vtech Kidizoom Camera Review

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The vtech Kidizoom camera in orange

The vtech Kidizoom camera, shown here in orange

Written by: Kimberly Lavoie

Is your child always asking to use your camera? Is your memory stick full of blurry shots obstructed by small chubby fingers? When our oldest got interested in using our point and shoot digital camera we decided it was time to get her a camera of her own. The vtech Kidizoom camera fit the bill. With only 1.3 megapixel resolution it is not suitable for taking high quality photos, but for a child’s first photography lesson, it is a great start.

In addition to the 1.3 megapixel resolution, the camera comes equipped with a 4x digital zoom and 128 MB internal memory. Besides still photography your child can record short video clips with audio, or play 3 games that come pre-installed. The internal memory can store up to 1000 photos, and there is a USB port so you can upload photos to your computer for editing and sharing purposes. There is also some editing directly on the camera where your child can add borders, foregrounds, and funny faces to their subject. There is no end to the giggles over putting piggy ears on mommy’s head, trust me.
Again I would caution that this is not a high-end camera. It is a toy that happens to take photos. Depending on the skill and patience of the child some of the photos may turn out okay but they will not be suitable for framing in a large format. Some features that may help your child take better photos than you might expect from a toy include:
  • handgrips on both sides of the camera for steady shots
  • binocular viewfinders so they can keep their depth perception while framing the photo
  • a small preview screen centered on the back of the camera
  • two different options for the shutter button so they can choose which is easier for them

Pros: The buttons are all large and easy to push. Overall the camera is pretty intuitive to use and with a little guidance from you your child should be shooting photos in no time. The design is very sturdy. We have had ours for three years now and with moderate usage it is still in fine working condition. The games make a nice alternative use for the camera and are not so addictive as to overly increase your child’s screen time quota. The camera comes in a variety of colors (pink, blue, green, and orange). When we bought ours a padded case was included. While not necessarily inexpensive, compared to your child potentially dropping your nice camera, the Kidizoom price point is just about right.

head and shoulders photo of man with somewhat dark lighting

This is a typical photo from the Kidizoom Camera

Cons: The built-in flash on the camera is pretty worthless. Really to take a decent photo your child will need to be in a well-lit room or outdoors. You can see from the typical photo at the left that lighting is probably the weakest point for the camera. The child will also need to be fairly close to their subject. The battery life is decent, but it does chew through 4 AA batteries, and our experience with rechargeable batteries is that they don’t last very long. It wouldn’t matter if the batteries were easy to change, but since the camera is marketed to 3 years and up the battery compartments are closed with screws (you know the tiny kind that require a special screwdriver) so you don’t want to be changing these all the time.

If your child is starting to show an interest in photography this is a fun way to encourage their skill and learning. As long as your expectations are not too high, and you remember that this is a functional, but toy, camera you’ll have fun seeing what your child can create.

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