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Last month we were lucky enough to get a Kidizoom Action Cam from VTech to have a play around with and post a review.
I am not sure who was more excited at the prospect of the Kidizoom Action Cam arriving as G and I waited patiently for the courier to deliver the parcel. The advert for the Kidizoom Action Cam seems to be everywhere and G was very keen on telling me all the things it could do before the camera had even got here.
I love taking photographs and recently G has developed an interest in taking photos on our phones or wanting to having a go with my Nikon (which fills me with dread, but I try not to be too precious) so having his very own camera was a big deal for him.
Regular readers will know I posted on here a while back on How VTech can make family travelling easier and the Kidizoom Action Cam was on the list.
Kidizoom Action Cam – Encourage children to take pictures of their holiday from start to finish with this action camera which captures photos, video and offers games. Giving kids their own (robust) camera encourages them to observe their surroundings and focus on what interests them. You might be surprised at the results from their knee-high view. With a waterproof case for underwater pictures at the beach or in the pool, and a mount allowing you to attach to a bike, children can capture action shots during any part of their holiday.
Handling the camera took G a while to master as it is quite small for his chunky fingers. However he soon began to understand that his fingers had to be away from the lens in order to take a picture. As you can see he was less than impressed with his first few efforts!! The Kidizoom Action Cam is aimed at 5-12 year olds so we guessed it would be a little tricky for him to begin with.
Or holding the camera still when taking the photo……
However by the time we got on holiday (You can read more about our camping in Cornwall adventure here) he had really mastered the camera and started taking some great pictures.
The camera retails at £49.99 so would probably be the type of thing you would purchase for a birthday or Christmas present. It can take videos, go underwater (this really does work as you can see in the video), there are graphics you can add to your pictures and a few simple games to plays, so you do get a lot for your money. It also comes with a handy mount that means you can attach it to your bike or helmet for some real action shots and video too.
You can see a much shorter version of the video the kids made in the pool (rather than the 5 minute version they loved making!) But it does prove it really takes great underwater footage!
When we were on the foreshore in Budock we had a ‘photo off’ and I have to say G’s were pretty good!
One with the Nikon DSLR
G’s attempt with the Kidizoom
My attempt with my Nikon DSLR
I have to say we were really impressed and hope this new found interest in photography and videos really takes off. I have to say thank you VTech for making technology so easily accessible to our little people. I really can not recommend the Kidizoom Action Cam enough. We had so much fun with it and it is till being used lots now we are home too. I might start posting a Sunday Photo from G too. Watch this space!!
The last few weeks have been pretty intense for us as a family and we have had to make some hard decisions as to where our future is and whether to change our lives quite dramatically next year due to our business not moving in the direction we had hoped.
I have also been taking the Jumpstart 2015 course from Christina Greve Christina is a photographer and a life coach and her course so far has been really enlightening. It has really made me realise that although I have been loving my blog I haven’t really had a direction or a passion. For years my real passion was photography but I lost my way. I started trying to get too technical and theoretical and forgot about what it was I loved when taking photographs. The simplicity of a beautiful image, capturing a moment and seeking the detail in small things. As a result I have decided that 2015 is the year I am really going to try and get back to this passion. My kit has been dusted down and upgraded, I have dug out all my old pictures to really inspire me again and I want to start documenting the beauty around us. The gallery below is some of my old work with the last six being my most recent.
My other plan for 2015 is to become far more organised and tidy. For people who know me they will be laughing their socks off! However I can no longer cope with the disorganisation and the clutter in both my mind and our home so life in 2015 is going to be simplified big time. We have far too much stuff and it just causes clutter. I will try to document my efforts and maybe if you feel the same way we could try and encourage each other to live a simpler, less complicated life in 2015.