VTech Kidizoom Smart Watch
(Not a vintage camera but on exhibition for sentimental reasons as it was the first camera I bought for my daughter, Crisiant)
The VTech Kidizoom Smart Watch DX is packed with multimedia features, looks smart and is bags of fun and even encourages kids to get up and move.
VTech’s Kidizoom Smart Watch DX, recently updated, is a well-made, fun gadget packed with features that should entertain young children, if not educate them or keep them fit like other kids’ toys.
It features both analogue and digital watch faces on its 1.44-inch screen, an alarm, 0.3-megapixel camera, stop watch and timer, voice recording and games.
The design is clean and smart, and the specs are reasonable for something at this price (around £40 online; see the bottom of this review for the best prices). It’s aimed at children aged 4 to 9 but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few adult hipsters wearing it for fun. Yes, it really is that cool but poses little competition to the more serious smartwatches. We loved the white version of the earlier Smart Watch Plus, but that colour hasn’t made it to the newer DX range.
It’s comfortable to wear and has a safe buckle so shouldn’t be easily lost. Our eight-year-old tester Lexi found the strap to be “comfortable and smooth,” although it’s perhaps a little too large for everyday wear.
The 0.3-megapixel camera – 640-x-480 photo resolution, and 320-x-240 video – isn’t going to win any prizes for photo or video quality, but it’s for fun snaps rather than forever keepsakes. The Smart Watch allows you to add various effects to the photos, mostly pretty naif and overly colourful photo frames.
The problem with cameras on watches is that images are often blurred through movement, but the camera placement at the top is neat, and you can always take the watch off when taking a few snaps.