If there is one thing that my daughter absolutely loves to do, it’s take photos and videos. Then after recording these movies, she loves to watch them. Her iPod Nano has a video recorder, and she is constantly filling up the space on it with random videos. So, while I will not let her touch the camcorder, I will let her play with the very sturdy Flip. The MinoHD is really such a great device for her, and the picture quality is fabulous, so even the shaky pictures that she takes come through crystal clear.
I feel confident just throwing the Flip into my purse since there are no extra parts that could get broken off. The lens itself is behind a type of plastic shield that is super easy to clean off. My 5 year old has been playing with it, and I’ve even let the 18 month old play with it. I think it’s pretty safe to say that it’s pretty indestructible. Obviously don’t go diving with it, but it definite withstood the Preschooler/Toddler test.
Here is some video taken with the Flip, this is during the day, but we don’t get very bright light in through our windows (and I believe the blinds are even shut in this video).
Again it’s very simple to use, even my 18 month old can record videos. There is one button in the middle that is the record button. That’s it! There are some other options for zooming and some other very simple tasks, but for the most part it’s pretty self explanatory.
Since my daughter has her own computer I showed her how to plug the flip into it via the USB cable. We downloaded the Flip Software onto her computer and she was able to watch all her videos right from her computer. She also knows that when it runs low on batteries, all she needs to do is plug the flip into her computer.
This will definitely be coming with us to California when we go next year, so she can take videos of anything she wants (I may even steal it a few times to take some quick videos myself!). The downside is that the memory on the flip is not expandable. 8 GB goes very fast in this household (what can I say, the girl loves to video EVERYTHING). It comes in all sorts of colors, and you can even design your own!
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Sarah Kimmel is a digital parenting coach and family tech expert. She has spent the last 16 years of her career as a Microsoft Certified IT Manager supporting over 100 small businesses. During that time she started Family Tech LLC to help families understand and manage the technology in their home. She has regularly appeared as a family tech expert on KSL News, BYUtv and Studio 5, and has been invited all over the world from tech companies like Lenovo, Verizon, Microsoft, Dell, and Samsung. Find out more on her website SarahKimmel.com