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VTech - KidiArt Studio

by VTech

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  • Real digital camera
  • TV connect (not just PC)
  • Save and print creations
  • Drawing lessons
  • Add art to any digital picture they take
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 15.9 x 24.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B00153CVYE
  • Item model number: 80-035000
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 4 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,105 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Important Information

Safety Warning
CAUTION: Adult assembly required.

Product Description

Product Description

Broadcast your brush strokes and your digital artistic skills with the KidiArt Studio.

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Make it easy for young artists to create digital masterpieces with the award-winning VTech KidiArt Studio. Featuring a working digital camera and a colorful studio desk with a matching stool, the KidiArt Studio helps kids aged four to seven explore their natural creativity by letting them create and share artwork using a TV or PC.

What We Think


Fun Factor:

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The Good: Features real digital camera

The Bad: Switching between connection to TV and connection to PC can be awkward

In a Nutshell: This fun studio setup promotes creativity and hand-eye coordination

At a Glance

Ages: 4 to 7 years
Requires: 8 AA batteries and a TV; PC for some effects


The award-winning VTech KidiArt Studio is easy to set up.


This toy provides lots of opportunity for creative growth and the touchpad helps with hand-eye coordination. View larger.


Included software lets your child create digital art to send to friends and family. View larger.
Getting Little Artists Settled in the Studio
The base of the KidiArt Studio is a sturdy desk stand made of brightly colored plastic. This stand comes in five pieces, which are easy to assemble. There's a picture in the user's manual that shows which pieces go where, and plastic caps that screw in place hold the unit together. The main unit, which rests on this stand, includes a touch pad, a pen for use with the touch pad, and a real digital camera on a movable arm. There's even a sturdy plastic stool that's sized to fit little artists.

You'll need eight "AA" batteries and a Phillips head screwdriver to get started. When the batteries need replacing, you should only need to replace four at a time. The studio uses the additional four batteries as a backup system to ensure that your child never loses artwork due to battery failure.

Once the unit is ready, simply plug it into your TV using the included A/V cable, and make sure the TV is set to show video input. On many televisions this is as easy as pressing the button labeled TV/VIDEO. When the KidiArt Studio is turned on, audio commands will help your child pick a fun activity.

Help Kids View the World Through a Creative Lens
It's easy to see why this studio set earned the National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval and the Creative Child Toy of the Year Award. Beyond providing lots of different opportunities for creative growth, this setup is durable, compact, and its touchpad helps kids practice hand-eye coordination. The pen and touch pad can be a little awkward at first, but it's easy to get used to. And since it's attached to the main unit by a cable, you won't have to worry about misplacing it.

Fun activities include using frames to put your face on a monkey, using the pen to add colorful clip art and freehand drawings to photos, and creating cool stop-motion animations. A cheerful voice offers tips to encourage kids in their creative development. We found that once we were familiar with all the great features of the KidiArt studio, the voice was a bit distracting. But this is a minor concern, and you can always turn the volume on your TV down. As an added bonus, parents will appreciate the way this unit shuts off automatically after several minutes of inactivity to save batteries.

Beyond the TV-studio interface, a USB cable is included so you can connect the KidiArt Studio to your PC. In PC connect mode, your child can save their artwork, create custom e-cards to send to friends and family, and print their favorite creations. Your child can also follow a studio template to create a craft project, like paper dolls featuring photos and colorful embellishments, then print out the project and complete it.

In order to use the included software, you will need a computer running Windows 2000, XP, or Vista with 256 MB of memory. We had no trouble moving the sturdy unit around, but if your TV is set in a big entertainment center and your computer is in a cramped home office, you may find that it's a little cumbersome to disconnect from one and connect to the other frequently.

The included camera takes great shots, and since it is attached to the unit you won't have to worry about it being lost or dropped. Your child is sure to enjoy taking a zillion self portraits and shots of his or her best friends.

