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One of the best purchases.

Dylan uses his IPad a lot, and one of his favourite things to do with it is use the photo booth app. This is a preinstalled app on IPads that provides you with effects which change the colour or distort the image that the camera is showing. When we are out and about Dylan finds things really quite distressing unless he is viewing everything through his IPad camera or using the games on it as a distraction. Mainly though he is using the camera, so I decided that I would get him an actual camera and build on his interest and give him an aid to help him when out and about.

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I spent an evening researching cameras and trying to find one that would be still fit for use after being dropped, bumped and handled by a clumsy 3 year old. After looking online I quickly realised that not very many people made cameras for young children and I could only find one that was in a rubberized and safe looking case, the Vtech Kiddizoom Duo . Vtech make a range of different cameras for children but this one looked perfect for my little man and after reading many reviews I couldn’t wait to purchase it.

I headed out to get it the next day because after looking up all about it and deciding it was the one for Dylan I found that it was in the sale at Argos, bingo! After purchasing it I then decided I would give it to him the next day when Amellia was in school so that she wouldn’t be pestering him.
The next morning I gave it to him and he loved it! He didn’t put it down all day and didn’t use his IPad once after being given the camera, which is incredible because normally we have to listen to the gummy bear song at least 30 times a day.

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After I showed him how to add effects to the screen and change the colour he didn’t need much more help. I showed him the button to take pictures and how to change the camera from the front facing to the rear facing one but Dylan doesn’t tend to take many pictures he just likes to watch the world go by on the screen as it isn’t so overwhelming for him then.

A common complaint about the camera was that it took batteries and wasn’t rechargeable but to us this was actually a huge positive it means that no matter where we are we can take a spare set of batteries with us when we are out and about incase the others run out. My complaint would be that there are games on the camera, they are unnecessary to be on a camera. I have removed them from Dylan’s but he wasn’t using them anyway. The battery life has really impressed me. He has used it all day and I mean all day and it has only just came up with a low battery warning, my next purchase is going to be some rechargeable batteries so that we can always some in it and a charged lot in his bag.

Such a simple to use and perfect camera. I think it is one of the best if not the best thing that I have ever bought for Dylan.

-WeeOhana

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Amellias Captures

While trying to do the never-ending task of a mum & sort out the house for what feels like the millionth time I came across a whole heap of cameras I had been hording.
They all worked perfectly, but had been added to the pile as I got a new one so some were pretty old! After sorting through them and getting rid of the ones which were pretty useless I found one that wasn’t too bad and decided that I would let Amellia have it to see how she got on.

I must admit I did expect to have a camera full of totally rubbish pictures and yes of course there was a few odd ones.. I even have odd pictures on mine but I thought they would outweigh the good but they didn’t.

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There was a lot of random selfies, rather a few only had half her head in.. but they made me smile and she loved looking back through them and telling me why she took the selfie and where is was.

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DSC02450.JPGA few of views and the sky from our walkDSC02469 (2).JPG& this one that completely melted my heart. I was completely unaware that she was taking this and only when we came home and were looking at them did I see it. Look at how happy Dylan is with that perfect wee smile he has, along with his smile I actually like this picture of myself too. Maybe it’s because you can’t see my face.. but I totally love this picture. One I wouldn’t have ever got if I didn’t give her a camera.

Along with these pictures there was also several long videos of her waffling to the camera about what she could see out the window, what she was making with air dry clay, discussing the weather (Her favourite topic) and just general chit-chat.

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I think she is at the perfect age now to have a camera, it will teach her responsibility along with capturing some awesome memories. After she has been using it for a while I’m going to get her a wee photo album so she can print out the ones that mean something to her and she can then write a wee bit about them and keep them safe to look at whenever she wants.
I cant wait to see what other things she captures and will do another post in a while once she has been out with her camera again.

I have given her an Instagram account obviously on my phone and she will only use when beside me and i will monitor and all that jazz. But thought it would be perfect for her to get her pictures somewhere to look back at easily and write her own wee description! If you wanna see what she snaps in the future head over to it here and give her a follow!

-WeeOhana