“I was provided with complimentary products on behalf of VTech for the purpose of this review. All images, and opinions are my own.”
I often tell Missi—can you believe how cool it’s gonna be when our kids grow up and they have this enormous digital media print that no one before their generation had. Sure, digital cameras and the internet have been around for a while now, but with social media and the ridiculously fast evolution of media capturing devices like cameras, video cameras and audio recorders all morphed into a tiny smartphone, kids can easily document everything they witness.
Although all of that sounds like a bunch of awesomeness, that also leads me to share one of my biggest concerns. Access to the Internet. Various devices to capture video are readily connected to the internet, which although convenient, it certainly opens the door to a lot of things that I’m not ready for my kids to face. Thankfully, I can now let my kids experience and document their activities in a fun and safe manner thanks to VTech.
I personally love creating videos, and in fact, it’s even a means of income for me and our media brand. So when VTech reached out to us and asked us to try out their VTech Kidizoom Action Cam, I’m not sure who was more thrilled—me or the kids!
Already anxious for a recording device of their own for a while (since they see all of Dad’s equipment), my kids were super excited to get to know the Kidizoom Action Cam, and get to filming some cool stuff in no time. And that’s perhaps the best part about this device; it’s super easy to use.
Because VTech knows that the Kidizoom Action Cam will be in the hands of some of the most demanding and toughest little users, the camera itself is built in a drop and water proof case. But keep in mind that while it’s designed to withstand some abuse, it’s not indestructible, so I made sure to explain my kids to treat the camera with caution and respect. As with everything else we own.
Once you power on the Kidizoom Action Cam, you’ll notice that it’ll show a home screen similar to today’s smart devices, where you can select from photo and video mode, or playback mode to watch the stuff you’ve captures. There are also icons for updating the camera settings, which are minimal, and even boil-in games, although in such a small device they aren’t all that fun, but it’s nice to have them just in case.
We took our VTech Kidizoom Action Cam to the park, and the kids had a blast recording all kinds of stuff, and taking advantage of the multiple included mounts for flat surfaces or bike handlebars.
Eventually we uploaded the video to our computer using the provided USB cord, and then I spent some time teaching the kids a little bit about video editing, which means I bored them to death in no time. Oh well…
All in all the VTech Kidizoom Action Cam is a great device to encourage kids to love video and photography, which in my opinion; are very cool forms of art, and you never know—the next Spielberg may be living under the same roof as you are now.
Things I loved:
- Durable case.
- Easy to operate.
- Built in rechargeable battery.
Things that need improved:
- Include a super basic video editing software. (Mainly to teach kids what to do with all their videos, so they don’t just go to waste)
- Battery life seems to very at times, couldn’t get a consistent life cycle.