What's in the Box
Main unit with rotating camera and touch pad, desk stand, stool, USB cable, A/V cable, game cartridge, CD-ROM with PC application, and two user manuals.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Honestly, she learned it very quickly and throughly while I'm still looking through the manual, so it's made for kids to understand.
Star
You take photos with a real digital camera, hook the art desk up to a TV, use an art pad to add decorations, stickers and fun backgrounds to photos.
SCR
The console really only requires 4 AA batteries but there is another compartment for backup batteries, which is another 4 AA batteries.
Lance Uppercut

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By SCR on August 24, 2008
Great birthday or Christmas present!! Highly recommend this. I bought this for my 5 year old niece for her birthday. Great family time activity, still easy enough that she can create her own photos, or e-cards, to show off to mom. You take photos with a real digital camera, hook the art desk up to a TV, use an art pad to add decorations, stickers and fun backgrounds to photos. It hooks up to the computer, so you can then email and print the photos or whatever else was created.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lance Uppercut on May 1, 2009
I had purchased this product for my 6 year old daughter and she has turned it on only 4 times. Although the product is solidly built the issues outweigh the fun making this rather expensive product a bad deal.
From one dad's perspective, here are the issues:

1. The camera is just terrible. My phone takes better pictures and that's no compliment to my phone. With the advancement in technology today, why would a camera take such bad pictures? There's no flash so the room has to be brightly lit. The camera cannot be detached from the arm on the drawing table so the person has to sit directly in front of it. Although the camera does rotate from front to back and auto rotates the perspective, so that's good.

2. The graphics are just horrible. To get a sense, if you have ever purchased one of those video games that come packaged in a joystick and you plug into a tv that's what it looks like. For some this may be acceptable. Here is an example (these graphics are much better): Jakks SpongeBob SquarePants TV Game

3. There is no AC Adapter (power plug). You have to use batteries or purchase the adapter seperately. The console really only requires 4 AA batteries but there is another compartment for backup batteries, which is another 4 AA batteries. I'm assuming the backup power is so that all work created is not deleted when changing the primary batteries. Again, the system can be used with the main batteries BUT you get a notification on screen periodically that there is no backup batteries.

4. There is an option to hook up your drawing table to a computer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Misty Hatch on February 15, 2009
I bought this toy for my 5 year old daughter. The first one came broken. The second one came and I put batteries in the main compartment and in the backup compartment. There is no wall charger, you have to buy that seperate. The batteries do not last very long. Before, she was finished playing with it for the first time her batteries died, even the back up ones. You would litterally have to have hundreds of batteries to play this. A wall charger is a must!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janine Thurman on November 11, 2010
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I bought this toy for my then 5 yr. old son for Christmas last year. My son is very creative and previously received the kids digital camera for his b-day, so I thought he might enjoy this. However, the material is cheap and very poor quality. The digital camera didn't function correctly and after one use, the desk fell apart. Although, there is a separate function that allows you to connect the camera and art studio to the computer, it also didn't function correctly. I paid $60 for a piece of junk! Don't waste your money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Moore on January 7, 2009
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We got this for our two girls (5 and 3) and it's probably a bit too hard for them to use. But if you get it for older children it could be too boring.

The idea is very cool and there are some neat things you can do..if you can move the pen correctly and click where you need to. There are so many things you can do but it's too complicated for younger children. My 5 year old has mostly just taken her picture with the camera and my 3 year old did take her picture and color on it once.

The problem really is that you click with the pen but if you press too hard it clicks when you don't want it to - hence why there are 50 pictures of my 5 year old when we keep telling her to cancel!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Dockhorn on December 29, 2008
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I bought this for my 2 and 4 year old children for Xmas. Vtech does a good job at taking advantage of technology in allowing this toy to be used with either a TV or computer. It has activities that are used with email and the printer for example.

The photoshop/drawing application is fairly average when I compare it to other online kids games/drawing tools. Vtech could have spent a little more time making this part really really great and a little less time giving it 100 different applications.

The video and stop-motion picture apps aren't much different but are fun.

There is a puzzle game, picture to draw app, you can create picture-personalized origami to print out.

On the negative side, the camera is of really poor quality (I mean the worst I have ever seen including phone cameras, etc.), it doesn't come with a power cord, I get reminded every couple minutes to check the backup batteries and to click OK to acknowledge the message (SUPER annoying). On that note, there are a lot of confirmation messages that really get in the way of using this toy, "Are you sure you want to quit? Do you want to save the picture? Are you sure you want to delete the picture?" that are frustrating/boring for a little kid. On a 42 inch TV the graphics look pretty bad. It's just too big a size for the graphics and they end up looking fuzzy. The pen that you use to click the buttons isn't very accurate and sometimes even though the mouse pointer looks to be right on the button a click doesn't take and you get an annoying error sound. It would be good if the camera could rotate horizontally so you don't have to turn the whole table to take a picture too.

Overall, this toy is just darn cool. It's pretty amazing the stuff that it can do but you really get a first generation feel from the product. It definitely needs polishing in a lot of areas.
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