Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Fisher Price Kid -Tough Video camera giveaway.

Boy did we have fun reviewing this Fisher Price Kid -Tough Video camera.  An addition to Fisher Price's, already popular, Kid tough digital camera range.I really love that this is a real video camera for 3-7 yr olds.

When a new toy arrives can you imagine the 'drama' when mummy says WAIT my TURN first. It makes it tough being a kid and so not fair. This video camera is especially designed for 3-7 yrs with minimal help from big people. Big people love it too.

Movie directors are getting younger all the time—with help from the Kid Tough Video Camera. It’s designed so little hands can hold it steady and access all the buttons. And since no one likes to wait, they can replay video instantly on the camera. Hmmm … not quite perfect? Just delete and shoot again. Share the fun with the whole family on the computer—or on the TV!

Requires 4 “AA” batteries (not included)

Summary of FEATURES:

* Child-friendly controls for ease of use.
* SD card slot for extra recording time (OPTIONAL extra ).
* Easy computer (USB included) & TV connection (AV jack not included).
* Downloadable file management software.
* High quality, 3.56 cm colour TFT screen.

Microsoft® Windows XP, Windows Vista™ or Windows 7. Suits MAC's too

The video camera comes in blue or pink (which I just realised). It has large buttons - the orange button with blue circle to turn it on, the green button on right starts recording .The red cross at bottom deletes a file/video. It has orange arrows to scroll back and forwards through numbered files of each video .

My boys did pick it up quickly.To video kids view through 1.5” colour LCD preview screen , this also allows kids to instantly playback the videos they’ve taken. red indicator 'light' flashes when they are recording on the front and a small red circle on the LCD screen. It was a little hard to see playback outside in bright light.

The camera is powered by 4 AA alkaline batteries underneath the camera,with childproof lock for safety (just need a 1/4 turn of phillips head screwdriver top open the compartment- 10 secs).
It even has a low battery indicator too.

The USB port is on the left side, with  a slide compartment - it was a little tricky to open the compartment and push the USB cable plug in (guess it keeps it safe from little peeps). It is very easy to download video files to your computer. (same one as I use for my camera so bonus ! you don't have to search for a special cord).It can also be connected to the TV with an AV cable (not included).

A neat feature I really like is that the video camera  turns itself off automatically if it's been left on.Power and money saving when you have kids who forget. You can't use recyclable batteries.

To be honest I'd didn't test the tough features like dropping or knocking it about it on purpose... I only just had my iPod replaced because of the screen which I am sure was cracked as a result of my little monsters darlings dropping it. They loved making videos on the iPod. Unlike the iPod this video camera has very sturdy wide handles for kids to get a good grip on.In time they will learn to keep it steadier.

The video camera, as supplied out of the box, gives 15 mins recording time. The quality is great for children though it is optional to purchase a secure digital (SD) card for more memory - eg 1GB sound card stores 30 mins of higher quality. I am seriously considering it.It records sounds quite well too.

The instruction book is very easy for adults to understand and troubleshoot. Yet operation is so simple for preschool children to use without needing to read the instructions, I admit I only read the instructions after I had a play.

Kid tough video camera is going to feature in the upcoming toy sales at all the major retailers.
Normally from $129.99 it is still a toy where you may prefer adult supervision.

I can see this video camera encouraging role playing, adventures and much drama. I didn't edit the footage - in time they'll be able to create and edit their own film projects and magic moments (even better than me).  It's interesting to see the world as they see it.

No he didn't dent the fence just his spirit.

Other Fisher-Price top of the tots hot list you will see featuring in the sales ...
Laugh & Learn Kitchen

Laugh & Learn Workbench

Go Baby Go!™ Bounce & Spin Zebra™

Fisher-Price Little People Release Rampway
and a whole range of additional wheelies each sold separately for under $5
Watch out for some huge savings with 'Christmas in July' and then stash them away ahead of Christmas frenzy. 

The good news is I have one Kid tough Video Camera to giveaway

Want in ?

1. Add yourself as a follower on my blog
2. Leave a comment telling me  
What adventure your child would like to video and why ?
3. Open to Australian residents only.
4. Winner chosen by random draw
5. Closes 7th July, 2011
6. For an optional extra entry share on Twitter or Facebook .

Please ensure you have your email attached to your profile or leave it in the comments.

PS: It is the last day to win a Fisher Price Doodle Bear too.

Disclosure: Fisher-Price & their agent sent me the Kid Tough Video Camera for this review and will supply the prize for the giveaway. No financial payment was offered nor accepted for this post. All opinions expressed are purely my own.
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