With a keen (amateur!) photographer as a dad it is no surprise that our kids absolutely love happy snaps. They are always willing to show off their biggest smiles and miss 5 regularly comes home from kindy with a pretend camera made from cardboard or wood so she can take her own photos too. Knowing she would soon have a new baby sibling she has been begging us for a real camera so you can imagine her delight when we presented her with this VTech gift on the day Harriet was born:
The Kidizoom Twist Plus Camera (RRP $89.95, available in pink and blue) makes the perfect gift for young wanna-be photographers aged 3-9 years old. Designed with active children in mind this child-friendly camera is tough, sturdy and packed with cool features that will get the creative juices flowing.
Fitted with a 2-megapixel camera, built-in auto flash, video/ voice recorder and 4x digital zoom the Kidizoom Twist Plus allows children to record their favourite moments with the simple click of a button. They can then view and edit their snaps or videos on the large 2.2-inch colour LCD screen, create a super cool movie or put together a fun photo album with special effects. The end result can be uploaded to your computer using the included USB-cable to be watched, shared or printed as you please.
After a brief introduction Juliet quickly worked out how to control the Kidizoom camera and she was snapping away in no time. She had lots of fun exploring all the different options, especially the two-way ‘spin’ camera (endless ‘selfies’), voice recording (No.1 hit Let It Go) and special colour effects were a huge success and have resulted in hours of giggles for the three big kids.
Miss 5 taking ‘selfies’
Hip daddy and I had so much fun going through the photos on our computer, I haven’t laughed so hard in ages. From silly faces to half-eaten sandwiches, from a sleeping cat to the baby having a nappy change and from mind blowing dance moves to heartwarming covers of their favourite songs, there’s definitely never a boring moment in our house!
Miss Hattie wiggling her little toes
The camera works on 4 AA batteries and has a 256MB memory which holds around 350 photos, that’s a lot of sweet baby pictures and hilarious photos of your siblings! If desired the memory can be expanded by inserting a microSD card (not included). If you’re planning a long trip over the Christmas holidays you may want to think ahead and bring extra batteries/memory card, you don’t want to miss out on your best picture! As a parent I appreciate the fact that you can turn the sound down or even completely off, particularly pleasant in a fully-packed car with a sleeping baby.
Her disco brother
Bonus: Just in case taking photos and videos wasn’t enough the Kidizoom Twist Plus also comes with 5 easy-to-play games where you can select your own photo to be part of the game, now that’s what I call interactive fun (even hip daddy’s camera doesn’t have games!)
Her crazy sister
Like most parents we try to capture the special moments in our children’s lives on camera and we will continue to do so, but allowing your child to be in charge of the buttons too is a lovely way to record life from a different point of view. Kids don’t care about perfect posing, neat hair or sitting straight, their greatest treasures are the funny, silly and messy moments that will be held dear for years to come.
Because rainbows make everything better…
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