Pros / It is simple enough for kids to use.
Cons / It can only be used in water up to 6 feet deep.
Verdict / Though it’s not as powerful as the other cameras in our comparison, the VTech Kidizoom Action Zoom 180 is just enough for kids of any age to take on adventures.
With the VTech Kidizoom Action Zoom 180, your kids can easily take pictures of all the cool things they see at the beach or on a road trip. The waterproof camera is intuitive and simple in its design, and it even includes built-in games that your kids can play to keep them entertained during your entire trip. When you’re not on vacation, your kids can still use the camera while playing, as it comes with mounts that easily attach to things like bikes or skateboards. It also includes a wrist strap.
The camera was fairly easy to set up initially, though it’s worth nothing that you must first flip a small switch on the bottom of the camera before charging the camera; otherwise it won’t take a charge. Aside from that, it’s easy for kids and adults alike to navigate the menu and flip the 180-degree lens between the traditional photo mode and selfie mode. The camera takes a microSD card for image file storage, and since it only has a resolution of 3MP, it shouldn’t fill up too quickly unless you’re shooting video. Additionally, the camera has a built-in battery that you cannot remove or replace.
Perhaps the only major downside of this underwater camera is that it can only be submerged up to 6 feet. Where many other waterproof cameras still work down to 100 feet, as is the case with the Nikon W300, this camera is only to be used in extremely shallow pools and beach areas. The camera itself isn’t waterproof, either; it has to be placed into the included waterproof casing and sealed first. From our tests, however, we found the seal to be airtight, and it did a wonderful job keeping the camera dry.
The Action Zoom 180 lacks advanced features, which limits its overall power, though it’s just enough for young kids, especially if you don’t want to shell out for a GoPro. And despite only costing about $30, the little camera feels incredibly durable and well-made, not like a toy, so it should be able to keep up with your kids’ activities. It’s also a cinch to upload photos from the camera to your computer with the included USB cord, so your kids can easily review their pictures and share them with family and friends.
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