Thursday, April 30, 2015

Capture the Adventure with the VTech Kidizoom Action Cam! {Review & Giveaway}

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Although I'm not always completely impressed with some of the new technological advances, there are always those that do peak my interest. Tablets easily made life more portable, touchscreens have provided access with (literally) one finger, and, most recently, action cameras provide a new and unique look at the world.

No matter if we're seeing life from the end of a surfboard or from the viewpoint of a family pet, action cameras are built to capture outdoor activities from a variety of angles. But, even though they're typically small, light, waterproof, and shockproof so that they can handle whatever activity is thrown at them, the idea of turning one over to a child is cringe-inducing.

Hundreds of dollars on a device that is then going to be attached to my kid's bike and, considering Big Sister E's steering capabilities, quite possibly driven straight into a bush, followed by the sidewalk? Or worn on Little Sister B's wrist when she manages to stumble on the grass and go rolling head over heels? I'm sorry, that just wouldn't be fun for me.

Fortunately, there is a new option for active children to get out and explore the world around them while capturing memories in an extremely safe, kid-friendly, dependable way thanks to the VTech Kidizoom Action Cam!

Kidizoom Action Cam

Durable, easy-to-use, and kid-tough, the Kidizoom Action Cam allows children of all ages (designed for 4+) to see and record the world in so many ways. Whether they're out on a bike ride, at the skate park, diving into the pool or simply having a backyard adventure, this camera is the perfect way to bring big technology to a new generation of active kids.

I have always been amazed at the way that VTech manages to take the latest and greatest (and highly expensive) devices and create a version that is perfect for children. What kid wouldn't love carrying this Action Cam or mounting it to their helmet, bike, skateboard, scooter or more?

VTech Kidizoom Action Camera

Unsurprisingly, Big Sister E and Little Sister B were extremely eager to open our Kidizoom Action Cam so that they could start using it. I couldn't blame them!

VTech Kidizoom Action Cam pieces

Right out of the box it was clear that everything we needed had been included: the Action Cam featuring a 1.4" color LCD screen, rechargeable battery, waterproof case for underwater adventures, two mounts and accessories, wrist strap, and a micro USB cable for data transfer and battery charging (not pictured).

The only thing that a child would need to start recording hours of fun is an outdoor adventure and a microSD card (as this device includes an expandable memory up to 32GB, which translates to 278,000+ photos and thousands of minutes of video). Then it is time to get active and start exploring the world!

It didn't take long before we had familiarized ourselves with the Action Cam buttons and controls and were ready to take it outside and give it a go.

Kidizoom Action Cam controls

This couldn't be much easier!

Photos or videos are taken by using the clearly-labeled buttons, while adding different effects to them only takes another few seconds. My kids immediately loved being able to select from the different colors, frames, borders, filters, and more to give their pictures and videos some added fun!

Kidizoom camera effects

But while my girls were happy simply holding onto the Kidizoom Action Cam and capturing their playtime and laughter...

kids action camera

...there was no doubt that we needed to put this to the test with even more motion.

VTech Kidizoom Action Cam bike

Attaching the camera to the holder, the mount to the bike, and the holder to the mount took a matter of minutes and it was immediately evident that it really was securely held in place. No worries about this falling or dropping when it was snapped in tightly (but also easily adjustable)!

Big Sister E couldn't wait to see what her journey would look like when she was done and, in a flash, was biking down the block with the Action Cam rolling.

VTech kids gopro

What fun! Ever since that first ride, both kids have had a blast with the Kidizoom Action Cam and absolutely love seeing the photos and videos that they can take on their own, whether they are moving or not.

As much as it has taken some getting used to turning around and finding this pretty much nonstop...

VTech camera

...I have to admit that it is pretty great to get caught up in their excitement seeing what they have captured on their adventures.

See for yourself!

I, on the other hand, am thrilled knowing that this high quality camera can keep up with whatever my kids put it through (it has been dropped multiple times already); that it saves power by automatically turning off after a short period when no buttons are pressed; and that it is so easy to connect to my computer to download the kids' files. Who doesn't need one more way to save and share about their awesome children?

At the same time, for such a small device, the Kidizoom Action Cam contains a wide variety of features that have kept my kids interested in playing with it over and over again. If they ever aren't in the mood to take standard photos or video, they simply use the controls to switch over to the three built-in games, stop motion feature, time-lapse options, and more!

Kidizoom Action Cam games

Overall, this is one tech toy created with a kid-durable design to withstand drops and bumps for no worries about everyday play, yet it can provide the detail and capabilities of adult video gear that costs hundreds more!

Retailing for $59.99 in two vibrant color options — yellow/black and the purple we received — the Kidizoom Action Cam will be available from on May 1st, in local Walmart stores May 11th, and elsewhere nationwide this summer. As well as heading to the VTech website to find out more about this incredible gadget, be sure to connect with them on Facebook and Twitter to discover all of their high quality products.

And, thanks to their generosity, one person will soon get to see why their child will enjoy having the ability to capture their adventures big and small as well, because...

One lucky person will win a Kidizoom Action Cam from VTech!

VTech Kidizoom Action Cam - yellow

A big thank you to VTech for providing a Kidizoom Action Cam for me to facilitate my review as well as an additional Kidizoom Action Cam for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.


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