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Vtech Kidizoom Video Camera
Member Name: wazza115
Vtech Kidizoom Video Camera
Advantages: Lots of fun
Disadvantages: RRP a little steep and photo quality not great
Whilst browsing on line a couple of years ago, I spotted this discounted at Amazon to £24.99 and although I had finished my Christmas shopping, I decided this was too much of a bargain to miss so purchased one for me daughter.
The camera is widely available in most toy shops, on line and has a recommended retail price of around £60 which I feel is quite expensive. I have spotted it on offer quite a lot so I would recommend shopping around before you purchase. The camera is available in two different colours, blue or pink and is suitable for children over the age of 3.
- What I like about the camera is its design, it is quite chunky and Lauren found it very easy to hold.
- The camera is quote robust; it has been dropped a few times (once on a hard tiles floor) and this has not caused any damage.
- The casing to the camera is a little rubbery which I think not only protects it from impact, it also helps grip.
- Just like my camera, this one has a LCD display (measure approx 1.8inches) so Lauren can focus on what she is taking a picture of/filming
- If you take any films, these can be replayed back easily through the TV or uploaded to our PC to be viewed or printed out. Whilst I would say this is a good point, it is not one we have used much but I can image as Lauren gets older, this may be a function we use more.
- It has a built in memory of approx 256mb, this doesn't sound a lot but it does hold quite a lot of photos before I have to start deleting them. You can also insert a memory card are record straight to that, this is not included however you can pick these up for a few pounds now.
- The button to take the photo/film is situated to the back of the camera which means we have had very few instances where Lauren has photographed or filmed her fingers!
- The problem I find with the product is that with is having no built in flash and only a 2mega pixel camera, the quality of the photos she takes are very poor (not only because she hasn't got a steady hand). When taking any photos inside, especially with little daylight, the photos are really distorted and dark. On the few times she has used the camcorder element, you have to keep you hands as still as possible or if you are following around, do so really slowly otherwise the film is really jumpy. As you can imagine, this was quite frustrating for a 4 year old (especially one which is quite impatient)
- The camera is operated by 4 x AA batteries which are included however they don't have a very long shelf life. I found that within the 1st day of using, these needed replacing. We have replaced with good quality rechargeable and they have faired a lot better.
- RRP high
The main concept of the product is that it is a camcorder however Lauren likes to use it more as a camera. The design of the handle means it is really easy for her to hold.
There are lots of other functions available on the camera such as adding animation and there is also a games facility, at the minute, Lauren doesn't really play with these.
Although I have stated that the picture quality is not great, for a 4 year old, Lauren has never complained!
Overall, for the price I paid, this has proved a good toy and it has had quite a lot of usage, I would be a little disappointed if I would have paid full price as the quality is not fantastic therefore I would give 4 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading
Summary: RRP a little steep and photo quality not great but lots of fun