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Kidizoom Spin n Smile vs Kid Tough See Yourself
The new camera models from VTech’s Kidizoom range, and Fisher Price’s Kid Tough collection are out this Fall.
Both cameras feature video recording capability, kid-durable design and a new swivel lens.
Kids love taking pictures, but who wants to spend all of their time behind the camera? With a rotating lens, they can turn the spotlight on themselves, snapping perfect self-portraits as they will be able to see the display screen as they pose.
Let’s take a closer look at the best new kids’ cameras.
New VTech Kidizoom Camera for 2011 – the Spin n Smile
If you don’t recognize the name of the new VTech camera, that may be because earlier in the year it was referred to as the Kidizoom Twist. In Europe that is the name it is being marketed under, but in the US it is called the Spin and Smile.
Here’s its highlights:
- Rotating Lens mounted on the top of the camera
- Camera Quality – 2.0 megapixel camera, with 4x digital zoom, built-in flash and self-timer
- Video Recorder – records pictures and sounds
- Color Screen
- Voice recording function – 5 different voice changing effects – pitch up, pitch down, slow, robot and echo
- Editing – add stamps, borders and silly effects to photos without plugging into a computer
- Memory – 256MB, enough for 500 photos -also has an SD card slot for memory expansion
- Games – 5 games built-in to the camera
- Computer compatibility – plug in to PC or Mac to share or save photos, or connect to TV to view on the big screen
- Suitable for kids aged 3 years +
- Available in blue or pink
- MRSP $60
New Fisher Price Kid Tough Camera for 2011 – the See Yourself
In early press, around Toy Fair 2011, this offering from Fisher Price was called the ‘I Can See Me’ camera. The correct full name is the Fisher Price Kid Tough See Yourself Camera.
- 180 degress swivel lens on top to face you, or turn to face out
- Camera is a 1.2 mega-pixel with 4x digital zoom
- No flash as it performs in low-light conditions
- Records video with sound
- Edit photos with fun special effects & stampers
- Storage for up to 1,000 pictures, plus has an SD card slot to expand memory
- Convenient wrist strap to stop it dropping to floor
- 1.8” color screen lets kids see who & what they’re shooting
- Downloadable photo editing software for your Microsoft PC
- Can connect to PC or Mac for photo transfer, but editing with software only possible on a PC
- Suitable for ages 3-7 years
- Available in black or purple
- MRSP $70
VTech Kidizoom Spin and Smile or Fisher Price Kid Tough See Yourself Camera
The Kidizoom has a higher quality camera, and built-in games. The Kid Tough has editing software you can use on your PC, but costs an extra $10.
Think about how your child is likely to use their new digital camera. If they are likely to want their photos printed out, then the 2MP VTech Spin n Smile is the better option. If they are a computer-savvy kid, they may enjoy sitting at the PC playing around with the Fisher Price See Yourself software.
The InnoTab 2, LeapPad 2 and Leapster GS all have built in cameras that can be used for taking still photos or recording video footage.
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