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4.0 out of 5 stars Very much like a real-life cam but clearly a toy, January 31, 2011
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This review is from: MoviePix Kids Digital Video Recorder (Red) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
MoviePix is, clearly, a 'kids only' video recorder and camera and as such it's Okay if 'fragile' doesn't bother you. It performs most major/basic functions one would expect to see in a real video recorder/camera and, as such, it has some educational value beside its obvious entertainment qualities.

This is a 'kids only' because of:

- low resolution - the highest is 640x480 (known as VGA)
- low quality optics - lenses appear to be 'plastic'
- low sensitivity - it doesn't perform very well on anything other than a sunny, outdoors environment

The above are or should be expected. After all, it's a 'kids' product. I did hope for it to be a little more sturdy. The way the MoviePix is built, it's too easy to break the swiveling wing that holds the little LCD screen AND the zoom in/zoom out buttons. All it would take to break it would be to push one of the zoom buttons without holding the wing steady.

For 'features', it's not a bad package. The MoviePix comes with:

- Macro on/off switch
- Zoom in/out buttons
- 2 LED for shooting in the dark
- Video/camera/playback modes
- Slot for a SDHC flash memory card (not included but a 4GB is highly recommended)
- USB and video out interfaces
- USB and video cables (included)

The setup allows you to set the date/time and the preferred movies and pictures (JPG) resolution with 640*480 the highest. When shooting it's possible to make some other adjustments to account for the ambient light but I found that 'auto' is always the best.

As for 'quality', this is really meant to be a toy. Our little girl learned to use it after a 30-minute training session and she did not break it yet - we told her to be VERY careful about the 'zoom' buttons. She takes pictures and shoots videos and she's happy to be able to show them to her girlfriends and her school mates in the school bus but no one should try to use this as a replacement for a 'real' camera. The pictures are small, the colors are poor and the sound is not so good.

Evaluating this a 'toy', MoviePix earns a cautious 4-stars (I like it) the 'I' in this case being our daughter. I must take away one star for its apparent low durability. I am confident that our girl will not damage her camera because we've shown her how easy it would be to break it but I would not give one of these to a kid unless confident that they fully understand that they must handle it with care.

I will come back and update this review if/when this breaks.

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Note:

2/15/11 - a couple weeks later, it didn't break yet, still on the first set of batteries, kid is still using it, it's still one of her favorite toys.
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