Vivitar V3800N

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The Vivitar V3800N is a Pentax K mount manual-focus 35mm SLR marketed by Vivitar. The V3800N remained in production at least into 2012, with list price of $299 USD (w/28-70mm zoom lens) or $239 USD (w/50mm lens). Some remaining stock was available for sale new as late as 2017[1]. The camera was manufactured by Cosina, and is a close relative to the Cosina C1s and its many name variants. However a unique feature of this model is its multiple-exposure feature: when the silver button below the shutter release is pressed, the shutter may be re-cocked without advancing the film. With a PC connector for off-camera flash, and a depth-of-field preview button, the V3800N is one of the more full-featured and desirable of the Vivitar V series SLRs.

There appear to be two color variants of the camera body: one is all black while the other is black with a grey top housing. The Promaster 2500PK Super and Hikari 2002 appear to be nearly-identical cameras with slightly altered styling. The Phenix DC303N looks exactly the same.


  • Badging: Vivitar
  • Manufacturer: Cosina
  • Lens mount: Pentax K
  • ISO: 25 - 3200
  • Shutter: Vertical travel, electronic metal focal plane shutter
  • Shutter Speeds: 1/2000 to 1 sec, Bulb
  • Flash sync: Hot shoe, X-sync PC connector, 1/125
  • Viewfinder: eye-level pentaprism, 0.91x magnification, LED exposure indicators
  • Focusing: Horizontal split image w/micro-prism collar
  • Meter: TTL, center-weighted averaging (SPD cell)
  • Battery: 1.55v LR44, SR44 or equivalent (x2)
  • Weight:



  1. In a Facebook post the U.S. retailer Freestyle announced they had finally sold their last V3800N's in March 2017; some of these cameras had been unsold and returned stock from other "Big Box" retail chains.