It seems like I always have a camera in my hand. Whether it’s my full on DSLR or just my trusty iPhone, the ability to snap a shot is always, quite literally, at my finger tips. Capturing moments and scenes is just something I’ve always had a passion for. And my daughter is developing that same passion. And with creative, artistic skills that seem beyond her seven years, this kid has the potential to do some amazing things. She is constantly setting up shots, or just framing a scene with her own unique perspective in a way that fascinates and impresses me. And she’s been hounding me for a while to buy her a camera. What kind of mean mom wouldn’t get her photo enthusiastic daughter a camera? Well I suppose one that just handed down her iPhone 6 with a very capable camera (for a 7 year old) in it. I actually have one of my older DLSRs tucked away for her when she’s ready but right now that’s a lot of camera for little hands. I know I could go out and get her a half decent point and shoot model but honestly they aren’t much better than what she has in her iPhone so that just feels like a waste of money. I also know there are plenty of “kid” cameras out there. And my experience with them has not been great. The ones I’ve tried have tiny little display screens that you can barely see, the pictures are just grainy super low resolution images and you can only shoot about 5 and the memory is full and the cameras tend to be glitchy and unreliable.
VTech Kidizoom Action Cam
When we were given the opportunity to try out the new VTech Kidizoom Action Cam 180 I will admit I was initially a little hesitant after my experience with other cameras built for kids. But since we’ve always been pleased with the other VTech products we’ve purchased over the years I decided to read over the product information to see if this camera would be different. Once I realized all of the innovative and advances features the Kidizoom offered I was convinced it was worth testing out. And that, it turns out, was a great decision.
Let’s start with taking a look at all of the accessories that come with the Kidizoom Action Cam 180:
- Water resistant case
- Two mounts for attaching to your bike, skateboard, etc.
- Wrist strap
- Built in rechargeable Li-on Polymer Battery
- USB cable
Before Molly even tried out the camera she was in love with it. Not only was she getting her very own camera, but she had been pining over my GoPro with the underwater housing for some time now. Now she had it all. And she couldn’t wait to get started!
The 180 degree swivel lens is a really cool feature of this camera. No need to push a button to take selfies and changing to a second, sub par lens like in most smart phones. You simply turn the lens which ever direction you want to take the picture from. You can even point it straight up if you want.
The adjustable mounts work great as a mini tripod too! And the large, bright screen makes it easy to see what you are photographing or filming.
It only took me a minute to mount the camera to her bike and it stayed put the entire bike ride.
Molly was so excited to get the new camera out on the kayak! It was awesome to let her take the camera out on the lake without any worry about it getting water damage. She was even able to dip it into the lake and take some underwater shots.
Molly had the camera figured out in no time. She could easily switch from camera to video recorder and go back and look at the images she shot. It’s very easy to navigate. The camera is the perfect size for little hands yet it doesn’t feel flimsy and toy like – it feels like a camera.
Here are just a few of my favourite shots that Molly took with her camera while we were at the lake.
And a quick little video I just discovered – I believe this is her opinion of litter on the beach.
Final thoughts on the Kidizoom Action Cam 180
Here’s what Molly (and I ) love about this camera:
- The expandable memory is a HUGE bonus feature to this camera. The camera will hold a fair amount of images/video but you can also insert a microSC card.
- The 180 degree swivel lens.
- The rechargable battery. No need to buy batteries and you can take a surprising amount of photos and/or videos on a single charge.
- The quality of the images and videos is pretty decent. It’s not iPhone 6 quality but it is far better than any kids camera we have tried in the past.
- The water resistant case means you take take the camera out on the boat, the swimming pool, even the bath tub if you’re just playing at home.
- The included mounts make it easy to get plenty of action videos. You can even shoot videos in slow or fast motion which is pretty fun.
- The pictures were easy to upload to the computer. You just plug it in using the supplies USB cable and you can view and transfer your photos and videos to your computer.
A couple of other features that the Kidizoom has worth mentioning are three built in games and some fun digital frames and effects that you can use while taking pictures. We didn’t really play around with those too much but I think younger kids would get a kick out of them.
The Kidizoom Action Cam 180 is a winner with Molly. She is having so much using it and is pretty happy to have a camera of her own. I’m happy that it’s intuitive enough that she can use it independently without me having to stop what I’m doing every 5 minutes to help! She can just grab her camera and let the creative juices flows.
The VTech Kidizoom Action Cam 180 retails for about $59.99 and you can find it at Walmart, Toys R Us, Mastermind and Amazon.
Disclaimer: Molly and I received this product so that we could bring you this review. All thoughts, opinions and cuteness are 100% our own (well mostly Molly)