My eleven-year-old son, Adam, is quite a talented artist in the drawing arena. He has decided to broaden his skills and asked for a camera. Product received for review. Post contains affiliate links.
Action Shot Camera
The Action Shot Camera is perfect for active kids. It is inexpensive, has a ton of accessories available (most sold separately,) and is durable enough to withstand rowdy play.
- Totally affordable. At $49.99 for the Action Shot Camera and $99.99 for the HD version, this is a perfect starter camera for kids.
- Portable. It's small enough to take anywhere.
- Variety of accessories. There are tons of accessories available including: head/helmet mount (included with camera,) board mount, angle mount, waterproof case, high impact protective case, mounting kit, video viewer attachment, etc.
- Super user friendly. Changing modes is easy; just push a button and the light will change from red—VGA video, to orange—QVGA video, to green—picture mode. There are confirmation beeps that let you know you've stopped or started recording. The beeps are great when you are wearing this on your head and cannot see the light.
- Free video editing software. This software is incredibly easy to use. You can add graphics, text, sound effects and clip video with simple drag-and-drop techniques. My son had the hang of it within minutes and he is a total noob.
- Piques kids' interest in video-making. This camera is a perfect introduction to the world of videography. Capturing moments on camera is not for the unskilled. My son had such an attitude of Mom, this is going to be so easy. When he saw his clips he was horrified that they weren't at all what he thought they would be. He is now very interested in learning more techniques and saving for upgraded equipment. He has a whole new appreciation for the art of video and the skill it requires.
- Pixelated/Fuzzy Picture. We did NOT use the HD version of this camera so I wasn't expecting perfect clarity but the picture is really pixelated.
- Extra memory is a MUST. Having an external micro SD card is an absolute necessity. There is only 128 MB of on board memory. We received a 4 GB micro SD and that made all the difference. However, this adds to the overall price of the gadget. (Toys R Us has them available for under $10 so it's not too bad; plus you can use them in other devices as well.)
As with most things, user error has a lot to do with the performance of this equipment. My son wasn't wearing the helmet/head mount tight enough so the camera was shakier than it should have been. He also knew better than to try and shoot video in dim lighting. This camera performs best in bright daylight.
I had originally listed Poor Audio as a con above but decided to explain that here… Action cameras are not expected to have good audio because most of what they catch is wind when you're in action–duh. These videos should always be set to music or other sounds… One more thing for Adam to consider.
The video below is something he did all on his own. It's somewhat awful (LOL) but he's very excited to make more videos and has learned so much already from his mistakes. It took him a while to realize that the camera doesn't capture everything he sees. I'm seeing him walking around with his index fingers and thumbs in that “frame” shape. I can see the artist in him growing already. 🙂
The first clip is of him throwing a football, to his friend and then him and his sister playing a board game.
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