Discovery Night Vision Camcorder Review

3 star rating

The Discovery Night Vision Camcorder retails at less than $30 and is recommended for kids age 6 and up. With this video recorder, you can watch your children enjoy lighting up the night and capturing all those nocturnal happenings that would otherwise be missed!

Discovery Night Vision Camcorder Features

  • 3.0 mega pixel video recorder / digital camera
  • Infrared technology
  • 300k pixel CMOS night vision sensor
  • LCD display
  • 4 photo resolutions
  • 640 x 480 video resolutions
  • 16 MB memory
  • SD card slot supports additional memory of 4 GB
  • Built-in microphone
  • AV output
  • Includes USB and AV cables

Discovery Exclusive Night Vision Camcorder

What is clear from reading several reviews of this product is that it is important to read the instruction manual before you start using it. It is definitely not a case of taking it out of the box, handing it to your child and leaving them to it! Because this is a digital camcorder with a difference (in terms of the night vision function), you do need to spend some time working out how to use it, so that you get the very best from it (and keep your kids interested!).

This model seems to do the job pretty well considering the low price, but there are a few pointers to keep in mind. First of all, be aware that the sound quality is much better when you have the camcorder connected to your television with the AV cable (supplied). If you try to view or listen to your footage on the camcorder itself, you are likely to be disappointed. When filming, be careful not to cover the microphone with your hand – it is on the front of the recorder. It also has a fairly small display, which can put some people off.

While the Night Vision Camcorder is reasonable easy for kids to use, switching between the different modes can be confusing. This is one of the reasons it’s suitable for children age 6 plus (perhaps 5, if he or she is pretty switched on!). Younger kids just wouldn’t be able to use it and would get bored really quickly.

You can use this model as a regular kids digital camera and video recorder, and obviously it has the added bonus of night vision recording. Feedback on this element of the camera is mixed. Some users think the night visions feature is pretty good, while others recommend forgetting all about it and just using it as any regular children’s camera.

Amazon Customer Review:

This product is a perfect toy for kids. It does just enough to keep the younger ones from trying out your real camera :) That being said if they like to push buttons randomly or have younger siblings that like pushing buttons keep the instruction manual handy.

Features Summary
At a glance…

  • Suitable for older kids – 6 and over
  • Preview screen is on the small side
  • Night vision function might not live up to expectations
  • Generous memory with option to add more
  • Affordable
  • Great gift idea

 

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