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Little one’s can take great pictures with the V-Tech Kidizoom Twist this Christmas

24 Dec

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DAY TILL CHRISTMAS

The children have been extremely lucky to road test some of the newest toys on the market, and as the Santa’s Little helpers comes to an end we still have a few more to come.

When we were asked to review the V-Tech Kidizoom Twist, I have to admit that I myself became a tad over excited! Harley is forever putting his little chocolate fingers all over my camera so the prospect of him having his own couldn’t have come soon enough.

The Kidizoom Twist is in fact aimed at pre-schoolers aged from 3 years, Harley may actually only be 2, nonetheless he loved it all the same! It really is felt that my youngest little helper may in fact grow up with an interest in photography, and his not half bad at it either.

V-tech have been extremely clever when creating the Kidizoom twist, the must have Christmas Gift which is featured in the ‘Argos, fab fifteen’ (Top fifteen christmas toys for 2011).

The 2 megapixel camera camera with 5 digital zoom and coloured screen has a number of clever features designed to bring ease of use, entertainment and learning to it’s tiny users. The Kidizoom twist really is more than just your average kid’s camera. It’s really funky design makes it super cool and appealing to children while it’s designed to restrain bumps and falls avoiding them horrid costly replacements.

The Kidizoom Twist features not one but two lenses window’s so your tot doesn’t come across the problem of having to angle the camera in-order to see their target image and position the camera accordingly to take a picture. The child can instead hold the camera at eye level and take a picture with ease.

That’s not all, this camera has a number of special editing features allowing your child to create some great features to their pictures such as frames, wacky stamps and the ability to distort the picture in-order to create some really funky funny faces, which I feel is very appealing for children on the autism spectrum (Harley’s elder brother, Little man loves this feature on his younger brother’s latest gadget). Another fabulous feature to this camera is the voice recording mode that allows you to edit & change the tone of your voice to five effects (pitch up, pitch down, slow, robot and echo)  you can then add the edited voice to your images.

The Camera also has a number of built-in games, five in total, you can even use your own pictures within the games to play games such as spot the difference amongst a whole host of others.

If all that doesn’t sound great enough Kidizoom also has the capability to video, giving it that extra edge.

Oh… and in case you were wondering about the name and the reference it makes to the word twist? This camera does actually have a revolving lenses, meaning it spins round to face the photographer in-order for them to create the perfect self-portrait or video of themselves.

Harley loved the Kidizoom twist and to be honest so do his older siblings who actually ran-out two different sets of batteries. Little Harley is just mastering them all important motor skills so yes, he did drop the camera once or twice, but the protective rubber casing around the camera ensured its safety and saved it from breakage.

We, actually received the camera on the morning of the day we set of to Butlin’s so Harley got to bring his lovely new Kidizoom twist along for the ride, which provided lots of photo taking opportunities.

Kidizoom Twist Specifications:

2 Mega Pixel

4x digital zoom

Built in flash

Twisting/rotating lenses

Colour screen

256 MB built in memory (Holds over 500 images & has a SD card slot)

Voice recording & editing mode

Video recording

Image editing (funky effects)

5 built in games

Connect to TV & PC

Dual viewfinder

Durable (funky rubber protective casing)

Accessories can be brought separately such as SD card and protective case

Parental perspective.

I loved this eye-catching camera from v-tech, the only disadvantage I have, is the fact the screen is a tad small (I did expect a slightly bigger screen) though this is meant for younger children and despite the screen being a little small its more than enough for a pre-schooler. I did love the amount of features V-Tech have packed into this kids camera, it really is so much more than a camera, with games and video recording, it’s my opinion that the camera is great value for money.

The camera helps the development of hand eye coordination, gross and fine motor skills while allowing their growing imaginative and creative sides to shine through. It’s great, not only is this super fun but it’s actually quite educational too!

****
We easily award this one with a 4 out of 5 stars.

Available in a choice of pink or blue

Sold at around £49.99 (price may vary depending on retailer).

This is currently on Sale with a £10 reduction (£39.99) at Argos

Click HERE for more details

Disclaimer

V-Tech sent us the Kidizoom Twist in blue, for the purpose of this review! All opinions that are given by myself & the children are our own, are honest and haven’t been influenced in any way.

Peace of mind with KidCam

8 Dec

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Days till Christmas

When you’re a parent to a child on the autism spectrum as well as an 8-year-old Diva & an active toddler of almost 2, you kinda wonder why god didn’t implant eyes in the back of your head!

With all three children having their own interest, you often find them dotted all over the house doing something or another.

Now, I know that children are entitled to their privacy, just like anyone else, but… and yes, this is a very “Big” but, there are some situations that require mummy’s watchful eye! OK, the Little man is totally safe when shut in his room playing lego or memorising bus destinations for hours on end. Alice-Sara can often be left to her own devices when off playing with her beloved Monsters High or off creating art in her bedroom but Harley is most certainly at the age that requires constant supervision and when the other two are together or of playing downstairs, they also need my watch over! Yes, in our house its pretty easy for things to turn from rosy to… Well, Bonkers, especially when Little man lashes out at his sister, he can really go for it, plus she don’t do half bad a detecting, then pushing his buttons!

Most parents will likely relate when I say it isn’t unusual for all hell to break loose when your back is turned as you try so desperately to engage in a little washing up or hovering in the next room. Seriously It’s risky business is that!

So… when this mum received the offer to review KidCam from Storage Options, it was one of those offers that are simply to dam good to refuse!

KidCam is truly awesome, you can use it as a baby monitoring system, put it in the car to keep an eye on them little monsters in the back seat, or even watch over them as they play in separate rooms (with its spilt screen function).

The KidCam consists of two small compact wireless cameras, wireless 4.3” (11 cm) companion screen, 2x home camera stands, 2x camera suction mounts, a home screen stand, 3x power adaptors/chargers plus instruction manual.

What I found fantastic about KidCam was it versatility! You can take it anywhere around the home, it’s so compact & extremely light weight, yet it does all it promises and more! Another top feature was the spilt screen, meaning you can watch two children playing in different areas at the one time (one in their bedroom, another in the garden)! The two wireless cameras transmit a crystal clear picture, plus sound, back to the wireless monitor giving you the parent total peace of mind all of the time.

The KidCam works for up to a 100 m range, which is why this system is designed for the home and garden (though it can be used in the car with the use of an additional adaptor)! You can carry the monitor around the home with you, wherever you go, no need to sit by a power point or panic when you need to dart of to use the bathroom.

The system also works well as a baby monitor or when introducing a child to their own bedroom for the very first time as the KidCam is fully equipped with night-vision. Since I’ve received the KidCam, I’m able to work at my desk without the constant need to get up and find out why the children are so quite (we all know when kids are too quite, this usually means trouble)! I’m also the type of mother who will go and check on my sleeping tribe a million and one times, giving them a poke to make such they move (nightmare mother, I know)!

Now, I don’t want my house turning into some “Big Brother house” but sometimes I am busy and stuff doesn’t do itself, so the KidCam provides me with a way to get the dishes done or hover the hallway without having to worry. KidCam gives me total reassurance if and when I need it, day & night or just here and there, whatever suits me, that’s the beauty of it!

So… There you have it… the KidCam is compact, small, light, versatile, attractive, reliable and offers a parent like me loads of reassurance.

This baby has it all… it has all that of the above, plus its easy & quick to set-up.

I really wasn’t disappointed with KidCam! Would I recommend it? Most defiantly I would!

Priced at £160 we’re not talking cheap, but you really do get what you pay for and this is pure quality.

The KidCam is available now from Storage Options

Disclosure: I received a KidCam for the purpose of this review.

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