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Vtech kidizoom plus camera
VTech Kidizoom Plus Multimedia Digital Camera
Member Name: louisechackett
VTech Kidizoom Plus Multimedia Digital Camera
Advantages: chunky and easy to hold, gives a child a feeling of independence
Disadvantages: picture quality isn't amazing!
For my son's sixth birthday I was looking for gift ideas when I stumbled across the vtech kidizoom plus camera. I was aware that a couple of my friends had purchased them for their children and that they were pleased with the product and so I bought it for the reduced rate of £30.00 from my Littlewoods catalogue.
==What is it?==
The kidizoom plus is a digital camera which is designed for use by children aged from three years. It comes in both a blue and a pink variety and it was the blue one which I bought for my son.
The camera itself is quite chunky and around twelve centimetres I would say at a guess in length. The ends of the camera are wider than the middle part and make the camera very easy for small hands to hold on to. I like the fact that it has this as I feel that children can take a more focussed photograph if the can hold the camera with two hands with ease.
The front of the camera features the vtech name as well as the kidizoom plus name. The camera has stars and different coloured blue stripes which make it look a little more child friendly and fun. We are told that the camera is a 2.0 mega pixel and has a 2x digital zoom as well.
The back of the camera features lots of buttons and can look a little over bearing but you soon get used to the features and will tend to use some buttons more than others. The main buttons for use are the power button, the function button, the flash, the zoom and delete for all those awful pictures than your child takes of you!
There are two viewfinders on the camera so the child could use either side for this or they can also use the digital screen to see what they are going to take a picture of. My son always uses the screen rather than the viewfinders purely because this is what he sees me doing with my camera I think. There is also a dial on the top of the camera which is similar to those used on some other digital cameras which can be used to switch between the modes available on the camera.
As well as being able to take pictures on the camera you can also use it to record movies, edit your photos and play games.
My son was very excited when he opened his present to find this camera inside. He was keen to have a go with the camera immediately and so we needed to remove all of the packaging. It comes packaged in one of those plastic packs which are incredible difficult to open but we got there eventually with some scissors and perseverance!
My son was able to take pictures with the camera easily from the onset. He was able to work out how to use the zoom function too. Now, the pictures are never going to be exceptional quality and some of them can be slightly fuzzy and lack focus but for a child's camera I think that it isn't all about the photo quality and that a lot of focus must be placed on the fun and independence they get from taking them. My son is happy with the pictures he takes and it gives him a sense of pride in his work too.
My son's favourite feature of the camera is the function button. This is represented with a "M" on the camera and with this feature you can add stamps, frames or funny faces to the screen and you can ensure that you take the picture in the perfect place for the added feature rather than mess about adding them on later. My son loves to take pictures of us using the funny face templates as he can give us fat faces, distorted features or alien heads to name just a few! He also likes to add us different hats and things and is always amused by the results he gets! It is very simple for my son to view back his pictures as he just needs to push the arrow up on the back of the camera and it switches from camera mode to photo album mode and it is here where he can delete photos he does not want anymore.
The movies function is something that is used regularly by my son and he often does this when you are not looking so you really need to watch what you are doing or saying! He has caught a few people out saying something embarrassing whilst he sneaks along using this feature! The videos are quite clear to watch to be honest and the sound quality is really good.
There are five games built in to the camera and these are as follows:
Dance with me
The games are quiet basic but my son does like them regardless. He particularly enjoys bounce around whereby you need to clear bricks by bouncing a ball against them. The addition of games to the camera is a good feature and particularly useful for when we are travelling and have taken the camera with us as it helps to entertain my son in the car or whatever.
Although you can insert a SD memory card to the camera it does actually have a build in memory of 256mb and apparently this allows us to store up to 500 photos so as yet we have not felt the need to purchase a memory card and I don't think that we will bother to be honest.
The batteries provided with the camera have lasted around six weeks with my son using the camera occasionally and so I would advise getting some rechargeable batteries as it needs four to work and this would become quite costly if you were to have to replace them quite frequently.
The camera can be connected to your TV or computer using the included camera leads but we have not connected it to the TV yet. It is simple to connect to the computer and once you have done this you can also use the software provided on a CD-ROM to edit your photos and such like. The CD-ROM is easy to install as you just need to follow the instructions on the screen. It is rare that we connect the camera to the computer but it is a useful tool to have just in case we want to use it.
Although I have always allowed my son to take pictures using my digital camera I am still pleased that I purchased the kidizoom plus for him. The reason for this is that I have seen the fun my son has had with the camera but also the sense of achievement he has when taking pictures of whatever he likes, whenever he likes. I do not delete the pictures from my son's camera like I would from my own so he knows that it is all his property and I think he likes that. My son is looking forward to taking his camera to London when we visit in the summer and I am looking forward to seeing what grabs his attention whilst we are away!
The camera can be bought for around £24.00 from amazon and I think for the camera and all the added extras that are included that it is a really good price which most children will enjoy using in my opinion.
Thank you for reading my review!
Summary: A good camera for children to have
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