This is a review of the VTech Kidizoom Camera Pix.
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I bought the VTech Kidizoom Camera Pix at Target during the Thanksgiving season. Walmart had it at a significantly lower price, but Target had the price match guarantee, still has, as well as an extra 15% off that day, so I got it at Target and ended up being very satisfied with the purchase.
The package included the Kidizoom Camera, the user manual, and a wrist strap. The camera has a loop hole on each side so you can put the wrist strap either on the left or the right. The camera I got is blue. They also have the pink option.
It uses 4 AA batteries, not included in the package. The Energizer batteries I put lasted 2 months with daily use from a toddler.
As it states, it is very kid friendly. Designed for 3 to 8 years old, my son has dropped it so many times and there was no effect at all to its performance. It has a rubber surface which gives little hands more grip and prevents scratches when dropped.
There are 2 viewfinders but my son doesn’t use it because it doesn’t quite match his eyes. I used it and it seems fine, I guess one can use either right or left viewfinder if preferred, but using the 1.8″ TFT color LCD screen is much easier.
There are zoom in and zoom out buttons which also double as sound volume controls.
The quality of the photos are remarkable considering it’s a kid camera. It has 2.0 mega pixels with 4x digital zoom. Very detailed, I should say. Photo Resolution is 2.0 MP (1600 x 1200) or 0.3 MP (640 x 480).
Here are some of the photos taken by my son with his Kidizoom camera. Here is a photo of candies on the floor.
Here is a photo of our carpet. Amazing that such detail can be caught with a camera made for kids!
The movie resolution is 160 x 120 when using internal memory, and 320 x 240 when using a memory card. There is a maximum of 5 minutes for the movie length. There is a built in memory and microSD card slot for memory expansion and you would definitely need it. I still need to get a memory card for this camera because my child loves to take photos with his camera. He even knows to ask us to say “Cheese!”
The menu options that can be accessed using the home button are camera, movies, playback, games, creative tools, and settings.
My son has learned to use his camera for taking selfies. You turn it around and it will automatically detect the face. With my son, his selfies are all close up, meaning you don’t see his neck or top of the head. I thought this has something to do with the camera selfie settings, but I tried it with my face, and it didn’t do this. I guess it was because his arms are so much shorter than mine.
The VTech Kidizoom Camera Pix is packed with a lot of photo effects and templates. There are four creative tools to use. They are the photo editor, animation maker, silly face detector which raters what percentage how silly a photo is, and voice recorder. There are more than 35 fun photo effects, frames, and stamps. You would want to read through the user manual to figure out everything it has to offer.
When in the camera option, you can press the 4 directional cursor button up and down to give you the five categories of photo frames, stamps, special effects, photo collage and selfie mode. Pressing the left or right will just make you go through all of the choices one by one.
When in the movies option, you can press the 4 directional cursor button to the left or right to see the different frames for the videos. Pressing up and down will show the playback of the photos and videos taken with the camera. Here’s to show you what kind of “movies” your kid can make.
It’s fun to make a stop animation movie. One can make a video with 5 different voice changing effects. The five different voice effects are high pitch, low pitch, slow, robot, and echo.
There are 4 built in games. The games are “Bunny Jump”, you make the bunny hop through the logs to get to the finish line; “Train Stack Track”, you choose which shape to go to the track to complete it; “Where’s the UFO?”, you pick which cloud is hiding the UFO; and “Worm Maze”, where you help the worm navigate by pressing OK to rotate the vine so the worm can pass through. All the games are fun. My son’s favorite is the Bunny Jump because the bunny is so cute, and he laughs every time the bunny accidentally falls in the water. I think is is the hardest because of the logs that move up and down so you have to time it just right, and there is also a timer so you can’t be too slow. The bunny is rewarded at the end with a giant carrot and hops up and down with glee! So cute!
There is a USB port so you can connect to your computer to download all the photos and videos. This is a great option if you don’t have the optional microSD memory yet.
The indoor light frequency options are 60 Hz USA and 50 Hz EU. Not really sure what this was at first but I researched it and it has something to do with the flickering effect so we need to match or synchronize the camera’s frequency with the electrical frequency where we shoot photos.
You can put the date and time. Language choices are English, Dutch or French. The date and time resets with every battery change.
It’s a great toy and also a great starter camera for a kid. There are actually less complexed cameras out there for adults that look so cheap compared to the VTech Kidizoom Camera Pix. This one looks well made. It is made in China.
I would highly recommend this toy. It is worth every penny and your kid would not get tired of it!
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