We’re a society of photo fanatics. Is it any wonder our kids are obsessed with wanting their own cameras?
When my son was younger we got him a chunky kiddy cam. He used it for a little while but complained, “My pictures suck!” Being a proper parent I corrected him by saying, “We don’t say suck. We say, the photo quality sucks.”
At thirteen we got him a grown up DSLR camera and he hasn’t put it down since.
When his little sister asks to use the fancy camera we smile and say, “Not a chance butter fingers. That camera cost more than mummy’s wedding ring.”
She has her own kiddy camera, but like her brother’s before, it’s chunky and the photos are complete rubbish.
So what’s a parent to do when their pint-sized photographer asks for a camera? We gave our daughter a hand-me-down iPhone last year (for pictures and texting) and she dropped it about 80 times and then lost it forever.
Thankfully we found a fantastic kid friendly camera solution! Two in fact. At a recent VTech product preview I was introduced to the most kid friendly cams you’ve ever seen. They are picture perfect.
First is the Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2—a great multifunction watch like Mom & Dad’s, designed just for kids!
Here’s what makes this one of the best tech gadgets we’ve tested so far. 😍
- Large buttons and a surprisingly responsive touchscreen face.
- A variety of backgrounds to choose from and 55 customizable watch faces to help kids learn to tell time.
- Two cameras for forward facing photos, selfies or videos.
- Storage capacity for up to 1600 photos! That is A LOT of cat pics.
- Though not fully waterproof, it’s splash proof.
- Easily charged by connecting to the computer via the USB cable.
- Comes loaded with several games, puzzles and other apps.
The smartwatch also has a pedometer, a stop watch, and an alarm clock (set to “Don’t get up until 7am please!”). Parents can buy additional apps online at the VTech Learning Lodge.
Avery’s favourite is the Silly Yourself app. No shocker there. She takes selfies and adds fun filters. I don’t understand the allure of a filter. I mean, I’m all natural, all the time. Okay, I can’t even keep typing with a straight face. My life is one big Insta-fiter. Anyway, the silly pics can be saved to use as a new watch face.
My favourite feature is that it’s strapped to her wrist!!!! Clearly I’m still mourning the untimely loss of the MIA iPhone.
Age recommendation: 4 – 12 years
MSRP: 🇨🇦 $69.99
To find out more about the Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 visit HERE.
Second is the Kidizoom Action Cam 18O—excellent for summer fun by the pool or family vacations by the sea.
It’s small enough for little hands, but sturdy enough to feel like and act like a real camera. It comes with a wrist strap and a water-resistant case. The case protects the camera from dents, drops, and watery dunks. And dog hair and maple syrup which seems to be a problem at our house.
The coolest feature is that kids can take the camera (with the case on) in the pool or wading into the ocean!
With the 180 degree swivel lens you just rotate the lens and shoot in any direction. (While the case is on, you can’t move the lens, but the cover removes and reattaches easily.)
The camera doesn’t take the highest quality pics ever, but far better than the aforementioned chunky kiddy cam. And the video quality is decent and can be shot in slo-mo or fast motion.
For kids who shoot lots of video (like mine…mostly of me without my knowledge, in my pyjamas, from a really awful angle with bad lighting) you can get a micro SD card for extra memory storage.
The camera comes with a built in rechargeable battery, USB cable for uploading pics and videos to your computer (most of which you’ll ultimately delete without your kid even knowing), and two mounts for attaching the camera GoPro style to your bike or whatever. I really want to attach it to our cat somehow just to see what he actually gets up to during the day. If I can figure that out, you KNOW there will be a video docu-blog post.
Age recommendation: 4 – 12 years
MSRP: 🇨🇦 $59.99
To find out more about the Kidizoom Action Cam 180 visit HERE.
Disclosure: This post is not sponsored. However we were asked us to try these cameras and provide our honest feedback.