had removable screws.
ssntx 10 years ago
The piece on the front of the camera that has MODE on it is glued on. Carefully pry it off. There is one screw under it that holds the two halves of the camera together.
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HaarFager 10 years ago
That's nice to know that it isn't glued together permanently.
ThruTheSlats 10 years ago
Haven't been here much lately to give you a belated thanks for the link. Cool to see the exploded view.
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HaarFager 10 years ago
I took both my Shift 3 mini digital cameras out into the bright sun and captured the tree I shoot every Autumn at the edge of the town I live in. To my eyes, there was a distinct difference in how each of them performed.

This shot was taken with my first Shift 3, the silver one. As you can see, the image looks washed out:
Shift 3 Fall Tree Test 1 by HaarFager


And this shot was taken with my second Shift 3, the blue one. To me, the image looked more like it did when I was standing in front of the actual trees getting the pictures:
Shift 3 Fall Tree Test 2 by HaarFager


Both shots taken with, what should be identical cameras, but there are differences. I'm just not sure what is the root cause of the differences.
breakable writer [deleted] 10 years ago
I agree that the second picture definitely has a more natural appearance and color. It is amazing how different the two cameras performed.
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