By: Redboots Photography  05/12/2011

Really who is actually counting?  Can you believe Christmas is almost here?

I’m getting ready for another Christmas photo session to beat the rush on custom photo cards.

{ Stay posted for a sneak peek at my favourite shots }

On Friday, I was asked by a lovely client if the Vtech Kidizoom video cam would be best purchase for Christmas.  I was thrilled that she asked my professional thoughts and please feel free to read my review below.

Client’s Question:  Is the VTech Kidizoom video cam the best camera for my 5 year old daughter for Christmas?

Specifications:  This is a 2.0 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom and 1.5 feet focus range with 256 MB internal memory (shared with program data) stores up to 2000 photos which allow your child to become your personal family photographer. They can also become their own movie director through it video recording section simply by pressing a button.

This camera has the facility of video recording with sound. The buttons of this camera are nice and big for little fingers. It also has on-camera games and photo effects for your child to get more fun. It needs 4 AA size batteries to play with the camera which is included with the camera.


Personally I am not interested in printing any of the images off the Kidizoom. These images will not teach one to appreciate focus, colour, and clarity in their photos. We also found it very hard to hold the camera still enough to get a non-blurry shot, and there is no flash to help. It has a slow “shutter speed” so fast movement is easily blurred. You have to acknowledge that a kid’s cameras can’t produce images that compare in quality to regular point-and-shoot cameras or mobile phone cameras.

However, all my four children were very intrigued and engrossed with the movie making and video editing features.  I had to shut down production in order to get them to bed at a decent time.  This is where Kidizoom wins the good toy award with educational play value.  Don’t forget it would be worth buying an SD card as an extra to increase the memory and store more movies.

Conclusions:  A “real” camera is likely to be my personal choice, especially one like the Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 used in this, which includes some kid-friendly features such as waterproofing. But for a preschooler (3 – 5 yrs.) who’s just starting to show interest in cameras, I’d say this Vtech Kidizoom video cam could make a fun gift…especially if you can find them on sale. {  €49.67 – €64.99}

The information in this article was current at 02 Dec 2011

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